Hal's BBS was written by Richard Buchanan. The program was named after the Hal 9000 computer character from 2001:Space Odyssey.
Hal's BBS reminds me a lot of Sattelite. It is a system with just enough features to be called a BBS, while falling just short of a more standard, full-featured program.
Hal's intro screen
Hal's waiting for call screen
Overall, this ASCII-only BBS is easily passed over for more complete and up-to-date programs.
Hal's main menu
Hal did not leave any version information. I presume this is the one and only 1.0.
Computer : Commodore 64 or 128 in 64 mode Video : 40 columns. Drives : (4 drives) CBM, limited CMD (1 or 2 parts, no subdirs) Modems : 1650 & compatibles, HES II, 1670 & Hayes (300-1200 baud) Input : Keyboard Output : Screen, or Printer RAM use : N/A Special :
Pgm Struct : Single, large, self-sufficient program Menu Struct : Semi-Modular menu system with single key entry commands Translation : ASCII only Access : 10 levels of access, hard coded Handle/ID : Handles not allowed, users listed by id User info : Name, city, phone, password, access, linefeed User Logs : No user log?! Calls/Time : No call limit, Time limit for all levels Network : N/A Customizing : Not terribly customizable Programs : Program is compiled BASIC, not changable Displays : Some SEQ files changable, menus hard coded or files Commands : Not changable Areas : Almost all selections from main menu E-mail : From main menu Messages : From main menu Transfers : Separate menu Network : N/A Programs : N/A Text : Separate menu User Cmds : From main menu SysOp : From main menu Voting : N/A News : N/A Help : Xfer instructions only Other :
Offline : Configurator, dos channel, file/user editors Online : Chat, disconnect Remote : Chat/Xfer/Printer availability On-L Display: Name and access before prompt W.F.C. Utils: Ability to boot offline utilities Chatting : After being prompted by user User : Offline unit only Msg Bases : Offline and some integrated functions Transfers : Offline and integrated functions Programs : N/A Network : N/A Drives : CBM-Commands from xfers area Terminal : N/A
Structure : N/A Header : N/A Weeding : N/A Display : N/A
Structure : Linear style, nonthreaded Bases : Single public message base Limits : Total number of messages definable : Enforced by system Reading : Forward, Reverse, new Headers : To, from, subject, date Format : Text only Writing : New posts only Anonymous : Not allowed Network : N/A Other :
Structure : Line editor Commands : Hitting return on blank line gives menu Editing : Reenter line Formatting : None whatsoever, lines are numbered Graphics : Not supported
Bases : Single transfer area Storage : Open directory Limits : SysOp-only uploads option available Credits : One-for-one file system only Protocols : Punter Headers : Filename, type, size, xfer time Selection : By name Listing : Catalog only Network : N/A Other :
Structure : Numbered list of bulletins Storage : Seq files Network : N/A Other :
Structure : From main menu only Sending : By id Receiving : On demand Network : N/A Other :
Structure : N/A Programs : N/A Network : N/A Other :
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