ALLRAM BBS

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*ALL RAM* BBS

The *ALL RAM* BBS was a cassette based bulletin board system by Allen C. Huffman, created in 1983 and "almost" marketed by a major CoCo software company. It allowed a userlog and small message base to be stored in memory, then saved to cassette tape when the BBS was shut down. It was written out of frustration after seeing all the BBS ads in Rainbow magazine claim they needed "2-4 disk drives" to operate.

An unreleased disk version was created, which loaded and saved the message bases to disk on demand, allowing a one disk drive CoCo to support dozens of message boards. Since each message base only took as much space as the messages inside of it, there could be as many as a hundred message boards on a singly floppy (though substantially less if every message was filled using every possible character allowed on each line).

A copy of the disk version of *ALL RAM* ran in Houston, Texas around late 1983/early 1984 under the name Cyclop's Castle. This version was expanded to have more data in the userlog, too, and early paper design notes were located in December 2014 as well as a printout so maybe it can be posted some day.

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  • On 4/2/2013, Allen Huffman began doing a line-by-line port of *ALL RAM* over to an Ardruino. This was more of an experiment in porting Extended Color BASIC to C than anything, since the limited 2K of RAM on the Arduino device being used will probably not allow for a very large userlog and message base.
  • In 2008, Rod Barnhart attempted to run *ALL RAM* on the internet.