EBBS 128 v4.7


Mike Pugleise


EBBS 128 does not follow the grand tradition of all Commodore 128 BBS programs in being a rather large departure from the C64 version. Instead, Mike Pugleise chose to produce a program rather close to the original. This is not to say that there are not some very notable improvements: color/graphics being an obvious upgrade, the advantages of the C128's 80 column screen being another. The online games ability is both a blessing and a curse, being seperate programs that are small BBSs in themselves, and which require a reload of the BBS program to restore the user. If EBBS 128 stands above its peers in any area, it might be the Transfers area, where a fantastic selection of protocols has been implemented, and a large amount of information is saved for each file.

EBBS's Editor Screen.

The program, overall, leaves both the user and SysOp with a strong sense of its stability and simplicity. All of the primary features of a good BBS program are here, even if the implementation and interface is not far enough beyond the '64 version for the taste of this reviewer. The use of a custom, easy to read font gives EBBS it's characteristic differentiation within it's overwise very standard look-and-feel.

EBBS Waiting For Call Screen

The Facts:

Hardware Information

Computer    :   Commodore 128 in 128 mode
Video       :   80 Columns only
Drives      :   CBM, limited CMD (limited parts., no subdirs)
Modems      :   1670, Hayes (300-1200)
Input       :   Keyboard
Output      :   Screen mostly.  File printing available.
RAM use     :   N/A
Special     :


Pgm Struct  :   Single program
Menu Struct :   Hard coded, semi-modular, hotkey
Translation :   ASCII/ANSI and C= Color/Graphics
Access      :   Binary coded access levels, somewhat definable
Handle/ID   :   Handles not allowed, users listed by ID
User info   :   Name, access, phone, last call, xfers, posts, computer, etc.
User Logs   :   Name, time/date, city
Calls/Time  :   No call limit, time limit identical for all levels
Network     :   Single network message base
Customizing :   Not terribly
  Programs  :   Compiled BASIC, not changable
  Displays  :   Some displays are SEQ files
  Commands  :   Not changable
Areas       :   Semi-modular menu structure
  E-mail    :   Send from main menu
  Messages  :   Separate menu
  Transfers :   Separate menu
  Network   :   Hard coded?
  Programs  :   Separate menu
  Text      :   Separate menu
  User Cmds :   From main menu
  SysOp     :   Separate menu
  Voting    :   N/A
  News      :   From main menu
  Help      :   N/A
Other       :

SysOp Utilities and Support

Offline     :   Configurator only
Online      :   Chat, logoff
Remote      :   Full user/file editors, drive access, local has file copier, terminal
On-L Display:   User's name, ID, town, phone, date in a window
W.F.C. Utils:   Same as remote
Chatting    :   From any prompt
User        :   Full editor provided
Msg Bases   :   Offline configurator, some integrated functions
Transfers   :   Offline configurator, directory editor, drive access
Programs    :   Offline configurator, some integrated functions
Network     :   Hard coded?
Drives      :   Full CBM-DOS command abilities
Terminal    :   Auto-dial, xfers, disk cmds, ascii & graphics


Structure   :   Single opening bulletin
Header      :   No set header
Weeding     :   By SysOp
Display     :   At logon


Structure   :   Linear style, mostly unlinked (can view "reference" message)
Bases       :   10 Named bases, listed by number
Limits      :   Message limits definable per base
Reading     :   Individual and local new
Headers     :   To, From, subject, date/time
Format      :   Text and color/graphics
Writing     :   As new posts, or as new posts with reply subjects
Anonymous   :   Not allowed
Network     :   Yes, for a single special message base
Other       :

Message Editor

Structure   :   Line editor
Commands    :   Hitting return on blank line gives editor
Editing     :   Insert, delete, rewrite, search/replace
Formatting  :   Word wrap
Graphics    :   Fully supported


Bases       :   15 Named bases, listed by number
Storage     :   In directory files, with unmarked filenames
Limits      :   Enforced by SysOp
Credits     :   Ratio system
Protocols   :   Xmodem, Xmodem CRC, Xmodem 1k, Punter, Ymodem
Headers     :   Filename, size, date, type, number, computer, description
Selection   :   By number
Listing     :   Directories, transfer log, and new uploads
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Text Libraries

Structure   :   List of named text files
Storage     :   As standard SEQ files
Network     :   N/A
Other       :


Structure   :   From main menu, and integrated functions
Sending     :   From main menu, or from message reading
Receiving   :   At logon only
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Program Libraries

Structure   :   Single list of online games/doors
Programs    :   External programs, no interaction with BBS
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

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