BBS on a Commodore 64


[Lief Bloomquist] was in need of some geeky nostalgia. He thought making a BBS server on a Commodore 64 would fill that need perfectly. He used a PC running some routing software to make the BBS server available over the net, without any long distance charges. Anyone with an Internet connection can telnet to the BBS and join the fun.

[Jason Scott] made BBS: the Documentary. He has interviewed [Lief] and taken some pictures of the set up. You can view them, as well as download a PowerPoint about the project here.

[thanks HighNoon]

Comments

  1. LWATCDR says:

    This is very cool but I have seen this before. What I wonder is if it might be possible to hack VICE or MESS to directly support telnet in place of the modem?
    That way you could just run it on any Linux box in emulation.
    Not as cools as a real C64 but a little more practical.

  2. mckt says:

    “Sorry, the BBS is busy. Please try again in a few minutes!”

    It IS nostalgic!

  3. Birdman says:

    wow i totally forgot about bbs’ing, me and a friend used to run a bbs in highschool like 13years ago. I hear theres still bbs’s on the net

  4. Demo says:

    Yeah I got the busy notice as well, then tried to log on to all the other ones. Only one responded, also with a busy notice. Yep, JUST like the old days.

  5. tiuk says:

    Awesome. I was born in 1986 and kind of missed this period of technology. It was going on around me, but by the time I had an interest it was all about the internet. Sometimes I wish I had been born earlier so I could have experienced that.

  6. Adam Ziegler says:

    Geez.. I remember the days of BBSing. Wow. /me goes off to reminisce.

  7. TJ says:

    tiuk: Trust me at 300 baud you weren’t missing anything.

  8. blizzarddemon says:

    @tiuk Im in exactly the same boat. 1986, there year no one wanted.

  9. Ahhh, the BBS. Remember how cool it seemed when a BBS had two nodes and you could chat with another person and the sysop at the same time!

    Gio

  10. Rawrl says:

    old old is old.

    One guy’s had an honest-to-god dial-up c64 bbs going for a while now.

    http://cottonwood.servebbs.com/

  11. static says:

    Gee.. 300 baud was great compared, to what we had before, which was nothing. I admit using 300 baud today, wouldn’t be near the fun as cruising around in a Model A would be. However if 300 baud became the only option again, I’d use it for what it can be used for.

  12. strider_mt2k says:

    I dial-up BBSed heavily there towards the end of it’s popularity.

    Good times.

  13. C64Guy says:

    Great idea. It brings back a lot of memories for me. I ran a C64 BBS for over 3 years back in the ’80s. I remember waiting for the first 300baud modem to come out for the C64. Then I upgraded to a 1200baud modem when they came out. Then a 2400baud modem. I still have the 2400baud modem.

    But I can’t seem to get into your BBS. It only sends me…. “We’re under attack! Good luck with that, whoever you are. ;-)”

    I’m not trying to hack it. I’m just trying to connect.

  14. Fafaflunkie says:

    I’ve read this one eons ago. It’s not just Commidoink %] 64s that have those special connections between serial port of said computer and an ethernet port. That BBS documentary DVD came out almost two years ago. Was fascinated by it myself since I’m way old school I guess – I actually ran a BBS from 1987 to about 1996. On Atari machines. Hence the Commidoink reference.

  15. Spriggly says:

    I keep a list of all active commodore bbs’s in operation, check it out here:
    http://imageoutpost.hobby-site.com/telbbs.php
    Enjoy!

  16. que says:

    I started a site where we talk about old and current BBS, chat servers, other “pre-web” technology, etc.. if anybody wants to check it out.

    http://www.cultoftheoldschool.com

    Just put it up recently, so it isn’t too busy yet, but hopefully the word will get out there and it will be a great place where people can see what systems are currently running (BBS, DDial, STS, GTalk, etc), buy/sell/trade “nostalgic” hardware and software, reminisce about old systems and maybe run into a few old friends. Also going to be distributing my linkable chat server software via the site within the next few months if anyone is interested in running a ddial-like chat server and being part of our network!

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  19. Murph says:

    The memories haunt me sometimes, in a good way. I ran a CNet c64 BBS for a few years at the ripe old age of 14. I wound up friends with some other sysop’s in my county. After a while I discovered music,cars and girls and left it all behind. I’d go back to those days of phreaking into party lines in a second. I always smile when I think of those days. –=l8r=–.

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  21. Jack Nubbins says:

    Wow Murph’s story is nearly identical to mine. I ran a C-Net DS-2 BBS in northern IL in the late 80’s. Bought a 67 Camaro, then came the girls, and there was no more time for the BBS. It makes me sad though. It was awesome going to sleep and having all the disk drive lights start going nuts because someone was on. Just bought a C-128 again, but can’t see much call for a BBS. Stupid internet. Still have the Camaro, can’t get the chicks anymore though.

    • Lightfingers says:

      This post is a few years old, so I’m 99.9% sure you’ll never see this, but I also ran a CNet BBS on a C64 for a couple years in the late 80s in northern Illinois… Mine was called The Rogues Gallery. Should you happen to see this and that sounds familiar, e-mail me:

      eldiroth
      at
      gmail
      dot
      com

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  27. Deeply Shrouded says:

    I remember running my own ddial back in the day.
    Ah to live those days again………

    –Deeply Shrouded & Quiet
    –Central Control! D-Dial #49

  28. Lorencocep says:

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  29. alwaystexan.com says:

    This is awesome :) I wish I could dial in – I may have to look for a c64 online. I was just reminicing about the days: http://hippobytes.com/email-instant-messages-file-sharing-1987/

  30. Pete says:

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