Re: Cottonwood BBS -- Improved Setup

From: Ethan Dicks (
Date: 2007-01-11 09:50:07

On 1/11/07, Marko Mäkelä <> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 11, 2007 at 02:01:56AM -0500, Ethan Dicks wrote:
> > >But I hope you don't mind me not calling, I'm afraid that it won't do any
> > >good to my telephone bill :)
> >
> > I think it'd be fun to call just to check it out, but I don't have a
> > landline anymore. :-/
> On the Antarctic?  Wouldn't that be an iceline if you had one?

Well... I happen to have gotten home nearly two weeks ago, but I don't
have one here in the  States - I get my 'net feed via Cable Modem (TV,
not telco, in case that's not obvious to foreign readers), and my only
phone is a mobile.

If I were still on the Ice, I still wouldn't be able to call out via
modem.  We have a satellite link, but we can't make or accept analog
phone calls - it's all VoIP for voice, mixed in with our regular
internet packet traffic.  Someone did try to send down an industrial
control box with a modem for the vendor to call in for
troubleshooting, but the installation didn't go as expected.  ;-)

> Hmm, given that local calls might still be free (flat rate) in the US,
> could someone in the same area perhaps set up a Telnet gateway for
> dialing up that BBS? :-)

Local calls _are_ still free in the US, _if_ you pay for a certain
level of service - you can elect to pay less and pay per minute or
based on time and distance for local calls - handy if you almost never
call out locally, but for folks with ordinary usage patterns it turns
out to be better to stick with flat rate.

If such a thing were set up, I might be able to try to set up an
analog phone gateway at home (I have a small box that pretends to be a
2-line telephone network for testing modems and telecom dialer
software) and attach the outbound side of that to a modem to a UNIX
box  set up with PPP, etc... then I could pull out the old VIC MODEM
and give it all a go.  :-D


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