WWIV BBS Development Server running on a dedicated Pi4 π.
To my knowledge, this is the only BBS currently running in South Africa. It was created largely with the members of the “Vintage Computing and Console Group of South Africa” Facebook group in mind, and as such, is partially intended as an unofficial BBS for that group. Anyone is welcome to join though. BBS is still somewhat under construction, but more stuff will be added to it in time. Currently there is a large library of MOD music files, and a few DOS games and applications.
The BBS server itself is a “vintage” 233 MHz Pentium II, with 128 MB of RAM, running Windows 98:
Storm BBS is running Mystic and is active on FSXnet, but is most interesting for a few unique enhancements — daily calendar ANSIs, custom ANSI menus, an interstitial of lightning bolts, and a Storm BBS LORD game that has characters that were made back in 1995.
Storm BBS also hosts files for KBBS, which was an old commercial BBS software abandoned in the late ’90s.
Star Collision BBS was a RemoteAccess BBS founded in the summer of 1993.
The BBS mainly focused on text files, DOS utilities and FidoNet echomail conferences.
A dedicated phone line was installed on January 10, 1994. After being a FidoNet point (2:206/120.6) for some time, the BBS became a FidoNet node (2:206/137) on August 4, 1995 and switched to 24h opening hours.
The BBS was first run on an Intel 386SX-40; later on an Intel 486DX4-100, an Intel Pentium MMX 200 and an AMD K6-2 400.
Modems used were a SupraFAXModem 24/96i, a PowerBit 14400 (March 1994), a USRobotics Sportster 28800 (May 31, 1996), a USRobotics Courier HST DS 14400, a USRobotics Sportster Vi 28.8 Faxmodem and a USRobotics Sportster Flash x2.
The last registered user signed up on September 6, 1997. The FidoNet node (2:206/137) was marked “Down” on October 24, 1997, and was removed on December 12, 1997. The dedicated phone line was decommissioned and the BBS closed down due to declining calls, lack of time and interest, and the advent of Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW).
It supports Telnet and SSH for users as well as Fido Technology Network (FTN) protocols binkp (IBN), fido/ifcico (IFC) and tfido (ITN/IVM) for echomail/netmail transfers. Dial-up is currently not available to the public, but preparations have been made for the future with a USRobotics Courier External 56K V.92 Global Dial-Up Business Modem (Courier V.Everything).
The BBS will focus on echomail conferences and file echos for the time being, with more to come in the future.