• ## Happy New Year!

04.01.2015

So the holidays are always a drag for me. Lots of hours and very little time for anything else. They are over now thank goodness.

As far as site updates here or my other blogs I’ve done very little other than maintenance updates, etc. A post here and there but that’s about it. Same with the BBS. The machine it’s on hosts my home automation server as well for the time being and I regularly reboot it but that’s about it. Haven’t even updated the software or anything.

The great majority of my free time has been with my family or playing Ingress (as usual)

Anyway, if you have any problems with the BBS (no, the doors still don’t work) or one of my sites, feel free to contact me. I’ll do what I can to get it fixed up.

Thanks, and hope everyone is having a great year so far.

• ## BBS Doors

BBSing 10.07.2014

Currently the DOS based games are offline. I am currently running under Win 7  and just haven’t had the time to configure things properly (or really see if it’s possible lol)

Everything else is up and running.

• ## BBS Update

04.07.2014

The move to its own computer has finally been accomplished. I’ve gotten Shadowscope up and running on a partially dedicated laptop instead of a VM now. I say partially because it also houses my home automation software. That’s more for ease of use because I’ll be somewhat integrating the two. Nothing on the surface, mainly just so I can get mobile notifications of new users, logins, etc.

The connection may not be the fastest initially because I currently have it sitting in my living room on WiFi until I finish configuration on everything. Once I put it back on a Wired connection things should be better.

• ## BBS Moving!

30.06.2014

So I’m finally in the process of moving my BBS to it’s own dedicated box instead of the VM it’s been running on for the last year and a half.

In the meantime I’ll update the software and some of the plugins and maybe even get around to checking my damned netmail that I’ve been ignoring. Ugh. Between work, family and Ingress I haven’t had much time for the BBS.

I’ll also be running my Home Automation software from the same laptop as my old OLD laptop died a few months back. Shouldn’t be any issues there.

• ## Blog and BBS Updates

07.10.2013

Yes, I’m still alive!

I had planned on getting online and writing a short review of the Themer app by MyColorScreen as I received my beta code this morning. Alas, that’s not going to happen this morning although I will try and get it online by the end of the day.

What I did find when I logged onto the site for the first time in months was that Google had decided my site was the home of malware and should be avoided. Dayum.

Earlier this year I started using a couple of 3rd party plugins that would pull in my posts from Google+ and turn them into blog posts. Seemed like a pretty cool thing to do and as I currently spend what little time online I have on G+ that was very convenient. Anyway, what I found was that the Google+ Blog plugin had pulled in everything I had ever posted on G+ and duplicated each of them 16+ times. WTF? So I ended up having to delete 2500+ blog posts that were all duplicates. Since I wanted to keep one of each I just couldn’t go in and blindly delete them all. Fucking asshats.

So I think I’ve gotten rid of all the duplicates now, if you notice any please let me know.

I have also disabled almost all of the 3rd party plugins I was using here on the site and gone back to the stock commenting system (actually using Jetpack for this now).

As far as the BBS, it’s still online and you should be able to get to it via telnet OR the applets linked to above. I haven’t even logged in in months or checked my netmail. That comes soon. It’s still hosted in a virtual machine on my desktop BUT I do have a laptop set up running Windows XP that I will be moving it to at some point soon. This will mean more resources for the BBS and more disk space as well for files. I’m still running Synchronet and will update it to the latest version as well.

As always, if you have any feedback for the BBS or my blog please feel free to contact me at one of the above links.

• ## Graphical Setup Tutorial For Fastecho

16.01.2013

Roger Shays has put up a Fastecho tutorial for those interested. Thanks Roger.

You can find it here.

• ## Replace the Message Read Prompt in SBBS – Updated and Fixed***

Synchronet 02.01.2013

*** I had to change one line in the prompt below. Where it says @SMB_LAST_MSG@ that should read @SMB_TOTAL_MSGS@. The last message @-Code gives a total number of messages in the sub including deleted, dupes, etc…which may not match what the system actually shows. I found that out in some of the message bases that have a lot of posts, such as new file listings.***

A while back I explained how to replace the message header (two ways, easy and hard) but now my prompt doesn’t match so I replaced my message reading prompt before work this morning. Here are the directions along with a couple of pics:

1. Create your ansi prompt. Here’s mine along with an explanation of the @-codes I used.

The @SMB_GROUP@ tells SBBS to list the current message group (Local, Fidonet, etc…) @SMB_SUB@ is the current sub, or message area, within that group. @SMB_CURMSG@ is the current message number in that group and last of all @SMB_LAST_MSG@ is the last message number available. You’ll see what they do a little later on.

• ## How to Change The User Settings Screen in SBBS

Synchronet 01.01.2013

So the next thing I decided to tackle on the board was the default user settings screen on my board.

I initially attempted to change the text strings in my baja menu source by using the REPLACE_TEXT command in it. That apparently won’t work for whatever reason, so I had to edit the text.dat directly. Be very careful when you edit your text.dat file because you can royally screw things up here.

What I did was to create the entire screen in Ansi and then save each line as a separate file at which point I replaced the text like so:

Make sure to leave the line between prompt 493 and 494 as it is or you’ll mess things up.

This is what it looks like now.

I don’t have any plans to replace the header and footer strings at the moment although I might attempt to do that later. It was actually pretty easy, just a bit of copy and replace. Make sure to only use the string itself, don’t add the ending ESC[255D if your ansi editor inserts it at the end of the file.

• ## BBS Update…

19.12.2012

So I’ve added a few more games and things to do on the BBS foryou to check out. I also managed to get Ftelnet working as well. Using that page (above) as my default log in now just because it’s much easier for this old man to see . Anyway, I am about 60% of the way through configuring everything the way I want. I still have a few menus to add and then it will be time to change most of the default strings. I’ve posted a few pics below of what it’s looking like now.

• ## How to Set Up EleBBS Under Linux

EleBBS 12.12.2012

Over at R&M Software Rick Parrish has several how-to’s posted I wanted to make sure and archive. This is one of them. You can visit the original here. All of this is from his site, I’ve just borrowed (stolen) it here.

This HOWTO is based on the following software:

RedHat 7.3
EleBBS 0.09g1

First, the steps involved in installing EleBBS

• ## New Doors

BBSing 11.12.2012

I’ve added a few new doors to the eXternal menu. Check them out and let me know if anything isn’t working properly. Also in the eXternal menu (Main) I’ve added a link to Weather Underground. They actually still operate a telnet board you can log into to get your weather information.

• ## How to Set Up Tribbs to Access Fidonet

10.12.2012

Here’s another how-to from zharvek over at Archaic Binary. The original post can be found at the link. Tribbs was the second BBS software I ran way back in the early ’90s. I probably used it for about a year or so before moving on to something I could modify a bit more.

Ah what an adventure this is getting to be. As you may know I’m setting up my old Telnet BBS again, not just the door games, but the full system including File Areas, Message Bases, and yes the Door Games.

I have all the games working so far, and file transfers are fine when you use a good client (mTelnet or SyncTerm).

BBSing 10.12.2012

I’ve added another page for those having problems with the web access. The old terminal is marked Shadowscope (Flashterm) and the new one is Shadowscope (Ftelnet) which is a much bigger screen size for those of us that ought to be wearing our glasses. If one doesn’t work well with the games try the other.

• ## Creating Custom Message Headers for SBBS

BBSing 07.12.2012

Updated – I found an easier way to do this (knew I would…) and it’s at the bottom of the post

One of things I used in my Proboard and RG setups in the ’90s was custom message headers…i.e. OBV/2 style. I’m trying to get away from the stock setup and this is one of the things that bothered me most.

Here’s what I ended up with:

Click to Embiggen

First off you need to find or create the header. Unfortunately even though I can come up with some decent stuff I completely SUCK at anything art related so I dug through several Ansi packs and BBS setups and found a few I wanted. This is the original I came up with:

Open your ansi in TheDraw or whatever program you’re using to edit them. Make sure to select your foreground and background colors so that they match what you want the end result to be. You can find the current list of @-codes over at the Synchronet Wiki. Here’s about what the file should look like when you’re finished editing it in TheDraw.

This is the part that had me stumped for more than an hour this afternoon trying to get to work correctly. The -L at the end of the code tells SBBS to align left and the #’s are how much padding you want. Otherwise you end up pushing the stuff to the right onto the next line and it looks like crap.

Once you’ve got your file saved in TheDraw you need to exit out and navigate the DOS prompt to your menu directory, usually \sbbs\text\menu. That’s where you need to copy your file. By default Synchronet loads .asc files so I named mine msghdr.asc

Type edit msghdr.asc so that you’ve got the ansi open in your DOS text editor.

You see that line that ends with 255D? If you leave it there you’ll have several line feeds and you’ll never see your header or maybe just the bottom two lines. So what we need to do is move it up several lines as so…

Do an alt-f s and save your file now. That should be all you need to do here. Now it’s on to the text.dat which is located in \sbbs\ctrl\

Here’s what it looks like before making changes.

The top few lines are the only ones we are concerned with. At first I thought I needed to replace all of the first 9 or so but once I started editing and playing around I realized I could just replace prompt #1.

Here’s what I have after editing:

The line that say TYPE tells SBBS to display a text file for that prompt. Save your text.dat and reload your configuration and you should be ready to go.

There’s bound to be an easier method to do this but it’s working on my system. If you have any questions or better ideas please let me know.

Updated. As I mentioned in the paragraph above, there IS an easier way to do this (duh). You can find it at http://wiki.synchro.net/custom:messageheader If you are using a custom you’ll still probably need to pad some of the strings as I mentioned above.

BBSing 07.12.2012

So I finally finished MOST of the menu screens. Still have a lot to do on the prompts, pauses and all of the other text strings but it’s getting there slowly but surely.

Here’s the main menu. Using the default key codes for everything. Click on the picture to embiggen.

• ## Lunatix, Netfoss and SBBS

BBSing 05.12.2012

I finally managed to get Lunatix running on my SBBS system tonight. Originally I was trying to use it with Synchronet’s built-in fossil support but it was so fucking slow as to be unusable so I set it up with Netfoss and kept getting errors that netfoss.dll couldn’t be found. As with anything one I walked away from it for a day I was able to figure out what the configuration needed to be so here’s my setup:

The first one’s just a screenshot of the games I currently have running.

Make sure that you set “Native Executable” to yes so that Synchronet doesn’t attempt to use it’s fossil driver.

The /N%# tells both Netfoss and Lunatix what node number it’s being run from and the /H tells Netfoss the socket handle.

Set up Lunatix to use whatever drop file you are most comfortable with that both support. I’m using Dorinfo1.def in the example above.

Now it’s running MUCH more smoothly than before.

• ## DOSEMU Synchronet Doors How-To

BBSing 02.12.2012
This is about 10 years old but it's still valid information.

DOSEMU Synchronet DOORS HOWTO

Author: Michael Capp <laffer(at)exeonline(dot)com>

07 February 2003

Complete installation guide on configuring DOSEMU and Synchronet
to run DOS doors under Linux utilizing DOSEMU.

Permission  is  granted  to copy, distribute  and/or  modify  this
document  under  the terms of the GNU Free Documentation  License,
Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts,  and
no  Back-Cover  Texts.  A copy of the license is included  in  the
section entitled "GNU Free Documentation License".

BBSing 29.11.2012

Ok, so as I ended up sticking with the Synchronet setup due to the fact network and internet integration is so much better/easier to set up than using EleBBS. It does have a greater learning curve as far as configuring and modding so for a while the menus will probably look entirely fucked up as I make changes.

I’ve added several new door games and a bunch of message areas. I still intend on linking the games so that we can play interBBS games as well.

As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to shoot me an email/netmail, note to sysop or leave a message in one of the local bases.

Don’t forget, you can access the BBS from my website here without any type of special client.

• ## How to Set Up Renegade BBS for Telnet Under XP

BBSing 24.11.2012

This article was originally written by Nick in 2009 and in keeping with what I wanted to do in archiving all of these difficult to find how-to’s I figured I would post it here. If you find it helpful please go visit him and let him know!

# XP

Posted on May 20, 2009 by Nick

Back in the day I ran a BBS using Renegade BBS software.  I’ve been trying over time to  get this running again.  There are quite a few updated BBSs out there that support Linux and telnet services out of the box; however, I want to get my original BBS running again.  I also have a soft spot for Renegade.

After numerous attempts using dosemu under Linux, WINE, VMware running FreeDOS and implementing my own virtual modem service written in Perl but I just couldn’t get things working right.  As it turns out there’s this nifty set of programs that are part of NetFoss.  NetFoss itself is a fossil driver (communication driver talks between BBS software and modem) but also includes a complete telnet server as well for handling telnet communication with the BBS.  However, this is designed for Windows XP.  So I decided to throw a quick XP install in to a VM and fire this all up.

• ## New Additions to the BBS

BBSing 23.11.2012

Originally I wasn’t going to have any file areas. I changed my mind and while I don’t have the menu complete I have started adding file areas.

I also put in a couple more local doors now we are up to LORD, Usurper, Falcon’s Eye, BRE, Global Wars and Darkness. I intend on going interBBS eventually and will also add on a few more games as well.

You can access the BBS-Scene IRC server from the eXternal menu now.

A few more Fidonet echoes have become available and I will also be adding on more networks as time permits. If you don’t feel like messaging online I have installed the Bluewave QWK download door.

As always, if you have any problems or something isn’t working right feel free to contact me here. Leaving me a message on the board is OK but email is much faster and I will get it wherever I am.

I will have a couple more tutorials to post soon as well, of course specific to my system.

• ## EleBBS and FidoNet

BBSing 18.11.2012

So I finally managed to get EleBBS working together with Fastecho and Radius! Very happy about it. Synchronet seems pretty cool and I’ll continue playing with it in a VM but my “production” board will continue to be ELE. I will eventually post my setup for anyone who is interested. Not that there are more than a handful of BBSes left but still…

I’ve also gotten a Fido node number. If you need to reach me that way you can send netmail to 1:3634/24. It’s up 24/7 and accepts crash.

• ## How to Set Up SBBS for Fidonet

14.11.2012

After doing a lot of hunting I finally came across this guide and am putting it here for posterity. I did switch from Argus to Radius (an Argus Clone) and went through this guide exactly as spelled out and it’s working perfectly. Waiting now for a message back from the NC with a node number. The original guide can be found here

Updated 12/29/12 – I have also updated the bottom of the post a couple of items if you are in a multi-network situation.

Synchronet Setup For FidoNet

(Windows XP)

By Dantin Hart of Rat’s Nest BBS 9/22/05
Updated by Lord Time of Time Warp of the Future BBS 12/15/08 (on the links and e-mail)

Also Updated by Richard Miles of Shadowscope on 11/14/12

BBS running with FidoNet and they can be obtained through your Hub’s Coordinator,

File names are BACKBONE and nodelist. As was explained to me by Rob Swindel the

author of Synchronet BBS. BACKBONE.NA is the North American BACKBONE FILE.

Make sure to contact your coordinator for the appropriate File Extension and or File.

Also you may talk to your coordinator about getting the current nodelist.%%% <- extension

is a number which changes with every release.

• ## How to Set up Lord With SBBS

14.11.2012

The directions over at the SBBS wiki didn’t seem to work for me so I did some hunting and found the following instructions which allowed it to work using Netfoss:

Synchronet BBS 3.1x USAGE
————————–

Synchronet already has its own FOSSIL support, but using NetFoss in place
of the internal FOSSIL can allow DOS doors to run considerably faster,
often by a factor of 2 or more times faster then the internal speed, with
lower CPU usage. You can use NetFoss to run all or just some or all of
your door programs, and run others using the internal FOSSIL.

Synchronet can create a DOOR32.SYS file, but we do not suggest running
NetFoss in DOOR32.SYS mode because Synchronet is unable to create both a
DOOR32.SYS and a standard drop file at the same time. For this reason the
DOOR32.SYS mode should not be used at the time this guide was written.

Here is how to configure the “Legend Of The Red Dragon” door in Synchronet
3.10j using the Non-DOOR32.SYS mode:

Name LORD
Internal Code LORD
Start-up Directory C:\SBBS\XTRN\LORD
Command Line c:\sbbs\nf.bat /N%# /H%H start.bat %#
Clean-up Command Line
Execution Cost None
Access Requirements
Execution Requirements
Multiple Concurrent Users Yes
Intercept Standard I/O No
Native (32-bit) Executable Yes
Use Shell to Execute No
Modify User Data No
Execute on Event No
Pause After Execution No
BBS Drop File Type GAP DOOR.SYS
Place Drop File In Node Directory
Time Options…

Notice that the Native (32-Bit) Executable option is enabled. This needs
to be turned on in order for Synchronet to not enable its own internal
FOSSIL driver. REPEAT – even though you are not using DOOR32.SYS as your
dropfile, Native (32-Bit) Executable must be enabled. Additionally, make
sure to change the command line to reflect the directory that you
installed NetFoss and the Start-up directory should either reflect where
your door is located if you don’t use a batch file to start the door, or
could have the startup directory point to your current node directory
where the dropfiles are created. (If you do the later, you should launch
the door with a batch file that first uses the CD\ command to Change the
Directory to where the door is located.

When using the Non-DOOR32.SYS mode, you must edit your NF.BAT file to add
the ” %1″ at the end of the second line, as explained earlier in this
document. Instructions can also be found in the NF.BAT.

Make sure to change the Command line in NF.BAT to reflect the directory
that you installed NetFoss in, and the Start-up directory should reflect

In the LORD door example above, the start.bat is the batch file located
in the Start-up Directory which actually runs this door game.

• ## Setup Tutorial For Argus

14.11.2012

I mentioned yesterday that I needed a bit of help setting some things up. I still do but as I’ve searched I’ve found a wealth of information out there. Unfortunately there seems to be less and less as time goes by so I am going to try and repost some of it here and save for posterity. This site’s been up for almost 13 years now and I don’t plan on taking it down any time soon.  I’ve come across this tutorial in several places but I think it needs to be updated and also kept with setups for other stuff as well.

# Graphical Setup Tutorial for Argus

### by David Moufarrege HTML version of this document and low.res. images are made by Max Masyutin Original version of this document is available in http://www.filegate.net/ipfn/i-util/ATUTHLP.ZIP

Further modified by Richard Miles 11/14/2012 – I’ve hosted all of the images on my system here and linked to them rather than the original site. Argus is no longer supported or updated but most of the information below is still valid.

• ## BBS Help Needed

BBSing 13.11.2012

So as I mentioned in an earlier post, the BBS is back online. You can access it through the links above and to the right OR via telnet at rmiles.myhomeseer.com

I am in the process of trying to get netmail back up and running in addition to echomail but seem to be having problems. Right now I’ve got EleBBS and Fastecho setup and can use either Radius or Argus as the mailer. I need someone who can help me troubleshoot.

From the board I can write a netmail (although EleBBS won’t let me access the nodelist for some reason). Exit the BBS and I run FASTECHO SCAN. It detects the netmail and pulls out a ?.msg leaving it in the EleBBS message base directory. FASTECHO PACK seems to do nothing.

It’s been 16 years or more since I had a BBS/Mailer/Tosser up and running and back then I used Renegade/Gecho/FrontDoor and ended up going to Proboard/Fastecho/Allfix/Maindoor. I have no frigging idea how I had it set up and don’t think I have access to the files anymore so that I could look at my config.

Any help would be appreciated.

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