BBS the Documentary (2017) – The BBS (bulletin board system) scene of the 80s and 90s was a magical time. Long before the Internet escaped from the lab, it connected the planet and redefined what it meant to use a computer there was a brave and pioneering band of computer users. [04:58:52] – Digitalmunition




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    anonymous
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    BBS the Documentary (2017) – The BBS (bulletin board system) scene of the 80s and 90s was a magical time. Long before the Internet escaped from the lab, it connected the planet and redefined what it meant to use a computer there was a brave and pioneering band of computer users. [04:58:52]
    [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO5vjmDFZaI[/embed]

  • #379817

    neuromonkey

    Dang. Xevious nerds, represent! I remember when Software Tool & Die started offering dialup & Internet e-mail addresses.

  • #379815

    SqualorTrawler

    There is also a current documentary series being made about the BBS scene *as it is right now*:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0OwGSX2IiQ

    You might like:

    /r/bbs

    See also:

  • #379816

    Oz_of_Three

    1992:
    Mac SE Color.
    Delphi is free after 7:00 pm.
    Finally got a 128mb modem.
    Make sure to dial a local number.
    “Set Parity String.”
    “Dial” = (type the phone number) “press enter”
    *No Dial Tone Detected.*
    “whoops, forgot to move the phone line.”
    *plugs in the landline cable to the modem.*
    *Detecting dial tone*
    *dialing*
    *Detecting ring signal…*
    *TTL Handshake*

    Then that glorious sound that means one has arrived.
    *zrooo-dee-dee-dee-…….*

    TO THE INTERNET!!!

    and whatever you do, obfuscate your email address with a few characters.

    alt.pics.photography.
    alt.humor.montypython
    alt.humor.montypython.python
    alt.humor.montypython.python.python

    alt.pics.somepersonisashmoe.

    alt.advice.howtoremove.x

    alt.houseplants.mobile

    etc etc etc

    The BBS titles themselves were their own mode of communication.

  • #379812

    Musaab

    I miss the old days…

  • #379813

    420TankGirl

    Some Telnet and BBS related links –

    http://www.bbsdocumentary.com/

    http://textfiles.com/bbs/

    https://synchro.net/sbbslist.html

    Btw BBSs can be easily accessed from android using termux, or from windows using command prompt with telnet enabled, for those who want to check them out. They still work, well.. some of them anyways.

  • #379814

    yrdz

    Jason Scott is the man. Highly recommend everyone drop him a follow on Twitter. Also, check out /r/retrobattlestations if this kind of stuff interests you!

  • #379811

    four-string-banjo

    Apple Cat modem, 300 baud, but with a 1200 bps single duplex mode for lightning fast downloads. That was the life!

  • #379809

    idjoe

    good old days!

  • #379810

    zvekl

    I loved running my BBS. As a 13 yr old, I had 99% uptime, 14,4k HST and was considered as a west coast distribution point for a major group. Life was good. Had opened a porn section to help fulfill my… interests at the time which people were filling up to bump their ratios. I even asked for donations and got a few hundred in checks that I never deposited. Those were good times

  • #379805

    ogrekevin

    Love this! Miss the old days.

  • #379806

    ManuTh3Great

    Is mIRC next?

  • #379807

    musack3d

    Oh man, the long distance charges I incurred connecting to BBS were not appropriated by my parents lol.

  • #379808

    sn0m0ns

    I miss my 64c, 1541 and my lightning fast 1200bps modem. Load “*” ,8,1

  • #379804

    EmergencySolution

    Slight correction: this documentary premiered in 2005.

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