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  • My 1st BBS in 1988 running on a Tandy CoCo II

    From Denn Gray@VERT/OUTWEST to All on Fri Apr 14 23:11:22 2017
    The 1st BBS I ever ran was in 1988 on a Color Computer 2 the software was writen in Basic by my Brother and one phoneline, it had a message board and one text adventure game also writen by my brother.
    One day we was watching the caller and noticed he was trying to format the drive (a floppy disk) the caller was able to break into DOS but we unpluged the phone line just in time to save our system.
    Then my brother worked on a fix that kept it from breaking into DOS agin.
    we always did weekly backups and all user account info was printed via a dot matrix printer, BBS's have came a long way since then.

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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to Denn Gray on Sat Apr 15 19:08:00 2017
    The 1st BBS I ever ran was in 1988 on a Color Computer 2 the software
    was writen in Basic by my Brother and one phoneline, it had a message board and one text adventure game also writen by my brother.

    That is pretty awesome, rolling your own BBS software. My first BBS was also in 1988. It was a GT Power system that ran on an 8088-XT. Around 1991, I upgraded it to a 386-DX40.

    To this day, I still run a GT Power board.

    Actually, I take that back... I did briefly try a BBS software called
    Collosus (sp?) in '88, before settling on GT. I still have it on backup somewhere.



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  • From Denn Gray@VERT/OUTWEST to Dumas Walker on Sun Apr 16 00:19:27 2017
    Re: My 1st BBS in 1988 runnin
    By: Dumas Walker to Denn Gray on Sat Apr 15 2017 07:08 pm

    That is pretty awesome, rolling your own BBS software. My first BBS was als in 1988. It was a GT Power system that ran on an 8088-XT. Around 1991, I upgraded it to a 386-DX40.

    Well my Brother who wrote the BBS software was definatly a decent programmer, I usually stuck to database and utility programing.
    I created a Database program to keep track of BBS names Numbers that would save the list to a text file to upload to other BBS's.
    It was called BBSBASE I made it in 91, I have found my program on 4 of the old shareware CD's like Owlware vol 11 and Softwarevault Emerald CD.
    the file is BBSBAS6R.ZIP I wish I could find my Brothers BBS program that would be cool.

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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Dumas Walker on Sat Apr 15 19:14:56 2017
    Re: My 1st BBS in 1988 runnin
    By: Dumas Walker to Denn Gray on Sat Apr 15 2017 07:08 pm

    That is pretty awesome, rolling your own BBS software. My first BBS was also in 1988. It was a GT Power system that ran on an 8088-XT. Around 1991, I upgraded it to a 386-DX40.

    I liked doing those typse of hardware upgrades. Back in the day, going from an 8088 XT to a 386DX-40 would have been fairly significant. I had a 386SX-16 quite some time ago and upgraded to a 386DX-40 and even that was a significant speed improvement. AMD was pushing the envelope with their 40mhz 386 at the time - As far as I know, Intel's fastest 386 was 33mhz.

    Nightfox

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  • From Vk3jed@VERT/FREEWAY to Nightfox on Mon Apr 17 08:25:00 2017
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    That is pretty awesome, rolling your own BBS software. My first BBS was also in 1988. It was a GT Power system that ran on an 8088-XT. Around 1991, I upgraded it to a 386-DX40.

    I liked doing those typse of hardware upgrades. Back in the day, going from an 8088 XT to a 386DX-40 would have been fairly significant. I
    had a 386SX-16 quite some time ago and upgraded to a 386DX-40 and even that was a significant speed improvement. AMD was pushing the envelope with their 40mhz 386 at the time - As far as I know, Intel's fastest
    386 was 33mhz.

    Yes, hardware updates were fun back then. I built my first PX, an 8088 XT clone. Over the next several years, that PC was upgraded incrementally, until it ended up as a Pentium 90. All of the cards had been through a couple of upgrades as well, and I always had 4 serial ports, each on separate IRQs (for modems and other serial devices). Even had to route IRQs by wire jumper and soldering irons at times. :)

    In a way, I miss the fun of building and upgrading PCs. It's not the same these days.

    And I think you're correct about the 386, in that only AMD released a 40 MHz processor. Definitely rings a bell.


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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to Nightfox on Sun Apr 16 17:59:00 2017
    I liked doing those typse of hardware upgrades. Back in the day, going from an 8088 XT to a 386DX-40 would have been fairly significant. I
    had a 386SX-16 quite some time ago and upgraded to a 386DX-40 and even that was a significant speed improvement. AMD was pushing the envelope with their 40mhz 386 at the time - As far as I know, Intel's fastest
    386 was 33mhz.

    Just for clarity's sake, I "upgraded" the hardware by moving all of the BBS software over to a new machine. :) Yeah, AMD were the only ones I know of with a 386DX-40. Intel skipped on to the 486 line.


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  • From Denn Gray@VERT/OUTWEST to Dumas Walker on Sun Apr 16 17:53:52 2017
    Re: My 1st BBS in 1988 runnin
    By: Dumas Walker to Denn Gray on Sat Apr 15 2017 07:08 pm

    That is pretty awesome, rolling your own BBS software. My first BBS was als in 1988. It was a GT Power system that ran on an 8088-XT. Around 1991, I upgraded it to a 386-DX40.


    I just went out to the shed and found a Printout of the BBS software my Brother wrote but of coarse it was missing the first page or 2.
    But I did find the online adventure game he wrote.
    I may have the only evidence on Earth of the BBS program my brother wrote lol and its missing the first page or 2.
    I also discovered that we actually started our BBS in July of 1987.
    Our BBS was CoCoShop BBS was listed in the Sept 1988 Rainbow Magaizne for the Color Computer.

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  • From Chris@VERT/DMINE to Denn Gray on Sun Apr 16 23:52:37 2017
    Re: My 1st BBS in 1988 runnin
    By: Denn Gray to Dumas Walker on Sun Apr 16 2017 12:19 am

    Well my Brother who wrote the BBS software was definatly a decent programmer usually stuck to database and utility programing.
    I created a Database program to keep track of BBS names Numbers that would save the list to a text file to upload to other BBS's.
    It was called BBSBASE I made it in 91, I have found my program on 4 of the shareware CD's like Owlware vol 11 and Softwarevault Emerald CD.
    the file is BBSBAS6R.ZIP I wish I could find my Brothers BBS program that would be cool.


    Was Owlware the company that those MSDos>Unix>OS-9 ads in Rainbow magazine? They sound familiar. I was surprised to see some of things that could be done with DECB back in the day. It was pretty simplistic. I took a liking to Basic09 which looked like a cross between Basic and Pascal and was unique to OS-9.

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  • From Denn Gray@VERT/OUTWEST to Chris on Sun Apr 16 23:47:01 2017
    Re: My 1st BBS in 1988 runnin
    By: Chris to Denn Gray on Sun Apr 16 2017 11:52 pm

    Was Owlware the company that those MSDos>Unix>OS-9 ads in Rainbow magazine? They sound familiar. I was surprised to see some of things that could be don with DECB back in the day. It was pretty simplistic. I took a liking to Basi which looked like a cross between Basic and Pascal and was unique to OS-9.

    I'm not sure if its the same Owlware, I know the Owlware in the rainbo
    magazine sold stuff like Disk Drives.
    It could be but i'm not 100% sure.

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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to DENN GRAY on Mon Apr 17 18:24:00 2017
    I just went out to the shed and found a Printout of the BBS software my Brother
    wrote but of coarse it was missing the first page or 2.
    But I did find the online adventure game he wrote.
    I may have the only evidence on Earth of the BBS program my brother wrote lol >and its missing the first page or 2.
    I also discovered that we actually started our BBS in July of 1987.
    Our BBS was CoCoShop BBS was listed in the Sept 1988 Rainbow Magaizne for the >Color Computer.


    That is pretty awesome that you found some evidence of it! Great about the game, too. Was it a text adventure game or an animated one?

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  • From Denn Gray@VERT/OUTWEST to Dumas Walker on Tue Apr 18 07:22:00 2017
    Re: My 1st BBS in 1988 runnin
    By: Dumas Walker to DENN GRAY on Mon Apr 17 2017 06:24 pm

    That is pretty awesome that you found some evidence of it! Great about the game, too. Was it a text adventure game or an animated one?

    yep just a text adventure writen in basic for the Color Computer 2.

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  • From JIMMY ANDERSON@VERT/OTHETA to DENN GRAY on Tue Apr 18 10:22:00 2017
    DENN GRAY wrote to ALL <=-

    The 1st BBS I ever ran was in 1988 on a Color Computer 2 the software

    My first computer exposure was my favorite teacher's Model III
    dual floppy system. He brought it to school one day and had
    written some BASIC math stuff. After class he showed me the
    'code' and got me started, so to speak. He then let me spend
    lunch and 'PE' in his room playing with it. I explored his
    floppy collection he had brought and got my first exposure
    to Scott Adams. :-)

    Later, my first computer at home was a CoCo 2 with extended
    memory. 32k! :-) Of course for text only I would
    Poke 25,6:NEW to free up that graphic memory. :-D

    Ah - good time!

    was writen in Basic by my Brother and one phoneline, it had a message board and one text adventure game also writen by my brother.

    That's cool! Do you have access to that adventure game? I'd love
    to see that!

    One day we was watching the caller and noticed he was trying to format the drive (a floppy disk) the caller was able to break into DOS but we unpluged the phone line just in time to save our system.
    Then my brother worked on a fix that kept it from breaking into DOS
    agin. we always did weekly backups and all user account info was
    printed via a dot matrix printer, BBS's have came a long way since
    then.

    WOW! :-)




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  • From JIMMY ANDERSON@VERT/OTHETA to DENN GRAY on Tue Apr 18 10:25:00 2017
    DENN GRAY wrote to DUMAS WALKER <=-

    I just went out to the shed and found a Printout of the BBS software my Brother wrote but of coarse it was missing the first page or 2.
    But I did find the online adventure game he wrote.
    I may have the only evidence on Earth of the BBS program my brother
    wrote lol and its missing the first page or 2.
    I also discovered that we actually started our BBS in July of 1987.
    Our BBS was CoCoShop BBS was listed in the Sept 1988 Rainbow Magaizne
    for the Color Computer.

    Okay - you MUST share the advneture game... :-) I know I just said
    that in a message I haven't uploaded yet, but that is SO cool!

    And I had forgotten about Rainbow Magazine too! WOW! I remember
    typing for HOURS just to see the Ghostbusters Logo on my
    screen. :-D





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  • From Denn Gray@VERT/OUTWEST to JIMMY ANDERSON on Wed Apr 19 09:27:32 2017
    Re: My 1st BBS in 1988 runnin
    By: JIMMY ANDERSON to DENN GRAY on Tue Apr 18 2017 10:22 am

    Later, my first computer at home was a CoCo 2 with extended
    memory. 32k! :-) Of course for text only I would
    Poke 25,6:NEW to free up that graphic memory. :-D

    On my BBS the outwest BBS I have the 500 pokes and peeks in the CoCo download area. outwestbbs.com:23

    That's cool! Do you have access to that adventure game? I'd love
    to see that!

    I have the printout of the basic code only, I may scan it and post it on my BBS

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  • From Denn Gray@VERT/OUTWEST to JIMMY ANDERSON on Wed Apr 19 09:34:55 2017
    Re: My 1st BBS in 1988 runnin
    By: JIMMY ANDERSON to DENN GRAY on Tue Apr 18 2017 10:25 am

    Okay - you MUST share the advneture game... :-) I know I just said
    that in a message I haven't uploaded yet, but that is SO cool!

    I will work on getting the adventure scanned, not sure what program I can use to convert it to ascii text file tho.

    And I had forgotten about Rainbow Magazine too! WOW! I remember
    typing for HOURS just to see the Ghostbusters Logo on my
    screen. :-D

    I have PDF's of most Rainbow magazines on outwestbbs.com:23 or in a browser you can goto outestbbs.com and dload them.

    I was suprised that I had the actual printouts, he did this in the late 80's

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  • From JIMMY ANDERSON@VERT/OTHETA to DENN GRAY on Thu Apr 20 12:31:00 2017
    DENN GRAY wrote to JIMMY ANDERSON <=-

    Okay - you MUST share the advneture game... :-) I know I just said
    that in a message I haven't uploaded yet, but that is SO cool!

    I will work on getting the adventure scanned, not sure what program I
    can use to convert it to ascii text file tho.

    And I had forgotten about Rainbow Magazine too! WOW! I remember
    typing for HOURS just to see the Ghostbusters Logo on my
    screen. :-D

    I have PDF's of most Rainbow magazines on outwestbbs.com:23 or in a browser you can goto outestbbs.com and dload them.

    I was suprised that I had the actual printouts, he did this in the late 80's

    Okay - wow - what a rabbit hole. LOL I stopped reading QWK mail and went
    and looked at the stuff you have. What memories! And those AD's! Just -
    wow. THANK YOU!





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  • From Denn Gray@VERT/OUTWEST to JIMMY ANDERSON on Thu Apr 20 22:55:47 2017
    Re: My 1st BBS in 1988 runnin
    By: JIMMY ANDERSON to DENN GRAY on Thu Apr 20 2017 12:31 pm

    Okay - wow - what a rabbit hole. LOL I stopped reading QWK mail and went
    and looked at the stuff you have. What memories! And those AD's! Just -
    wow. THANK YOU!

    your welcome, Im sure I am missing a few issues.
    I am tempted to get an emulator and type all those old basic programs in again lol.

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  • From Denn Gray@VERT/OUTWEST to Dumas Walker on Sun May 14 08:10:31 2017
    Re: My 1st BBS in 1988 runnin
    By: Dumas Walker to Denn Gray on Sat Apr 15 2017 07:08 pm

    The 1st BBS I ever ran was in 1988 on a Color Computer 2 the software was writen in Basic by my Brother and one phoneline, it had a message board and one text adventure game also writen by my brother.
    I actuall got it scanned in in pdf format and on my BBS at

    ftp://outwestbbs.com/coco/COCOMISC/Color%20Connect.rar
    it is missing the first page or two.
    my Brother came over yesterday and I showed him the printout of his code he was amazed that I had a copy although incomplete :(

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  • From JIMMY ANDERSON@VERT/OTHETA to DENN GRAY on Wed Jun 7 11:55:00 2017
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    Re: My 1st BBS in 1988 runnin
    By: JIMMY ANDERSON to DENN GRAY on Thu Apr 20 2017 12:31 pm

    Okay - wow - what a rabbit hole. LOL I stopped reading QWK mail and went
    and looked at the stuff you have. What memories! And those AD's! Just -
    wow. THANK YOU!

    your welcome, Im sure I am missing a few issues.
    I am tempted to get an emulator and type all those old basic programs
    in again lol.

    All? I bet you stop after two or three. ;-)




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  • From JIMMY ANDERSON@VERT/OTHETA to DENN GRAY on Wed Jun 7 11:56:00 2017
    DENN GRAY wrote to DUMAS WALKER <=-

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    Re: My 1st BBS in 1988 runnin
    By: Dumas Walker to Denn Gray on Sat Apr 15 2017 07:08 pm

    The 1st BBS I ever ran was in 1988 on a Color Computer 2 the software was writen in Basic by my Brother and one phoneline, it had a message board and one text adventure game also writen by my brother.
    I actuall got it scanned in in pdf format and on my BBS at

    ftp://outwestbbs.com/coco/COCOMISC/Color%20Connect.rar
    it is missing the first page or two.
    my Brother came over yesterday and I showed him the printout of his
    code he was amazed that I had a copy although incomplete :(

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