64 Exchange "6480" v2.2


David Tingler


6480 and its many derivatives constitute what are basically the first FTP servers. These programs opened your disk drive to the general public so that downloading and uploading, the primary function of these programs, could be easily fascilitated.

BBSs that ran programs like this did not concern themselves overmuch with L.U.D.O.s (Logon, Upload, Download, Off). They encouraged it-- warez and file transfers were the name of the game. No credit systems, no hidden files, just your disk drive, our files, and the good old Punter protocol.

64 Exchange also seems to have either a myriad of copycats and people who took it upon themselves to work on it, or Mr. Tingler (who may or may not be the original author for that matter), had many aliases. Heck, even this program has the name "John Collins", as its author when you type "VER" for version from the menu. As you'll see back on the BBS index page, there are also several 6485s, and 6487s, all by seemingly different authors. I'd dearly like to know how this came to be. Was the source generally available? Who knows?

Anyway, 6480 and its like are not known for options, or fancy offline editors. A simple ONLINE setup program makes your entire system go:

Everything you needed to configure was here on the waiting for call screen

The menus, as you see below, were likewise uncomplicated:

Of course, the Local SysOp menu didn't have Upload/Download

The Facts:

As I said above, there's not much here. All the fun seemed to be in the building of a real BBS from this basis by other authors.

Hardware Information

Computer    :   Commodore 64 or 128 in 64 mode
Video       :   40 columns
Drives      :   (1 or 2) Commodore, limited CMD (no parts., no subdirs)
Modems      :   1600, 1650, Volks 6480, other 300-1200 baud
Input       :   Keyboard
Output      :   Screen
RAM use     :   N/A
Special     :


Pgm Struct  :   Single program
Menu Struct :   Single menu, word entry
Translation :   ASCII only
Access      :   Full access
Handle/ID   :   Name logged only
User info   :   N/A
User Logs   :   Simple call log on disk
Calls/Time  :   No limits
Network     :   N/A
Customizing :   Everything is hard coded and compiled
  Programs  :   N/A
  Displays  :   N/A
  Commands  :   N/A
Areas       :   N/A
  E-mail    :   N/A
  Messages  :   N/A
  Transfers :   From main menu
  Network   :   N/A
  Programs  :   N/A
  Text      :   N/A
  User Cmds :   N/A
  SysOp     :   Disk channel
  Voting    :   N/A
  News      :   N/A
  Help      :   N/A
Other       :

SysOp Utilities and Support

Offline     :   N/A
Online      :   Chat
Remote      :   Disk control
On-L Display:   N/A
W.F.C. Utils:   Configuration controls
Chatting    :   From main prompt
User        :   N/A
Msg Bases   :   N/A
Transfers   :   Disk controls
Programs    :   N/A
Network     :   N/A
Drives      :   CBM-DOS prompt
Terminal    :   N/A


Structure   :   N/A
Header      :   N/A
Weeding     :   N/A
Display     :   N/A


Structure   :   N/A
Bases       :   N/A
Limits      :   N/A
Reading     :   N/A
Headers     :   N/A
Format      :   N/A
Writing     :   N/A
Anonymous   :   N/A
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Message Editor

Structure   :   N/A
Commands    :   N/A
Editing     :   N/A
Formatting  :   N/A
Graphics    :   N/A


Bases       :   Open directory style
Storage     :   Full access to drives
Limits      :   Enforced by SysOp
Credits     :   N/A
Protocols   :   Punter
Headers     :   Name, blocks, type
Selection   :   By name
Listing     :   Directory only
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Text Libraries

Structure   :   N/A
Storage     :   N/A
Network     :   N/A
Other       :   N/A


Structure   :   N/A
Sending     :   N/A
Receiving   :   N/A
Network     :   N/A
Other       :   N/A

Program Libraries

Structure   :   N/A
Programs    :   N/A
Network     :   N/A
Other       :   N/A

If you find anything in here you have questions or comments about, free to leave me email right here.

To return to my home page, click here.