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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. FoReM XE Professional BBS, also known as FoReM XEP BBS, is a total re-write of the FoReM XE BBS. Written by Len Spencer, FoReM XEP is a commercial BBS program. The last revision, version 5.4, was released on this day, January 5th, in 1993 (source: The Atari 8-bit Frequently Asked Questions by Michael Current). FoReM XEP requires the BASIC XE cartridge from OSS/ICD, SpartaDos 3.2, and at least 500K of storage.
  2. On this day, September 2nd, in 1985, FoReM XE BBS software is released. FoReM XE, developed by Matthew Singer, is an Atari 8-bit BBS written in the BASIC XE programming language. Previous versions of FoReM were written in BASIC XL and Atari Basic (see the Atari Frequently Asked Questions by Michael Current for a list of versions). FoReM XE is in the public domain. One of its noteworthy features is its ability to import and export messages from BBS Express Pro! systems.
  3. On this day, July 20th, in 2017, Alcatraz BBS returned online. Alcatraz BBS had been offline for about 28 years prior to its resurrection. You can telnet to Alcatraz BBS at the following address: alcatrazbbs.ddns.net, port 9000. Some Alcatraz BBS Atascii screen shots are available here, here, and here.
  4. Correct.
  5. Do you have a link to the thread? -JP
  6. Cool! Feel free to post in the BBS SysOps section if you need any help bringing it back online! -JP
  7. In August, 1985 Atari Corp began operating a BBS. The BBS began on two Atari 800 computers and a Corvus hard disk, running the Nite Light BBS Software. By February, 1987 the BBS had 5 phone lines each connected to an Atari ST. Also in February, 1987 the Atari BBS was averaging 12,000 monthly calls (source: February 1987 issue of Antic Magazine - Volume 5, Number 10 page 52).
  8. On this day, July 16th, in 1986, The Cleveland Freenet (CFN) went online. CFN was a a free public community computer system, the first of its kind in the world. The success of CFN lead to the creation of other Freenet systems located throughout the world. CFN would host several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) including an Atari SIG. When CFN first went online, users would dial into the system with a computer modem. Later, CFN would also allow Internet telnet connections. With Internet access, CFN's Atari SIG grew into the largest free online system dedicated to Atari computers and game consoles. The Atari SIG ceased operations when CFN went offline on September 30, 1999. Although an active Atari SIG is no longer online, a web based archive is available here. You can also read more about the Cleveland Freenet here.
  9. Correction: The Pocket Modem was produced by BOT Engineering. An image is available here. Additional information on the ADCM BBS is available on the BBS Documentary software archive.
  10. Bulletin Board Construction Set (BBCS) was first announced/reviewed in the August 1985 issue of Antic (Volume 4 Number 4 page 41). Antic also announced in this issue that it would sell BBCS through its Antic Arcade catalog. BBCS is a BBS program written in 100% machine language by Scott Brause of the Jersey Atari Computer Group. BBCS allowed the SysOp to customize the BBS through easy to use menus. Before BBCS, most BBS programs could only be customized by modifying their source code (most BBSs were written in BASIC at the time). See also the BBCS entry in the BBS Documentary archive.
  11. On this day, January 15th, in 1986, version 1.35 of ADCM BBS is released. Version 1.0 was released sometime in 1985 (source: The Atari 8-bit Frequently Asked Questions by Michael Current). The ADCM BBS was written for the ADCM Pocket Modem. The BBS includes a command driven interface, private and public messages, file transfers, support for up to 255 users, and supports up to 500 baud. More information and images are available here.
  12. On this day, in 1983, the Nite Lite BBS Software, by Paul S. Swanson goes online for the first time. The first version of the BBS is run entirely in RAM. Beginning with the secind version of the BBS, more of the BBS' functionality, such as message bases and menus, are run from a disk drive. The third version of the BBS included a text adventure game. The fourth version added ATR8000 and double density disk drive support. The fifth version, released in 1985, added graphics and sound through the special C-GUL terminal program (source: The Atari 8-bit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document by Michael Current).
  13. In February 1982, the Michigan Atari Computer Enthusiasts (MACE) start the first Atari BBS that would operate 24 hours per day. They would use their own Atari Message and Information System (A.M.I.S.) BBS software. The BBS software ran on a 48K Atari 800 with a Hayes Smartmodem, an Atari 850 interface, four floppy disk drives, and an Atari 822 printer (source: The Atari 8-bit Frequently Asked Questions by Michael Current). The MACE BBS is mentioned on Page 44 of the June 1982 (Voume 1 number 2) issue of Antic. See also the June 1st calendar entry for more information on the A.M.I.S. software.
  14. Additional information on AMIS (or A.M.I.S.) is in the Atari 8-bit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) by Michael Current (section 8.16 "What programs can I use to host a BBS on the Atari?"). The FAQ states that "[d]evelopment and testing [of A.M.I.S.] started in late 1981...." MACE would use A.M.I.S. to host the first 24 hours per day Atari BBS in February 1982. This confirms that the MACE BBS software mentioned in the June 1982 issue of Antic is A.M.I.S. See also the February 1st calendar entry for the "First 24 hours per day Atari BBS".
  15. On this day, March 24th, in 1986, ATKeep BBS is released. ATKeep is a Citadel-like BBS by Brent Barrett for Atari (8-bit) computers. Originally, this BBS software was called MBBS, which is short for Message Base Bulletin Board System. When version 4.0 was released on June 15, 1986, the name was changed to Atari Keep, or ATKeep for short.
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