Back in the day, you would use a terminal program to call a BBS via the telephone line. Most BBSes connect via the telnet protocol these days. How to connect depends on what you are connecting in from.
From A Modern PC/Mac/Linux
The absolute easiest way to connect is via modern browser. Up on the top bar there is a tab called ‘Telnet Now!’. From here, using a HTML-5 enabled browser click ‘Connect Now’ and you’re done. The downfall of connecting this way is that online games that use Commodore graphics will not work, and you will not be able to download files. However, if you’re wanting to see what the board is all about, this is fastest way.
But I Want to Download on my PC/Mac/Linux box!
If your computer does not have a built in ANSI terminal, what you would need to do is find a ANSI-enabled terminal for your platform. There are too many to list here, but you should be able to Google for one on the internet.
I Want Commodore Graphics!
If you’re not on a real Commodore system, you can use CGTerm from here for most modern OSes:
If you have OS X without Rosetta (such as 10.8 or higher), you can grab an experimental version of CGTERM here:
It’s the 1.6 version that the paradroid webpage has the source listed for, and it has to go into the /Applications/CGTerm directory to function.
I Want to Connect Via Old School Computer!
Now the fun begins! In order to do so, you’ll need something called a modem emulator for your PC/Mac. You’ll also need a null modem serial cable, and a terminal program for your system of choice.
For the Commodore 64/128, the easiest way is to pick up Strikelink and a Strikenet cable from:
Our address is particlesbbs.dyndns.org port 6400