Captain Quirk writes "Color 80 was a BBS written in "Color Basic",
Tandy's brand of BASIC.
It used a machine language layer that converted all incoming text to
lower case and all outgoing text to upper case. Since Color Basic
could not process keywords in lowercase callers, even if successful
in "crashing" the BASIC program could not get access to the system.
The BBS ran on one 180K floppy Disk Drive.
"I was one of the first Sysops using this software and ran a BBS
called "The L.A. (Los Angeles) Color Connection" in the early 1980's.
The software arrived with a cute story called "Save the Nauga's"
written as DATA lines inside the program. It featured a 60 (sixty!)
message file that had to be refomated when full, erasing all
"I personaly found the message base to be unsatisfactory, so undertook
to rewrite the message section. My changes wrote message 61 over the
top of message 1, 62 over 2 and so on. While the message base was
still small, at least I didn't have to throw away all messages when
sixty was hit. I forwarded my changes to the author, who
incorporated them into Color 80 ver 1.1 and started paying me a
royality for sales after that!
"The L.A. Color Connection died after two major problems
occured. First one was when track seventeen of one of my drives ( I
was running two by then for more message base space) peeled right off
the disk. Seventeen held the sector data, and left the disk
unreadable. I've never seen anything like it since... I stripped the
floppy out of it's sleave and could see light through the disk right
where track seventeen should have been! Second one was when my
Co-sysop was not careful and allow someone to steal his password who
then used it to erase the disk drive with program on it, a heavily
modded version and my only copy (what can I say? I learned a lesson
Don Brown SYSOP, The L.A. Color Connection BBS, Southgate, Ca 1982 to 1985 (dates approx) AKA, Captain Quirk SYSOP, The Capitol Connection BBS, Salem, OR (WWIV Based) 1990 to 1996