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#1101 Tillek OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Apr 4, 2018 4:23 PM

BBS defined:

Tall tales of tele-computing told by insects that produce honey.

:)

Insert long drawn-out groan here.....



#1102 JohnPolka OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Apr 4, 2018 9:50 PM

Insert long drawn-out groan here.....

 

Could have been worse. He could have said that BBS stands for Bumble Bee Shhhhhhh (I mean) Sugar!    :grin:



#1103 moonlight_mile OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:20 AM

Came across this on a blog I follow.

http://www.textfiles...TS/ataribbs.txt

Alcatraz isn’t listed but some of the other 215 area code boards are listed.

#1104 Tillek OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:54 PM

Came across this on a blog I follow.

http://www.textfiles...TS/ataribbs.txt

Alcatraz isn’t listed but some of the other 215 area code boards are listed.

Man... that goes back further than I do.  I don't remember any of those NE Ohio BBS's.  I really didn't get into the BBSing until about '86-'87.  Not sure when the Akron area Atari BBS's started up but none of them seem to be on that list.



#1105 DarkLord OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:05 PM

Came across this on a blog I follow.

http://www.textfiles...TS/ataribbs.txt

Alcatraz isn’t listed but some of the other 215 area code boards are listed.

 

What, no DarkForce? Blasphemy!  :)

 

Well, okay - looking at the date I guess it's understandable. We didn't

start up until the early 90's...

 

PS I'm with Tillek - I don't recall most of the Kentucky listings either.



#1106 JohnPolka OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:11 PM

Came across this on a blog I follow.

http://www.textfiles...TS/ataribbs.txt

Alcatraz isn’t listed but some of the other 215 area code boards are listed.

 

That's a great list. In the 216 list, T.A.P. was the only one that lasted well into the 90s (and possibly early 2000s). It was ran by B&G Electronics in Lakewood, Ohio. They were one of the authorized Atari dealers in NE Ohio. T.A.P. stood for "The Atari Professionals". It started out as an AMIS BBS. I think it then upgraded to the original 850 BBS Express. The BBS eventually switched to ST Express. Sometime in the early 90s, B&G started to sell PCs and they change the BBS name to T.C.P. which stood for "The Computer Professionals".  B&G Electronics is still around. Besides computer repair, they are a local ISP.

 

I remember the BBS "Peek + Poke". I am not sure if I called it though. It was a Lake County BBS and therefore, a long distance call from the Cleveland suburbs. 

 

It's funny seeing "Atari Merry Go Round" in the list. I never could get through to it. The number was always busy, then one day it became disconnected. I don't know of anyone who got through to it.


Edited by JohnPolka, Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:21 PM.


#1107 JohnPolka OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:39 PM

 

What, no DarkForce? Blasphemy!  :)

 

Well, okay - looking at the date I guess it's understandable. We didn't

start up until the early 90's...

 

PS I'm with Tillek - I don't recall most of the Kentucky listings either.

 

Part-Time isn't listed in the 216 section, but it started in 1985. Maybe it went online shortly after this list was published.  There's a few other 216 Atari BBSs that I know were online then that aren't listed. The Basement went online in November 1986, so that's why it's not listed. :)



#1108 JohnPolka OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:13 PM

Came across this on a blog I follow.

http://www.textfiles...TS/ataribbs.txt

Alcatraz isn’t listed but some of the other 215 area code boards are listed.

 

I noticed the following code in the list:

 

R=RINGBACK SYSTEM

 

Does anyone know how a ringback system worked with BBSs back then?



#1109 x=usr(1536) OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:38 PM

 

I noticed the following code in the list:

 

R=RINGBACK SYSTEM

 

Does anyone know how a ringback system worked with BBSs back then?

 

There were a couple of different ways:

 

At signup, you'd provide the number you were typically going to be calling from.  Once your account had been activated, you'd connect to the BBS by calling it and entering your credentials, at which point it would hang up, typically giving a message to set your modem and /or terminal software in answer mode.  The BBS would then call you back a few minutes later, and your session would be allowed.

 

Later, once Caller ID was widely-avaialble, the same thing could be accomplished using it.

 

There was also voice verification, in which the sysop would call you back after signup to establish that the number you gave was real.  Not true ringback in the strict sense, but similar in method and with about the same end goal.



#1110 Tillek OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:39 PM

 

I noticed the following code in the list:

 

R=RINGBACK SYSTEM

 

Does anyone know how a ringback system worked with BBSs back then?

If I recall right.... https://en.wikipedia...matic_ring_back

 

Basically, you call the BBS, but it's busy.   So you sit around watching TV, hanging out, maybe calling another BBS... when the line is free, they call you.  You set your modem to answer.... and you're on.

 

The way I recall it working, you (the caller) got a different "ring" on your phone to let you know it was a ringback... the person you called... they'd get a regular ring (which would trigger the modem's answer routine).



#1111 Tillek OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:40 PM

 

There were a couple of different ways:

 

At signup, you'd provide the number you were typically going to be calling from.  Once your account had been activated, you'd connect to the BBS by calling it and entering your credentials, at which point it would hang up, typically giving a message to set your modem and /or terminal software in answer mode.  The BBS would then call you back a few minutes later, and your session would be allowed.

 

Later, once Caller ID was widely-avaialble, the same thing could be accomplished using it.

 

There was also voice verification, in which the sysop would call you back after signup to establish that the number you gave was real.  Not true ringback in the strict sense, but similar in method and with about the same end goal.

... or, it's that.  Maybe we need to track one of those guys down and find out more information.



#1112 JohnPolka OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:59 PM

If I recall right.... https://en.wikipedia...matic_ring_back

 

Basically, you call the BBS, but it's busy.   So you sit around watching TV, hanging out, maybe calling another BBS... when the line is free, they call you.  You set your modem to answer.... and you're on.

 

The way I recall it working, you (the caller) got a different "ring" on your phone to let you know it was a ringback... the person you called... they'd get a regular ring (which would trigger the modem's answer routine).

 

Yeah, I had a feeling that's what it was referring to, but I wasn't sure. I even asked my step dad who worked for Ohio Bell, et al for 35 years what it was. He was pretty sure it was what you described. I don't believe I ever called any BBSs with that feature. Cool stuff!



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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:00 PM

... or, it's that.  Maybe we need to track one of those guys down and find out more information.

 

Now that you mention it, I think it may have been both.  Ringback on busy is jogging a memory of having run across that a couple of times.



#1114 JohnPolka OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:06 PM

... or, it's that.  Maybe we need to track one of those guys down and find out more informat

 

I think it was the automatic ring back service that you linked to. My step dad said phone companies had those services for ages. It also makes sense that they would mention it in a BBS list. If the ring back was driven by the BBS, then you wouldn't need to mention it in the BBS list.



#1115 DarkLord OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:45 AM

Didn't have "ringback" on busy at DarkForce but at one point in time I

used a callback script for verification purposes.

 

I might still have that somewhere - if I can find it I'll upload it here so

we can see how it worked/functioned.



#1116 bf2k+ OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:56 PM

Man... that goes back further than I do.  I don't remember any of those NE Ohio BBS's.  I really didn't get into the BBSing until about '86-'87.  Not sure when the Akron area Atari BBS's started up but none of them seem to be on that list.

 

 

The original Boot Factory is on the list... even though they didn't have the name correct.

 

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Edited by bf2k+, Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:58 PM.


#1117 Bikerbob OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:57 PM

Looks like ST Guild might be down and out? anyone on here the SYSop? when I try and connect it tells me it cannot resolve the address..

 

James



#1118 JohnPolka OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:21 PM

Looks like ST Guild might be down and out? anyone on here the SYSop? when I try and connect it tells me it cannot resolve the address..

 

James

 

I got a hold of the SysOp on Facebook. He said he will reboot his BBS today. Hopefully that's all that's needed.

 

-JP



#1119 Tillek OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:16 PM

Yeah, that can happen with dynamic services....

 

That said it's back up.  Just got off it. 



#1120 JohnPolka OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:40 AM

With the recent talk about BBS lists, I thought I'd share this one.

 

Page 11 of the following text file has a pretty extensive list of Pro! BBSs sorted by node number. This list was from June 16, 1989.

 

https://ia800801.us....ews/pbnv1n2.txt

 

On the list is Part-Time (node 7) and the Basement (node 127) which was called WL's Basement at the time. Boot Factory is now node 1, since BF2k+ is running Keith Ledbetter's old BBS. :)

 

This was from issue #2 of a Pro! BBS newsletter that I edited in 1989 (see https://archive.org/details/PROBBSnews ).

 

-JP


Edited by JohnPolka, Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:49 AM.





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