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December 01, 2005

Long live the BBS

Nostalgia struck as I read this article about the BBS, my first exposure to the world of computer networks. Sure, the old bulletin board systems were usually gulags for software pirates and digital graffiti artists. But a cool outlaw persona could be had for the mere price of a cross-town telephone call. Back then, the coolest geek on the block was fortunate to have parents who would front him a second phone line. Then you could have your own BBS, be SysOp of all you surveyed!! A stack of whirring 1541 drives was the music of the spheres to a 14-year-old proto-nerd like me.

But youth is fickle, and QuantumLink beckoned...

Posted by The Greatness at December 1, 2005 12:28 PM