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Sullen Skoung
Posted - 2011.08.26 16:19:00 - [1]
 

Ive been going around in games I play to see how many people remember what BBSes were back in the day. Terminal an all that lol

Gabber359
Caldari
The Exploited.
Nulli Secunda
Posted - 2011.08.26 16:24:00 - [2]
 

Ah, the good old Bulletin Board Service on my 28k8. It's where I used to get all my por.....I mean.....uhh....nm, yeah, best times.

Bane Necran
Minmatar
Posted - 2011.08.26 16:31:00 - [3]
 

I remember them well. Along with having Warcraft or Doom matches broken by people calling on the phone.

Sometimes i miss the old 386 i had back then. It had a turbo button. Laughing

stoicfaux
Gallente
Posted - 2011.08.26 17:46:00 - [4]
 

Originally by: Bane Necran
I remember them well. Along with having Warcraft or Doom matches broken by people calling on the phone.

Sometimes i miss the old 386 i had back then. It had a turbo button. Laughing


There was a AT command prefix that you could use to turn off call waiting.


And for the people who don't know what a BBS is, imagine a web server that only allowed one person to view the "web site" at a time and the graphics were all in colored ASCII characters. And your upload/download speeds were measured in kilobits (thousands) or less, instead of megabits (millions.)

Baneken
Gallente
The New Knighthood
Apocalypse Now.
Posted - 2011.08.26 18:19:00 - [5]
 

Or to put it more simple you had a download rate of 5min/mb (14,4k) and phone bills were so high that it was cheaper to download the whole BBS and read it off line. Shocked

Bane Necran
Minmatar
Posted - 2011.08.26 18:20:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: stoicfaux
There was a AT command prefix that you could use to turn off call waiting.


Our parents often wouldn't allow us use it, because back then phone calls were srs bsns.

Gavin DeVries
Posted - 2011.08.26 18:39:00 - [7]
 

Plus, back then nobody had cell phones, so the land line was all there was.

Nefrin Maldoes
Minmatar
Outer Rim Survey and Salvage
Posted - 2011.08.27 12:03:00 - [8]
 

Ahh, the days of surfing the Boards with my 2400bps modem. Logging into Prodigy to check my email and stay connected with friends. The endless screeching noises as my modem constantly dropped and reconnected because of the lack of good phone lines.

I feel old.

Verone
Gallente
Veto Corp
Posted - 2011.08.27 14:06:00 - [9]
 

Originally by: Bane Necran
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Sometimes i miss the old 386 i had back then. It had a turbo button. Laughing


lol, I remember that... the manual for my PC had an awesome description of it. Something like "Push the turbo button, and the machine switches frequency from 16MHz, to a blistering 33MHz..."

Laughing


Baneken
Gallente
The New Knighthood
Apocalypse Now.
Posted - 2011.08.27 17:19:00 - [10]
 

My first PC (8086 ...) also had a turbo button (from DOS actually not a button) but I never used it because it made space quest I unplayable (graphics got blurred or something). Laughing

Myfanwy Heimdal
Caldari
Posted - 2011.08.28 20:14:00 - [11]
 

Gosh yes, trying to find one in local calling distance from home was something. Yes he days of the first dial up modem. Now, that is going back some. I think that mine was plugged into the back of my QL or, rather, into my network of QLs.

Jada Maroo
Posted - 2011.08.29 01:18:00 - [12]
 

My favorite games were Legend of the Red Dragon and Eve's direct ancestor, Elite. Very Happy

Jada Maroo
Posted - 2011.08.29 01:37:00 - [13]
 

Edited by: Jada Maroo on 29/08/2011 02:10:13
Originally by: Nefrin Maldoes
Ahh, the days of surfing the Boards with my 2400bps modem. Logging into Prodigy to check my email and stay connected with friends. The endless screeching noises as my modem constantly dropped and reconnected because of the lack of good phone lines.

I feel old.


Man I scammed Prodigy and AOL hardcore back then. All you needed was an AOL disk (which were everywhere!) and a credit card number generator like CreditMaster and you were good for 30 of free trial until they tried to charge the card.

I remember Prodigy used to charge you per email. I think you got like 30 a month or something and after that you had to pay. Some friends and I figured out that returned mails didn't count against the 30 a month so we set up fake accounts where we all had the username and password and would send emails to phoney addresses so they would be returned. Then we could all log in and read the returned emails in the mailbox.

We must have cheated those companies out of thousands and thousands of dollars.

I miss those days. Being online felt special. And best of all, the FBI didn't know **** about hacking so you could get away with anything as long as you left government computers alone. Very Happy

XCypherionX
Posted - 2011.08.29 08:31:00 - [14]
 

Originally by: Jada Maroo
My favorite games were Legend of the Red Dragon Very Happy


Remember the hax0rs with the wooden stick that dealt out wtfpwn damage. And the TXT pron when you seduce the Bar Wench |:)

Bane Necran
Minmatar
Posted - 2011.08.29 15:54:00 - [15]
 

Red Dragon was what i played on the local BBS, too.

Called myself Mr.Self Destruct after the Nine Inch Nails song. Yes, i once liked NiN. Let us never speak of it again.

Something Random
Gallente
The Barrow Boys
Posted - 2011.08.29 16:09:00 - [16]
 

We did it the sensible way - copied the key to the room they locked the modem in in school for the BBC B's.

Lunchtimes skulked up to the only tech room with a phone socket, got the modem and plugged it into the BBC we'd prepped earlier - got on the BBS and left it all afternoon downloading crazy stuff, like line drawn **** and hilarious tard stuff like that.

Kurfin
Amarr
Posted - 2011.08.29 20:18:00 - [17]
 

I saw BBS and thought of those stupidly expensive wheels everyone fitted to their VW's and BMW's back in the 90's, or am I on my own with this one?

SirSpectre
Gallente
Harbingers Of Destruction
Posted - 2011.08.30 18:55:00 - [18]
 

Originally by: Kurfin
I saw BBS and thought of those stupidly expensive wheels everyone fitted to their VW's and BMW's back in the 90's, or am I on my own with this one?


Glad I'm not alone. And they are still used heavily now :P I just bought a set now I'm broke.

But the other BBS usage did bring back lots of memories of some good times.

Mashie Saldana
Minmatar
Veto Corp
Posted - 2011.08.31 10:40:00 - [19]
 

I remember that as well back when I was using 2k4 and then later 9k6 modems.

I only ever used BBS for files though, never for chat/messaging.

Alain Kinsella
Minmatar
Posted - 2011.09.01 04:08:00 - [20]
 

Originally by: Nefrin Maldoes
Ahh, the days of surfing the Boards with my 2400bps modem. Logging into Prodigy to check my email and stay connected with friends. The endless screeching noises as my modem constantly dropped and reconnected because of the lack of good phone lines.

I feel old.


Heh, try the 300 Baud acoustic coupler that my dad had attached to a TRS-80 IV. That didn't last very long though, since a 'traditional' 1200 box came out not too long after (which was needed after the cat chewed the cable in half).

Sadly, I did not do much with BBSes. I tried some early 'UNIX shell' sites that required a dial-in, but didn't like them much.

Really started on AOL, it had its charm back then (won a contest on the Sightings page - which was a bit of a double-edged sword). Took half an hour to close that account. Moved to ATT Worldnet until that closed back in '09 I think (I kept it for years as a stable webmail source - I now have my own site/domain so that became moot).


 

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