|MAP OF THE 780 AREA CODE|
|Arctic Front, Arctic Front HST, Central Alberta, Giedi Prime, NC Retirement Home and Emporium, North Central Alberta, Northern Alberta, Ourobouros, Ready Room, Ten Forward, Ten Forward Renovations, Ten Forward Storeroom, The Office
|Stronghold Enterprises/2, Stronghold Enterprises/X
|Friar Tuck's BBS
|Syd and Tony Ruffo||RBBS-PC, FidoBBS|
"When I first donwloaded RBBS-PC from the states, I did it ASCII. I didn't know what xmodem was. So I took my noise corrupted download, and began writing code to fill in the bits that were missing. I ran this version for a few years, and some of my mods made it back to the core code base. Eventually, we upgraded to the excellent FidoBBS (and a Hayes modem at 2400 baud). I remember the modem upgrade was like owning a bicycle and getting a rocket ship for Christmas." |
"It was run on an IBM PC/1 with a hacked motherboard to allow 640K instead of 512K. I had 2 x 360K drives, 1 for the BBS software, and one for the Daily Downloads. I communicated through a pre-Hayes modem; The Cermetek Mutant Modem (as we called it)."
"Later, we recovered a Davong External Hard Drive from the Telus trash bins, and built a hard drive interface. Then we had 10 Mb of downloads (wooh). I believe we provided Edmonton's first dial up access for sending and recieving Internet email. I was using FidoBBS and Ham radio to move the mail. It was sneakernet everyday to the guy at the end of the block with the Ham radio antenna. He "beamed" our mail down to the states for us."
"Those were the days! It was a privilege serving my fellow geeks!" - Tony Ruffo