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I used a heavily modified copy of AMIS for my first big BBS on my Atari 800.  Loved it. I still have it and someday I will have it online again. :)

 

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I used NiteLite and then switched to BBS Express Professional once I got tired of shoehorning modifications into NiteLite via BASIC XE. :) The Pro version of BBS Express isn't readily available, but the original BBS Express that Keith Ledbetter put out is freely available for use. Others I tried briefly included AMIS, FoReM, Carina, and Marsh System 2.

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I really enjoyed being a Sysop on Atari 8bit. I must say BBS Express PRO!fessional did turn your Atari 8bit in a really powerful and fabulous system. It was (almost) an OS in itself with commands and stuff. When you did set it up right with a fast harddisk or ramdisk driver, people who called the BBS from their PC's did not believe that it did run on little atari. 

 

It was even capable of doing network-messaging and online games, and it supported 80 column width, full ansi (for callers of course). It was one of the coolest a8 experiences in my life. 

 

 

 

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10 hours ago, Marius said:

I really enjoyed being a Sysop on Atari 8bit. I must say BBS Express PRO!fessional did turn your Atari 8bit in a really powerful and fabulous system. It was (almost) an OS in itself with commands and stuff. When you did set it up right with a fast harddisk or ramdisk driver, people who called the BBS from their PC's did not believe that it did run on little atari. 

 

It was even capable of doing network-messaging and online games, and it supported 80 column width, full ansi (for callers of course). It was one of the coolest a8 experiences in my life. 

 

 

 

 

Pro! is a joy to run. I really enjoy its support of user written modules. One can use Action! or Assembly to write custom modules/games for it.

 

I ran Pro! in the 80s and mid-90s. Then I switched to a PC BBS (Searchlight) for a couple years before getting out of the hobby completely. In 2017, I found some old backup disks of my Pro! BBS installation. At first, i just wanted to see what was on them. After piecing together enough backup disks to bring the system up, I caught the SysOp bug again. So, I opened up the Basement BBS for everyone to see again. I also did the same with my step dad's Pro! BBS (Part-Time) that's also back online. Today, these two BBSs are like virtual museums or time capsules on the Internet.

 

I also got back into programming BBS Pro! modules. Most of my recent programming involved fixing bugs in my old code. But I've also completed a couple original modules too. The volume of BBS callers is no where near what it was. It wasn't uncommon to have 50 or more callers a day in the 80s and early 90s. I probably only average a couple callers per day now. However, BBSing today is a labor of love. It allows me (and everyone else who calls) an opportunity to relive the information age before the Internet. And yeah, it's amazing what we could do with 8 bits back then.

 

-JP

 

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Can anybody tell me where I can find some of these software disks on 5.25” inch floppy disks or can somebody burn me a set I’d be willing to pay.


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2 hours ago, DKZOOKEEPER said:

Can anybody tell me where I can find some of these software disks on 5.25” inch floppy disks or can somebody burn me a set I’d be willing to pay.


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The best way to do this would be with an SIO2PC cable. I'd recommend Lotharek's offering: https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=157

Of course you could also build your own if you have a real serial port on your PC or a USB to serial adapter: http://www.b-pahl.de/atari8bit/sio2pc/floppy2pc/prosys.html

I personally use the schematic featuring the 14C89. It's a good project to get started with soldering and has very little chance to damage anything other than your pride if you get it wrong. From there you can use Respeqt to load ATR disk images from the PC or sector copy them to disks if that's your prefrence. You can shop around still for 5.25" disks, but it'll be new old stock at best. Be sure to get dual density disks, not High Density. The HD stuff isn't as good with our low density drives.

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Yeah I’ll do that do you recommend any applications to burn on to a floppy for my Atari 800, like what software will work the best with that computer?


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I used a customized version of AMIS, and then went to BBCS.   It was not really popular, but i really, really liked it.

 

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11 hours ago, DKZOOKEEPER said:

Yeah I’ll do that do you recommend any applications to burn on to a floppy for my Atari 800, like what software will work the best with that computer?

 

Use the Atari DOS you prefer.  MyDOS will work.  You need the SIO2PC USB, a floppy drive and some floppy disks.

 

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10 hours ago, scotty said:

I used a customized version of AMIS, and then went to BBCS.   It was not really popular, but i really, really liked it.

 

Hey Scotty,

 

I remember your AMIS BBS. I first brought my BBS up in November 1986 with a copy of AMIS that you gave me. :)  I don't recall you using BBCS, but if you got it working successfully, you were probably one of a few who did. Unfortunately, BBCS is very buggy and crashes a lot.

 

-JP

 

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21 hours ago, Quiver said:

The best way to do this would be with an SIO2PC cable. I'd recommend Lotharek's offering: https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=157

Of course you could also build your own if you have a real serial port on your PC or a USB to serial adapter: http://www.b-pahl.de/atari8bit/sio2pc/floppy2pc/prosys.html

I personally use the schematic featuring the 14C89. It's a good project to get started with soldering and has very little chance to damage anything other than your pride if you get it wrong. From there you can use Respeqt to load ATR disk images from the PC or sector copy them to disks if that's your prefrence. You can shop around still for 5.25" disks, but it'll be new old stock at best. Be sure to get dual density disks, not High Density. The HD stuff isn't as good with our low density drives.


An SIO2SD might be another option. The smaller BBS software runs fine with it. In fact, the Mousenet BBS in Germany runs original BBS Express! with an SIO2SD.

 

-JP
 

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