BBSfinder is based off of the concept used at SHOUTcast.com.
A dynamically updating list of of radio stations (in BBSfinders case, Bulletin
Board Systems) that is never out of date. The idea was sparked due to two
The main idea behind BBSfinder overall, is to be able
to provide a list of active and online BBS's to people - knowing that
when they come here, they can always find a BBS that is active and ready
for a caller.
- The Bulletin Board Scene has dwindled since it's glory days in the 80's and 90's.
While there are many BBS's active, the caller numbers have lowered.
This is a site to help raise awareness that BBS's are still alive and
- There are hundreds (if not thousands) of BBS lists floating around
the WWW. Out of those hundreds of BBS lists maybe 5% at most, are up-to-date.
Many lists around are in excess of 12 months old, and many BBS listed
in them are either down, or have changed thier telnet address.
How BBSfinder Works.
BBSfinder works due a little application called "Bf Connect" (BfC).
Every five minutes, BfC sends an "I'm alive" signal to the BBSfinder
servers. When the signal is received, the BBS's entry is "updated"
and the status of the BBS is slated as "Online".
If BBSfinder does not receive an "I'm alive" signal from a BBS after the
five minute mark, the BBS's status is flagged as "Unknown" until the next
update is received.
After 10 minutes of no "i'm alive" signals (two updates consecutively missed),
the BBS's entry is removed from the listings until the next update is received.
An "Online" BBS.
An "Unknown" BBS.
||Blah BBS (telnet://bbs.blah.blah)
||Somewhere, HJ, USA
Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah
Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah
Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah
What is Bf Connect?
Bf Connect (BfC) is a small low-resource application the sends updates to
the BBSfinder servers.
This is the BfC Main Window. Your username and password are the same
ones for the account which you signed up with there, at BBSfinder.com.
While BfC is running, the white "B" icon above will be resident
in your system tray.
By hovering your mouse point over the BfC icon in your system tray,
a quick summary of information will be display.
By right-clicking on the BfC icon in the system tray, you are given
the option of selecting "Show Bf Connect" (this will display
the Main Window -or- "Exit Bf Connect".
The BBSfinder Team.
||Conceiver ("Amazing what pops into your head
at 4am huh?"), Web Design, Graphics, Documentation, Coding (Web).|
||Database Admin, Server Admin, Coding (Bf Connect /