During the snow storm last month in Washington State and it’s following cleanup, the machine that runs the Age of Reason BBS was struck down by a power surge. The cause of the surge was apparently crews re-setting power line. While the machine was not totally fried, the power supply is a bit loopy from it. But this has not prevented the inevitable return of the Age of Reason BBS.
Gene Buckle, the curator of the Age of Reason BBS said in a posting on CSA2: “I finally got the hardware issues straightened out and AoR is back online. The clock is a bit duffy (just remeber that “8:” is 1989. 🙂 ), but other than that it’s ok.
The original power supply got smacked by a power surge and the 12V section is a bit scrambled. I get 11.87 on the 12v leg (which I guess is marginally ok), but -10v on the -12v leg. At some point I should chase down a replacement power supply as I just don’t have the time nor interest in fixing this one.”
The Age of Reason is the last remaining Apple II BBS running on a true Apple II. The system uses GBBS Pro by Greg Schaefer, a popular Apple II BBS software package from the 1980’s which utilized a programming language ACOS.
To login to the Age of Reason, go to: telnet://aor.retroarchive.org