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Latest Activity: Mar 16, 2015
Started by VannBaker Feb 15, 2009.
I am curious if there is any Mac BBS that will work with the ax.25 protocol that is in use with amateur packet radio. I know PC software like FBB has been adapted to work with it but don't think standard BBS would work.
Greetings. Thanks for accepting my membership here. I discovered your board yesterday while searching with Google. I was very happy to discover a discussion group called "Macintosh Bulletin Board Systems", because to be honest, I have felt like a fish out of water.That's because I've spent the past few days surfing the web, looking for Macintosh-based and Macintosh-oriented, telnet-accessible BBSes.Just yesterday, I downloaded the March 2015 edition of The BBS Corner's "The Telnet & Dial-Up BBS Guide". To my amazement, out of a list of about 350 or so telnet-accessible BBSes on the list, not one single one of them was a Macintosh BBS. My fellow Mac users will understand how I feel.We are really a dying breed it seems. In fact, for all I know, I may possibly be the only Macintosh SysOp left!Let me share some of my personal BBS history with you. I have been running my Macintosh-based BBS on and off since early 1994. Well, guess what? About two weeks ago, I put my BBS back online again, after struggling with setting up both the SheepShaver and Basilisk emulators under Yosemite. I now have both emulators installed, and my Hermes II BBS is once again available for anyone who may be interested.In fact, just a few days ago I compiled the latest Hermes II source code -- 3.5.11 -- from the GitHub website, and I dare say that I am now the only one who is running Hermes II 3.5.11. It was a challenge to compile it, until I received help from Michael Alyn Miller, who is the current owner of Hermes II, and its most recent developer.Anyway, if you are interested in the history of my BBS, please visit its official home page here:http://www.billkochman.com/BBS/If you would like to learn how to compile the latest version of Hermes II yourself, using SheepShaver under Yosemite, please go here:http://www.billkochman.com/BBS/hermes-ii-bbs-compilation-guide.htmlFinally, if you actually want to telnet to my BBS, then use my static IP address in the Mac OS X Terminal:telnet 188.8.131.52In conclusion, it would certainly be great if there were more Macintosh SysOps around. Let's not let this ancient tech go quietly into the night without a fight. Maybe I will be the last man -- or Macintosh SysOp -- standing! :)
I just wanted to mention that I just purchased a new domain name so that my BBS has its own standalone website. Thus, the above two URL's are now incorrect. To learn about the history of my BBS, you can now go here:
Armageddon BBS Home Page
And to learn to compile the latest version of the Hermes II BBS software for Macintosh, you should go here:
Hermes II BBS Compilation Guide
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