Memorial Day Geek Style

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  • user warning: Table 'cache' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>Do you remember the time BI (Before Internet)? I do. I got my first computer in 1983 and my first modem shortly thereafter. In 2005 a guy by the name of Jason Scott released a documentary on 3 DVDs entitled <a href=\"http://www.bbsdocumentary.com/\" target=\"_bbsdocumentary\">The BBS Documentary</a>. He released it under a creative commons license. I pre-ordered it and was one of the first couple of hundred folks to get a copy. The BBS Documentary brought back such memories. Hey, I used BBSes for about 12 years before the Internet became available to me... so on this memorial day, why not take a walk down memory lane with me. Hey, I even met my wife on a BBS.</p>\n<p><b>Part 1: BAUD</b><br />\n<embed style=\"width:400px; height:326px;\" id=\"VideoPlayback\" type=\"application/x-shockwave-flash\" src=\"http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-1731271864657931901&amp;hl=en\" flashvars=\"\"> </embed><br><br><br></p>\n<p><b>Part 2: Sysops and Users</b><br />\n<embed style=\"width:400px; height:326px;\" id=\"VideoPlayback\" type=\"application/x-shockwave-flash\" src=\"http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-3465706008840921408&amp;hl=en\" flashvars=\"\"> </embed><br><br><br></p>\n<p><b>Part 3: Make it Pay</b><br />\n<embed style=\"width:400px; height:326px;\" id=\"VideoPlayback\" type=\"application/x-shockwave-flash\" src=\"http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-5334799896438184592&amp;hl=en\" flashvars=\"\"> </embed><br><br><br></p>\n<p><b>Part 4: Fidonet</b><br />\n<embed style=\"width:400px; height:326px;\" id=\"VideoPlayback\" type=\"application/x-shockwave-flash\" src=\"http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-3145680396796021272&amp;hl=en\" flashvars=\"\"> </embed><br><br><br></p>\n<p><b>Part 5: Artscene</b><br />\n<embed style=\"width:400px; height:326px;\" id=\"VideoPlayback\" type=\"application/x-shockwave-flash\" src=\"http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-8368209864515842287&amp;hl=en\" flashvars=\"\"> </embed><br><br><br></p>\n<p><b>Part 6: HPAC (Hacking Phreaking Anarchy Cracking)</b><br />\n<embed style=\"width:400px; height:326px;\" id=\"VideoPlayback\" type=\"application/x-shockwave-flash\" src=\"http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-3498070822133444848&amp;hl=en\" flashvars=\"\"> </embed><br><br><br></p>\n<p><b>Part 7: No Carrier</b><br />\n<embed style=\"width:400px; height:326px;\" id=\"VideoPlayback\" type=\"application/x-shockwave-flash\" src=\"http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=8279040105497359938&amp;hl=en\" flashvars=\"\"> </embed><br><br><br></p>\n<p><b>Part 8: Compression</b><br />\n<embed style=\"width:400px; height:326px;\" id=\"VideoPlayback\" type=\"application/x-shockwave-flash\" src=\"http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=4358667732166276191&amp;hl=en\" flashvars=\"\"> </embed></p>\n', created = 1411214453, expire = 1411300853, headers = '' WHERE cid = 'filter:3:32af7f6fea72df2c2c238bf4c6d895b5' in /home/dowdle/public_html/montanalinux/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 121.
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  • user warning: Table 'cache' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>Scott,</p>\n<p>I really enjoyed you BBS thingy. I ran a dos BBS in Ohio from 1985 thru 1900 or so. Then I started an Internet BBS and ran it for a couple of year and then set up a Web site for the same purpose.</p>\n<p>This brought back many menories. Thanks very much.</p>\n<p>Peace.....ed</p>\n<br class=\"clear\" />', created = 1411214453, expire = 1411300853, headers = '' WHERE cid = 'filter:1:45bf1aec65e25c897f500fe28c88cc37' in /home/dowdle/public_html/montanalinux/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 121.

Do you remember the time BI (Before Internet)? I do. I got my first computer in 1983 and my first modem shortly thereafter. In 2005 a guy by the name of Jason Scott released a documentary on 3 DVDs entitled The BBS Documentary. He released it under a creative commons license. I pre-ordered it and was one of the first couple of hundred folks to get a copy. The BBS Documentary brought back such memories. Hey, I used BBSes for about 12 years before the Internet became available to me... so on this memorial day, why not take a walk down memory lane with me. Hey, I even met my wife on a BBS.

Part 1: BAUD



Part 2: Sysops and Users



Part 3: Make it Pay



Part 4: Fidonet



Part 5: Artscene



Part 6: HPAC (Hacking Phreaking Anarchy Cracking)



Part 7: No Carrier



Part 8: Compression

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For my Atari friends

BBS Documentry

Scott,

I really enjoyed you BBS thingy. I ran a dos BBS in Ohio from 1985 thru 1900 or so. Then I started an Internet BBS and ran it for a couple of year and then set up a Web site for the same purpose.

This brought back many menories. Thanks very much.

Peace.....ed


Scott Dowdle's picture

Being a SysOp

Ed,

I ran a few BBSes myself. The first one was in Memphis Tennessee and was run from two single-sided 3.5" floppy drives on an Atari ST. Then I ran one for a few months in Urbana Illinois. Then in 1986 I moved to Great Falls and started one there... which I ran for a couple of years.

I ran a few different BBS packages on the Atari ST including Michtron BBS and FoReM BBS. Michtron was multitasking and I could be on it while one caller was on... but eventually I switched to FoReM (or was it FoRuM?) BBS so I could connect to the network they were running (kinda like Fidonet). The name of the BBS was The Outer Limits.

My BBS in Great Falls only lasted for a year or two... and then I became a regular user. Then in 1995 a few ISPs started offering dialup PPP service and virtually ever BBS in Great Falls closed down. I was done around 1996 or 1997.

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TYL, Scott


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