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By Del Griffith (Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 11:45:30 PM EST) (all tags)
It has occured to me that many of you may not have ever logged into a BBS, let alone a synchronet BBS before.  So I figured I'd take the time to walk you through how to do it.

On the <a href="http://oggfrog.net">main page</a>, I have setup a flash terminal emulator, so if you have flash 10 you'll be fine.  Other people will have to use a telnet client, like <a href="http://syncterm.bbsdev.net/">syncterm</a>, putty etc ...

Sorry if this doesn't look right, it is the first time Ive tried something like this here.



The login page isn't pretty but hit the proverbial any key (space bar) and let's go!

Simply type in 'new' as you are a new user.  Then you can input any userid that you wish... Perhaps you want to be the same as you are here, or there, or maybe someone entirely different.  It is all up to you.  Sadly registration wants an email address.  This server isn't hooked up to the world so it doesn't matter. Any email that contains an at symbol (@) is what it is expecting. <a href="mailto:this@that">this@that</a> is valid in its mind so really you can put anything in there, it doesn't matter to me.


Next it will present a random system generated password.  You can use it if you so wish, write it down if you do!!  Otherwise you can pick your own. PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY KURO5HIN/HUSI passwords. DO NOT USE ANY BANKING PASSWORDS.  And I wouldn't recommend a password of 'PASSWORD' either.

Phew with that drama out of the way, it'll make you verify your password.



Next it will show a summary screen of how the account was created.  I just hit Q as it is fine by me.


Then it insists you leave an email. You don't need to leave anything all that meaningful a simple 'hi' is enough to satisfy the system.  However the 'line' editor is kind of weird, to 'save' it you have to type in a '/S' on it's own line like I did .....


With that all out of the way, you will now be dumped to the main menu.

So far so good, you've created an account, setup the password done the email dance, now you can create your account for the game!  Hit the X key to bring up eXternal programs.


Then pick option 2 for games.  Then select Option 6 for the test area.  I figured I'd setup a sandbox for people to get their feet wet without worryng too much, esp if there are a few people that have never played before.


Tradewars then has loaded, and we can press 'T' to enter the game.  You are free to read the introduction & help.  I would advise it.


From here you have to again select your BBS id, give your ship a name, along with your 'home world'.. it's not that hard.

And with that done you will be dumped at the main menu and you'll be on your home world.  You can 'quit' out if you so wish, then O to hang up..

Hopefully this will have gotten you logged in...

 

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dammit. by Del Griffith (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 11:50:52 PM EST
it looked like my HTML was 'ok' but instead it made it look all retarded....

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Make sure by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 11:53:27 PM EST
It is set to "auto format" or "HTML formatted" rather than "plain text".
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its autoformat by Del Griffith (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 11:56:27 PM EST
but the curse of rusty forester's horrible handling strikes back once more again.

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Hulver fixed most of it (nt) by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 12:04:16 AM EST

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Uh yeah by Orion Blastar (1.00 / 1) #8 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 01:19:34 AM EST
credit where credit is due Hulver fixed most of the Scoop problems. I really like the changes made, but too bad Hulver and Rusty just throw cheeze doodles at each other when in the same room and refuse to work together and share code and ideas.


"I drank what?" - Socrates after drinking the Conium
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From what I understand by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 01:20:13 AM EST
Hulver has shared everything he's done.
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From what I know by Orion Blastar (1.00 / 1) #13 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 02:05:30 AM EST
he hasn't. If so Rusty would have added in the mods and gave him credit or others would run Hulver's mods and not have to go to Rusty to get the old buggy Scoop like when Ron Paul ran Net Money Chat, couldn't get Hulver's mods so he got Rusty's mods, got owned by hackers like NWIS and Jason and maybe Egil.


"I drank what?" - Socrates after drinking the Conium
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It was by hulver (4.00 / 1) #15 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 02:34:44 AM EST
It's an anti-spammer defence.

When new users sign up, they end up in a group that doesn't allow html links, this is to stop spammers (who do the most sign ups) posting links to crappy sites.

I've put you in the proper users group now, so your next post will be fine.
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Good going Hulver by Orion Blastar (1.00 / 1) #16 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 03:23:28 AM EST
will you play Tradewars? Rusty needs his butt kicked by someone, maybe you could do it?

Rusty solved that problem with the $5 paywall, new users have to pay $5 to activate their accounts and then he has their payment info to see who they are. I hear he uses the extra money for beer money. Jason, Egil, NWIS dupe bomb Kuro5hin at $5 each and after a while only buy one account at a time, After page widening diaries, comments, and posting links to Rustina, they get anonymized and have to pay another $5 to activate a new account. After a while they run out of money and Rusty can drink himself silly and polish up his monocule and laugh at them.

Spammers are too cheap to pay the $5 but keep signing up accounts anyway using web robots.


"I drank what?" - Socrates after drinking the Conium
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I won't be playing by hulver (2.00 / 0) #17 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 05:43:24 AM EST
I don't have much free time.

I won't be charging for new accounts.
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Fair enough by Orion Blastar (2.00 / 0) #20 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 08:38:10 PM EST
you got a lot to do here.

Thank you for not charging for new accounts.


"I drank what?" - Socrates after drinking the Conium
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Never logged onto a BBS before? by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #2 Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 11:51:46 PM EST
My first online community was the Escondido BBS in 1982.

BTW: links aren't allowed on Husi.  Too much of a chance for Goatse.cx
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BBS? by sugar spun (2.00 / 0) #22 Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 01:59:13 AM EST
I'm (only slightly) ashamed to say I don't know what BBS stands for.


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Bulliten Board System by Del Griffith (2.00 / 0) #23 Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 09:09:38 AM EST
Originally it was to post messages much like an internet forum.  Things evolved to include email, then a global network was built to exchange forum messages & email (fidonet)..  As BBSes got more 'complicated' multiline systems were created that could handle multiple users at the same time.. Because most of them ran on OS's like MS-DOS there is no real IPC so they used files to share data betwen multiple instances.. Things like node chats came about and of course multiuser doors (games)....

The internet always existed but in 1995 with the release of Windows 95, end users finally could get a TCP/IP stack built in the OS..  This basically destroyed the BBS scene within a year.

Sadly BBS software proved to be too expensive and cumbersome to make accessable over the internet.  And web servers were all the rage so that was basically it.  Not to mention people LOVED the idea of being able to do more than one thing at a time with TCP/IP vs dialing up to a BBS and only being able to do one thing at a time....

If you are interested you can check out the BBS documentary... it starts here (in 10 minute youtube chunks)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A85RJMhB8_s

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Thank you by sugar spun (2.00 / 0) #25 Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 10:21:47 AM EST
I didn't understand half of what you replied, but I appreciate you writing it.

I was 16 years old in 1995 and my first email was sent in 1997. It was about three years before I used my email address for anything other than forwarding "hilarious" pictures and dodgy erotica.


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Before Scoop by Orion Blastar (2.00 / 0) #27 Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 04:35:58 PM EST
and the world wide web, we had BBS systems that had their own forums and message boards. Only one person could use it at a time, post a message, log off and others would log on and reply or post new messages.

The Internet killed it deader than Disco.


"I drank what?" - Socrates after drinking the Conium
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BBSes by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #24 Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 10:12:00 AM EST
Were dial-up forums in the pre-internet days where people argued about whether C64s or Apple ][s were better.
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My dad had a C64. by sugar spun (4.00 / 1) #26 Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 10:22:41 AM EST
He once spent nine hours typing in a "music" program he found in the manual. It played two bars of Beethoven.


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Easy peasy by Orion Blastar (2.50 / 2) #5 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 12:01:37 AM EST
So easy that even the inane and annoying Orion Blastar can do it. :)

I mean took me like a long time to download due to Internet lag, but once I got Syncroterm it was easy to use. INS to add in Ogg Frog BBS, make sure to enter www.oggfrog.net as the address and save it. Tradewars here I come, to let off some steam!


"I drank what?" - Socrates after drinking the Conium
yeah it'll run acceptably @ 9600 baud by Del Griffith (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 12:04:42 AM EST
so even some shittily slow internet connection will do.

I see you signed in ok, so that is good news!

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Woo hoo by Orion Blastar (2.50 / 2) #10 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 01:21:27 AM EST
I done did a thing I done did back in the 1980's and 1990's I logged into an IBM PC ANSI BBS to play Tradewars.

The Tradewars test server, looks like it works. I got some practice in and got bored. I am Orion Blastar on the BBS now.


"I drank what?" - Socrates after drinking the Conium
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What the fuck's an "obsolette?" by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 01:42:35 AM EST
Can you make it with egg whites?

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Yeah Hulver's mods breaks Firefox spellcheck by Orion Blastar (1.00 / 1) #14 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 02:07:47 AM EST
It shows words underlined in red, but cannot access the dictionary of suggested words to change them. A lot of the Javascript does weird things to Firefox. Maybe you Husie users can use Internet Explorer, but I cannot. Sometimes I post from Mobile Safari on an iPod or use Firefox in Ubuntu or Windows Vista.


"I drank what?" - Socrates after drinking the Conium
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It's working fine for me. by mrgoat (4.00 / 3) #19 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 10:53:23 AM EST
But then, I don't use a browser, I just scream into an acoustic coupler.

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hey its a diary by Del Griffith (2.00 / 0) #18 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 09:18:58 AM EST
besides if that is the biggest fault you can find, then I'm happy.

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I must warn you by Orion Blastar (2.50 / 2) #12 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 02:02:51 AM EST
I am a Tradewars pro from way back:

classictw.com/viewtopic.php


"I drank what?" - Socrates after drinking the Conium
I'll post some kind of basic guide either tonite by Del Griffith (2.00 / 0) #21 Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 08:49:08 PM EST
or tomorrow.

My Itanium just arrived so I've got unpacking to do.

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