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History of Bufkin Ridge Ranch BBS

1992 First started up with one phone line. Was using a 386 computer, 40 meg hard drive, runing on dos. The BBS software was Wildcat! 3.0

1994 Switch to windows nt 3.1 moved up to 3 phone lines for callers. Upgraded to Wildcat! 4.0 and had two 6 changer CD-rom drives for files. We had many door games that was all registured. The most played game on the system was Food Fight! after every month we would reset the game and the winner got a prize and we would have a meeting for all the users to come to. The system was making 4 calls a day to a service call holonet which was a gateway to the internet. This gave all the systems users internet email. And we was the first board to offer internet email in southern indiana.

1997 Had switch to Windows NT 4.0 and was running Winserver by Mustang. It was the windows version of wildcat! The board was on the internet full time over an ISDN line. We had 7 phone lines that our users could call in on. These was all sit up on a roll over so that it will help in stopping the busy signal and users only needed to enter one number to connect.

1999 By now the system was running on 5 different servers to keep the system speed fast and the load on the servers low. We had 3 6 disk CD-rom changers for the files on the system, many door games, a usenet news server, web server, ftp server, telnet and modem server. We was also pulling messages from other message networks at the time. We was also starting to see a hurt on the system in needing to keep up with the big busnesses that was starting to get into the internet service (ISP). Being from an area that had a small local calling area. Plus the cost of phone line switching keeped it hard for me to make my local calling area bigger.

2002 Took the system offline. With personal changes in my life and also just covering the cost of keeping the system running I had to tell my users that I was taking it down. For those that would like to know the cost of running a small internet ISP back then. Each phone line was costing me $50.00 per mounth. I had 7 of those and needed to move up to 10 or more I had one ISDN line that was $90.00 per month and my internet connection was $120.00 per month. I needed to move up to a single T1 line at the time was 1200.00 per month with an internet connection cost of $1200.00 per month.

I have been so thankful for those years that I was running the system. I never had any computer classes when I was in school so everything I did I have to learn on my own. My wife and I was the only ones that people would get hold of when they called for support. I remember many nights standing in our bedroom at 2am or later trying to help someone with their connection problems. Most of that had to be from memory as I did not have a computer in the house at the time.

2015 Took over 15 years to get high speed internet to my area of Indiana! It is only down one road because of the cell phone tower upgrades that was being done at the time. Then to even get it back to my house I had to trench the line for the company or I still would not have it! With the lower cost of internet access now I thought lets get a BBS back up and running. I wanted to try an open source BBS package and chose Synhronet. It was a good BBS but I never got a good feel with it and it was harder for me to change.

Was able to buy back my old domain name! That was a cost because it had been used a few times for other sites in the past 15 years. Still working on getting everything changed over with it.

2016 Switched back to Wildcat! and upgraded to 7.0 with the speeds of computers now I do not need all the servers that I had before. As of now I am only offering telnet and web access to the BBS. This will also keep the loads down. I had many programs and codes that I used before that I was about to find. I will be putting them on as I make upgrades to them and if the need is there. I have already made lots of changes to the ansi or telnet side with the message areas. One big plus to trenching the cable line for myself I was also able to lay a network cable from the house to my office. I can now work on my BBS and still be around my wife and family! In the past I would spend many hours at there alone and away from them.

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