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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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The court therefore finds relevant, if not controlling, the authority regarding private electronic bulletin board services ('BBS').").
Blakey's attorney, Linda Kenney, may now take depositions, but before a trial can take place, a state trial judge in Essex County must determine whether the remarks on the electronic bulletin board were severe enough to be considered harassment.
Impeachment with a prior inconsistent statement is normally performed with a deposition or other written statement; however, nothing in the Florida Evidence Code requires "the witness's prior inconsistent statement to be reduced to writing in order to impeach the witness ...."(16) That is, the "prior inconsistent statement may be oral and unsworn ...."(17) Thus, it is possible arguably to impeach a witness with a statement taken from an electronic bulletin board. No law was found that addresses the question of whether a statement made on an electronic bulletin board could be used for impeachment; however, in the absence of such law, the economist should probably take the position that such a statement may be so used.
Federal Highway Administration Electronic Bulletin Board System BBS: 1 (800) 337-3492 Technical Support: (202) 366-1120 Access via Internet: Telnet: 152.120.108.19 Gopher: gopher.dot.gov World-Wide Web: http://www.dot.gov Gateway on fedworld.bbs.gov
In addition to on-line commercial databases, there are also electronic bulletin boards. The main difference between a commercial database and an electronic bulletin board is that users can interact with electronic bulletin boards; they can ask questions and get answers, leave messages, have conversations with other users.
Earlier this year, a group of people at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) established an electronic bulletin board, 'H-Urban', to provide, as they say, "a forum for scholars of urban history".
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