Do you remember the old games that used to be played on DOS? Well, they are back and the same as before, needing a graphical overhaul. Synchronet is a multiplatform BBS software package that is designed to run on Microsoft Windows and Linux operating computers. There have been past versions of Synchronet that did run on MS-DOS and even Apple Mac computers, but these have been dropped in the most recent versions of Synchronet.
Synchronet has a history that dates back to 1991. The first person to come up with Synchronet was a man called Rob Swindell; Rob was dissatisfied with the lack of features that were in WWIV. The most common problems that Rob didn't like were the lack of support for multiple simultaneous nodes, batch uploads and bi-directional file transfer. Now to understand most of that people will need to have a small technical knowledge part in their brains, because it is a very complicated stuff. Rob however knew about all this and he decided he wanted to change all these problems that were annoying him so much. So he programmed his first version of Synchronet, the bulk of the first version of Synchronet was done in two months in 1991 while Rob was house-ridden due to surgery he had undergone not long before he started this programming. This Synchronet software was named for the software's ability to run synchronously on a network.
One area that has been popular with gamers who have taken an interest in BBS was a site called The Gaming Center. The Gaming Center was based in South Florida, which is a great sunny place to start a business. Their original BBS started in 1995 but unfortunately for the gamers who loved the site they suffered heartbreak in 1999 when the site had to shut down. The Gaming Center had 40 dial-up nodes, which supported unlimited PPP Internet access. Half of those nodes were in the Florida area and the other 20 were in the Miami area. The BBS games that The Gaming Center supported were absolute classics it was on some of the most expensive BBS software that was available though, which could have been an even bigger problem for them. They also added a "Game Connection" which allowed gamers to play games like Quake and Doom with other BBS gamers. What some call a gaming revolution happened that day.
ISCABBS is another computer revelation, although this one happened in 1989 when the world of instant messaging was born. If you have ever used an instant messaging program before in your life then you will have to thank the good people who first thought up of ISCABBS, because these people actually designed the first computer conferencing software which was simply called "Participate." That opened the doors to companies like Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL, all these companies have ISCABBS to thank for their huge dominating success in the instant messaging market, because if ISCABBS had never been thought up, these companies would not be making loads of money on their instant messaging programs. ISCABBS started the ball rolling but then got left on the sidelines.