What Can I Use a BBS For?

What is a BBS for? What could I use it for? Reading and contributing to public messages about any topic you care for; Commonly a BBS will be connected to one or more FTN networks, that is, networks that push out echomail (and often files) to any system attached to them, in a similar way to the old usenet message and binaries groups used to be. For me personally, I like to read messages in the various message bases, sometimes I will reply or create a topic of my own, but for the most part I read more than I say.
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What Is a BBS?

What is a BBS? Aside from the software that is, what is it and why is it? To me, a BBS (unless it’s supposed to be commercial) is a personal thing, and should exist just because YOU want it and/or need it. Having other visitors use it also is a bonus. If you want to make it a place others want to visit regularly, make it unique, make it exciting, the visitors will come.
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thE grAvY trAIn

Climb aboard The Gravy Train this Friday night and join MeaTLoTioN and others to EXCHANGE in witty chat with fellow SYSOPS and BBS USERS from any BBS connected to the MRC network or create an account on… thE qUAntUm wOrmhOlE hostname: bbs.erb.pw telnet port: 23 ssh port: 45022 ___ ___..–' .. ___...--' - . .. ___…–' _ - _ .-.. ___...--' - _ - . . - _ .
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Other Bbses

This will be a page full of links to other BBS’s that either The Quantum Wormhole is affiliated with or belongs in the same network as, plus any other BBS’s that I come across in my travels. (You can click a logo image to connect to the associated BBS’s webpage) Name Address Connection Networks SysOp Location thE qUAntUm wOrmhOlE bbs.erb.pw TELNET:23 SSH:45022 tqwNet 1337:1/101 fsxNet 21:1/158 Araknet 10:104/2 Agoranet 46:20/106
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The BBS

Let’s jump right to it. Below is an HTML5 Telnet browser with CP437 character set compatibility. Use this to access the BBS if you don’t have a good telnet browser with CP437. If you enjoy using the BBS, and want to be a more frequent user, I’d recommend getting SyncTerm for your computer. It has been designed to be used to connect to BBS’s via telnet. Instructions on downloading and building / installing here
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Sample Central on Araknet Radio

So Cranksy has been super busy over at Sample Central HQ and has completed no less than 7 episodes for us all to listen to. You can catch them at ArakNet Radio and you can also listen to them all here =) Thanks for all the hard work, Cranksy… you da man!
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Fidonet Here I Come

So just over two weeks ago I decided to find out how I could attach my new BBS to a second message network, after I managed to get easily connected to the fsxNet (many thanks to Avon in NZ for your help here). I decided that I would go after the biggest name in EchoMail networks that I know about, one that has been around for getting on for 40+ years if my estimate is anywhere near close.
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Setting Up My Own Net

Firstly I would like to make a HUGE thank you to Alan Ianson aka Al from The Rusty MailBox over in Penticton, BC, Canada for his patience, and assistance in the task I created for myself in setting up my own HUB and NET. Now, with his help, I have got this NET working albeit in a basic form. The NET, is called tqwNet (The Quantum Wormhole Net), and the Zone number is 1337 (wink), the Region for the first nodes is set to 1, and the first 2 nodes are me, 1337:1/1 and Al 1337:1/2.
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