I want to believe - If it is just us... seems like an awful waste of space.

30.08.2016
The BlackICE BBS starts the search for extraterrestrial intelligence with the Seti@Home project.

What is SETI? and SETI@HOME?

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is a collective term for the scientific search for intelligent extraterrestrial life. For example, monitoring electromagnetic radiation for signs of transmissions from civilizations on other worlds.

SETI at home is an Internet-based public volunteer computing project. Hosted by the Space Sciences Laboratory, at the University of California, Berkeley - USA. Its purpose is to analyze radio signals, searching for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence capture by the Arecibo radio telescope.



Observational data are recorded on 2-terabyte SATA hard disk drives at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, each holding about 2.5 days of observations, which are then sent to Berkeley. Arecibo does not have a broadband Internet connection, so data must go by postal mail to Berkeley.

Once there, it is divided in both time and frequency domains work units of 107 seconds of data, or approximately 0.35 megabytes (350 kilobytes or 350,000 bytes), which overlap in time but not in frequency. These work units are then sent from the SETI@home server over the Internet to personal computers around the world to analyze.

And the BlackICE BBS spends now a part of its CPU time to the Seti@Home Project. The installed Software, called BOINC can be scaled in many ways. The Board or other processes running on that machine are not affected with the higher CPU load.

Of course, you can watch the status in the BlackICE BBS itself. You will find a new entry under the SysInfo-Menue!



If you're also want to compute for SETI visit this webpage: http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/

If you're a SySoP and like also to show your running tasks with boinc, use the 'boinccmd --get_tasks' command to print out the status. You'll find the boinccmd executive file in your Boinc install directory.

Running Windows? Try 'boinccmd --get_tasks >tasks.txt'. That will create a file named tasks.txt with all Boinc taskinfos in it.

Happy computing!

Quelle: bbsindex.de / BlackICE BBS / University Berkeley

The History of the Shadowscope BBS from Georgia, USA

24.08.2016
Every BBS has its own history. Some have a story that start with "long time ago..." other boards are telling a more shortly one.

The Journey of the Shadowscope BBS start in the early 90s. Today the Board is running Mystic BBS on 20 nodes.

You can reach the Shadowscope BBS via Telnet: telnet://bbs.shadowscope.com

The Sysop of the Shadowscope BBS, Richard Miles was so kind to share the history of his board with bbsindex.de.


Shadowscope BBS began in 1991 as Shadowland BBS. Originally it was run on a Tandy Personal Computer using TriBBS software. After a couple of months I switched to Renegade. Being located in West GA everwhere except the immediate area was long distance including Atlanta, even though it was the same area code. After a few months of that I switched to the “Atlanta Line” which allowed me to dial into numbers in the metro Atlanta area and have them dial in to my BBS. At that time the board was only online at night. My handle online was Deathknight, except of course I used ansi codes to change the “t’s” to crosses lol.

Shortly thereafter I added multi-ring support to my phone line. Don’t remember what it was called but you got a different number for each person in the house. I also had a small piece of equipment that would distinguish between the rings and route incoming BBS calls to the computer, which allowed for 24/7 uptime. I also had to get a new computer as my brother had left the military and needed his back. For a brief while one of my users had let me borrow an extra desktop until I could get a PC. I finally ended up renting one from one of those pay by the week furniture places. I also joined Fidonet at that time.

My original Fido node number was 1:133/3. It changed to 1:133/1003 about a year later after a new NC took over. Around ’92 a friend and I set up our own FTN network, WeirdNet. At it’s heyday I think we had about 25 nodes. I also joined a few other networks as well including RGNet and a few I can’t remember now.

I was very much into modding Renegade at that time, frequenting Digital Playground (Cott Lang’s BBS) and a few other “l33t” boards in order to get ideas. I hex edited RG to change the hardcoded prompts and added in animated ansi in their places. I even had a few mods out on the net that I can no longer find.

Around ’95 or ’96 changed jobs and actually started making a little money. also changed BBS software. I started using Intermail as my front end and Proboard for the BBS. I also started getting involved in a couple of other international and national networks, which unfortunately due to my being irresponsible also jacked up my phone bill to a very large amount and the wife, rightly so, made me take it down. I did end up keeping the board up but was no longer involved in anything except local stuff.

As things go I ended up taking my BBS down in 98. I pre-registered for the forthcoming version of Proboard (both the DOS and Win32 versions.) Proboard was then sold to Pat Clawson of Telegrafix who ran it into the ground and basically never honored the money we had spent. I also had a new job at that point and didn’t have much time for BBSing.

I moved in 1999 to a new area and along with that came BROADBAND. I upgraded my new PC to Windows 2000 and relaunched the BBS as Shadowscope, running EleBBS as telnet only. My handle also slightly changed to dethnite. I used IRC a lot at that point and Deathknight was just too long so I shortened it.

I also launched the Shadowscope web site in November. At that point the address was shadowscope.darktech.org and everything was hand coded. In December I launched my first domain, shadowscope.com, which is still up and running along with a few others that are currently forwarding to Shadowscope.

I really wasn’t all that interested in BBSing and just had it up for nostalgia at that point so it was only online for about nine months.

From 2000 to 2012 I mainly blogged on Shadowscope. Originally the site was run on Movabletype and then around 2009 I moved to WordPress which is what I am running now. I blog about whatever currently interests me. For a few years it was all about crime and around 2010 I pretty much stopped that. After my dad died I lost all interest and while I still write a crime post here and there it doesn’t drive me as much as before. I also did quite a bit of Pay-per-post stuff around that time as well. Hell, brought in 10k one year just from sponsored posts. Not enough to make a living but it certainly paid for my toys and a few bills to boot.

Anyway, when I stopped blogging about crime I decided the time was right to get back into BBSing. In January 2012 Shadowscope BBS went back online. Originally I was going to go with EleBBS again but as development had stopped I switched over to Synchronet, which I ran until a couple of weeks ago. The old laptop that I hosted on died and I have changed to the current software, Mystic. I am running it on a Windows 10 64-bit machine. I looked into using one of my Raspberry Pi’s but decided I wanted to use them for some IOT stuff which you can read about on my web site.

Shadowscope is currently not finished. I am moving over my Ansi menus and still have a lot of back-end work to do. I plan on adding a couple of RSS feeds as well as being able to telnet out to other BBSes and Weather Underground.

I will also be tying it into my home automation system using MQTT, I just haven’t decided to what extent. Most likely just pulling information out of the BBS for my use.


For this plan, bbsindex.de wishes all the best!

Quelle: bbsindex.de / shadowscope.com / Richard Miles

Scheduled maintenance for bbsindex.de

26.07.2016
The hoster of bbsindex.de scheduled a maintenance on 31st July 2016 from 22:00 until ~ 02:00 (CET)

Why?

During large DDoS attacks, until the DDoS protection is active and has identified and blocked the bad traffic, customers experienced slight or large (depending on the attack) packet loss and we want to ensure that this traffic is not going to affect any services until the protection is filtering actively. Another aspect is that our customers can now benefit from 10 times the speed as before. After the maintenance we will raise the speed limit of all vServers so you can transfer data much faster than before.

The solution:

- Replace 1GE external switch (connected to router via 10GE) by full 24x 10GE SFP+ (fiber) switch
- Install a 10GE network card in every cluster node
- Install transceiver modules
- Change position of servers inside of the rack to optimize space used by servers
- Move switches to the middle of the rack to optimize cable lengths
- Move outlet strips to optimize cable lengths
- Tie cables together for better cable management

The website bbsindex.de and the xmpp/jabber server is during the maintenance offline.

We apologize for any inconveniences.


Quelle: bbsindex.de

Running on a real Apple //e - The Sanctum 2 BBS

19.07.2016
Back in the 1980s not as many people as today owned a computer. But a few did. And some of them also used modems to call other computersystems.



Today, 30 years later, a sysop from the good old times is still active and figured out how you can connect to an Apple //e BBS via the Internet.







Read more about it in Kailef's own words, found on the new RetroNet message-network in the scene:



For a long time, I've run "Sanctum II BBS" as a tribute to one of my favorite BBS systems of my youth, the original Sanctum which ran in Palm Springs, California throughout most of the 80's and well into the 90's. When it went offline, I started Sanctum II to keep things going. By that time, though, nobody was using dialup modems, and the tech to effectively put an Apple //e computer (the system that the original Sanctum ran on) didn't exist. (Even today it hardly exists!)







So, we ran off of Synchronet for a long time, and then switched to Mystic and ran on that for a long time. Recently though, I realized that the tech exists to put an Apple computer, in all of it's 1 mhz CPU, 64k RAM glory, on the Internet. That still doesn't make an old-style BBS work though, because those guys are designed to work purely through modems. But then I learned about TCPser and how it can emulate a modem on one end to allow the BBS to see what it thinks it's supposed to see, and Telnet on the other side so that you can connect to it via the Internet. So, excited, for the past week I've been working on getting an Apple //e based BBS functional and usable from the outside. As of yesterday, I am successful!







It's pretty vanilla besides the system info, system news, and menus, but it's up and working. If you want to try out what I think is the only telnet-connectable GBBS (and probably Apple 2 in general) BBS that's running in a fully emulated environment (AppleWin to be specific) I just opened it up to the outside. telnet to "sanctumbbs.com" on port "6502" (totally stole that port idea, heh heh) you can give it a try. Nothing special to see, it's just a stock GBBS Pro 1.3j system, but those are pretty uncommon. Besides mine, there are only two others in the world. Anyhow I think that the bare fact that I've got it working at all is truly amazing, I think.







Have a look on the board! It's awesome! I explored an old BBS list with all the boards from the past. It's quiet nice. Just grab your terminal and telnet to: sanctumbbs.com:6502.

Quelle: RetroNet / Kailef

Tutorial Videos for Mystic BBS

01.06.2016
Oldschool software is not easy to set up. A little help might comming from Mystic Guy on YouTube. Behind the name Mystic Guy is the Sysop from the Agency BBS aka Avon.

Two Tutorials are online now and more will follow.

The first Tutorial explains how to install Mystic BBS and also covers the first steps.

The Second one (in two parts) is about Networking. It shows how you connect your BBS to a message network like FSX-NET.

You can reach the channel by using this URL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPOUHszVXaGNSlK3AdI7kLQ - yes anoing long URL... We have shorten it to: bit.ly/MysticTutorials

Installing Mystic BBS and first steps



Mystic BBS - Connecting to a Message Network (part 1)



Mystic BBS - Connecting to a Message Network (part 2)


Quelle: Avon, Agency BBS / FSX-NET

160 Door Games for your BBS with just one installation - The Throwback DoorGame DoorParty Server

24.05.2016
Sometimes people say to me: If you see one BBS you know all Boards.

That is not true.

If you have a look at the very shiny ansi-board from West Virginia, USA - The Fluph! BBS - the Crazy Paradise BBS from Berlin, Germany running on real Amiga-Hardware or the BlackICE BBS also from Germany - They all have a special focus. The BlackICE BBS is known for the Newscenter.

But there is another board now to put in the row with the speical focus BBS.

The Throwback BBS.

That board had already in the first, early hours a high amount of door-games running.
And a bit later, the user was able to play old dos text-games online inside the BBS like ZORK! How cool is that?!

But Maskreet, Sysop of the Throwback BBS has a next step in mind: To offer all other Sysops access to a DoorGameServer.

DoorGameServer?

With it your users can play about 160 Ansi-Door-Games and DOS-Text-Games at the moment.
And all what a Sysop, who like to join has to do is to build a connection to that server.

The setup is very easy and will be done with plink and telnetdoor.exe.

How can your system be part of this party?

The DoorParty Server has its own forum on the Web. Register and apply with your BBS-Data and you get an answer with all the instructions you need. If you have any trouble, you can be sure Maskreet and the surrounding community will help you to set up your connection to the DoorParty.

How does it look?

Here are some screenshots:


Main Menu

RPG Menu

DOS Text Games Menu

Solitaire Ansi Game

Games currenty available from the server:

RPG
Arrowbridge I,Arrowbridge II
Atlantis,Barren Realms Elite
Colonies,Darkness
Dog World 2,DoorMud
Falconss Eye,Gangland
Hackarama!,Jedi Knights
Jezebel,Land of Devastation
LORD,LORD 2: New World
LORE,Lost In Space
Lunatix,Pentasim
Pimp Wars,Planets: TEOS
Sim BBS,Solar Realms Elite
Starship Galactica,The Clans
Time Travel,Tradewars 2002
Usurper,Virtual Sysop III


Real-Time Multiplayer
Global War (Risk),Real-Time Battleship
Real-Time Checkers,Real-Time Chess
Real-Time Connect 4,Real-Time Othello
Tournament Trivia


Single Player
4 Corners Checkers,Barney Splat!
Chain Reaction,Concentration
Cryptograms,Disney Trivia
Dominoes,Gold Rush
Hexxwars,Hiroll Dice
Hobbit Trivia,Letter Match
Peg Jump,Quantum Jump
Rescue,Rocking Radio
Stairway,Sunrise Trivia
Time Port,Virtual Escape
Wheel Of Fortune,Who Dun-It?
Word Search,Word Shuffle
Word War


Card/Gambling
3 Pair Poker,Crazy 8s
Lotto Mania!,Sunrise Blackjack
Sunrise Box Poker,Sunrise Hi-Lo
Sunrise Keno,Zombie Slots


Dice Games
Acey Ducey,Baseball Dice
Box Dice,Groan Dice
Ladders Dice,Sweepstakes Dice
Triple Yahtzee,Wordzee


Solitaire
Monte Carlo,Over Under
Sunrise Betsy Ross,Triangle Solitaire


DOS Text Games
007 - A View to a Kill,007 - Goldfinger
A Dudley Dilemma,A Mind Forever Voyaging
Adventure!,Amulet of Yendor
Ballyhoo,Breakers
Brimstone,Cutthroats
Cyborg,Dark Continent
Deadline,Dr Dumonts Wild P.A.R.T.I.
Enchanter,Forbidden Castle
Hack,Hitchhikerss Guide to the Galaxy
Hollywood Hijinks,Indiana Jones Revenge of the Ancients
Infidel,Leather Goddesses of Phobos
McMurphys Mansion,Moonmist
Nethack,Seastalker
Sherlock: Riddle of the Crown Jewels,Sleuth
Sorcerer,Spellbreaker
Starcross,Suspended
The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland,The Game of Dungeons
The Lurking Horror,The Misers House
The Phantoms Revenge,The Wizards Castle
Trinity,Voodoo Island
Wishbringer,Zork
Zork 2,Zork 3

The Throwback BBS:
www.throwbackbbs.com / telnet: bbs.throwbackbbs.com:23

DoorParty Forum:
http://forums.throwbackbbs.com

Quelle: bbsindex.de / Maskreet / Throwback BBS

Mystic BBS Software starts Wiki-Page

22.03.2016
Today at the FSXNet (A BBS-Scene Text Message Network) the user g00r00 (known as the coder of Mystic BBS) announced that he has started a Wiki for Mystic BBS.

Here is the original quote:

"Just an update for you Mystic-heads:

wiki.mysticbbs.com is now active.

Of course there is little to no content at the moment but I will be working on it as I feel the urge and have the time. Here is how its going to work for
now:

1. The general public will have read-only access to the Wiki. The exception to this rule will be on the "Mystic BBS List" where I will allow anyone to edit in order to add or remove their BBS info. If people abuse this right and alter other people's information in a malicious way, I will take it away.

2. I will manually create users for people who want the ability to edit the pages. If someone does want access as an editor, I will need a desired user name and a valid e-mail address. If you want to take on the role of the editor, please try to be articulate and create documents that are well structured, and highly readable.

If you are the type of person who tends to write walls-of-text with a million mispellings and grammatical errors, then attempting to document software may not be your calling! :)

3. In order to maintain and develop a clean structure of the Wiki, I will not be allowing editors to create and delete pages. I'll likely add a second type of account that will have this access in the future, but until we get
things populated and well-structured, I will be manually creating pages and managing page creation at the request of the editors.

If anyone has suggestions please feel free to make them!"

Quelle: bbsindex.de / g00r00 / FSXnet

Contiki BBS: A BBS Software from Germany, Düsseldorf for the C64 Computer (Developer Interview) + Video

26.02.2016
Technology... and the age

Technology ages faster than your body cells decay or a new car loses its value. Most people would readily agree to that. At some point, one starts searching in vain for allegedly new spare parts for the loved vehicle, which has already reached its public drinking age. Regularly, the bathroom mirror points out new spots, which haven't looked this old earlier. In the same way, one could almost think that there would be no new publications for old technology either.

But insiders in the retro scene know better already. Again and again, and not just from fans, newly created sequels of former favorite games appear, as well as new ideas and software approaches from ambitious breadbox-lovers.

G64

The generation C64 turned partly into "generation Golf" or "generation Astra", has grown up and both feet on the ground. As, for example, Lodger from Dsseldorf, Germany, who has written a BBS software for the C64.



Since the BBS scene has mostly changed from dialup to telnet connections, a discussion about the C64 and telnet BBSing started on RetroHaCkRrS.com in 2009. Motivated by this fertile online conversation, Lodger wrote the first version of his BBS software on the basis of Contiki OS, aptly named Contiki BBS.

What is Contiki OS?

Contiki OS is an internet-capable operating system for 8-bit computers. It contains a TCP/IP stack, a telnet server and other features, which provide a perfect framework for a BBS software.

The interview

Location: Düsseldorf. Food: Tasty. Beer: Chilly. Setting: Top. Interviewee: Lodger.

Through the skilled use of investigative journalism and, well... the third drink certainly helped, too, we learn that Contiki BBS will be published under a BSD license and can also be found on GitHub.

And just because the Q & A game works well, let's continue:

BBSindex.de: What hardware is required by your Contiki BBS?

Lodger: To run Contiki BBS, a normal Commodore 64 home computer with a Commodore 1541/1570/1571 floppy drive and a TFE, RRnet or Lan64 compatible Ethernet interface is sufficient.

Of course, Contiki BBS can be used in a VICE emulator, but it is necessary that Ethernet emulation is provided by the emulator. This is not the case with the VICE packages provided by most Linux distributions, so on Linux, the VICE emulator must be compiled manually, which requires the libnet0 and libpcap libraries to be installed. On Windows machines, the WinPCAP libraries must be installed for this purpose.



BBSindex.de: Which common BBS features does Contiki BBS currently provide?

Lodger: Well, at the moment only some rudimentary features are available:

1.) single user mode (only one user at the time)
2.) login with username and password
3.) creating of message boards (using the setup program)
4.) reading and writing of messages
5.) paging the operator
6.) listing of available boards
7.) simple access control (ACLs decide which user may access which boards)
8.) session timer (adjustable in the setup program)
9.) display of banners at login, main menu and logout
10) separate setup program



BBSindex.de: What does your roadmap look like? Which features are planned for the future?

Lodger: Officially, there is no feature list, but over time (usually once a year), new features get added. More information is available at commfud.ufud.org, via Twitter (@Wintermute_BBS) and elsewhere.

BBSindex.de: Do you have an overview of how many systems are online with your program?

Lodger: I know of one guy in New Zealand who has been tinkering with Contiki BBS. But I can't tell you any numbers, because I really don't know.

BBSindex.de: Does it make any sense to think about file transfer protocols if the system runs from floppy only?

Lodger: Generally speaking: yes. Some of the BBS programs back in the day offered file transfer and all you needed was another floppy disk drive. Also, the amount of data that is transfered is rather small compared to the file
sizes of Amiga or modern PC systems. I'm currently investigating if and how file transfer can be implemented within Contiki OS, but there is no descision pro or contra file transfer yet.

BBSindex.de: Did you often hit the old technology's limits with your ideas or implementation?

Lodger: Well, it depends. Sometimes you experience limits like the one that CBM floppies (the drives used for Commodore 8 bit machines) don't support real stream IO. But it's not like you have a few lines of C code eating up
hundreds of blocks on the disk or in RAM. Today's generation of coders using frameworks, libraries and complex object models probably won't believe it, but you can pack quite a lot of stuff into 64KB of RAM.



BBSindex.de: And now, the most important question: Why program a BBS software for the C64? (Please do not answer "because I can"!)

Lodger: Well, because there was no Commodore 64 BBS program that came with its own, native TCP/IP stack and telnet service. Also, I was curious wether I could code something like Contiki BBS. Also, writing the code helped me to
understand Contiki OS better.

Contiki BBS

Those looking at Contiki BBS notice soon that it differs clearly from many other BBS solutions, both old and new. In part, this is because no ANSI is shown, but one does not want the typical C64 charm to disappear. Just ASCII!

If you want to feel a bit like a breadbox-hacker, you should absolutely take a look at Contiki BBS.

Something else, which Lodger consistently avoids to mention is the fact that he is a BBS operator himself. Of course, all new releases of Contiki BBS can be found there as well.

Digital accolades have been done in the past. The software is listed in the Commodore Scene Database and was appreciated in issue 90 of the Commodore Free magazine with a short text.

Try and see

Source and additional information:

Github: https://github.com/lodger-c64/Contiki-BBS
Wintermute BBS: telnet://wintermute.bbsindex.com

Screenshots:
http://commfud.ufud.org/projekte-2/contiki-bbs

A user manual is provided by Lodger on Github as well. If you are looking for TFE compatible cartridges for your C64's network interface, you can find them e.g. at Retro Innovation: http://store.go4retro.com/64nic/

Video with english subtitles:


Quelle: bbsindex.de / Lodger / Sebastian

Contiki BBS: Die Mailboxsoftware aus Düsseldorf für den C64 (Entwickler Interview) + Video

25.02.2016
Technik... und das Alter

Technik altert schneller als der Zellverfall im eigenen Körper vorranschreitet oder ein Neuwagen an Wert verliert. Das kann man so in der Regel unterschreiben. Man sucht sich irgendwann blöde nach vermeintlich neuen Ersatzteilen für das geliebte Vehikel, das inzwischen so alt ist, dass es laut Gesetz rauchen dürfte. Immer wieder entdeckt man Stellen beim morgendlichen Spiegelappell im Badezimmer, die vorher noch nicht so alt aussahen. Da könnte man meinen, dass es für alte Technik auch keine Neuerscheinungen mehr gibt.

Das ist für Insider der Retroscene schon längst abgefrühstückt. Denn dort gibt es immer wieder, nicht nur von Fans, neu erstellte Fortsetzungen von damaligen Lieblingspielen, sondern auch ganz neue Ideen und Softwareansätze von ambitionierten Brotkastenliebhabern.

G64

Die Generation C64 wurde teilweise zur Generation Golf oder zur Generation Astra, ist inzwischen erwachsen und steht mitten im Leben. So wie Lodger aus Düsseldorf, der eine BBS Software für den C64 geschrieben hat.



Da die Mailbox bzw. BBS Scene weitgehend vom klassischen Dialup-Modem via Telefonleitung zur Telnetverbindung des Internets gewechselt hat, wurde im Jahre 2009 auf RetroHaCkRrS.com eine Diskussion zum Thema C64 und Telnet BBSing gestartet.

Angeregt von dieser fruchtbaren Onlineunterhaltung schrieb Lodger auf Grundlage von Contiki OS die erste Version seiner Mailbox Software mit dem Namen Contiki BBS.

Was ist Contiki OS?

Contiki OS ist ein internetfähiges Betriebssystem für 8 Bit Computer. Es kommt unter anderem mit TCP/IP Schnittstelle, Telnet-Server und anderen Features daher, die ein perfektes Framework für eine BBS Software liefern.

Das Interview

Ortstermin, Düsseldorf. Das Essen: Lecker. Das Bier: Perfekte Temperatur. Ambiente: Top. Gesprächspartner: Lodger.

Mit geschicktem Investigativ-Journalismus, gut... das dritte Getränk half auch, erfahren wir, dass Contiki BBS unter der BSD Lizenz veröffentlich wird und auch auf GitHub zu finden ist.

Und weil das Q und A Spielchen gerade so gut läuft, wird fleissig nachgelegt:

BBSindex.de: Welche Hardware wird für dein Contiki BBS benötigt?

Lodger: Um Contiki BBS zu betreiben reicht ein normaler Commodore 64 Heimcomputer mit Commodore 1541/1570/1571 Diskettenlaufwerk und einer TFE, RRnet oder Lan64 kompatiblen Ethernetschnittstelle.

Selbsverständlich kann man Contiki BBS auch mit einem VICE Emulator betreiben, wichtig ist hier, dass der Emulator auch die Ethernet Emulation beherrscht. Die ist bei den von den meisten Linux Distributionen bereitgstellten VICE Paketen leider nicht der Fall, daher muss unter Linux der VICE Emulator ofmals von Hand kompiliert werden, dafür müssen auf dem Linux System die libnet0 und libpacp Bibliotheken installiert sein. Für Windows Rechner gibt es analog dazu die WinPCAP Bibliotheken, welche installiert sein müssen.



BBSindex.de: Welche Mailbox-typischen Features bietet Contiki BBS derzeit?

Lodger: Nun, im Moment sind nur ein paar rundimentäre Funktionen verfügbar:

1.) Single-User Modus (nur ein User gleichzeitig möglich)
2.) Login per Username und Passwort
3.) Anlegen von Brettern (im Setup Programm)
4.) Lesen und Schreiben von Nachrichten
5.) SysOp Pager
6.) Auflisten der verfügbaren Bretter
7.) Simple Zugriffsteuerung (ACL, welcher User darf auf welche Bretter zugreifen?)
8.) Session Timer (einstellbar im Setup Programm)
9.) Ausgabe von Textbannern bei Login, für das Hauptmenü und beim Logout
10) Separates Setup Programm



BBSindex.de: Und was gibt deine Roadmap vor? Welche Funktionen sind für die Zukunft dort geplant?

Lodger: Offiziell gibt es keine Feature Liste, aber mit der Zeit (meistens im Jahresturnus) werden immer wieder neue Features hinzugefügt. Entsprechende Infos finden sich u.a. auf commfud.ufud.org oder via Twitter @Wintermute_BBS.

BBSindex.de: Hast du eine kleine Übersicht darüber, wie viele Systeme mit deinem Programm derzeit online sind?

Lodger: Ich weis, das es einen User aus Neuseeland gibt, der sich mit Contiki BBS beschäftigt. Aber ob und wieviele Installationen tatsächlich genutzt werden, entzieht sich meiner Kenntnis.

BBSindex.de: Macht es überhaupt Sinn über Dateitransferprotokolle nachzudenken, wenn das System von Diskette läuft?

Lodger: Grundsätzlich macht das sicher Sinn, denn die klassischen C64 BBS Programme haben dies ja auch angeboten. Dazu braucht man eigentlich nur eine zweite Floppy für die Daten. Zumal die Datenmengen beim C64 ja in einer ganz anderen Grössenordnung spielen als z.B. bei einem Amiga oder PC. Inwiefern sich dies mit Contiki OS realisieren lässt, prüfe ich im Moment. Ob daraus aber dann eine Filebase erwächst, lasse ich hier erstmal offen.

BBSindex.de: Bist du bei deinen Ideen oder deiner Umsetzung oft an die Grenzen der alten Technik gestossen?

Lodger: Das kommt drauf an. Sicherlich stösst man mal an gewisse Grenzen, z.B. wäre es klasse, wenn CBM Floppies (also Floppy Disk Drives für 8 Bit Systeme von Commodore) ein echtes Stream IO beherrschen würden (fseek, fset etc.). Aber es ist nicht so, das ein paar Zeilen C Code gleich 100 Blocks auf der Diskette oder 64KB im RAM fressen. Die heutigen Coder mit ihren Frameworks, Libraries und komplexen Object Models können sich das vielleicht nicht mehr
vorstellen, aber in 64KB RAM bekommt man schon ordentlich was unter.



BBSindex.de: Jetzt die 0 und 1 Frage: Warum eine BBS Software für den C64 programmieren? (Bitte keine "Weil ich es kann" Antwort)

Lodger: Weil es soetwas bisher noch nicht gab, das eine BBS für den C64 gleich einen nativen IP Stack mitbringt und somit out-of-the-box einen Telnet Dienst bereitstellt. Zudem wollte ich wissen, ob und in welchem Umfang ich so etwas wie Contiki BBS auf die Beine stellen kann und dabei konnte ich auch gleich Contiki OS etwas besser kennen lernen.

Contiki BBS

Wer sich Contiki BBS anschaut stellt schnell fest, dass es sich von den vielen anderen alten und auch noch heute aktuellen Softwarelösungen zum Thema BBS deutlich abhebt. Das liegt zum einen daran, dass kein ANSI angezeigt wird und zum anderen daran, dass man auch garnicht will, dass der typische C64 Charm verschwindet. Einfach ASCII!

Wer sich heute mal ein bisschen wie ein Brotkastenhacker fühlen mag, sollte sich Contiki BBS unbedingt anschauen.

Was Lodger die ganze Zeit vermeidet zu erzählen ist, dass er selbst Sysop einer Mailbox ist. Und in dieser finden sich natürlich auch die aktuellen Versionen von Contiki BBS.

Digitale Ritterschläge gab es für die Software in der Vergangenheit schon. Unter anderem wird die Software in der Commodore Scene Database gelistet und wurde sogar in Ausgabe 90 des Commodore Free Magazin im Jahre 2015 mit einem kurzen Text gewürdigt.

Ausprobieren und ansehen

Noch einmal für Euch kompakt die Bezugsquellen und mehr zu Contiki BBS:

Github: https://github.com/lodger-c64/Contiki-BBS
Wintermute BBS: telnet://wintermute.bbsindex.com

Alle Screenshots findet Ihr unter:

http://commfud.ufud.org/projekte-2/contiki-bbs

Eine Anleitung zu Contiki BBS hat Lodger im übrigen ebenfalls auf GitHub eingestellt.

Wer TFE kompatible Cartridges für die Netzwerkanbindung seines C64 sucht, findet diese unter anderem bei Retro Innovations: http://store.go4retro.com/64nic/


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Quelle: bbsindex.de / Lodger

Mystic BBS Software: Version 1.12 Alpha 1 public for testing

11.02.2016
On February 9, 2016 the Mystic BBS Software Version 1.12 Alpha 1 was released.

You can download the newest alpha and stable version of Mystic on http://mysticbbs.com/downloads.html

The Last Final Version 1.11 with some new Features and many Bug-Fixes was released on November 6, 2015.

Also a new version (2.0 Beta 17) of Netrunner shows up. Netrunner is a Terminal for best BBS emulation with modern operation systems.

Mystic BBS Software is available for Linux, Windows and Mac.
Netrunner works well with Linux 32/64Bit and Windows.

Quelle: MysticBBS.com


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