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This is bbs.anduin.net:

Obsolete hardware running obsolete software providing obsolete social media

Breaking news: My BBS is now (kinda) up!

See below for the juicy bits!

About this project

This is the somewhat younger sibling of my floppy.museum project. The idea is even older, and several attempts at getting started, and several early incarnations of the BBS, precede what is currently running. In the sections below I'll attempt to describe, in somewhat broad terms, how the BBS is set up.

On 2024-03-19 I opened up my BBS to the world!

Having spent a significant amount of (my dads') money on BBS access, and significant amounts of time in various discussions and flame wars, I felt it was only natural to spin up a BBS of my own. I did so back then, and I think I had about 10 visitors in total (not saying how many individuals..). I'll be happy if the BBS I spun up in 2024 will exceed that number.

How to connect

Find yourself a decent terminal emulator which supports ANSI, IBM PC character sets (CP437, CP850, etc.) and can connect via Telnet. Alternatively, you can use a WiModem232 or other similar serial-to-wifi adapter - Tindie and other places have several to choose from. Some OSes even have drivers and software that provide virtual serial ports and software-emulated modems.

Once you have the necessary tools, connect to bbs.anduin.net on the standard Telnet port (23). After an easy math quiz (designed to keep port-scanning script kiddies away from the poor old 386-class machine), you'll be passed on to the BBS itself. Welcome!

Note: The below is roughly accurate as of March 21, 2024. Some of the linked config files and scripts may not yet be available. See also the event log for updates.

The configuration

There have been far too many interations and failed attempts to get the BBS running to be able to accurately document exactly what is needed, but I'll try to describe what I can.

Note that most of these links are external; this server is still the 286 PC it has always been and the poor floppy can't hold all the goodies listed below.


  • A 386-class PC running OS/2 Warp 3 with TCP/IP installed
  • Since the BBS data lives on a LAN share, the LAN server or IBM Peer components are needed
  • All the latest Fixpaks for the above
  • The software listed in The software table below
  • My local config files:
    • xfer.cmd - An X/Y/Zmodem wrapper script for OS/2 nodes
    • xfer.bat - An X/Y/Zmodem wrapper script for DOS nodes
    • qnet.cmd - A QWK fetch script for OS/2 nodes
    • qnet.bat - A QWK fetch script for DOS nodes
  • Patience
  • Beer (or equivalent beverage)
  • A pillow to cry into when you realise what you're spending your precious time on..

The hardware

Aquarius Systems/BCOM MB-4D33/50L
Chipset: OPTi 82C495SX Low-cost Write-Back
BIOS: AMI, dated 11.11.92
CPU: Cyrix Cx486DRx2-25/50MHz (running at 33/66)
FPU: Cyrix Cyrix FasMath CX-83D87
64MB 60ns FPM DRAM (4x 32pin 16MB SIMM)
Expansion Just making Netscape 2.02 for OS/2 happy..
Graphics: ATI Graphics Pro Turbo, Mach64 GX, 4MB VRAM
HDD/FDD controller: Tekram/BuslogicDC-680C caching IDE controller, 4MB RAM
Network: Accton EN1660 ISA Ethernet controller, 10Mbit
Sound: Gravis Ultrasound PnP, 2MB RAM
Just making Netscape 2.02 for OS/2 happy.. Aztech Sound Galaxy Washington 16
Storage Just making Netscape 2.02 for OS/2 happy..
Floppy drive A: Gotek w/FlashFloppy
Floppy drive B: None
Hard Disk drive C: Swissbit 8GB CompactFlash

The software

Just making Netscape 2.02 for OS/2 happy..
Operating System: IBM OS/2 Warp 3.0
BBS software Synchronet for OS/2, version 2.3
Supporting software Just making Netscape 2.02 for OS/2 happy..

Event log
(Newest entry first)

  • 2024-03-20: The Bulletin Board System is open! On a separate piece of hardware (a 386..), the Synchronet BBS software is now serving up bbs.anduin.net on port 23 (telnet). There are vague plans to add an LTE modem to allow actual phone calls; we'll see if and when that materialises. See the BBS section and the BBS page for details.


See floppy.museum/thispc.htm#contact for information about me, including hints on how to get in touch.

Note: This page is optimized for Netscape Navigator 2.02 for OS/2.

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