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

    You can find it here.

  • BBSing 07.12.2012 No Comments

    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 29.11.2012 No Comments

    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.

  • BBSing 24.11.2012 No Comments

    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!

    Setting up Renegade with

    NetFoss for Telnet under

    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.

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  • 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

    Okay heres the deal, you need to download 2 files required to get your Synchronet
    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.

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  • BBSing, How to 14.11.2012 No Comments

    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

     

    Modified slightly to remove dead links by Janis Kracht 03/17/03

    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.

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  • BBSing 13.11.2012 No Comments

    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.

  • BBSing 05.11.2012 No Comments

    I mentioned something in my post the other day about how this web site got started as an electronic bulletin board system and started getting all sentimental so I am in the process of setting up a telnet/web bbs site. LOL.

    It’ll take me a few days but I’ll have it online, door games and all, very soon. I’ll post links for all you old farts that remember how we used to connect…

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