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BBSing on Vintage Hardware

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    BBSing on Vintage Hardware

    Love the IRC on vintage hardware thread, so I thought I'd start a thread regarding the use of vintage systems to dial or otherwise connect to (telnet, etc.) bulletin board systems.

    The main thing I use my various vintage systems for nowadays is BBSing. Thanks to the WiFi232, it's been quite easy to do. I mainly use my Apple IIe and Amiga 1000 for BBSing, though I also use the Tandy 1000HX system I put together recently, from time to time.

    Here's my IIe in action online, at telnet BBS Gold Mine GS (hmm, haven't checked in there for a while). It's using ProTerm Special emulation, specific to the terminal program ProTerm, utilizing the extended "MouseText" character set that's part of the 128K enhanced IIe, the //c, and the IIgs.




    bp
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    Logged into Particles BBS on the Atari 520ST using the terminal program Taz, which uses a clever trick to get 16 colors in the ST's 4-color 640x200 Medium Res mode. The ST has a WiFi232 on its serial port.





    bp
    :: Byte Cellar - the vintage computing weblog
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      #3
      Originally posted by blakespot View Post
      I also use the Tandy 1000HX system I put together recently, from time to time.
      In a recent video I did showing off my prototype Tandy Plus Bus expansion cards I included a brief roundup of telnet BBS splash screens that I reached using a PPP packet driver and mTCP's telnet program through a null modem cable. The telnet program seems to work amazingly well, despite the fact that otherwise EPPPD seems to not really be *quite* adequately performant on such slow hardware. But just using a terminal program instead of PPP to a host computer or something like the WiFi232 is almost certainly a better option if you don't have an Ethernet card.
      My Retro-computing YouTube Channel (updates... eventually?): Paleozoic PCs Also: Blogspot

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        #4
        I love to BBS on vintage machines. I also love the WarGames sticker on your window.

        Heather

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          #5
          Originally posted by Eudimorphodon View Post
          In a recent video I did showing off my prototype Tandy Plus Bus expansion cards I included a brief roundup of telnet BBS splash screens that I reached using a PPP packet driver and mTCP's telnet program through a null modem cable. The telnet program seems to work amazingly well, despite the fact that otherwise EPPPD seems to not really be *quite* adequately performant on such slow hardware. But just using a terminal program instead of PPP to a host computer or something like the WiFi232 is almost certainly a better option if you don't have an Ethernet card.
          Very nice -- prototype PLUS cards. I'd love to see -- can you share the video link? Thanks.

          I ended up with the 640K RAM expansion from Tandy (which I had to purchase a whole EX setup to acquire for my HX, and not cheaply...) and then two PLUS to ISA adapters. I've got a dual 16550 UART serial card and a lotech IDE interface w/ CF card in there. Upgraded the CPU to V20, as well. I'll post as photo of the EX BBSing next.


          bp
          :: Byte Cellar - the vintage computing weblog
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            #6
            BBSing on the Tandy 1000HX equipped with NEC V20, 640K, dual-16550 UART serial card, lo-tek XT-IDE controller and CF drive. WiFi232 on the serial line.



            Got the core of this system locally last December, expanded it over the next 3-4 months.


            bp
            :: Byte Cellar - the vintage computing weblog
            :: http://www.bytecellar.com

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              #7
              Sure do it all the time, on my trs-80 model 4 with a GURU Modem (Rs232C-WIFI)

              S
              Texas Tandy Blog: https://texastandy.blogspot.com/, My Discord " Tandy and TRS-80 Owners" (https://discord.gg/VCDPG8j)
              Gaming: i7-8700K, 16GB, 1TB SSD, RTX 2060, Dual 27" LG IPS Monitors.
              Vintage: TRS-80 MODEL 4, 128K RAM, Internal: 360K FDD, Gotek USB FDD & FreHD HDD Combo, External: 360K & 720K FDD, RS232-WIFI MODEM, DWP-210

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                #8
                Great to see folks still running BBSes, and other folks actually still using them!
                Check out The Glitch Works | My Retro Projects | Vintage Computer Services | Glitch Works Tindie Store -- Vintage Computer Kits and More

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by blakespot View Post
                  Love the IRC on vintage hardware thread, so I thought I'd start a thread regarding the use of vintage systems to dial or otherwise connect to (telnet, etc.) bulletin board systems.

                  The main thing I use my various vintage systems for nowadays is BBSing. Thanks to the WiFi232, it's been quite easy to do. I mainly use my Apple IIe and Amiga 1000 for BBSing, though I also use the Tandy 1000HX system I put together recently, from time to time.

                  Here's my IIe in action online, at telnet BBS Gold Mine GS (hmm, haven't checked in there for a while). It's using ProTerm Special emulation, specific to the terminal program ProTerm, utilizing the extended "MouseText" character set that's part of the 128K enhanced IIe, the //c, and the IIgs.

                  bp
                  I spy a framed Robo City on the wall. Where in the world did that come from? Was that released in a print like that at some point or did you make it?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by liqmat View Post
                    I spy a framed Robo City on the wall. Where in the world did that come from? Was that released in a print like that at some point or did you make it?
                    It's a rare one -- I've never seen another. I found it on eBay long ago.

                    Here's a better shot of it, and if you page through the related photos in that gallery there are some other unusual / rare posters that I prize. Cheers.


                    bp
                    :: Byte Cellar - the vintage computing weblog
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                      #11
                      Nice Myst poster!
                      Check out The Glitch Works | My Retro Projects | Vintage Computer Services | Glitch Works Tindie Store -- Vintage Computer Kits and More

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by glitch View Post
                        Nice Myst poster!
                        Thanks! There's a good story behind it.


                        bp
                        :: Byte Cellar - the vintage computing weblog
                        :: http://www.bytecellar.com

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                          #13
                          Wonderful environment you have setup for yourself. One of the nicest vintage computer areas I've seen. You should definitely post over a Vogons' "post up pics of your "computing area"" thread if you get a chance as I know a lot of members there would also love to see your framed art collection and systems. Really cool.

                          https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php...136&start=1360

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by liqmat View Post
                            Wonderful environment you have setup for yourself. One of the nicest vintage computer areas I've seen. You should definitely post over a Vogons' "post up pics of your "computing area"" thread if you get a chance as I know a lot of members there would also love to see your framed art collection and systems. Really cool.

                            https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php...136&start=1360
                            Posted just now. Thanks.


                            bp
                            :: Byte Cellar - the vintage computing weblog
                            :: http://www.bytecellar.com

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                              #15
                              Just got my Apple IIgs (equipped with an Uthernet Ethernet board) telnetting out to BBS'. Very impressed with the combo of the hardware and the Spectrum terminal software.





                              bp
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