EDIT: It's back again! I've just moved house so took a while to get everything reconnected. Note that if you're logging on tonight you might face slow speeds as my Internet connection is being thoroughly used to update my main PC.
Not really sure where to go from here - I would love to make it more engaging somehow, put up some games and the like. Or something else... I'll think.
Please join me at wilkiie.ddns.net, Port 1985.
Would anyone be interested in connecting to a new BBS?
At the moment I think I'll keep it by invitation only. There's certainly a question of network security by putting up the DNS and my IP address all over the web.
I also want to gauge the level of interest before I slowly start increasing my system uptime. At the moment it's only switched on when I can monitor everything closely. I'm not worried about wearing out the components faster, as I'm getting better at replacing defective capacitors and such, but I'm not really at the stage where I want to leave 30 year old hardware unattended - and if the interest isn't there, there's not much point.
I believe that this is the only Apple //e BBS currently running anywhere in the world. There have been others in recent years such as The Matrix Returns but I've had no luck connecting to any of them. Not only is this the only Apple //e BBS running, but it's likely the only BBS running on actual 1980s hardware from any manufacturer (although I would be delighted to be mistaken).
I mentioned in an earlier post that I enjoy taking pictures of my Apple //e; I find myself trying to capture the essence of vintage computing in these photographs. Keeping a BBS online is just another outlet for me to preserve a piece of computing history. It was great fun trying to get everything communicating, and a thrill when I finally 'dialed in' from outside my home network.
The lesson I've learnt so far is that Internet users of today (including myself) take so much of the usability and reliability for granted.
It's currently running off two Disk ][ units, but I can later expand this to four drives for more space (I have a spare DuoDisk). Perhaps a CFFA card can expand it further? I've also ordered a no-slot clock off eBay, as I'm stuck manually setting the date every morning, and I would like to have timestamps on mail and posts.
So just PM me for the details.