Recently I pro-blogged about OpenNIC free domain names, all of which are currently 100% free to register and use. I reg'd a whole bunch of them, however there was one I wanted more than any other, and got it. The reason? It was the name of a bulletin board system I ran back in the very-early 1990s.
The process of registering a dot-bbs domain is very old-school and the most difficult to get, which I guess cosmically makes sense. In order to reg a dot-bbs, you must email the admin of that particular TLD. Yes, you must send direct email because currently the people admin'ing it are working on some zoning stuff, so all new registrations must be handled manually. That's about as old-school as you can get. The last time I had to register a domain by email was back in the InterNIC days in the late 1990s.
Dot-bbs is, of course, intended for old-school BBSers. Unfortunately I can't run a telnet BBS because my ISP won't allow it, so what I'm going to do is make it a little mini-history site of my experiences with BBS'ing and computing of the time during early-to-mid 90s.
In order to actually load the site, you must use OpenNIC's DNS servers.
Google Chrome is really finicky about non-standard TLDs, so if you type it directly in the address bar, it won't work unless you type the entire address including the http. I'm not kidding. That's yet another thing I can add to the list of why Chrome sucks donkey nuts at times.
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