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BBS

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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 website, 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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Bitumen storage tanks, from which the binder is transported via pipelines, are the same in AMP1 and AMP2, therefore, the assumption is made that PMB 45/80-55 bitumen used in the production of pilot SMA mixtures was transported of the same properties in both BBS1 and BBS2. When producing HMA mixture of the same composition in AMP1 and AMP2 from the same materials, its mixing time was changed.
The change of penetration [Pen.sub.25] and softening point [T.sub.sp] of the bitumen used in BBS2 when increasing mixing time to 60 s was the same as that in BBS1.
[I.sub.p] of the bitumen batched in BBS2 increases to 0.12-0.15.