"Mr. Bill" is Bill Fink, also the author of Elite BBS, founder of Elite Software, and co-author of the Zelch 128 BBS, all of which appear on these pages.
The genesis of this program is something I've never asked my old programming partner about, but apparantly now need to. I believe this program was adapted from another program whose source was available, but which program is not apparant to me at this point. Knowing Bill however, and having looked at the program, I can assure you its look and feel is as customized as any program can be. The colorful screens and darkterm font lend a definite style to this clean tight program.
The waiting for call screen has a big old last caller window.
The darkterm font and colorful lines of text give this BBS its charm.
Lots of choices here, though most of the fun is in the submenus.
ZBBS has a fairly standard set of options competently if not sophisticatedly implemented.
Computer : Commodore 64 or 128 in 64 mode Video : 40 columns Drives : 1-4 CBM, limited CMD (no parts, no subdirs) Modems : 1650, 1660, 1670, Hayes & Rs232 (300-1200 baud) Input : Keyboard Output : Screen only RAM use : N/A Special :
Pgm Struct : Single program Menu Struct : Hard coded hot key menus with SEQ file displays Translation : ASCII, PETSCII Access : 10 levels, limited configurations Handle/ID : Handles allowed, users listed by ID User info : Handle, name, phone, password, access, up/downloads, etc User Logs : Handle, date/time Calls/Time : No call limit, time same for all levels Network : N/A Customizing : Not terribly, without the source Programs : Compiled BASIC, not changable Displays : Most displays are SEQ files, changable Commands : Not changable Areas : Most things are in submenus E-mail : From main menu Messages : Separate area Transfers : Separate area Network : N/A Programs : N/A Text : Separate area User Cmds : From main menu SysOp : Separate menu Voting : Separate menu News : From main menu Help : N/A Other :
Offline : Configurator and setup utilities Online : Chat and SysOp commands Remote : User, file editors, and DOS wedge On-L Display: User window with handle and ID W.F.C. Utils: Local logon only Chatting : From any prompt User : Full editor available Msg Bases : From configurator only Transfers : From configurator and DOS wedge only Programs : N/A Network : N/A Drives : DOS command prompt available Terminal : Not implemented
Structure : Single opening bulletin Header : No set header Weeding : By SysOp only Display : At logon, or on demand
Structure : Linear style, unlinked Bases : Named bases, listed by number Limits : Message limits settable : Weeded by SysOp Reading : By number, or local new Headers : Name, to, subject, date Format : Text and color/graphics Writing : New posts only, replies are new posts Anonymous : Anonymous posts allowed Network : N/A Other :
Structure : Line editor Commands : Insertion, deletion, edit, replace Editing : Search/replace, line rewriting Formatting : No formatting implemented Graphics : Color/graphics supported
Bases : Unknown, unoperative Storage : " Limits : " Credits : " Protocols : " Headers : " Selection : " Listing : " Network : N/A Other :
Structure : List of files on a single menu Storage : Standard SEQ files Network : N/A Other :
Structure : From main menu Sending : By handle or ID Receiving : At logon, or on demand Network : N/A Other :
Structure : N/A Programs : N/A Network : N/A Other :
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