Ever been curious to see the online world of Atari computers? Come check out the Prison Board BBS:
972-329-0781 (this number good for people want to try out Atari modems, and dialup means.)
188.8.131.52 (This IP number is great for Lantronix users, and has not changed for a considerable time.) [IP Still accurate April 13, 2008] (also telnet://rdfig.net)
Trying to dial in with a stock Atari 300/1200 baud modem? You poor soul! But this has been less painful with a new feature. When you log in and the BBS asks for your log in name type "*[First name] [last name] [password]" and you'll skip over the log in screens and get taken directly to the main menu.
Never has the online Atari world been so easy to access from your Atari computer. Simply call up the above system, get to the main menu, X for the internet menu, and then A for the Atari menu. From there, it is simply a matter of hitting 1 through 9 for the Atari BBS's. Atari BBS's in many cases run on real Atari computers like the one you're calling with. Both chats are there, and one BBS is listed that you will not see anywhere else.
And the Prison board makes a great E-mail service too. You can E-mail the outside world with a real E-mail account, and if you wanted to surf the web on your Atari computer (especially 8-bits) there are telnetable locations with Lynx browsers you can hit from the Prison Board's telnet out feature.
Let me know here if you have any questions, and many thanks to The Prison Board BBS for this awesome service.
Naturally a BBS sysop loves more users, but seldom have I seen a sysop that have bent over backward for his users that he would be a pretzel at this point. Changes that Rueben has added as of April 13, 2008 for the retro computer community, and all I had to do was ask nicely and give feedback that you've given on how to make it better:
1) Added the Atari BBS list
2) Opened up 300 baud support. (this is turned off on modern BBS's)
3) Paid for the licences to add more lines. I think he started with 3-5 lines. Traffic increased when we started this, and so more lines were needed.
4) Added the Commodore BBS list
5) Added links to the Atari chats on both atarinews and the IRC chat.
6) Added the ability to skip all log-in screens. (this added with 300 baud users in mind).
Edited by doctorclu, Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:17 AM.