[vcf-midatlantic] PC needed for VCFed BBS

william degnan billdegnan at gmail.com
Thu Apr 27 09:37:49 EDT 2017

remember I set up a BBS for the C64 for "MARCH"?  If you still have the
disk, just stick it in the 1541 drive and turn on the C-64 with a modem
attached to the phone system that accepts dial in calls on boot.  I tested,
works.  I used to run it out of my office (my version of some program).  At
least you can use this to get started.  Just edit the screens to no longer
say MARCH.  You can download this from vintagecomputer.net if you no longer
have it.  NO it's not fancy but it works out of the box and can get you
started in testing things.

Setting up the base BBS on a DOS machine takes less than an hour, comm 1 or
comm2?  I say first get it running and expand over time.  Making a "cool"
BBS that has lots of useful files and info, that's a part time job.

Today you'll find you don't get much traffic, mostly people testing their
modems.  People talk about BBSs but there is not much activity out there
for a real dial in BBS. Not worth running a vintage PC to death, using a
C64 long term is wasteful.


On Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 12:20 AM, Joseph Oprysko via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> I'll try experimenting with the BBS I have running on a VM and see if
> capping it at 2400 baud actually makes a lethargic telnet connection
> without causing issues.
> On Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 12:17 AM Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> > > That's something we may or may not do. While I have read about it,
> > > generally one of the advantages of telneting into a BBS is to take
> > > advantage of the higher speeds.
> >
> > Advantages, schmantages! :) Let's keep the BBS access to period lethargy
> > regardless of access method.
> >
> --
> 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
> lot...
> Geek: I think that's wrong on a fundamental level.
> Normal Person: Huh? Huh? What?

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