Intelligentsia 128 BBS


Robert S. Murawski IV


The documentation for this software make it out as a very promising piece of work for a premiere version. This is a Commodore 128 program with ANSI support, on-line BASIC, and a fairly configurable op-code based system (not quite as flexible as Zelch 128's, but quite good).

The software is loaded down with features also-- from two logs, to numerous extras in the user records, to a heafty selection of on-line sysop options, and a nice selection of user self-editing tools.

However, this is also the most finiky piece of shareware I have ever seen. Despite my wrangling, and coaxing, I could barely keep a system up before I would select some option that would send my drives spinning into oblivion, leaving only a splat file behind. Also, since I was playing with an unregistered shareware version, I did not get to fully review the program-- trusting the docs for some unseen details. Anyways, Intelligentsia is an extremely promising BBS program, and to fascilitate it's future, I have provided a link to the distribution files on the previous for you to download. They come in 6 self-dissolving archives which were then zipped together.

The Facts:

Hardware Information

Computer    :   Commodore 128
Video       :   80 columns only
Drives      :   CBM, full CMD-- partitions and subdirs
Modems      :   Hayes/1670 300-2400 baud
Input       :   Keyboard only
Output      :   Screen only
RAM use     :   For storing system modules/overlays
Special     :   1581 subdir support


Pgm Struct  :   Main program and several large external programs
Menu Struct :   Word entry, programmable system
Translation :   ANSI, PETSCII, ASCII
Access      :   Progressive levels , variable flags, other flags
Handle/ID   :   Handles allowed, users listed by ID, guests
User info   :   Name, address, phone, age, sex, access, etc.
User Logs   :   Bad logins
Calls/Time  :   Very flexible/definable time/idle/call settings
Network     :   Not supported
Customizing :   Very customizable
  Programs  :   Not changable, compiled BASIC
  Displays  :   Numerous text files, strings
  Commands  :   Limited op-code based system
Areas       :   Completely definable
  E-mail    :   Op-codes may appear on any menu
  Messages  :	"
  Transfers :	"
  Network   :	N/A
  Programs  :	"
  Text      :	N/A
  User Cmds :	"
  SysOp     :	"
  Voting    :	N/A
  News      :	Separate area
  Help      :	Integrated with menus, multi-level
Other       :

SysOp Utilities and Support

Offline     :   Configure is integrated with W.F.C. Utils
Online      :   Time limit, access, local mode, chat, logoff
Remote      :   BASIC, user stats, U/D stats, validate, etc.
On-L Display:   Long/Short user info window
W.F.C. Utils:   Menu editor, system config, terminal, logs, etc.
Chatting    :   From any prompt
User        :   Full user editor provided
Msg Bases   :   Message editors, wfc configurator
Transfers   :   File list editor, wfc configurator
Programs    :   List configurator
Network     :   N/A
Drives      :   Dos-channel, other commands
Terminal    :   Full-features ANSI terminal with transfers


Structure   :   Numbered list of bulletins
Header      :   Title only
Weeding     :   By the SysOp, manually
Display     :   At logon, or on demand


Structure   :   Linear system, unlinked, numerous op-codes
Bases       :   Named bases, listed by number
Limits      :   Capacity limit, Post/read access
            :   Enforced by the system at post/read time
Reading     :   By number, global new
Headers     :   To, From, Date, Subject
Format      :   Text and color, system string codes
Writing     :   New messages only (replies are new posts)
Anonymous   :   Allowed-- nicely configurable system
Network     :   N/A
Other       :   Not stored as files.. somewhat dangerous

Message Editor

Structure   :   Line editor
Commands    :   Edit, delete, read, quote
Editing     :   Replace line
Formatting  :   N/A
Graphics    :   Color only


Bases       :   Named bases, listed by number
Storage     :   Direcory files
Limits      :   Global drive space limits only
Credits     :   Ratio system with per call/per message settings
Protocols   :   ASCII, others I assume
Headers     :   Name, comments, uploader, date
Selection   :   By name
Listing     :   By name, size, comments, ?
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Text Libraries

Structure   :   Same as News system
Storage     :   As the news files
Network     :   N/A
Other       :   No separate Text files area


Structure   :   May be accessed anywhere op-codes are placed
Sending     :   By name or number
Receiving   :   From a menu, or at logon
Network     :   N/A
Other       :

Program Libraries

Structure   :   As a list of "Doors" on a separate menu
Programs    :   Separate stand-alone BASIC programs
Network     :   N/A
Other       :   BASIC programs run on-line

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