Flash in the Pan started operations on March 4th 1993. It opened because there were no Amiga Bulletin boards in the Eastern Townships of Quebec (at least none that I could find). It was also opened because I wanted to run one, but that's another story.
It reopened here in Calgary when I graduated from university and still wanted to run a BBS. The past tense is a terrible thing, is it not?
The BBS used to run on Sycom Design Software's Excelsior! BBS system. It's pretty configurable, and very complicated. Excelsior was for quite some time the clear leader of the Amiga BBS software pack, but Sycom Software dropped out of the picture, taking development and support with it. While the software has now been taken over by another group who seem to be spending a decent amount of time and effort in updating and improving it, Zeus was probably going superceed it on the BBS. Of course, the rise of the internet meant no users and the Zeus author promptly disappeared off the face of the planet having vowed ongoing support. Uh huh.
The hardware it ran off was a Commodore Amiga 2000. Originally it was using an Amiga 500 but that blew up due to me having done too much hacking around inside it. The 2000 has a GVP 105 meg Quantum harddrive of which the Bulletin Board has been allotted 105 megs. It had an VXL/Motorola 68030 accelerator chip and 11 megabytes of memory -- an awful lot for an Amiga which would run the software happily in under four.
For a while it was running off an Amiga 4000-030 with about 2 gigs of harddisk space but I wanted to use that one myself :-).
The BBS was originally run out of a residence room at Bishop's University in Lennoxville. It's now somewhere in Calgary (albeit offline) -- you think I'm going to give out my personal address to you people...? Nah.....
The term "Flash in the Pan" refers to something that doesn't last long despite a lot of inital interest. In the case of, say, a Top 40 group, it would mean that they were popular for a very short time. In the case of this BBS, it means that it was't around in Quebec for long... It'll be around in Calgary for as long as I care to pay the phonebills (or until I leave :-)).
For what it's worth, the BBS will probably be revived on return to Calgary but with only one line and a name change to reflect its support of the Amiga in a time when BBSs are dying out and support is hard to come by. Of course, since I've currently blown the power supply on the 2000, who knows...
I guess I got fed up paying the phonebills. Blaming the internet is only one side of the equation -- in the space of two years, AGT/Telus managed to double the cost of residential phonelines; that made running a hobby BBS a very expensive past time and after slowly cutting back on the lines, I finally cut them out altogether. Bit sad, but that's life.