Revisiting Hotline, the 1990s Internet BBS Platform

April 2nd, 2013 by Benj Edwards

Hotline Revisited

Back in the mid-late 1990s, an Internet-based BBS platform called Hotline sprung up and quickly spread throughout the Macintosh community. It was basically a client/server BBS software suite that allowed for multi-user chat, file transfers, and message boards.

By the early 2000s, though, Hotline had mostly died out. Today, only a handful of servers remain. But guess what? You can still connect to them — on Windows or a Mac. A new article I wrote for Macworld, “Hotline Revisted,” tells you how.

Have fun. Remember to be kind to the Hotline veterans when you visit.

4 Responses to “Revisiting Hotline, the 1990s Internet BBS Platform”

  1. josepzin Says:

    Your RSS has a problem, the content is empty, only there is the title.

  2. jas Says:

    there are also many kdx servers still in operation.

  3. Dave K. Says:

    This reminds me a little of when BBS’s started switching to RIP (remote imaging protocol) .. I don’t think that ever caught on – at least around my neck of the woods.

    thanks Benj for all the wonderful content. I still read vintagecomputing on a regular basis.

  4. Ant Says:

    Dave, RIP did not catch on. ANSI BBSes FTW!!

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