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Hybrid 17 March 2018 01:26

Digital Candy BBS
 
Hey folks!

Last week I dug my A4000 out of the loft and fired it up. 4Gb Seagate Barracuda SCSI disk in there wouldn't spin up but I found backup drive I had created long ago that did.

So what I have now is an almost fully functioning version of my BBS Digital Candy. All the files are there, all the doors and message bases, all the user.data and new user answerfiles. Such a blast from the past!

Early days with this retro project and a lot of tweaking to do but I filmed this quick Youtube clip this evening so you can see it all working from my Sysop side of things.

Enjoy the clip. Sorry for it just being hand held camera phone as definitely no video capture just yet!!! https://youtu.be/sBb5UqwnFes

Paul aka Hybrid

DDNI 17 March 2018 01:29

Excellent!!

Great save!

arcanist 17 March 2018 03:26

I was a few years too young to ride the BBS wave, but that video gave me the nostalgies. The tape drive looks neat.

dlfrsilver 17 March 2018 04:17

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hybrid (Post 1227509)
Hey folks!

Last week I dug my A4000 out of the loft and fired it up. 4Gb Seagate Barracuda SCSI disk in there wouldn't spin up but I found backup drive I had created long ago that did.

So what I have now is an almost fully functioning version of my BBS Digital Candy. All the files are there, all the doors and message bases, all the user.data and new user answerfiles. Such a blast from the past!

Early days with this retro project and a lot of tweaking to do but I filmed this quick Youtube clip this evening so you can see it all working from my Sysop side of things.

Enjoy the clip. Sorry for it just being hand held camera phone as definitely no video capture just yet!!! https://youtu.be/sBb5UqwnFes

Paul aka Hybrid

Hi can you share your BBS files ?

chip 17 March 2018 07:09

Yes, yes, share your files please :D

Hybrid 17 March 2018 09:31

All

Yes I will share the files when I get the 4000 linked up to my PC. Figuring all this stuff out! Guess I need to get Amiga Forever and the required cables.

chip 17 March 2018 09:32

Thanks, really appreciated :crazy

ptyerman 17 March 2018 10:20

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hybrid (Post 1227551)
All

Yes I will share the files when I get the 4000 linked up to my PC. Figuring all this stuff out! Guess I need to get Amiga Forever and the required cables.

Just a null modem cable will do you. You can use a terminal program on each side to transfer stuff.
Also Amiga Explorer is still available as a free download if you prefer to use that. https://www.amigaforever.com/ae/

MDR 17 March 2018 19:28

Hi :) It must be something in the air, I just resurrected cEMENTcITY she is only running on WinUAE as the hardware has long since gone 22 years since she closed
pics: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2oAUhLIhNbEe9WVj1

dlfrsilver 17 March 2018 21:02

Quote:

Originally Posted by MDR (Post 1227717)
Hi :) It must be something in the air, I just resurrected cEMENTcITY she is only running on WinUAE as the hardware has long since gone 22 years since she closed
pics: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2oAUhLIhNbEe9WVj1

Awesome, how big is your own BBS archive ?

MDR 17 March 2018 22:00

I've recovered about 7.3gig of Amiga BBS uploads so far, I'm struggling to recover some of my DAT tapes as they have been damaged, I'm using linux to recover the tapes as I have no Amiga hardware, each tape has multiple backups month by month most the damage seems to be on the first backups on the start of the tapes everything else comes off fine. I've had to learn tape commands in linux to do the extracting to a tape.bin file copy that on a pen drive to my PC and then mount the bin as a hard drive in amiback under winuae and extract them it's a miracle it works and it's actually a very quick way to do it, as to ftp them would take years

redblade 18 March 2018 03:24

Hi, I see your bbs closed in 96, what year did it start? Also what hardware was it running on?? What conferences did you have on your bbs?

Will you be making the file listings available?? I'm looking for old h/p tools. I like the upload screens, I can't believe that people uploaded 600MB on dialup :D.
What speed connections did you have at the start and at the end??

Thanks

chip 18 March 2018 06:46

7.3 gig .... wow :spin

MDR 18 March 2018 13:33

Quote:

Originally Posted by redblade (Post 1227839)
Hi, I see your bbs closed in 96, what year did it start? Also what hardware was it running on?? What conferences did you have on your bbs?

Will you be making the file listings available?? I'm looking for old h/p tools. I like the upload screens, I can't believe that people uploaded 600MB on dialup :D.
What speed connections did you have at the start and at the end??

Thanks

It started in October 1993, It was Amiga, Console & PC it also had a huge Am-Express section along with different group sections. Dial up speeds first started at 14,400 ended at 33,600 many users paid out of their own pockets to upload some huge amounts considering the speeds available. The rest of us used methods probably better not mentioned on here. I also had another node I put online when the wife would let me as it was the home line lol we used to telnet on that. The Internet killed the BBS it was a heartbreaking decision to close her down. But better to go on a high than keep watching the callers log shrink week by week. I have all listings etc and can make them available if some one tells me how.

chip 18 March 2018 14:52

For a simple file you can use "The Zone!"

Here how to do for using it

http://eab.abime.net/faq.php?faq=vb_...ezone_faq_item

DamienD 18 March 2018 15:38

Quote:

Originally Posted by chip (Post 1227949)
For a simple file you can use "The Zone!"

Here how to do for using it

http://eab.abime.net/faq.php?faq=vb_...ezone_faq_item

Come on man, that's crazy... 7.3GB uploaded to The Zone! as individual files :crazy

A better solution is to upload to the EAB File Server :agree

Yes, MDR doesn't fit the criteria as yet to have an account... but given his time / effort for the Amiga community then I'm positive we can make this happen (hey Turran) :great

DamienD 18 March 2018 15:41

On a side note; I should really merge the thread with this one: Digital Candy BBS

...but it may get a little messy so will see what other GMs think.

MDR 18 March 2018 16:16

Quote:

Originally Posted by DamienD (Post 1227970)
On a side note; I should really merge the thread with this one: Digital Candy BBS

...but it may get a little messy so will see what other GMs think.

You should have a section specially for old Sysops that used to run Scene BBS sites now that could get very interesting :)

MDR 18 March 2018 16:29

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hybrid (Post 1227551)
All

Yes I will share the files when I get the 4000 linked up to my PC. Figuring all this stuff out! Guess I need to get Amiga Forever and the required cables.

I tried that about 10 years ago it's extremely slow and painful. I recently found a way to read my Ami-back DAT tapes on a PC using linux it's an extremely fast way of doing it, if you need any help I can give you all the Linux terminal command lines you will need.

MajicMushroom 18 March 2018 21:22

Sweet, 3rd top uploader that week :D


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