Some of you just took a small trip down memory lane..
This was the dawn of "pre-Internet" electronic communication.
Want to take a trip a bit further? Yes, you can go home again.
This Instructable will teach you about Bulletin Board Systems, (BBSs) and the role they had before the Internet. I'll also teach you how to build your own microcontroller based "mini computer" to dial BBS systems over the Internet.
Gone you said?
No, there are hundreds of them all over the world which you can connect to without tying up a phone or running up a long distance bill.
Put on your Parachute Pants and your Members Only Jacket, we're going back in time.
- Propeller board with VGA/Keyboard Output. (I'm using a Pocket Mini Computer)
- A PS/2 Keybaord
- A VGA Monitor
More details about the Pocket Mini Computer can be found in this Instructable:
Step 1: The Pocket Mini Computer
The Pocket Mini Computer is programmed in "COLOR" BASIC. COLOR BASIC is similar to the BASIC found on common microcomputers of the 80's and early 90's. It is also capable of running non-basic binary files and being programmed in C and Spin.
PMC allows you to explore micro computing with a machine which:
- Can be successfully assembled in an evening.
- Can be programmed in BASIC. (and other languages)
- Can play games and run programs.
- Most importantly: Can be understood.
We'll be using the following I/O pins for connected devices:
- P0 - P3 SD or microSD connection
- P26, P26 PS/2 Keyboard Connection
- P16-P23 VGA connection