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Micropolis BBS Primer

by Micropolis Handbooks

Paperback (Second, extensively updated edition)
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It is 1989 and your CRT monitor shows a blank screen. You want to embark on an eletronic adventure and call a Bulletin Board System. But what's next? How would you make the modem dial a number? What is TTY? Are your terminal settings right? Fast forward 30 years and these things still fascinate. In the wake of retro computing, a renaissance of BBS is going on. Find out what it means to call a "Board" and go on-line, like it was, back then.


There was a time before the Internet. It was a time of point-to-point connections via dial-up telephone lines. Computer users used modems to connect to bulletin board systems (BBS) worldwide. The BBS was the hub for early online communities, for games, friendships and file-sharing among computer enthusiasts. Looking back, many aspects of what used to be common knowledge is slowly fading. What is a Terminal? What is Telnet? How would you connect a modem via RS-232? ASCII Art, Baud and Handshakes? Getting started with the subject can be difficult: terms are unknown, concepts are only vaguely familiar, or technical abbreviations difficult to decipher. Do I still need a dial-up modem, today? This Micropolis Handbook is a collection of short articles, meant as a quick-start guide on bulletin board systems (BBS) and dial-up networking. A practical guide for anyone who wants to connect a modem to a computer and learn about the fascination world of old-school analog data transmission. A glimpse into computer history of the 1980s and 1990s. Learn how users went on-line, back then and today! The retro computing scene is going strong and users can still "call" a BBS like in the olden days. This basic reference book is a first primer on how dial-up works and what it needs to connect with a time when bits were analog.

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Micropolis BBS Primer, inside the book
Micropolis BBS Primer, inside the book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 978-3-9826166-1-2
Publisher: Micropolis Press
Publication date: January 15th, 2024
Series: Micropolis Handbooks, #1
Edition description: Second, extensively updated edition
Pages: 94
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.19(d)

Library classification

Audience: College (Textbook)
Keywords: Computers, Networking, Online, Modem, Dial-Up, Internet, Micropolis, Digital Technology, Retro Computing

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Short summary

A collection of short articles, covering bulletin board systems (BBS) and dial-up networking. Learn how users went on-line, back then - and today, in retro computing! Understand what a modem is, how it is connected to a computer and how analog data transmission works. What is a Terminal, ASCII art, Telnet and what is it used for? Find out.

BISAC Subject Headings

  • COM052000 COMPUTERS / Reference
  • COM043000 COMPUTERS / Networking / General
  • COM034000 COMPUTERS / Interactive & Multimedia
  • COM060000 COMPUTERS / Internet / General
  • COM067000 COMPUTERS / Hardware / General
  • COM079000 COMPUTERS / Social Aspects

Thema Subjects
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Digital Lifestyle and online world: consumer and user guides
  • Computer networking & communications
  • History of Computing, digital and information technologies
  • Practical applications of information technology
  • Internet guides & online services

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