The Elsmar Cove forum is Technically a BBS - A History

Marc

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I doubt many of you folks know I ran a "BBS" from 1987 through 1990. While I was connected to a Fidonet node, it was in the days of the switch from 1200 baud to 2400 baud modems. I ended up with a US Robotics 9600 baud modem in 1989 - the 'sysops modem'. Problem is - back then a 9600 baud modem cost about US$1200! And - the caller also had to have an identical modem or it would default to 2400 baud (I think I still have that old modem in my garage somewhere. It was (is) huge! I got it on the cheap through what they called their 'Sysop' program.

My BBS ran on an Amiga 1000 running BBS-PC - a port of a peecee BBS program. It had a whopping 1 meg of RAM and 2 880K floppy drives!!! I did some work for Iomega back then and got a trade for a double drive 20 meg per drive for a whopping 40 megs of disk space in late 1988. It was like heaven - all that disk space!

Wildcat was one popular program for peecees at the time.

Anyway, to a large degree the old BBS was a lot like this system - although navigation was a bit more 'interesting. But then - so was Compuserve and Delphi - the two 'key services' at the time (they had modem banks - and 2400 baud was it. It was entirely a command line interface. You were given options, but no 'point and click'.

When AOL started it was an entirely Mac 'site'. It evolved when Windows finally came on the scene, but it was the early days of Point-and-Click.

If anyone here was there early in the game, or even if you weren't - there's a gread documentary on the History of BBS's at:

http://www.bbsdocumentary.com/index.html
 
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Marc

Hunkered Down for the Duration
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#2
Anniversary - This site has been online *almost* continuously for 10 Years since 5 January 1996... :cake: :rar: :thedeal:
 

Atul Khandekar

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#5
Where were YOU in January 1996?
I had just started dabbling with computers:caution: ...No internet:nope: ...
Glad to have found you in 2000...:agree1:

Marc,

Hearty Congratulations and best wishes for many more years to come!
:applause: :applause:

Regards,

-Atul
 
#7
In january 1996...

I had beeen tinkering with computers for 15 years, and worked with quality related matters of one kind or another for almost as long. I believe I was running an Atari ST 1040 at the time, having decided that the 256-powered PC's of the era were woefully poor performers as well as hideously expensive.

Marc said:
Wildcat was one popular program for peecees at the time.
I used it too, but I never really got serious with it. I was quite happy tinkering with it, and using it to communicate with a few select friends (I had no mail account in 1996).

You know... having been online for 10 years is a big deal. As far as the www is concerned, that is practically forever. It truly is an amazing achievement.
:applause:
Let's work together to make it even more so in the years to come.

/Claes
 

Jim Wynne

Staff member
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#8
Claes Gefvenberg said:
In january 1996...

I had beeen tinkering with computers for 15 years, and worked with quality related matters of one kind or another for almost as long. I believe I was running an Atari ST 1040 at the time, having decided that the 256-powered PC's of the era were woefully poor performers as well as hideously expensive.

I used it too, but I never really got serious with it. I was quite happy tinkering with it, and using it to communicate with a few select friends (I had no mail account in 1996).

You know... having been online for 10 years is a big deal. As far as the www is concerned, that is practically forever. It truly is an amazing achievement.
:applause:
Let's work together to make it even more so in the years to come.

/Clae
What he said. :agree1: :applause:
 
J

JerryStem

#9
Amigas, 2400 baud, Compuserve, BBS's..... Man some memories!

I had an Amiga 500 (after Vic20 & C64), my friend started a BBS on an Amiga but switched it to an IBM clone sometime during the late 80's. The Fishin Hole was the name, pirated (yes, bad people) games was the game! After I got out of the Navy & moved back here to Cincy I bought an Amiga 500 used & got TONS of free games from him... That helped sell it back around '96 when I got my first 100Mhz Pentium.

I actually met my wife on a BBS in 1993. A few local boards would link up & have an ancient version of IMing. We met in person a few months later and we've been married about 11.5 years now!

Jerry
 

Ron Rompen

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#10
Aah.....the good old BBS days. We ran a C=64 BBS 16 yrs ago (Bonfire BBS, running on CMBBS, then DMBBS, starting out with a 300 bps pocket modem), and moved up to an IBM for a few years, till the BBS scene sort of died out.

Still run into a few friends from back in the day......

Congrats on keeping the Cove up and running so well, for so long.
 
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