Thank you.... I'm looking forward to playing with this.
I had a thought for a multi-line Atari 8-bit BBS (well, and ST as well) but beyond buying a few Mega's and 800xls I'm beginning to wonder if it would be worth the effort. I have a hard enough time keeping my one line BBS's busy
This is my baby. This is my very first Atari 800 from May 1983. I used to run my bulletin board on it so I installed a speaker cut off switch which you can see next to the control button this was so I could turn off the speaker at night because people would send control-Gs which would ring the bell on the internal speaker on the computer at night to get me to go into chat with them through the sysop console.
Its connected with an ATR 8000 with the copower 88 processor upgrade, Inside the 800 its fully tricked out with a full view 80 Bit-3 80 column card in slot 3. A magna systems 256K/16 K ram card and ram drive in slot number 2. An axlon 32k ram card in slot number one and an integrator OS board in slot number 0
Bob Wooley was very kind enough to send me an FTE sweet 16 65816 upgrade module and Im gonna try to install it into the 800
Someone asked if I could provide them copies of BBS Software I have. Will be reading them all in and SIO2PCing over to make ATRs to post up in a day or so.
Thank you! That BBS software would be greatly appreciated!
One thing I had heard of was a multi-node software running off multiple 800's sharing a single Corvus HD... I was always curious how that worked.... Just a simple file-lock strategy? Might be a good way to do a multi-line BBS for the A8.
Then again, it's hard enough to get callers for just one node let alone justify working on a multi-node one.
(And yes, I do know about TCP/IP Express with the multiplexer, but unless I'm wrong, I don't think that hardware is available for purchase and I don't think the software is available either).
Ive been flirting with the idea of putting my old customized Carnival (heavily modified AMIS) software which I then heavily modified to run multi-user on a network of 800s connected to a Corvus HD.
If you still have the equipment, go for it. Was talking to another old AMIS sysop on Facebook trying to get his mod going. I remember AMIS quite fondly... was the first BBS software I worked on modifying.
From what I remember, I actually got it working with more than one message base.
That reminds me of something I was thinking about: A Win32 executable that would scrape some latest news headline sites and download the top articles as text. Have it save to a PCLINK: directory, and then an automated script could run on the Atari to pull the latest news onto the board.
Like my boss says... all things are possible. It is just a question of the resources to be spent (manpower/infrastructure/etc) justifies the returns.
I am able to connect to Bates Motel. I connected a day or two ago.
ST Guild has been down for awhile. I asked the SysOp about it and he says he's gotten very busy with other things recently. He didn't give a time frame when it will return.
I heard from the SysOp of Alcatraz today. His BBS will be sporatically up and down in the near term as he works to recover some data on another hard drive partition. Also when you try to connect to Alcatraz, be sure to use the dynamic dns address. The BBS' static I.P. has changed. Some BBS lists (including http://www.sfhqbbs.o...taribbslist.php) have the outdated static IP address for Alcatraz. The dynamic dns telnet address is alcatrazbbs.ddns.net:9000.
Any word on when YYZ and 8 Bit Guild will return?
Sorry... I don't know any more about LC's systems than you do.
I've been hoping to get together with ST Guild's SysOp, but things have been hectic here and he seems to have more interest in car shows. We'll arrange something.... someday.
... and of course, SFHQ is still around. TVAG... sometimes. (Just have to figure out how to turn off the new user lock I put on there awhile back).
Just a note.. I put ST Guild as offline since the domain name fails to resolve.... I kept Bates Motel up since I can never seem to access it though others can..... If anyone has any more information, it's always appreciated.
yes indeed, some people including myself have said we are taking time away but its never been an attention seek, sometimes life gets to be not nice for you or your family or both and yes the notion of computers pales into nothing compared to that but sometimes things get better and we return to the fold but W1k has been a pain in the backside for as long as I remember and talked to people in a way that's not right for a friendly forum.
But I still wish him well but please keep your promise this time mate..
Its rare I'm negative about a member in this way..
I know what you mean.... but frankly, I'm so glad to see him gone. In fact, I cracked open a few beers tonight just to celebrate.
I'm slightly bothered by your "please keep your promise this time".... has he pulled this one before?