64 Messenger


Messenger Software


Messenger Software is Jerry Balk and Joe Hess. Like many BBS programmers, this is likely their greatest and only business accomplishment.

64 Messenger is another BBS program near and dear to me due to the fact that I ran it briefly during my trials with Zelch 64. It has a nice selection of modifyable options and text files, a remote SysOp menu, and it's about as stable as they come.

It suffers, however, from being fairly badly written. The program suffers from frequent bouts with garbage collection, memory constraints, and no support for PETSCII. The programmers did fit all that they could into the program however, and managed to make it as tight and workable as they could.

This was the only grab I could get from this program.

The program itself is highly modular, but doesn't really feel like it since the several areas can be navigated easily back to the main menu by hitting the return key. The message bases are a fairly typical linear style, and the message maker is minimal.

You may also want to check out the docs for this program.

The Facts:

Hardware Information

Computer    :   Commodore 64 or 128 in 64 mode
Video       :   40 columns
Drives      :   Standard CBM, limited CMD (no parts, no subdirs)
Modems      :   1650 only
Input       :   Keyboard
Output      :   Screen or printer
RAM use     :   N/A
Special     :


Pgm Struct  :   Single program
Menu Struct :   Hotkey, fairly modular menu structure
Translation :   ASCII only
Access      :   9 levels, fairly well definable
Handle/ID   :   Handles not allowed, users listed by ID
User info   :   Name, password, access, last call, mail, up/downloads
User Logs   :   Name, time
Calls/Time  :   No call limit, time limit identical per access, idle
Network     :   N/A
Customizing :   Somewhat
  Programs  :   Compiled BASIC, not changable
  Displays  :   Menus and text files are changable, standard SEQ
  Commands  :   Hard coded, not changable
Areas       :   Fairly modular system
  E-mail    :   Separate menu
  Messages  :   Separate menu
  Transfers :   Separate menu
  Network   :   N/A
  Programs  :   N/A
  Text      :   Separate menu
  User Cmds :   From main menu
  SysOp     :   Separate menu
  Voting    :   N/A
  News      :   From main menu
  Help      :   Integrated with the several menus
Other       :

SysOp Utilities and Support

Offline     :   System editor/configurator
Online      :   User access, chat
Remote      :   Limited drive access; full user/file editors
On-L Display:   Only when a menu is viewed
W.F.C. Utils:   Terminal program, local logon, some system flags
Chatting    :   From any prompt
User        :   Full user editor provided
Msg Bases   :   Integrated functions, offline configurator
Transfers   :   Some file access, offline setup
Programs    :   N/A
Network     :   N/A
Drives      :   Limited functions only (scratching, validating)
Terminal    :   Simple transfer terminal, ASCII


Structure   :   Single bulletin file
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 apply to entire base
            :   Weeding by SysOp
Reading     :   By number
Headers     :   To, from, subject, date
Format      :   Text only
Writing     :   New posts only, replies are new posts
Anonymous   :   Not allowed
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Message Editor

Structure   :   Line editor
Commands    :   Hitting return on blank line gives menu
Editing     :   Rewriting lines
Formatting  :   No formatting supported, lines are numbered
Graphics    :   Not supported


Bases       :   Open directory style
Storage     :   As unmarked files
Limits      :   Enforced by SysOp only
Credits     :   No credit system
Protocols   :   Punter only
Headers     :   Name, blocks, type
Selection   :   By name
Listing     :   Directories only
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Text Libraries

Structure   :   Numbered list of files
Storage     :   As simple SEQ files
Network     :   N/A
Other       :


Structure   :   Separate menu off the main menu
Sending     :   From message reads, or email menu, or email replies
Receiving   :   At logon, or on demand
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Program Libraries

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

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