November 7th, 2016 by Benj Edwards
Tags: The Cave BBS, BBS, telnet, sysop, dial-up, telephone, modem, The Atlantic, freelance work, 1992, 1998
Last Friday, The Atlantic published an article I wrote in which I explore modern-day dial-up BBSes.
Some of you may remember that I've visited this topic before — on this very blog — way back in 2006. In my recent virtual travels, I found it very interesting to see how things in the dial-up BBS space had changed over ten years, and I allude to that in my Atlantic article.
I've mentioned this many times before, but for those of you who are unfamiliar, I ran a dial-up BBS called "The Cave BBS" between 1992 and 1998. Since 2005, I have also run a telnet version of The Cave.
To read more about my BBS adventures, check out the "BBS History" category on VC&G.
November 26th, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: BBS, The Cave BBS, Red Wolf, modem, virus, WWIV, VBBS, Procomm Plus, anniversaries, 1992
A vintage printout of my first BBS log.
Twenty years ago yesterday, I set up a BBS for the first time. The Cave BBS. Admittedly, it was nothing more than a bare-bones system run through
Procomm Plus' Minihost module Minihost, but it was a start. Within a few weeks (with a brief detour running VBBS for a few days), I had a full-fledged WWIV BBS setup running on a Tandy 1800 HD laptop with a 2400 BPS modem.
Brief aside — I can't find a copy of that ProComm Plus MiniHost for MS-DOS software anywhere — does anyone have it? I have the terminal emulator part, but not the MiniHost.] [ Update 11/27/2012 - Thanks to Jim Carpenter (see comments) for helping me find it! ]
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