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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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