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A slice of history - TBBS, Bulletin Boards, Fidonet and "othernets" [Mar. 4th, 2008|09:45 am]
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Here's how to install TBBS (The Bread Board System)

Link to video on how to do it...

From the collection of Rev. Michael Chowning. This tape is an introduction the TBBS bulletin board software, hosted by Phil Becker and Alan D. Bryant. In this 43 minute tape, you are introduced to the basic ideas behind TBBS, usage of the software, setting up modems and menus, and other related tasks. Becker and Bryant demonstrate all the related concepts clearly and cleanly. Original format was VHS tape, and meant to be included with the 1993 releases of TBBS. Portions of the beginning of this tape were used in the first minutes of the "Make it Pay" episode of the BBS Documentary

The above item is part of the collection BBS Documentaries

The BBS Documentary Video Collection is a varied set of video items collected by Jason Scott, curator of TEXTFILES.COM. These are recordings about and from the era of the domination of ASCII and Dial-up Bulletin Board Systems (roughly the 1970s through the 1990s, with examples far before and after that).

(1993 vintage but the software is still out there as is DOS - or at least DOS functionality which is all that's needed)

Here's where it's possible to locate TBBS software.

Link to TBBS org..

TBBS (The Bread Board System) is a multiline DOS based software package authored by Phil Becker, former CEO of US based company eSoft®. TBBS started out as a single line Bulletin Board System (BBS) originally running on early TRS-80 computers. It's advantage was that it could be fully customised by the system operator, so that no two TBBS systems looked the same - other BBS packages at the time had their menu structures hard coded.

As time progress, Phil completely re-wrote the TBBS program to operate on IBM PC's running under DOS, and then proceeded to write a machine language multitasker that allowed multiple callers to access the TBBS system at the same time. Other BBS software packages could only achieve this by either running their software on LAN systems, dedicating one complete machine per modem, or under DOS multitasking software such as Quarterdeck's Desqview. TBBS achieved multiple lines all on the one machine. For those only wishing to run two lines, no additional hardware was needed - you only used COM1 and COM2. For those wishing to run more lines, special serial boards called Digiboards were used to allow up to 64 modems to be hooked into the one machine. At it's height, TBBS could allow 64 users at once (though it is rumoured that eSoft® did provide customised 96 line version of their software to large companies like Microsoft®).


Does it work today ? Probably.

I believe it was Malcolm Miles who queried the government whether Bulletin Boards (private or public) were/are governed under Internet regulation. I believe the answer was no - with the exception of cases where traffic traversed the Internet (usually via Telnet)

The Fidonet link from the mainland into Tasmania was lost some years ago. Hi Teddles !

A slice of history that many may not be aware of ??


I believe dial up modems are still available.

Paragon BBS (located in Rockdale NSW) operated under TBBS nicknamed "The Doorway to the Secret Garden" (Jenny Allen and Michael Brandon). There's a short snippet of video of Jenny meeting dad (1994) at the bluebobb channel.