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Old 04/12/2003, 6:23 AM
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i see

we're not allowed to check email at all in school.. I think because of the fear of contracting viruses or something.. and we have a whole computer network, so it would get bad.
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Old 04/12/2003, 9:56 AM
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Yeah, I think I stopped in around 1995, when my two favourite BBSes went down, thats where I did most of my posting & file up/downloading from... I did not see much more sense in getting involved in any other BBS since then, and they all pretty much died within a year. I did meet a few users from these BBS'es on IRC later.

Yeah I paid for membership to a few BBS'es myself, one even had LYNX, email, etc. it was running on a university network.

Hey Number Six, did you have a dedicated phone line for your modem? I did, hehe... I kept it around actually until I got my high speed internet in mid 1998. Then I got rid of it.

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Good screen captures!

The real watershed event for me was when the guy who ran the New York Amateur Computer Club BBS shut it down. This was in June 1997. The BBS scene had already been in a decline for a few years, but he kept it running anyway. But by 1997, almost everyone who was online had access to the Internet, so he found it more and more difficult to justify keeping the BBS going.

1995 is a good date because that's when Cliff Stoll came out with "Silicon Snake Oil." In it, he bemoans the fact that the Internet (an impersonal leviathan in his opinion) has killed off BBSes (the digital equivalent of the town hall or local bar, in his opinion).

I think I stopped visiting BBSes in 1994. Some were able to keep it going a little longer by acting as gateways to the Internet; some provided e-mail. When I was going to school, I even paid money for access to a BBS that offered e-mail and Usenet access, which allowed me to bypass some of the censorship that existed on the university system (e.g., their Usenet didn't have alt.sex.marcia-clark, even though such a newsgroup existed).

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Old 04/12/2003, 10:36 AM
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Before there was the internet, we had a program called Prodigy. It was similar to the internet (it was through a dialup connection, you payed so much per month to get it), but there weren't webpages, etc. I remember I used to like to play this maze game when I was younger. By the time we got rid of it Prodigy Internet had come out, so the original service was pretty much dead and many of the features did not work anymore.

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Yeah, my friend had Prodigy... It was similar to AOL before the Internet hit it big.

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Yeah, I think I stopped in around 1995, when my two favourite BBSes went down, thats where I did most of my posting & file up/downloading from... I did not see much more sense in getting involved in any other BBS since then, and they all pretty much died within a year. I did meet a few users from these BBS'es on IRC later.

Yeah I paid for membership to a few BBS'es myself, one even had LYNX, email, etc. it was running on a university network.

Hey Number Six, did you have a dedicated phone line for your modem? I did, hehe... I kept it around actually until I got my high speed internet in mid 1998. Then I got rid of it.

I still do. The only people who call on it are wrong numbers, telemarketers randomly calling people, and some friends/relatives who remember that I have a second line.
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