Mike Loewen writes " Jason Ward and I wrote a multiuser BBS system for
Microsoft Xenix (Unix for microcomputers) called MicroMagic. MicroMagic
resembled a Citadel system in that it was room based, but it was written
from the ground up without reference to the Citadel code. From what I
remember, the system went online around 1984-1985, and ran on Jason's
Tandy 6000 in Sumner, WA. We had 4 phones for the BBS, with 2400 baud
modems, and a 15Mb hard drive.
"The MicroMagic software was written in C, and was a message board and a
real time chat system. There were no files available for download, but
the real time chat was very popular. During its heyday, all 4 lines
would be busy from about 4:00 P.M. until about 2:00 A.M., with a connect
limit of 30 minutes strictly enforced. Users could call back after
getting disconnected but chances were someone else with an automatic
dialer program would get in first, so users would rotate in and out.
"The MicroMagic software was used briefly by Bob Dinse at Eskimo North
in Seattle, before he moved on to other software. The source code for
MicroMagic was never released. I moved back East in 1986, and eventually
ported the BBS to SunOS and then Linux. I added file uploads and
downloads, and a R/O interface to USENET. I ran the BBS in State College,
PA for several years as the Centre Programmers Unit BBS, before finally
taking it down in 1999."