You may want to read the introduction to C-Net 64 before proceeding.
It's been a long time since I've seen a DS2 BBS, but I do recall being a frequenter of a few of them, and being very impressed. Aside from my very favorable impression of C-Net in general, as mentioned above in the C-Net 64 page, DS2 has long since gotten away from C-Net's few faults-- its lack of full color/graphics support is gone, and its uptight formal feel has been softened. I just wish I had some screen grabs.
Like the old C-Net 64, while DS2 looks good in the "Facts" area, I can assure you that it's better. So many small conveniences and added goodies that can't be mentioned in a list of features constructed for BBSs in general are indeed all there.
I also have a DS2 features page for your perusing.
The information below I got mainly from the DS2 features page mentioned above, and the missing details were gotten from the old C-Net information. I'm sure any missing or incorrect details will be sent to me when they're noticed!
Computer : Commodore 64 or 128 in 64 mode Video : 40 columns Drives : All CBM, full CMD support Modems : 1650, 1660, 1670, Hes, Hayes & RS232 (300-9600, etc.. Input : Keyboard Output : Screen or printer optionally RAM use : RamDOS compatible Special :
Pgm Struct : Main program with numerous small overlays Menu Struct : Word entry system from highly modular menus Translation : ASCII, PETSCII, ANSI Access : Numerous levels, highly definable, SubOps Handle/ID : Handles allowed, users listed by ID codes User info : Name, last call, phone, access, misc parms, etc. User Logs : Name, date, uploads/downloads, posts Calls/Time : Call, time, idle limits differ by access levels Network : Proprietary system called DS2 Network, and CommNet Customizing : Highly Programs : Uncompiled BASIC, easy to modify Displays : Menus and displays are SEQ files, modifiable Commands : Mostly hard coded, changable only through code Areas : Highly modular system E-mail : Separate menu Messages : Separate menu Transfers : Separate menu Network : Separate menu?, and integrated functions Programs : Separate menu Text : Separate menu User Cmds : From main menu SysOp : Separate menu, and integrated functions Voting : Separate menu, selection system News : Separate menu Help : From main menu Other :
Offline : Full configurators and setup editors Online : User access editor, chat Remote : Full drive support, file editors, user editor, copier On-L Display: Complete user info window with sysop menu W.F.C. Utils: Same as On-L Display, activity chart, etc. Chatting : From any prompt User : Handle/access editor available Msg Bases : Offline configurator for bases, integrated maint Transfers : Offline configurator for bases, integrated maint Programs : Online program adder, remover Network : Either an offline or online configuration program Drives : Complete drive support Terminal : Transfer terminal program, nice features
Structure : C-Net text files, listed by order entered Header : Subject, access Weeding : By SysOp Display : At logon, or on demand
Structure : Structured post/reply system Bases : Named bases, listed by number Limits : Separate post/reply limits : Enforced during auto-maintenance Reading : New and global new messages, or individual Headers : Subject, poster, date Format : Text, or color/graphics Writing : As new posts, or as replies to posts Anonymous : Allowed with access Network : Assumed support Other : Message scanning implemented, 80 column translation
Structure : Line editor Commands : A period in first column followed by a command letter Editing : Search/replace, rewriting, insert, delete, justify, etc. Formatting : Word wrap, MCI codes for special functions Graphics : Full color/graphics support
Bases : Named bases, listed by number Storage : Directory files for each bases Limits : Enforced automatically Credits : Credit ratio system implemented Protocols : Punter (multi), Xmodem (CHK,CRC), Headers : Name, blocks, uploader, date, "about" files Selection : By number Listing : Directories, local and global new listings Network : Not supported (I presume) Other :
Structure : 2 levels of libraries with C-Net SEQ files Storage : As C-Net style SEQ files Network : Not supported (I presume) Other :
Structure : Separate menu off the main menu Sending : From message reading, or by ID Receiving : At logon, or on demand Network : Supported (I presume) Other : Counter implemented
Structure : 2 levels of library structure, from separate menu Programs : BASIC overlays, explicit interaction with BBS Network : Not supported (I presume) Other : Tons of programs are available
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