Telnet: fqbbs.synchro.net


Fidonet: 1:340/500



History

After my Commodore days in the late 80's I decided to go with an IBM Clone as they were called. I bought a Magnavox 286 PC, it didn't have a sound card, cdrom (where not a thing) and a whopping 40 meg hard drive. I think it had a 2400 baud modem though. After finding the BBS world in Kingsbay, GA I bought a 386 and with a friend set up a BBS using Telegard. I called it The Darkside, my handle being Garib. I was in the Navy so moved a lot. Of course I purchased quite a few door games. My time in Georgia with the BBS was short maybe a year or so.

I was transferred to a submarine in the shipyard at Norfolk, VA. I ran the BBS for about six months while a ship I was on was in drydock. After we came out of the shipyard we transferred to San Deigo where I spent around another three years on the submarine. Kind of hard to run a BBS when you're not always there. I did get it online a couple of times, but mostly just called other people's BBS's

In 1992 I was transferred to Charleston, SC. I was able to set my system up again. This time I decided to go multi-node. I changed my system name to The Fool's Quarter. There were too many BBS's with the Dark Side style name. I changed software to RemoteAccess and networked three 486 computers together with Lantastic, still have all those discs... I was able to have two incoming lines and one local node. It was amazing how many people lined up right after midnight to call. Every night I had a batch file to run the door game maintenance files and then shut off the bbs. I had another sytem using a X-10 module that would cycle the outlets and turn the computers off and back on, booting into the BBS. This would reset any hang ups if I was working late.

After the Internet took over I purchased a four node version of Wildcat hoping to set up a telnet BBS. But my time was up in Charleston and I was being moved to Guam. I didn't really wish to move a ton of computers there so I just let it set.

In 2012 I found Synchronet and set my system up again. Dusting off my old door game files and setting up the system. I think I had it up for about four months when the hard drive crashed and I let it set again.

Finally with all the craziness going on in 2020 I found another computer, downloaded the current version of Synchronet and set it up again. Connecting to Dovenet and Fidonet and BBSLink it was fun to set it up again. My next stage is to migrate it over to a Windows 10, 64 bit machine. I might try Linux, but I usually end up hating that program.