Sunday, November 25, 2001

Bulletin Board Systems.
In Boston we had this cool BBS where you went into an interactive text adventure and people helped you along in the game.

People you got to know by thier handles. It was a lot of fun.

We also had an online trivia game that allowed free text entry. After the answer was revealed, we all chatted about it in real time. It was fun too.

I also ran a Macintosh BBS called MacBoston and was amazed that people from all over the US dialed in.....

The next thing that was really cool on a national level was Byte Magazine's online service called bix.

I'll always remember fondly Jerry Pournelle's conversations....


  1. Anonymous10:44 PM

    Hey Steve,

    Why should we allow the Macintosh BBS scene to just go quietly into the night when the Windows world is still full of at least hundreds of BBSes, many of them run on

    I say, let's fight back and win a little bit of territory of the Macintosh BBS scene.

    Currently, there are two Macintosh BBS packages which will run on Classic Macs, as well as on OSX machines, IF you have OS 9.2 installed on the OSX machine. These are Hermes and Public Address.

    I have run a BBS with both Hermes and Public Address, as far back as the early 1990's. Just recently, I put our BBS back online using Hermes. It is running quite well in Classic mode under Tiger 10.4.11 on an old G4.

    It would be great if we could revive the Macintosh BBS scene. I have searched and searched, and to date, I seem to be the only telnet Macintosh BBS currently online. By a telnet Macintosh BBS, I mean a BBS that is run on a Mac using Macintosh BBS software, and which is accessible via telnet. There may be others out there, but I haven't been able to find any of them yet.

    One problem with modern BBSing on the Macintosh is finding a telnet client that will fully and properly display all PC-ANSI characters. For Mac OSX users, there is ONLY one good choice, and that is SyncTERM.

    For Classic Mac users, I have created a stripped down version of Public Address, which you can use as a telnet client, and also as an ANSI editor for making ANSI screens. It displays ANSI screens quite well.

    Hermes, Public Address, SyncTERM, and Public Address Stripped are all freely available on my Macintosh BBS called "Armageddon". You can access the Armageddon BBS by telnetting to:

    In other words, use "" in your telnet client, and make sure that it is set to port 23. The Armageddon BBS is not a dial-up BBS. It is only accessible via telnet, or via our web interface, (which is not as good as using SyncTERM), which you can find here:

    Hope to see you soon!

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