• The BBS Scene

    From Jon Justvig@316:36/8 to All on Tue Jul 14 01:22:10 2020
    The BBS Scene has been around quite awhile, some people staying on board and some jumping ship. It seems lately that there have been quite a few people returning to the scene. That's a good thing; people returning to their roots as SysOps and users of B
    -cr1mson
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  • From Nelgin@nigel@wibble.sysadmininc.com to Jon Justvig on Tue Jul 14 04:13:12 2020
    Jon wrote:
    The BBS Scene has been around quite awhile, some people staying on board and some jumping ship. It seems lately that there have been quite a few people returning to the scene. That's a good thing; people returning to their roots as SysOps and users of B
    -cr1mson
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    I think a lot of people are trying to find an escape from the internet and the politics and covid, and everything else going on. BBS's are a place you can hide, play games, exchange netmail, participate in fun and exciting groups
    and, mostly, avoid everything else.
  • From cr1mson@316:36/1 to Nelgin on Wed Jul 15 04:30:51 2020
    On 14 Jul 2020, Nelgin said the following...

    I think a lot of people are trying to find an escape from the internet
    and the politics and covid, and everything else going on. BBS's are a place you can hide, play games, exchange netmail, participate in fun and exciting groups and, mostly, avoid everything else.

    For some it's their own reality. BBSing a great hobby and should be treated
    as such. A lot that goes into it receives its own reward. Networking with others has been one of my faves and chatting as well. Interacting socially through netmail is about as safe as far as health goes from this covid stuff. Probably not good on the eye sight though depending how much time is spend behind a screen.

    -cr1mson

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  • From Nelgin to cr1mson on Thu Jul 23 11:29:01 2020
    Re: Re: The BBS Scene
    By: cr1mson to Nelgin on Wed Jul 15 2020 04:30:51

    For some it's their own reality. BBSing a great hobby and should be treated as such. A lot that goes into it receives its own reward. Networking with others has been one of my faves and chatting as well. Interacting socially through netmail is about as safe as far as health goes from this covid stuff. Probably not good on the eye sight though depending how much time is spend behind a screen.

    I work from home and spend 8+ hours at the computer anyway so I can get a lot of this in during downtime.
  • From Warpslide@316:36/37 to Jon Justvig on Fri Nov 13 09:44:41 2020
    On 14 Jul 2020, Jon Justvig said the following...

    The BBS Scene has been around quite awhile, some people staying on board and some jumping ship. It seems lately that there have been quite a few people returning to the scene. That's a good thing; people returning to their roots as SysOps and users of B

    I ran a Telegard board back in the late 90's. As the internet became more & more popular I got fewer & fewer calls. I was also just finishing high school, so the time seemed right to shut it down.

    Fast forward to 2020 and the global pandemic, for several reason nostalgia started kicking in and I found myself wondering if BBS's still existed. Sure enough they did. I initially started playing around with Telegard and then I cam across Mystic which dubs itself the "spiritual successor to the Telegard and Renegade bulletin board systems."

    I actually felt right at home with Mystic, some of the commands I still had muscle memory for (/* for the sysop menu followed by # to edit the menus).

    I noticed a lot of these message networks were quite busy during lockdown, but have seemed to become a little more quiet. I'm hoping we don't have another lockdown, but if we do, it'd be interesting to see what that does to the message traffic.

    Jay

    ... Don't interrupt someone working on a puzzle. You'll hear some crosswords

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  • From Bob Roberts@316:36/39 to Warpslide on Tue Dec 8 12:50:50 2020
    I ran a Telegard board back in the late 90's. As the internet became more & more popular I got fewer & fewer calls. I was also just finishing high school, so the time seemed right to shut it down.

    We have a simiar background, except I ran a Telegard board in the early 90's converting to Renegade once it came out. I killed my board before I finished HS because we moved and it was a pain to get a second phone line. I still spent a lot of time as a "user" on the local boards thou. We have mostly Wildcat, GAP, and Renegade boards around me.

    There was one guy runing MajorBBS that lived in a sweet spot, in was a strange area where two large LATA's came together that were not local to each-other, but they were local to his LATA. His board got really popular as a chat board, because it was local to so many callers.

    Most of the message network activity I participated on was Relaynet/RIME thru a PCBoard that was in Orange County CA. Some Fidonet, but my Fidonet feed wasn't very good so I didn't get a lot of Echos.

    I noticed a lot of these message networks were quite busy during lockdown, but have seemed to become a little more quiet. I'm hoping we don't have another lockdown, but if we do, it'd be interesting to see what that does to the message traffic.

    I find that there is about just enough activity that I can keep up with the new postings on a daily basis, and even if I miss a day its not too much effort to catch up. :-)

    It's fun to come back to this after 2x years of being away. A lot has changed ---- but a lot is just as it used to be. I will say I'm super amazed, and super grateful to those that are keeping the software and networks alive and even developing new features for us.

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  • From Daryl Stout@316:36/20 to Bob Roberts on Thu Dec 10 16:54:00 2020
    Bob,

    It's fun to come back to this after 2x years of being away. A lot has changed ---- but a lot is just as it used to be. I will say I'm super amazed, and super grateful to those that are keeping the software and networks alive and even developing new features for us.

    Every so often, I'll pick up a user via amateur radio, who used to run
    a BBS...and they'll talk about the memories.

    I have a multi-part bulletin online, basically "You Want To Be A Sysop?", showing the truth of what Sysops have to deal with. That was the case when BBS's were just dial-up, but now, more are telnet/web.

    From the file of some of the "twit questions", these 2 are my favorite:

    1) Why did you kill my upload of DBase IV?? (Guess!! <G>).

    2) I need access to the adult files for a high school sex education
    project!! (Nice try <G>).

    Daryl

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  • From Bob Roberts@316:36/39 to Daryl Stout on Fri Dec 11 08:38:45 2020
    I have a multi-part bulletin online, basically "You Want To Be A Sysop?", showing the truth of what Sysops have to deal with. That was the case when BBS's were just dial-up, but now, more are telnet/web.

    I read that document, I think you posted it somewhere on an FTN. It's funny how much of it applies still -- just change the names of the software involved.

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  • From Mantrid@316:77/1 to Warpslide on Sat Dec 12 02:01:27 2020
    Re: Re: The BBS Scene
    By: Warpslide to Jon Justvig on Fri Nov 13 2020 09:44 am

    The BBS Scene has been around quite awhile, some people staying on boar and some jumping ship. It seems lately that there have been quite a fe people returning to the scene. That's a good thing; people returning t their roots as SysOps and users of B

    I think I'm the opposite here, I was probably just a bit too young for BBSes, I had a C64 but my first electronic communication was the internet in 96 so this is all new to me. I think you get saturated a lot by the modern web, Ads and clickbait and articles engineered to draw you in somehow or provoke some sort of negative response, ironically to draw you in again. So although I'm here primarily out of technical interest it's good to be somewhere more stripped down, relaxed and honest
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  • From Bob Roberts@316:36/39 to Mantrid on Sat Dec 12 14:01:54 2020
    BBSes, I had a C64 but my first electronic communication was the internet in 96 so this is all new to me. I think you get saturated a lot by the modern web, Ads and clickbait and articles engineered to draw you in somehow or provoke some sort of negative response, ironically to draw you in again. So although I'm here primarily out of technical interest it's

    No ads here.... there's no money to be made. :-)

    Back in the 90's there were huge pay BBSes, like ExecPC, Ed & Eddys. 200 line boards, all running off of 200 PCs networked using ancient technology. If you're interested in the history of it all check out "The BBS Documentry" by Jason Scott. Pretty much the authorative reference on the topic.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7nj3G6Jpv2G6Gp6NvN1kUtQuW8QshBWE

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  • From Sbaitso@316:36/40 to Mantrid on Sun Dec 13 16:49:17 2020
    Hello all,

    I just wanted to say Hi. This is my first time on the network and I thought this was as good a spot to jump in as anywhere.

    My area was probably about 99% WWIV back in the old days. I'm on a mixture
    of systems now and really enjoying all the different software options. The first time around it became a lot about what software package you liked or didn't like, the crowd, etc. This time it's more about having fun and exploring the different options out there. I miss the local get togethers
    and meeting new people in person, but I'm fortunate to be able to participate in some BBS chats which are a very close second.

    Nice to meet everyone.

    Sbaitso

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  • From Mantrid@316:77/1 to Bob Roberts on Mon Dec 14 14:09:15 2020
    Re: Re: The BBS Scene
    By: Bob Roberts to Mantrid on Sat Dec 12 2020 02:01 pm

    Back in the 90's there were huge pay
    BBSes, like ExecPC, Ed & Eddys. 200
    line boards, all running off of 200
    networked using ancient technology.
    you're interested in the history of
    all check out "The BBS Documentry" b
    Jason Scott. Pretty much the
    authorative reference on the topic.

    yeah i watched the documentary while i
    was waiting for my synchronet install
    to compile, watched the entire series
    in the time it took on my wee pi haha!
    i remember well the part around
    subscriber BBSes, and the guy who got
    charged on the income but the line
    costs didnt count as a business
    expense. double trouble!
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  • From Bob Roberts@316:36/39 to Mantrid on Mon Dec 14 08:10:57 2020
    yeah i watched the documentary while i
    was waiting for my synchronet install
    to compile, watched the entire series
    in the time it took on my wee pi haha!

    It's a great series.

    Puts a lot in context I think, and shows how much has changed, since the 1990's and even since the early 2000's when that Doc was made.

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  • From Bob Roberts@316:36/39 to Sbaitso on Mon Dec 14 08:16:29 2020
    I just wanted to say Hi. This is my first time on the network and I thought this was as good a spot to jump in as anywhere.

    Welcome! It's great to hear from new folks.

    My area was probably about 99% WWIV back in the old days. I'm on a mixture of systems now and really enjoying all the different software options. The first time around it became a lot about what software package you liked or didn't like, the crowd, etc. This time it's more about having fun and exploring the different options out there. I miss the local get togethers and meeting new people in person, but I'm fortunate to be able to participate in some BBS chats which are a very close second.

    Very true. I've found that running/calling a BBS, participating in the Echos, fiddling with the knobs is a friendlier expierence now then it was back in the day. For example, the main BBS packages still actively developed are Mystic and Synchronet. Both of the main devs are very active and easy to reach... Something that didn't happen before.

    For myself it's fun to play with the modules that were developed *after* I originally dropped off the scene in the mid-90s.

    I'm also really impressed with the folks that are running old C64 software, hacking or rewriting old DOS door games so they work again, and running these echo networks for us all to enjoy.

    Have a good one!



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