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LORD (Legend of the Red Dragon) Door Game is Released to the Public

Source Dave Kelso

January, 1988
Linda Thompson files suit against Bob Predaina, claiming that Predaina, sysop of The Professional's Choice Bulletin Board, has made her private e-mail publically available on the BBS, violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986. She asks for $112,000 in damages. While destined to be a landmark case, the suit is dropped in August of 1988 when Predaina declares bankruptcy.

March 10, 1988
IGnatius T. Foobar (Art Cancro) starts the Uncensored! BBS on an Altos 586 UNIX System, running a customized version of the Citadel BBS Software called Citadel/UX. The BBS continues operation to the present day, only shutting off dial-up access in 2001.

Source http://uncnsrd.mt-kisco.ny.us/history.html

April 15, 1988
The first QWK Packet Doors are shipped from Mark "Sparky" Herring. Herring's Sparkware continues to be the primary source of .QWK Packet readers and doors for years to come.

Source Mark Herring

August 10, 1988
The Thompson v. Predaina case is dismissed, as Predaina declares bankruptcy, voiding any possibility of the plantiff acquiring a reward.

Source http://www.eff.org/Legal/bbs_and_law.paper

August 25, 1988
Fidocon '88 (The Fifth International FidoNet Conference) is held at the Drawbridge Inn in Cincinnati, OH.

October 14, 1988
Chuck Forsberg releases his specification for ZMODEM, a file transfer protocol to supersede both XMODEM and his own YMODEM.

ymodem.txt ( 68K) The XMODEM/YMODEM Protocol Reference: A Compendium of Documents, by Chuck Forsberg (October 14, 1988)
zmodem.txt (104K) The ZMODEM Inter Application File Transfer Protocol by Chuck Forsberg

December 7, 1988
Erik Labs Releases BIMODEM, a New File Transfer Protocol that allows, among other things, the ability to upload and download at the same time, and initiate chats during the file transfer. The protocol usually presents itself as an external program that is called by a BBS.

        BiModem  is a new communications protocol which allows simultaneous
        bidirectional  file  transfers.   Yes, BiModem  can  upload   while
        downloading.   Imagine  the  time  savings if you could upload with
        Zmodem (tm) and YmodemG efficiencies while downloading at the  same
        efficiency  at the same time.  The applications for such a protocal
        are many, and I will not try to cover  them  here.   Everyone  from
        occasional  BBS  users to fulltime network managers will appreciate
        the advantages of exploiting full duplex operations. Even for those
        with small and moderate  volumes  of  data  to  transfer  the  time
        savings  can  be  very  significant.   Please  do  not expect a 50%
        decrease in your overall modem transfer time.   This  can  only  be
        achieved when the same amount of information is transmitted in both
        directions, and does not account for the overhead of specifying the
        lists of files to download and upload.

        If  that feature is not enough to get you really excited, how about
        the ability to chat while the transfer is going  on?  Chatting,  of
        course, will  impact your throughput, but since most of us are slow
        typists, when compared to the speed of even a 1200 baud modem,  the
        impact is usually minimal.

        Automatic recovery looks in your download directory for a file with
        the  same  name and date, and upon finding it verifies the contents
        for accuracy with the original file. This takes  about  20  seconds
        per 200k at 2400 baud.  It then continues the download at the point
        where it left off.

        Refresh mode uploading is similar to automatic  recovery,  but  the
        date  does  not  need  to  be  the  same. This is perfect for large
        transaction files where the only thing that ever changes is at  the
        end of the file where transactions are added.  Imagine refreshing a
        10 meg file in a few minutes that only had 20k modified at the end.

        Auto Verification insures  that  the  entire  file  was  accurately
        transmited  can  be switched on at the users discretion. While this
        is normally not nessessary (BiModem already  uses  32bit  CRC's  to
        insure  accuracy), it is a nice feature to have available for those
        critical transmissions and is efficient enough that you may want to
        use it routinely.

        BiModem has more than just * name handling.  You can create a large
        list of upload and download request before you even sign on. Create
        an  entire evening's worth of requests and let your computer do the

Source http://www.dcllabs.com/docs/bimod.txt

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