Using Computer Bulletin Boards

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9780788165306: Using Computer Bulletin Boards
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This updated introduction to the basics and finer points of PC bulletin board services, combines features of a tutorial with a desk reference. It provides instructions for downloading and uploading files and includes tips on modern configuration and communication and file transfer protocols. It covers the basics of logging on, exploring and logging off computer BBSs and introduces readers to the Internet, CompuServe and America Online with navigational aids and tips on e-mail, forums and customs and protocols.

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Contrary to popular belief, all online life didn't start with the Internet. Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) have been around since the late 1970s. In this wonderful guide, the author explains what BBSs are, where you can find them and what calling one is like. There is a wide variety of BBS software out there so the system you call may be very different from others. Each of the major BBS software packages is explored so that you can call with confidence, which is important considering that many BBSs give a short daily allotment of time. If you think you might want to be a sysop (system operator), this book will guide the way. Includes a diskette with Qmodem trial software.

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