Posts by sysop

Running CGTerm on Windows 10

Windows user rejoice! Here is the quick and easy way to get it up and running. First, download CGTerm for Windows 32. Here is the direct link or you can download it from this page. Next, download the Windows 10 fix and unzip it. Unzip the first file and open the folder. Find the file SDL.dll.…

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Announcing Supra 128 BBS v4.6.1

Supra 128 v4.6.1 Telnet mods and Y2K fixes By Keith Hall of The Fone Company BBS telnet: tfcbbs.com:6400 Supra 128 BBS v4.6.1 is now available for immediate download. You may download it from the web site at color64.com / supra128.com or the merge/patch files from The Fone Company BBS (tfcbbs.com:6400) from the Supra 128 downloads…

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Kernel panics/crashes in 40, no problems in 80

I just came across this weird issue with Supra. When running it in 40 column mode those frightening RS-232 breaks appear in BBS Telnet Server and nuke the BBS throwing into a monitor. However these do not appear at all in 80 column mode. I prefer 80 column mode but I realize that most users…

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The secret formula to getting Supra 128 online

I will admit I dove into the Telnet BBS scene head-first anxiously wanting to get a BBS back up. But I didn’t thoroughly investigate everything I needed. There is a previous post on that so I won’t repeat it. What this post is about is the connectors between the PC and the Commodore. As it…

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The Fone Company will be back… in March

After running solidly for a full day around 11PM Tuesday night Supra decided it would go tits up and throw “RS-232 framing error, check baud rate” errors which made the software think a user had disconnected before hitting the graphic detection prompt. After futzing around with it for about an hour I gave up and…

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Jim Brain’s telnet cable, downgrading to Supra 4.5

So I upgraded the site to Supra 4.6 thanks to WD Stewart sharing the code with me. It’s super solid and has some amazing features I am dying to try out but there is a problem: all of those Swiftlink enhancements conflict with BBS Telnet Server. I spent a good portion of my weekend trying…

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Supra 128

So, I decided to switch the BBS software from Color 64 to Supra 128. Why? Well, that’s a long story. But this is a blog and not a message on the BBS so I’m happy to explain. Why leave Color 64? It’s a great BBS and getting into it for a few weeks reminded me…

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The base has been laid, and a TIFU moment

The development is moving ahead with Network 64. In the meantime I am continued to be impressed by the number of visitors to the BBS. If you’re keeping score, here is the latest spreadsheet:  During the initial development I was eager to shrink things down so I installed the msg ed ovl or Message…

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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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