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About JohnPolka

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    Currently my focus is on Atari 8 bit computers, old school BBSs, emulators, and the Lynx hand held. However, I also enjoy Atari ST computers, Jaguar, and 2600.

    My non-Atari interests include TI-994A and Coleco Adam computers.

    I am originally from the Cleveland Ohio area. So, I am always interested in reconnecting with other Cleveland Atarians -- especially those from the old Atari BBS scene in the 80s and 90s.

    I run the Basement BBS. The BBS is running a customized version of BBS Express Pro! Telnet: basementbbs.ddns.net. Port: 9000. This BBS originally ran from 1986 - 1998, so it is truly an Atari time capsule on the Internet! :)

    Another BBS to check out is Part-Time. It was run by my step dad from 1985-early 2000. It was the longest running Atari 8 bit BBS in the Cleveland 216 Area Code. To connect, telnet to ptbbs.ddns.net Port: 8000.

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  1. Did you figure out what FZDS stands for? FZDS stands for Freeze-Dried Software? FZDS_FSE is the Freeze-Dried Full Screen Editor as I noted above. -JP
  2. Does FZDS stand for Freeze-Dried Software? For example, from your link above: FSESHELL.ZIP 25977 Jul 26 1995 CMDSHELL V2.00 for FZDS_FSE - A command shell for Octopus BBS sysops who would like to use the Freeze Dried Full-Screen Editor. Also adds optional tagline capability. Freeware!
  3. I noticed the problem this morning. Basement and Part-time are back up. I reset my router the other day but forgot to reset the port forwarding. I've been fighting a bad cold the last few days which is why this went unnoticed for a few days. -JP
  4. That's a real bummer...just when the message bases were finally starting to get some activity again. Anyway, I look forward to seeing its return. I'd be interested in more games. -JP
  5. Part-Time uses raw mode instead of telnet mode for Internet connections. I suspect you might be using telnet mode. That may explain why you can't upload to Part-Time. -JP
  6. I sent you an email earlier...you now have access to both BBSs. -JP
  7. The Basement and Part-Time BBSs have files for download too (see my signature for telnet addresses). Incidentally, some of the BBSs use telnet protocol (I believe SFHQ and Boot Factory use telnet mode) and others (such as the Basement, Part-Time, and the Resistance) use raw mode. So, it probably would be good to try file transfers on a variety of BBSs. You probably should also test uploading too. -JP
  8. Actually you might be surprised by the interest for a resurrected AMIS BBS. Many people got their start with AMIS and it would certainly bring back memories. It would be unique now that there's no other AMIS BBS up. In this day and age, one message base is plenty. However, it's my understanding that it's not difficult to modify AMIS to support more than one message base. My first BBS program was MPP AMIS and iwhen I got it, it had already been modified to support more than one message base. By all means try Bulletin Board Construction Set (BBCS), but beware that it was very crash prone back in the day. A flavor of FoReM on the 8 bit would be a decent choice too. -JP
  9. The Lantronix UDS-10 with some BBSs require the user to press return/enter a a few times before the BBS recognizes an incoming call. Did you try this? Also AMIS is written in Atari Basic, so it may be possible to look at the souce code to determine what it's looking for when an incoming call comes in. Maybe it's expecting something like a certain modem message when a call comes in that the Lantronix does not produce. I'd first start by looking for any modem init strings (i.e., anything that starts with AT, for example, ATZ) in the AMIS source code. The modem init strings might give you a clue as to what AMIS is expecting for an incoming call. If AMIS expects something that the Lantronix does not support, it may still be possible to modify AMIS to work with the Lantronix. -JP
  10. Yes. Check the Device installer program or use the internal configuration program. With the UDS connected to a computer, you can load up a term program and enter XXX to access the internal configuration program. The device's port number is one of the settings (under channel 1 configuration). The default port on the UDS-10 is 10001. See also page 26 in the UDS-10/UDS-100 setup manual. https://www.lantronix.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/UDS10-UDS100_UG.pdf -JP
  11. You need a router that supports Dynamic DNS. Moreover, you need to use a Dynamic DNS provider that's supported by your router (my router supports no-ip.com). Your router will want your account login info for the Dynamic DNS provider. Once you have that set up, then it's just a matter of setting up the port forwarding in your router. That is, forward the incoming port to your UDS device port (which may or may not be the same port number). -JP
  12. Yeah, I posted that message in 1990. The IG code came from an IG tutorial. Around the time I posted that message, I was thinking of adding IG to my Atari 8 bit BBS, but never got around to it. Earlier this year I considered adding it to my resurrected BBS. However, the IG editor is horrible (i.e., buggy and not at all user friendly). I don't know how anyone could have used the editor. It's no wonder why IG didn't catch on more. -JP
  13. I have successfully tested those settings with my BBS. That is, I have received connections with the Lantronix UDS-10 and those settings.
  14. I wonder how good the documentation is. If it comes with good docs, then it might be worth the gamble to try it out. -JP
  15. I just tried the wrestling game and your BBS locked up. -JP Edit: I was able to logon again and tried the ST National Drag Race Game. It's unplayable when you logon to your BBS with ATASCII mode. This game (and I suspect your other games) assume ASCII translation.
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