Archive for January 2019

Getting to Work on TFC v4n+: Planning to plan

I am deeming this project “TFC v4n+” for the following reasons: This is really the 4th full iteration of The Fone Company, the previous being: Version 1: 1988-1989 (learning it) Version 2: 1989-1991 (I actually have a disc labeled “TFC ][” (that’s how we spelt it then because we re radical, dude.) which was also…

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Adding a SCSI Zip Drive to the Rear Admiral HyperDrive

Special thanks to Larry Hedman of the CIB BBS for the help with the Zip Drive! As a kid running a BBS I wanted a hard drive so bad. I dreamed of 20 megabytes. Heck, I dreamed of 5 MB. Now we walk around with terabytes of storage on our phone and don’t think twice…

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The Fone Company is back! What I learned…

It took a bit longer than I expected but The Fone Company v2, circa 1990 is back! Call it: tfcbbs.com port 23. After looking through all of my files and folders I realized there have been 3 iterations of the BBS software up until it died: v1: 1988-1990 – just learning Color 64 v2: 1990-1991…

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Connecting to telnet BBSes

I created a page which is a work in progress on connecting to Telnet BBSes. For now it focuses on CGTerm but will cover local emulators soon.

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Set up and log on to Color 64 BBS

In this post we are going to set up Color 64 BBS, get it running and log in. We will be using Vice so if you don’t have it yet I suggest you get it and install it. Vice makes things easier on a modern machine and it makes screenshots much prettier. Plus we can…

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Dialing out: Two options for getting your Commodore online

Before we get too deep into setting up a Color 64 BBS I realize that not everyone is as hip on running a BBS as some. Some folks just want to visit boards. After all, there are no pop-up ads, no invasive tracking and Google and Facebook doesn’t have their claws in it. There are…

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Where to start?

The eternal question when embarking on a new quest: where to start? I personally wanted to resurrect one of my old BBS programs. Fearing that some of these 30 year-old disks’ protective film would soon be wearing off I set out to preserve them which was not a minor nor inexpensive task. First I needed…

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How to make the “rainbow” code

It’s simple – anything you want rainbow-ed gets a span with a class of “rainbow”. For example: <span class=”rainbow”>This is rainbow text.</span> Ok, that’s not because it’s an example. But this is: This is rainbow text. I originally wrote the script when I was writing the Color 64 jQuery version. I repurposed it here for…

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a$=”Hello, World!”:sysc(.)

Hello and welcome to Color64.com. I registered this domain name several years ago when my interest piqued about Color64. Around that time I spent the Veterans day holiday (poorly) writing a jQuery script which mimicked Color 64. That was in 2011. Fast-forward to 2019 and I have finally found a reason to put the domain…

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