Commodore 64 Bulletin Boards (BBS) Apr 20, 2022 7:01:13 GMT -7
Post by Cube Inc. on Apr 20, 2022 7:01:13 GMT -7
Good morning Calgary fans of Commodore!
Here is a subject that is very near and dear to my heart, the matter of Commodore 64 Bulletin Boards or BBSes. I know there have been a couple of articles in the CCUG newsletters about using Wifi and Ethernet "modems" on your physical C64, and there are of course a whole host of other options like using telnet, or a C/G (Commodore Graphics) compatible terminal program to connect to such services. For the true hybrid experience one might also emulate a Commodore 64 in Vice, for example, and with a bit of tweaking therein could come to load a "real" terminal program like CCGMS, HandyTerm, NovaTerm or DesTerm into an emulated Commodore 64 which would then be able to connect to other computers over the Internet. Or if you happen to be among the truly fortunate to actually own a Wifi or Ethernet modem for you Commodore 64, or have the necessary apparatus to connect your Commodore 64 to the Internet via some other means (IE: Swiftlink Cartridge) - I will unabashedly envy you!
So I put the following questions out there:
Have you A: Ever connected to a bulletin board service in any way, shape or form?
Have you B: Connected to a bulletin board service running on a Commodore 64, 128 or Amiga?
Have you C: Done so recently?
If you didn't answer an enthusiastic "Yes" to all three of those questions and are feeling a tingle of curiosity and or a tinge of desire to fall into the three-yes category, may I suggest you do the following:
1. Grab a copy of SyncTerm (sometimes spelled SynchTerm) from syncterm.bbsdev.net
2. Check out the list of Commodore-based Bulletin Boards at cbbsoutpost.servebbs.com
3. Scratch that retro itch by joining in the fun and fray on one of the many Commodore bulletin boards today!
And of course, if you have any trouble with any of those steps, please feel free to contact me or reply here and I will gladly do all that I can to help get you "online".