I’m not happy with the current (free) hosting provider, and am considering yet another site redesign. I also find myself not posting very often. And I am also neglecting my telnetable BBS and related website (http://bbs.nitemarecafe.com), which I’m not even certain is accessible from outside my own network anymore due to DNS issues.
I’m considering pointing www and bbs to the same content on a machine at home. Look and feel would likely remain the same, but content could be driven by the actual BBS. Not all of the BBS content would be put on the site, but the ANSI screens, maybe the g-files section, some specific files from that section, and a web-based telnet client to the BBS could be made available, along with the “From the Sysop” section, so people could get BBS-related news without actually logging on, and would allow potential users to get programs to allow them to log on without using the web-based client.
I’ve also discovered that analog modems work fine at 2400bps over digital home phone, and I suspect 9600 would mostly work and reliability would go down from there as speeds increased. So I’m considering using my unused line to provide a dial-up line to the BBS as well. It’ll still sit mostly unused, but unused with a purpose 😉 I have a working 2400bps modem, and can’t imagine a 9600 would be too difficult, or expensive, to source used.
It may encourage me to actually take care of the BBS and use it more often myself.