Centipede 128 by BugSoft Software


Centipede 128, as described by its author, is based on the Color 64/v128 BBS program for the Commodore 128. He apparently wants to write a program more specifically for the Commodore 128, as Color 64/v128 is only a Commodore 64 program patched to run in 128 mode.

It's author is Adam Fanello of Bugsoft. Adam has, as of now, dropped support for the program and released it to the public domain. It is now made available by Mike Martin.

Centipede 128 has it's own web page for more information. http://www.snowpig.org/centipede.

The Facts:

Here is where we're a little thin. The home page mentioned above includes a list of features, all of which presuppose some knowledge of Color 64/v128. From what I read, however, I gather the following:

Hardware Information

Computer    :   Commodore 128 in 128 mode
Video       :   80 column RGB only
Drives      :   Commodore drives, full CMD support, REU support
Modems      :   1650, 1660, 1670, Hayes, RS232, Swiftlink, 100-230,400 baud
Input       :   Keyboard
Output      :   Printer
RAM use     :   As a swap area for system modules
Special     :   1571 flippy support


Pgm Struct  :   Large overlayed modules
Menu Struct :   Text changable, hotkey system (definable keys)
Translation :   ASCII, full CBM graphics, ANSI
Access      :   9 levels, semi-flexible definitions
Handle/ID   :   Handles allowed, listed by ID number
User info   :   Name, phone, handle, xfer blks, last call, baud, etc
User Logs   :   Full keystroke log kept in memory, backed up to disk
Calls/Time  :   Definable per access level, includes idle timer
Network     :   Proprietary system (Net64), Comlink, and CommNet
Customizing :   Relatively easy, all code in uncompiled BASIC
  Programs  :   BASIC interpreted code, easy to change
  Displays  :   Most displays are SEQ files, text lines in BASIC
  Commands  :   Command keys changable only
Areas       :   Most options accessed from single main area
  E-mail    :   From main menu
  Messages  :   From main menu
  Transfers :   From main menu
  Network   :   Integrated with networked functions
  Programs  :   From main menu
  Text      :   Separate menu
  User Cmds :   From main menu
  SysOp     :   From main menu
  Voting    :   From main menu, selection system
  News      :   Not implemented
  Help      :   Separate menu, extensive
Other       :

SysOp Utilities and Support

Offline     :   SEQ file, complete configuration/setup editors
Online      :   Multi-mode chat, user access, programmable alt keys
Remote      :   User, transfers, message editors; CBM-DOS shell
On-L Display:   User info line before prompt, user ac
W.F.C. Utils:   Terminal program, local logon
Chatting    :   From legal areas, has split screen option
User        :   Complete user editor
Msg Bases   :   SubOp control, message editing
Transfers   :   File editors and SubOp controls
Programs    :   Extra programs integrated with main program
Network     :   Unknown
Drives      :   CBM-DOS shell, nice little extras
Terminal    :   Full featured terminal program


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


Structure   :   Linear, with linked threads
Bases       :   15 Named bases with catagories, both access restricted
Limits      :   All messages on bases under message limit for that base
            :   Weeded during auto-maintenance
Reading     :   By number, or global new reading
Headers     :   Name, date, subject
Format      :   Color graphics, cursor movements, etc
Writing     :   Replies and new posts under same limits, access restr.
Anonymous   :   Anonymous posts allowed with access
Network     :   Supported
Other       :   Scanning, quoting supported

Message Editor

Structure   :   Full screen and line editor
Commands    :   Meta commands from a blank line
Editing     :   Search/replace, deleting, or on-screen
Formatting  :   Word wrap, uppercase graphics
Graphics    :   Full color/gfx, cursor movements, smart delete


Bases       :   26 Named bases, divided into catagories, listed by letter
Storage     :   Directory files kept per base
Limits      :   Maintained by SysOp/SubOp
Credits     :   Definable ratio
Protocols   :   Xmodem (CHK,CRC,1K), Punter (multi), Ymodem (bat), ASCII
Headers     :   Blocks, filename, type, date
Selection   :   By filename
Listing     :   Global new files listing supported
Network     :   Not supported
Other       :   Full screen file selector

Text Libraries

Structure   :   Linear list of titled files
Storage     :   As standard SEQ files
Network     :   Not supported
Other       :   Downloading


Structure   :   Options from main menu, and message base reading
Sending     :   By ID number, handle, or as reply
Receiving   :   On command, or at logon
Network     :   Supported
Other       :   File attachments supported

Program Libraries

Structure   :   From main menu
Programs    :   Integrated into program, explicit interaction w/ BBS
Network     :   Not supported
Other       :

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