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BBS

(computer science)

BBS

BBS

(1) (Bulletin Board System) A computer system used as an information source and forum for a particular interest group. They were widely used in the U.S. to distribute shareware and drivers and had their heyday in the 1980s and first part of the 1990s, all before the Web took off. A BBS functions somewhat like a stand-alone Web site, but without graphics. However, unlike Web access via one connection to the Internet, each BBS had its own telephone number to dial up.

Although still used in some parts of the world where there is little or no Internet access, most every resource found on a BBS migrated to the Web. Software companies may still maintain their old BBS to serve as alternate venues for downloading drivers.

Comm Programs Are Required
To access a BBS, a general-purpose communications program such as Crosstalk or Qmodem Pro is used. The address list in a comm program stores telephone numbers like a Web browser stores bookmarked URLs.

(2) (BIOS Boot Specification) A Plug and Play BIOS format that enables the user to determine the boot sequence. See OPROM.
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The amount of time you spend running your business off-line is about how much time you spend running a BBS online," says Cary Harwin, co-author of How to Successfully Run a BBC for Profit.
based online management consulting business, says the mistake many BBS owners make is treating the bulletin board like a hobby--not a business.
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In short, the BBS software creates a basic bulletin board that can start taking users' calls almost immediately.
BBS software is designed to do most of the maintenance functions, including setting and monitoring user access requirements, purging old messages, updating file lists and bulletins, and deleting users who have not called the BBS within a specified period of time.
A BBS that demands too much time can be scaled back, but the system operator should explain any changes to users by posting a bulletin on the BBS.