300 baud modems....terminal emulation software....jumpers for goalposts....etc.
Long before the Internet there existed a thriving BBS (Bulletin Board System) in Ireland. I remember one was called DUBBS (I think), run by a guy called Stephen Kearon (I think), another was a system run by Dr. Garrett Hayes out of the GP college in Dublin.
I remember I used several of these BBS'es back in the late 80's in the days when you could make an unlimited local call for 10p. There was a system called FIDOnet that allowed mail between BBS'es to be exchanged globally.
Does anyone here remember some of the early Irish Bulletin Board Systems?
I was well into the scene around 89/90, had a 2400 baud modem. Originally I had a loan of one, and in 90 managed to get my own - cost me around IR£150 if I remember correctly. Remember Wildcat! BBS
DUBBS somehow had something to do with SystemHouse technologies, tbh it was a bit sh1t because you had to pay for membership.
ICGP BBS was alright AFAIR - tended to be a bit quiet, but when everywhere else was engaged - it was worth a shot
One I remember, one was called Informatique - think it was run off an Amiga and 2 disk drives originally, I vaguely remember the story of a party and beer being spilt over it and it being down for a few days.
The last one had something like 4 lines and ran RemoteAccess BBS - can't remember what it was called - but because it had multiple lines you could chat to people online in realtime... Think you had a limit of 1 hour per day.
Remember how some boards were say 6pm to 8am boards, so if you got the wrong info, or they'd forgot to put it online, you'd have someone talking "hello, hello?" at you when you rang!!!
RemoteAccess BBS was really a great bit of kit, thru' a lot of blagging and the like, I'd managed to get enough bits to get a spare machine together - but in the end could never manage the phone line. But I got it all up and running with X/Y/Z Modem, Kermit etc, and all the ASCII Art.... Called it The Hermits Cave.
I was actually so into it that when I started college in 1990 I started my 4th year project in 1st year (never actually made it to 4th year) writing a DESQView aware BBS using Turbo Pascal and the Turbo Power Async Pro Library. Got most of it done too, by the end I knew DESQview inside out - it was a truely fantastic product in its time.
I know it's an old thread, but still an interesting read for those of us who dialed up at 1200/75 or 300/300 in the late 80's. For reference I thought I might copy this list in too.
And one last link - a mention of the DUBBS board in the pages of Popular Computing Weekly, November 1986. DUBBS was the top BBS in Ireland at the time, and sported a modem with a top speed of 2400 baud and costing £500 (yes, that's 0.0024 Mbps!)
Popular Computing Weekly Issue 1986-11-06 page 35