[vcf-midatlantic] VCFed BBS finally happening
joprysko1 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 12 16:10:30 EDT 2016
Let me give a brief outline of the way connectivity will work:
Internal to the museum there will likely be 2 or modems hooked up to the
BBS machine. The other extensions will be run to various machines setup to
allow individuals to "Dial-in" to the BBS through the PBX.
The PBX has 2 external (AKA Ma Bell) connections, one analog phone line,
and one phone line supported through a GSM phone line. Since getting
Verizon or whoever to run a real analog line to talk to the PBX, there will
be ONE telephone number accessible from the outside for people to be able
to dial in from home on an analog modem.
That is the function of the PBX, to enable the internal connectivity, as
well as the one external line.
The telnet functionality will be handled through the LTE Router the group
already has, and will have zero to do with the PBX side. The telnet
functionality isn't limited to a specific number of connections, so we
could have live multi-user chat (Think something similar to AOL Chat
Rooms), as well as various games as well.
Depending on usage and demand, there is also capabilities for forums
(likely not needed), file libraries (Could be useful for pre-internet
machines with a modem), as well as a few other features. For now, we're
looking to give visitors to the museum the "1980's" experience of dialing
into a BBS, hearing the modem negotiations, etc. If there are members of
the group that want to use more/additional features (Such as the ability to
call in from a real modem externally), we are making sure that we're
prepared for them, as well as the telnet functionality.
If anyone has any questions, or concerns, feel free to mail me either on or
off the list.
On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 3:45 PM, Joseph Oprysko <joprysko1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Most likely, the 40 column display will still be an issue.
> On Wednesday, October 12, 2016, Jason Howe via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>> On Wed, 12 Oct 2016, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>>> We've had various talk / starts / stops about an authentic-ish dial-up
>>> BBS through the years. Now it is finally coming true.
>>> People can also telnet in directly to the PC thanks to our LTE modem, or
>>> they can call in remotely once we buy a GSM SIM card (to be considered
>>> after the main system is up and running).
>> Since, there is no way in hell I'm going to be able to make it to Jersey
>> for this, unless someone buys me a plane ticket, I'd love to be able to
>> participate by telnetting into the BBS with my Atari 800.
>> For many of the early home-micros, a 40 column layout would be ideal.
>> Don't know if that's possible along side with an 80 col layout. All I know
>> is that the 40 col display gets super goofy on some boards.
>> Anyway, just my $0.02, it's super exciting news regardless!!
> Normal Person: Hey, it seems that you know a lot.
> Geek: To be honest, it's due to all the surfing I do.
> Normal Person: So you go surfing?
> Normal Person: But I don't think that has anything to do with knowing a
> Geek: I think that's wrong on a fundamental level.
> Normal Person: Huh? Huh? What?
Normal Person: Hey, it seems that you know a lot.
Geek: To be honest, it's due to all the surfing I do.
Normal Person: So you go surfing?
Normal Person: But I don't think that has anything to do with knowing a
Geek: I think that's wrong on a fundamental level.
Normal Person: Huh? Huh? What?
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