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Q: Dial in bulletin boards in Detroit, MI. ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Dial in bulletin boards in Detroit, MI.
Category: Computers
Asked by: copycon-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 14 Dec 2002 15:26 PST
Expires: 13 Jan 2003 15:26 PST
Question ID: 124724
I need a list of dial in bulletin boards in the Detroit, Mi. 313 area code.

Clarification of Question by copycon-ga on 15 Dec 2002 18:34 PST
I would require atleast 3 active boards.  Preferably dealling with
older computers i.e. the forum section at this site  Failling that I will take
any computer related BBS.

Request for Question Clarification by hailstorm-ga on 15 Dec 2002 21:18 PST

In the bulletin board heyday of the 1980's, there were literally
hundreds of dialup BBS running in the 313 area code.  It is now
extremely difficult to find even three of them running for two

1) The internet, being a far more powerful medium than the dialup
bulletin board system, has rendered these systems all but obsolete.

2) The 313 area code itself covers much less territory than it used
to, having been split into several new area codes like 810, 586, and

After much searching, I have found only two boards that appear to be
active in the 313 area code.

First, here is the active 313 area code BBS listing from The BBS
Corner as of December 2002:


The following is listed as current from April 2002 by the USBBS site:

Bloom County

Sorry I could not find more. There are several other numbers
available, if you wish to expand your search to the other adjacent
area codes.

Sites cited:

The BBS Corner


Google search terms used:
Michigan active BBS list 2002 modem

Clarification of Question by copycon-ga on 16 Dec 2002 11:48 PST
I will take these 2 as an answer.  I realize the difficulty I only
posted the question after becoming frustrated with my own searches.  I
was just looking to reclaim the nostalga of yesteryear.
Subject: Re: Dial in bulletin boards in Detroit, MI.
Answered By: hailstorm-ga on 16 Dec 2002 14:19 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

I've only been using the Internet since the early 90's, but I was an
avid BBS user ever since I was able to find a 40-column terminal
program from my Commodore Vic-20 in the early 80's. (22 columns was
just a little too painful...)  Back then my favorite BBS was Tony's
Corner (when I could connect to it) because of the simply phenominal
amount of participation on it.  Things got even better when I upgraded
to the Commodore 64 and was able to sample the plethora of C-64
optimized color boards out there.  Even though we can now do things on
the Internet that we couldn't even dream of in those days, I still
miss the warmth and personal feel each individual BBS had.

As I mentioned in clarifications, the two reasons that dial-up BBS are
close to extinct for the 313 area are the proliference of the Internet
(millions sites with instant access and no busy signals!) and the
shrinking of the 313 area code itself.  Of course, some calls within
the same area code can cost as much or even more than a call to
another area code (as my father found out one month when I
accidentally racked up a $120 phone bill!)  But there are some cheap
plans for long distance out there, so if you're really feeling
nostalgic you can try checking out some of the farther out BBS's
listed in the USBBS or The BBS Corner sites.

Anyway, if you want to try to relive those the good old days closer to
home, give these two sites a shot:
       Bloom County 
Finally, if you own a Commodore 64 and you want to be nostalgic and
current at the same time, check this out:

       Hyperlink 2.5a

This is a functional web browser for the Commodore 64!  The catch is
that you have to have access to a dial up shell account to use it, and
use the UNIX shell account as a go-between between the Internet and
your C-64.  Unfortunately, I couldn't find a dial up shell account in
the 313 area, but here is one that supposedly provides service to the
nearby 810 area code:

As seen in these screenshots, if you get this working, the Internet
itself will look like the BBS Glory Days again!

Good luck, and happy memory hunting!
Sites cited:      
       The BBS Corner 
Google search terms used: 
       Michigan active BBS list 2002 modem
       commodore 64 web browser
copycon-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00

Subject: Re: Dial in bulletin boards in Detroit, MI.
From: leep-ga on 14 Dec 2002 16:38 PST
I saw some scattered mentions of a few 313 BBSes (like Atari ones,
etc.) but I can't currently test them to see if they're active.   How
many active boards are you willing to accept in a list as an answer?

I don't know if you've seen this, but here's a listing of some 313
boards that are no longer still up:

It's not really related to 313 boards, but someday the BBS documentary
movie will hopefully be out:

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