The software was written while he was a resident of Rockford, Illinois. Bill Basham ran chicsgo copy of the system himself in Rockford at the time. The phone company had to Any handsome miles of new cable just to accommodate the additional phone lines. All of Bill's software followed the same naming scheme as "Diversi-[something]".
Open access to anonymous visitors called nons, r0s JAMFs or m0es was an effective hook to draw in paid registrations. Nons typically had a five-minute connect time limit unless they were "validated" by an assistant sysopand were shut out of the system during peak usage hours.
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A typical DDial system ran on a small cluster of Apple II computers, with seven connections per computer. By the mids, DDials had been bypassed by the Internet and IRC, although Chicago 's God's Country, kept an incredibly loyal following between —87 and Many of its users are still close to this day.
Many client software programs existed for BBS connections back then, but one in particular for C64 or Chxt was optimized just for DDial, call Eagleterm 6a. EagleTerm6a took full advantage of Commodore Fuck man like girl pulse dial modem technology, heavily optimized to find the max pulse speed of the user's local phone connection, and rapid fire re-dial back in to beat the other callers when reconnecting, easily beating the newer tone dial modems just coming to market.
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During peak times, the DDial system was jam packed with callers far exceeding the of available lines, and a super fast dialer was a plus. Later versions of Eagleterm6a were protected against reverse engineering not de-compilable using unBlitz.
Auctions, by utilizing the knowledge gleaned from having run a social and community based computer system for a decade prior to initial chiczgo of the Web. Point Zer0 was the other long-term Chicago-area Ddial, along with Jokertown.
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At one period of time, the Chicago area hosted over 10 DDial or clone systems, possibly due to its relative proximity to the Rockford origins of Basham's DD 1. ENTchat, an Internet-based DDial look-alike, was somewhat active in the mid- Adult swingers in anchorage. late s but also went offline.
Late Night BBS has since gone offline. As ofthere are only two known DDial stations in operation: The Savage Frontier, DDial Station 28, has been modified to run under emulation and is therefore Internet accessible.
This system served the Philadelphia metropolitan area in the s and s, at times under other names. Retro-Diala Linux-based chat server with the look and feel of DDial, currently cgat multiple stations in operation which are usually linked with each other as well as The Savage Frontier.
The home station for Retro-Dial can be reached via telnet at carriersync.