rrissell at gmail.com
Tue Feb 17 11:07:16 CST 2015
Keep in mind that a BBS does NOT equal a DOS session. All that is
required is the ability to service multiple COM: ports connected to modems
or local consoles; keeping track of what data is coming or going from which
port. All else is bells and whistles. You can have a system as simple as
2 commands. READ: which types everything in the board file from the last
time it was cleared. WRITE: which adds a line of text with a port ID to
differentiate who is typing. Absolute login IDs or even date/time stamps
It can be that simple.
Robyn- BBS user since 1979.
On Feb 17, 2015 10:13 AM, "JP Hindin" <jplist2008 at kiwigeek.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 17 Feb 2015, Mike Loewen wrote:
> > On Tue, 17 Feb 2015, JP Hindin wrote:
> > > How did people set up multi-node BBS' back in the day?
> > >
> > > I know you could run something like Desqview and run multiple copies
> on a
> > > single system, and some BBS' (like TBBS) had built-in multitasking so
> > > handled multiple modems. And, of course, you could get fancy and run a
> > > Novell network. Were there other ways of doing this?
> > Yes, on a real multi-tasking OS. A friend of mine and I ran a
> > home-grown BBS on a Tandy 6000HD running Xenix for a couple of years
> > starting in 1986 in Sumner, WA. Four 1200bps modems plus the console
> > allowed 5 of us to be on at the same time. It was primarily a message
> > system (room-based), with a real-time chat facility.
> True, thanks Mike. I was being specific about DOS, actually - although I
> didn't say so, my bad. Certainly there were... shall we say, somewhat more
> advanced OS' that just simply "worked". I was more curious about what
> wedges people put in place to make multi-nodes in DOS... where it really
> Thanks though!
> - JP
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