From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to All on Sun Apr 24 23:54:24 2022
The FidoGazette Volume 18 Number 10 15 April 2022
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Table of Contents
1. EDITORIAL ................................................ 1
At The Last Minute ....................................... 1
2. ARTICLES ................................................. 2
NTVDMx64 Issues .......................................... 2
3. FIDOGAZETTE BBS LIST ..................................... 4
4. FIDONET SOFTWARE LIST .................................... 7
5. FIDOGAZETTE INFORMATION .................................. 14
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Welcome to a last-minute issue of the FidoGazette. Unfortunately
today was busier than I expected (or wanted) but here's a small issue
of the FG for you. The Fidonet Software List has been updated as has
the BBS list.
Hoping for more content next week. I hope you enjoy this issue
Mike Ehlert (author of NetFoss/NetSerial) posted in the BBSing 2.0
Facebook group about issues with NTVDMx64:
"For those of you using NTVDMx64 to run a DOS BBS under Windows x64
and NetFoss64, be aware that there is a bug in NTVDMx64 builds after
06/06/2021 which will cause the batch file to crash as soon as
NetFoss64 is loaded. This includes the version released on Columbia
University's site in January 2022. You can get the working
06/06/2021 build by using the Wayback Machine hosted by Archive.org
and entering the Columbia U. URL there and then selecting a point in
time before January 1 2022 to download from. I have submitted a big
report to Leechers GitHub page including a test bed to help him to
duplicate the issue."
Prepare yourself for a weekend of wobbly power connectors and Daley
Thompson digit-mashing: tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the
Sinclair ZX Spectrum.
The ZX Spectrum, released on April 23, 1982, was a follow-up to
Sinclair's ZX81. Referred to as the ZX82 or ZX81 Colour during
development, the final product arrived with either 16KB or 48KB of RAM
(depending on pocket depth) and a case designed by Rick Dickinson, who
had previously worked on the ZX81 wedge. Dickinson was also
responsible for the ZX Spectrum's infamous rubber keyboard.
I personally have a lot of respect for the Sinclair team's
single-minded focus on engineering to a target cost - Eben Upton
The BASIC interpreter was stored in ROM and was written by Steve
Vickers on contract from Nine Tiles. A prototype ZX Spectrum, formerly
in the possession of Nine Tiles, was donated to the Centre for
Computing History in 2019. The prototype lacks the Dickinson case and
features full-travel keys, but the guts would go on to form the ZX
Spectrum found occupying many a family television of the 1980s.
Text took the form of a 32 x 24 column display and graphics had 256 x
192 pixels to play with. Color was problematic; to conserve memory a
separate 32 x 24 overlay of 8 x 8 pixels were used, with each block
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having a foreground and background color. While static color images
could work relatively well, the approach resulted in the infamous
attribute clash. Rival machines, such as the Commodore 64, did not
suffer from the same problem although used a lower multicolor
resolution made for blockier graphics.
Ah, the playground discussions that ensued over sprites, peeks, and
pokes. Those were the days.
The ZX Spectrum, replete with rubber keyboard, debuted at 125 pounds
for the 16KB version and 175 pounds for the 48KB incarnation. A 32KB
RAM pack could be plugged into the rear expansion slot of the former,
and this writer well remembers the joy of an unexpected reset caused
by a wobbly bit of hardware.
Over five million of the Z80A-based devices were sold, and its impact
cannot be understated. While over 1.5 million BBC Micros (made by
Acorn) may have also been sold during its lifetime, it was the ZX
Spectrum that found its way into far more homes across Europe, and its
impact continues to resonate in the IT world of today.
Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton was more on the Acorn side of things,
but recalled the effect of the plastic slab: "As a much more
affordable alternative to the Beeb, and with roughly 3x the lifetime
sales, the Spectrum probably had a greater role in promoting the
accidental route into engineering careers in the '80s and early '90s."
"Lots of people here at Pi Towers had their first exposure to
programming on Sinclair hardware," Upton said, "and I personally have
a lot of respect for the Sinclair team's single-minded focus on
engineering to a target cost."
The original ZX Spectrum enjoyed a relatively short time in the sun,
and was discontinued in favor of the functionally identical (but
recased with an updated keyboard) ZX Spectrum+ in 1985. Later versions
received more RAM and, with the Amstrad takeover, another keyboard
update, built-in cassette recorder, and disk drive.
Clones would also crop up from time to time, including the recent (and
infamous) ZX Spectrum Vega+. A warm bath of nostalgia is also possible
via a variety of on and offline emulators.
Sadly, Sir Clive Sinclair and Rick Dickinson are no longer with us.
However, hardware designer Richard Altwasser and Dr Steve Vickers will
be on hand at The National Museum of Computing on April 23 for a live
and virtual Q&A, preceded by the same with Sir Clive's son, Crispin.
In the meantime, this seems as good a time as ever to indulge in a
little bit of rose-tinted nostalgia. Music by MJ Hibbett and with
animation by Rob Manuel. (R)
BBS Name: Central Ontario Remote
Sysop name: Mick Manning
Fidonet AKA: 1:229/307
BBS Software: Mystic
Telnet address/Phone #: centralontarioremote.com:2323
Desc: Home of the musician's network, BluesNET.
BBS Name: Imzadi Box
Sysop name: Anna Christina Nass
Fidonet AKA: 2:240/5824
BBS Software: Synchronet
Telnet address/Phone #: box.imzadi.de
Desc: Small BBS with several games and message networks.
FTN hub of WeedNet (Zone 420)
BBS Name: Outpost BBS
Sysop name: Sean Dennis (digimaus/KS4TD)
Fidonet AKA: 1:18/200
BBS Software: MBSE BBS
Telnet: bbs.outpostbbs.net ports 23 or 10123
Desc: The home of Cheepware, The Micronet Information Network, the
FidoGazette, and the Ham Distribution Network SDS. A MBSE BBS
Dev Team test system.
BBS Name: Palantir BBS
Sysop name: Dan Clough (AKA Gamgee)
Fidonet AKA: 1:123/115
BBS Software: Synchronet
Telnet address: palantirbbs.ddns.net
Desc: Multiple echomail networks, old-school filebase and
several CDROMs online. Lots of Doom/Quake/Duke stuff.
Many local and BBSLink doors. New callers welcome!
Desc: When you build a BBS on a Pi, you have a PiBBS!
BBS Name: <<Prism BBS
Sysop name: Janis Kracht
Fidonet AKA: 1:261/38
BBS Software: BBBS/Li6 v4.10 Toy-5
Telnet address/Phone #: filegate.net:2030
Desc: Home of IFDC FileGate Project. Files from PDN, Util*Net,
Win_FDN and more.
BBS Name: Star Collision BBS
Sysop name: Bjorn Wiberg
Fidonet AKA: 2:201/137
BBS Software: Mystic BBS
Telnet address/Phone #: scbbs.nsupdate.info:61023
Desc: Star Collision BBS was founded in 1993, closed in 1997, and
re-opened in 2019. It will focus on echomail conferences and file
echos for the time being, with more to come in the future.
BBS Name: Roon's BBS
Sysop name: Daniel Path
Fidonet AKA: 2:371/52
BBS Software: Maximus/2
Telnet address/Phone #: bbs.roonsbbs.hu:1212 +36-1-4454412
Desc: pure retro 90s bbs, original hardware and software :)
BBS Name: thE qUAntUm wOrmhOlE
Sysop name: Christian Sacks (MeaTLoTioN)
Fidonet AKA: 2:250/5
BBS Software: Mystic BBS v1.12 A47
Telnet address/Phone #: bbs.erb.pw:23
Desc: Mystic door development, experimental and educational, thE
qUAntUm wOrmhOlE is the home of qUAntUm RaDio!, tqwNet and tqwCTF.
Lots of door games and utilities, some traditional, some highly
BBS Name: The Rusty MailBox
Sysop name: Alan Ianson
Fidonet AKA: 1:153/757
BBS Software: BBBS
Telnet address/Phone #: trmb.ca:2030
Desc: An old school BBS. File and message areas including Fidonet,
fsxNet, Metronet and Cybernet.
Desc: Arkansas' longest running Ham Radio/Weather BBS. Note that the
BBS is offline during maintenance, or when thunderstorms are in
the area. Over 350 doors, over 700 message areas, and over
10,000 files. Free Usage, G/PG content. Christian Related
material is online for those who want it.
If you would like your BBS to be listed, just use the template below
and send it to me in a message in the FIDOGAZETTE echo or via netmail.
*=Software is available and may be registerable,
but no longer supported or updated.
@=Website is operating but is no longer updated.
?=Software's updating/support status is unknown.
O=Software is open source.
This list contains BBS-related software that is available
for registration (not necessarily supported), open source
software and actively developed/supported software by its
author. Software listed may be available for DOS, Linux,
OS/2 (eComStation), Windows (16 or 32 bit) and OSX.
Telnet/Dialup BBS |# |http://www.telnetbbsguide.com 1:275/89
Guide | | Maintained by Dave Perrussel
| | This is probably the most updated BBS
| | list on the Internet for a general
| | BBS list.
Synchronet BBS List |# |http://www.synchro.net/sbbslist.html
| | Maintained automatically
| | This list is specifically for
| | Synchronet-based BBS systems and is
| | automatically updated nightly.
The BBS Corner |# |http://www.bbscorner.com
| | This website is more than just files,
| | it's an encyclopedia of knowledge for
| | BBS sysops and people who want to
| | become sysops. This site is run by
| | the same person who does the Telnet
| | BBS Guide.
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