Saw a segment on G4TechTV the other day about the guy who’s making BBS: The Documentary. I’ve mentioned before that I was a BBS Sysop back in the 80s and that’s where Momma’s Corner was first unleashed upon the world and I must admit that I kinda miss those days. I started off running on a Commodore 64 with two 1541 disk drives running a package written by a friend of mine called System 64. That ran for four years or so before I took it offline and then brought it back with my Amiga running a whole host of different packages, the last of which was Amiga CNet Pro. That package is still installed on my Amiga 3000 with a fully populated message base and user list virtually untouched from the last time I took it offline back in 1994.
All I would need to bring it online would be an old Zorro III networking card for the Amiga 3000, but those are a bit hard to find these days. There are folks selling kits to allow the A600/A1200 (of which I have the latter) to make use of common PCMCIA network cards, but I’d rather get the old 3000 online. Barring that, I’ve got a spare PC sitting around doing nothing in particular so I’m debating downloading one of the handful of BBS packages still produced for Windows that can be hooked to the internet so folks can telnet in allowing anyone in the world to visit. I just need to take the time to look at the various packages available and see if there’s one I can get up and running easily. Then a quick config of a dynamic DNS would be all that I’d need. The real question is: Are there enough folks out there who’d like to see what it was like to do this sort of thing “old school” that you’d like me to go ahead and do this?
Oh, and if any of you folks have old Amiga equipment laying around that you’d like to donate to the cause, particularly A3000 network cards, feel free to drop me a line.