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Red Squirrel BBS

Postby aerworuld » Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:04 am

Folks who have suffered to listen to my incessant whining about my Electron RS423 needs will already know that it is my aim to get a bulletin board up and running, hosted 80's style on my beloved Elk...

Q. gods above us man, you could have called it anything... Why 'Red Squirrel BBS???

A. Well, i wanted a name that meant something for the Elk. Squirrels love acorns, right? The Red Squirrel is somewhat diminished in the UK these days, though it used to be the native mainstay.

Q. why make life hard for yourself, why not just host in on a PC?

A. I always wanted to access BBS from my Elk back in the 80's but never got the chance. This is about nostalgia as much as anything. Besides, if there's a hard way to do something, I'll find it.

Q. how do we access the BBS?

A. The only way to access will be by dialling into the phone number, given out when things go live.

Q. when will the BBS be with us?

A. Ahh, the crunch. Once i have located an RS423 interface for my Elk it will be closer. But they are rare. How long is a piece of string? :/ It IS coming though...

Q. how will your Elk be able to handle this kind of pressure?

A. She's being beefed up! Hopefully at the Wakefield show she is getting 64k/MRB fitted, i already have 2 disc drives for storage and EBBS rom in place. There is a Nightingale modem waiting to be attached, though ideally I'd like to find an auto-answer board for this.

Q. what's EBBS then?

A. BitD, a fellow by the name of Scott Green adapted the OBBS bbs hosting software to run his own EBBS on an Electron. I've been in contact with him and he has kindly agreed to resurrect EBBS for me to use now :D it runs from a rom, which i have, and from disc, which Scott is working on.

I'll keep this thread updated; get your old-school modems ready!

Stuart :)

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Re: Red Squirrel BBS

Postby mjforbes » Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:19 am

Red Squirrel? That's the (original) Archimedes emulator, is it not?

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Re: Red Squirrel BBS

Postby aerworuld » Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:23 am

Oops, so thereby i show my complete ignorance of that end of Acorn retro! Should cause some confusion...

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Re: Red Squirrel BBS

Postby Arcadian » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:36 pm

Maybe call it EBBS2K or something similar?
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Re: Red Squirrel BBS

Postby aerworuld » Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:26 pm

Arcadian wrote:Maybe call it EBBS2K or something similar?


could be a sensible plan. I kinda like the 2k bit.

folks think there should be a name change? I don't want upset the wrong apple carts...

Stuart :)

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Re: Red Squirrel BBS

Postby padge » Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:39 pm

I like real words

RED squirrel BBS would mean something

EBBS2K is a bit to geeky for me.

As my old lecturer said to avoid confusion don't use "TLA's"



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Re: Red Squirrel BBS

Postby aerworuld » Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:55 am

Hmmm.. Maybe since the retro scene is gaining strength and flourishing, it should have been Grey Squirrel BBS after all. Actually, to keep it simple, maybe just Squirrel.

ahh, blow it. I liked Red Squirrel for the original reasons. It probably wont come off anyway, so unless anyone is blowing a gasket, and this is the time to say, that's how it will stay ;)

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Re: Red Squirrel BBS

Postby martinw » Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:43 am

I like Red Squirrel too =D>

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Re: Red Squirrel BBS

Postby aerworuld » Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:32 am

Ok folks, don't panic. I may have hit a brick wall with EBBS and MRB on the Elk but I've got my Beeb running again and i have begun to configure OBBS (in View on my elk, ironically) so that i can host Red Squirrel BBS on my Beeb instead.

its a bit of a cop out, but it would still be the only dial-in BBS that i know of running on an original 8-bit Acorn.

would that slight plan switch be palatable to folks?

Stuart :)

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Re: Red Squirrel BBS

Postby danielj » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:24 am

Utterly disgraceful. Sellout. I must say it would prevent me from dialling up.

;)


(actually, it's the lack of modem that would)

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Re: Red Squirrel BBS

Postby sydney » Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:27 pm

danielj wrote:Utterly disgraceful. Sellout. I must say it would prevent me from dialling up.

;)


(actually, it's the lack of modem that would)


I have no modem either. Well I do but I'm not sure if it would work with a beeb. Will 'modern' serial modems work with a beeb? Would I have to make a cable to connect it up, the modem has a standard pc serial connector (dsub?). Help!

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Re: Red Squirrel BBS

Postby 1024MAK » Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:12 pm

I have an old modem and a more modern (but now old) modem.

As long as the modem and Beeb can both be set to the same link speed, same data format and the connection can be wired up so that they can talk to one another, it may work.

The biggest problem being that the Beeb RS423 port is limited to TxD, RxD, RTS and CTS. No DCD, DTR, DSR or RI signals :-(.

So I suggest at the modem end, connect the Beeb RTS to the modem RTS and to the modem DTR signal inputs.
Ignore the modem DCD, DSR and RI output signals (no connection).
Connect the Beeb and modem RxD, TxD, and CTS lines up (and of course ground).

Then maybe, you can get it working ;-)

{Not that I have tried yet, another little project to add to the list}

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Re: Red Squirrel BBS

Postby aerworuld » Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:06 am

Hmm, maybe we need to start off a donation pool of usable modems if we're gonna be rocking the BBS one day :D


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Re: Red Squirrel BBS

Postby aerworuld » Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:33 pm

aerworuld wrote:Hmm, maybe we need to start off a donation pool of usable modems if we're gonna be rocking the BBS one day :D


I have one spare Nightingale modem here, should it be needed by anyone ;-)

Ok, I have started a fresh, new thread dedicated to the re-working/creating of EBBS software for the Elk as that is a standalone thingybob that other folks might find useful ;-)


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