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Celebrating our 20th Anniversary!

The Telnet BBS Guide is celebrating our 20th anniversary! We started officially on October 1st in 1997.

All month long I’ll be posting about the history of the site as well as how the site came to be.

Stay tuned for more details!

Moving to a new server… and growing pains

Hey folks! After about a year of putting up with a slow poke website, I moved the system to a new host. The site should actually work a lot faster.

But, just to let you know a few things don’t work quite right just yet after the move. WordPress (the engine behind the site) doesn’t like to be moved lock, stock, and barrel like it was.

Here are the known issues:

1) Search doesn’t work quite right. In fact, it hasn’t worked for a while. Don’t fret if you search for a BBS (or your BBS if you’re a Sysop) and don’t find it. It’s probably there. Do a manual search by looking at the actual listings and not using the search feature. More than likely it’s there.

2) The monthly lists are not generating. Not sure if I can get that fixed for the July 1 date that I normally distribute the list.

Let me know if you know of any other issues.

Access Denied – We know about it!

Isn’t security great? Especially when it messes things up?

It appears that either a plugin we use here at the site, or a WordPress upgrade has broken things around here.

Let me explain. When a user signs up for an account on here, they’re at the “subscriber” level. That allows them to add a new BBS entry, but doesn’t allow them to go back and edit the entry. So when I see a new user submit a BBS entry, I raise them to “sysop” level so they can later go back and edit their listing. That’s the problem.

Now if a SysOp wants to go back and edit their user account (say to edit their E-mail address), they’re getting an “Access Denied” message. Folks – I don’t know what do about it. Vincent (the guy who helped me out setting up the site) is also stumped. Until we figure out what the hell happened and figure out some sort of solution, drop me a line at the “contact” button above and I’ll manually make the changes. Until then, I am just as confused as you!

So bear with us until we figure out a solution. Thanks!

Dave

Please update your listing when you make changes!

I’ve noticed a lot of Sysops are making changes to their BBS (new address, change in port numbers, etc.), but are not changing their listing on the Telnet BBS Guide. If you do make changes, please log on the site and change the listing – or let me know and I’ll do it for you.

I sometimes find out through other sources (Facebook, a forum posting, etc.) and I do catch SOME of them. But often times I do not. If I find your BBS down for more than 30 days, it will most likely be deleted. So please update your listing ASAP if you change address and/or port numbers!

Monthly Distribution List – Get the list in E-Mail

As you may know, the Telnet BBS Guide has been around since October 1997 (yeah, almost 19 years!). For most of that time, I’ve had a monthly distribution list on Yahoo Groups to distribute the monthly text version of the list. With the recent site upgrade, I totally forgot to put a link to the monthly mailing list on the new site!

So if you want to have the list sent to you in E-mail, feel free to sign up at this URL and have the list sent to you once per month. Of course, you can always come here for any changes during the month with the “daily” list, or just look on the site for the newly added BBSes.

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/telnetbbsguide/info

At some point in the future, we may move this to another platform (considering that Yahoo may implode any day now!), but for now it seems to work fine!

 

 

Secure Shell – a more secure BBS connection

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As time marches on, the Internet is getting to be a scarier place. These days, are you sure you can really trust the connection to a server? Even “surfing” the Internet on your web browser is risky. Do you really want to log on that site and trust it with your user ID and password? Do you think your connection may be compromised and someone can grab your credentials?

Connecting to a BBS has its risks, too. Sure, these risks are small, but they do exist. So if you really feel insecure about connecting to a BBS, some BBSes now offer a service called Secure Shell (SSH). SSH is not new. It’s been around for a few years. It was started so a system admin could remotely access a Unix box via the Internet over a secure channel.

Fast forward a few years. Some BBSes packages now offer connections via SSH. Unix based BBSes (those that are actually Unix shells) can offer SSH to their users. Traditional BBS packages such as Synchronet offer their users a SSH connection.

So for those Sysops who are now are running SSH enabled BBSes, you can now list your SSH BBS listing on the Telnet BBS Guide. For those who are adding a BBS for the first time, make sure you check off the SSH block and enter the SSH address (with the port number) in the SSH block. For those who already have a listing, edit your listing, check the SSH block and add the SSH address (again, with the port number).

Social Media and BBSes – Yeah, we co-exist

Running a BBS for nearly 23 years (most of that in the Internet age) has me wondering if BBSes can survive going dfacebookown the road? With social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) being so rampant – why even bother? But it seems that BBSes can co-exist with social media. For example, there are a number of BBS related pages and groups on Facebook. As part of the redesign of this site, I decided to start one as well. Feel free to visit our new page on Facebook. I will be posting news and events there as well as here moving forward.

And as always, thanks for your support.

Dave

Getting the bugs out. Does anybody have a can of Raid?

raid bug sprayHey folks! We’re still getting the dreaded “new site” bugs out of the system. As we’re finding them, we’re fixing them!

Biggest issue right now are the auto generation of text files (the infamous ZIP files of the Telnet BBS Guide). So don’t be concerned if you download them and they don’t look quite right. Our team of experts (Vincent) is working hard on this.

Thanks!

Dave

Testing 1, 2, 3….

Hello, is this thing on? (taps microphone).testing123

Wow! What a difference a month makes!

At the end of January 2016, my web host sent me an E-mail telling me that they were retiring the old server that my website was on. Most of the time it wouldn’t have been a problem – except for the fact when they decided to upgrade, the engine that ran the Telnet BBS Guide would no longer be supported!

For a long time, I’ve been wanting to upgrade the Telnet BBS Guide, but did not know exactly how I would want to do it, or how to do it.

This new site is about 6 weeks of hard work, primarily by one individual – Vincent Macaluso, Sysop of Capital Shrill BBS. He has painstakingly worked with me in building this site, pretty much from the ground up using WordPress, a ton of plugins, and a crapton of elbow grease!

Another person who has helped out is Shooter Jennings, Sysop of Bit Sunrise BBS. He made the graphics (well, not the USR modem, that was found on Google Images!). But without the work of these two wonderful people – this site would simply not exist!

So welcome to the new site. I’ll be posting news and updates here as they occur.

It’s been amazing 6+ weeks, and we’re not done yet!

Thanks, and enjoy the ride!

Dave