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Since our inception in October 1997, we
have gone through a lot of change - for the site itself and Bulletin Board
systems as a whole. This is an overview of our history and a timeline.
The Telnet & Dial-Up BBS Guide is the
largest regularly maintained Bulletin Board System (BBS) guide that
lists both Telnet (Internet based) and Dial-Up (modem based) BBS
This guide is maintained by the SysOp of the Diamond Mine Online, a
Telnet BBS system located in Fredericksburg, Virginia USA. This site is
professionally hosted by Exabytes web hosting company in Denver, CO USA.
The database and website automation was created by Mat DeCourcy of
Systems, Inc. of Orlando, FL USA. We are very grateful to Mat for his
time and effort in the the creation and maintenance of the ASP automation
scripts and Access database that is used at the Telnet BBS Guide. Without your help, this effort would have
certainly ceased to exist by now due to the time and effort it took to
maintain the list prior to the automation systems that were written and installed by
The Telnet & Dial-Up BBS Guide is a combination of two separate spinoffs of The
BBS Corner. The Telnet BBS Guide was created in October 1997, while the US &
Canada Dial-Up BBS Guide was created in October 2003. Each were created for
The Telnet BBS Guide was considered to be an extension of The BBS Corner. While
The BBS Corner is considered to be a site about BBS systems in general, The
Telnet BBS Guide was created solely for the purpose of listing Telnet BBS
It was no secret that by the mid-1990s that the future of BBS systems involved
the use of the Internet. Though the Internet actually pre-dates dial-up BBS
systems, the Internet really didn’t get a foothold until about 1990.
This is about the time BBS systems also started to get popular. Computers and
analog modems were getting faster and faster. By late 1994 and early 1995, the
technology started to merge together. Finally the Internet was able to become
available to the masses instead of government, large businesses, and college
campuses. The Internet already had the capability of many transmission methods,
and Telnet was the one of the more popular and well established protocols.
Telnet was one of the first Internet protocols (even prior to the World Wide
Web) and the interaction between the user and computer was almost identical to
the method of the traditional dial-up (modem) Bulletin Board System. By the
mid-1990s, BBS systems were migrating to the Internet as a means of interacting
with those who were already on the Internet. Some BBS software packages were
being produced with Internet interface. Other BBS systems were connected to the
Internet using special interface software to provide this additional access.
By the mid-1990s, the Internet with the World Wide Web had starrted to enter the
mainstream. Web sites were being created to let people know about BBS systems.
Sites like the original Sysop’s Corner (by MaryLou White) and
Corner (our main site) came on the scene. Another site that appeared was
called the Select BBSes on the Internet (SBI) Telnet BBS List, maintained
by Richard Scott Mark. This list ran from approximately July 1994 through July
1997. For some reason, the site was no longer being updated. This was odd
considering Richard had just published a book discussing Internet based BBS
systems. The original site went down in July 1998 when the server crashed.
However, copies of the site (as well as this site) still exist on the Internet
still exist to this day.
So by late September, I was wondering if the site was going to be maintained
ever again. In fear that the site would never be updated and taken down, I took
it upon myself to create my own Telnet BBS guide. I took what Richard had,
weeded out the dead systems, added a bunch of new systems, and created my own
site. By early October, the first generation of the site was online.
The first generation of the site existed from October 1997 through July 2001.
The site was co-hosted with
TheDirectory, which at that time listed Internet Service Providers,
Web Hosting Providers and even some dial-up BBS systems. The site was maintained
all by hand and was only updated once per month. The addition of the text-based
list came a couple of years after the site was created.
Second Generation – Part I
In 2001, it was becoming a hassle to have TheDirectory host The BBS Corner and
the Telnet BBS Guide. I decided to seek outside help in determing what my next
step was. Mat DeCourcy of DC Systems, Inc. answered my call for some help. He
provided a way to help automate the mundane tasks of updating the database and
web pages by using a Microsoft Access database system and create pages on the
fly using scripting. I obtained web server space from a professional hosting
company (Alentus of Edmonton, AB Canda) and obtained a domain name. The
automated system was installed and the second generation came on line in August
2001. The two systems ran in parallel for several months, with the first
generation coming to an end around October 2001.
Second Generation – Part II
The largest Dial-Up BBS list that was continually maintained until recently was
the USBBS list. Since its inception since 1984, it has been the largest list of
its kind. It was maintained on a regular basis up until about 2002, then
sporadically after that until 2004. Since then, it has not been maintained.
By the fall of 2003, the list had gotten very out of date. I decided that it
needed to be “replaced” and added to the line of Telnet BBSes that I currently
list. Hence the US/Canada Dial-Up BBS List was created in October 2003. The goal
has always been to merge it into the Telnet BBS List but due to other important
things, it has been in the “Beta Test Stage” since its inception.
The third generation has its origins back in 2004. Mat had offered to update the
database to include not only Telnet listings, but Dial-Up listings as well. As
many systems offer both Telnet and Dial-Up, this made sense. He set up a test
site with the new engine, but we never got around to finishing it. By 2007, I
felt that the site should have its own domain and not be an offshoot of the
Diamond Mine Online domain.
The work that was started in 2004 by Mat DeCourcy has been updated and installed
on a new domain – www.TelnetBBSGuide.com. With the new engine, the automation
has improved to a new level. Instead of entering the data by hand, it is entered
automatically in to the database when people submit their information (though it
isn’t displayed right away pending review). Also, the downloadable list is now
updated with the latest information straight from the database instead of being
updated just once a month (though the monthly mailings will still be done at the
first of each month).
The list will eventually have the Dial-Up listings be integrated into the Telnet
listings. This will hopefully occur before the end of 2007.
1997 – Creation
of the Telnet BBS Guide
2001 – Moved from
TheDirectory website to Diamond Mine Online website. Automation added.
2003 – US/Canada
Dial-Up BBS Guide started in “Beta Test” mode
2007 – Site moved
from Diamond Mine Online website to its own domain. Automation has been
Still To Do
Fully incorporate Dial-Up listings with Telnet Listings.
Provide for SSH (Secure Shell) listings.
If you have any questions - please visit the Telnet
FAQ page. If you need further help you may contact
Written October 1, 2007.
This site has been programatically automated.
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