Modem - Run your own board without breaking the bank|Popular Computing Weekly)Hardware Peripheriques Cpc - Modems
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David Wallin looks at a budget software package for would-be sysops.

This week. I'm going to talk about FBBS.

First, as you have probably guessed. FBBS is the name of a type of bulletin board software, as in TBBS, SBBS, NBBS, etc It's the software which the host computer runs on. not your software.

It stands for Finchley Bulletin Board Software, and has not previously been very well known, compared to TBBS or, in particular, NBBS on the BBC, but in the past months, the number of boards running on it has more than doubled.

Hardware support : FBBS supports these modems - (left) the Demon, £72;
(bottom left) Le Modem, £100; (below) the WS200, £100;
and the Nightingale, £135. >>

FBBS runs on the BBC B. with disc drives. There are quite a few BBS running the FBBS software now. including ‘Marctel' run by Marcus Anselm. Marcus was responsible for writing FBBS and he offers a good after-sales service as well. If he makes improvements to the software then he lets FBBS sysops download them to their boards. In fact Marctel seems to be off-line most of the time while he makes these improvements!

Why is FBBS selling fairly well? Well it's very cheap, only £10, so budding sysops can afford to buy It and if their board collapses then they have only lost £10 as opposed to about £50! FBBS also has lots of features, which include offering Mode 7 (BBC) colour for compatible micros, and full documentation provided, meaning that no knowledge of Basic or computers is needed to run it. Anyway, you can always log on to Marctel and ask Marcus what to do if you get stuck.


All required page editors are provided, while files, such as Bulletin Board lists and title pages can be prepared on View or Wordwise word processors, making editing and creation of these files very easy.

All of the usual BB features, sigs. messages. chat to sysop, upload/download software, etc. are on there. It also offers on-line adventure games, through these are SUDs, not MUDs (one player playing at one time only).

FBBS works with the Demon modem. Pace's Nightingale, Minor Miracles WS-2000 and Watford Electronics' Le Modem.

To run a FBBS board you will need at least 400K of disc storage. 200K will do but the BB won t be very good. The software can use any combination of drives 0,1,2, & 3 that hardware can provide.

So. if you're a budding BBC sysop, why not take a look at FFBS?

On Marctel, Marcus uses a BBC B, Acorn DFS 1.2, 800K o1 disc drive storage, a Pace Nightingale modem and FBBS software.

Remember though, running a BB means that your computer will be unavailable for your general use a lot of the time since you will have to leave the board on-line. Further details of FBBS software can be got from either going into chat mode or leaving a message to the sysop on the Marctel board.

New BBs appearing this week include A-Board International Bulletin Board, but it s quickly become known as just ‘A-Board' to keep things simple. It's on-line 24 hours a day, but because it's new it may be off-line from time to time being de-bugged. The sysop is William Holmes, the number is 0843 ****** and it's 1200/75 and 300/300 baud.

Calling all new or soon-to-be sysops: If you are a sysop of a new BB then let me know I'll publish it here and you may find you get some more users.

If you have any queries, tips or comments to make about any aspect of micro communications, David Wallin would love to hear from you.

Popular Computing Weekly (1986)

★ YEAR: 1986

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