Nostalgia For The Days Of The BBS
from the take-me-back dept
Uh oh. The internet crowd is getting old. Salon is running an article from a guy reminiscing about the good old days of BBS systems, when you dialed into just another computer at 300 baud. The writer wins points, of course, for having an Atari 800 (my first computer as well). However, I’m getting a bit sick of “back in my day…” technology articles. They’re too often used just to brag “hey, look how long I’ve been around…”.
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I was so jealous of Atari 800 owners as I sat at home trying to type BASIC programs on the membrane keyboard of the Atari 400. Actually, I guess I was playing lots of pac-man and asteroids, for which the membrane keyboard didn’t matter as much… I was never sure, either, what the extra cartridge bay bought you, but I sure as hell wanted the extra cartridge bay.
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I think the thing that we lost when we BBS’s died and the Internet grew up was “community.” (Oh, no, not the C word…) When you dialed in to a 4 or 6 or 24 line BBS, odds were very good that the same people would be there night after night, week after week. Listservs and Usenet never really had that feeling. I do see a little of it in blogs, because small circles of people tend to have the same blogs on their daily read lists – so you end up passing the same people in the comments. However, not being real time – it still isn’t quite the same.
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Yep, the C word is what made it good. In Montreal, a big part of the BBS scene was the “GT” (Get together) where events were planned on a semi-regular basis (movies, pub crawl) so that if you wanted, you could put a face to the postings/conversations you participated in daily. I miss those days…most of our BBS gang still hangs out (Shouts to the BrueCrue!) regularily…but we miss having an online home.
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Dude! When were you doing GTs in Montreal…ahh it calls to mind the old Hudson Yacht Club GTs back in 1983-1984, organized by the eminent de Sispg family. Or am I an entire generation before you.
Here is a much longer
on the Montreal scene from way back then.
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83-84 was a little early for me, at that time I was living in Ontario and BBSing from my Commodore 64 and a 300 baud modem.
I moved to Montreal in 91, that’s when I hit the BBS scene with a 2400 baud modem and a few numbers…Jessica Lovecraft’s Magikal Hourglass, Wild Munchkin’s Castle, Gotham City BBS etc…
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I ran the Gotham City BBS and those were the days man.
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As much as we’d love to claim responsiblity for the HYCGTs, nope, not a bit. The SISPG fondly disclaim the HYCGTs. That was all due to .. Damn, I hate the years, David? .. (crap, he had an MC-10, and one of those Radio Shack pre-laptop things), but can I remember the name? Lovely GTs however. Don’t ring the bell by the bar.
Ron de SISPG.
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It’s not so much we have lost as what we have gained (Joe Public)… “Back in the day” we were on equal footing because it still required geektavism to dial up and get online. Today, we have our own version of “here comes the neighborhood”. ’nuff said, lest I sound like I am complaining…
Speaking of geektavism, yo Mike – cool to hear! I had an 800XL strapped to a 40meg harddrive and half meg of ram by the time I finally gave up on that machine… Sniff…
Two links for all the memories!
Wildcat BBS lives!
remember all those 1337 txt files you spent hours downloading and reading? They’re here.
Re: don't know why that url turned out stoopid..
must be a bug, here, C&P
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URLs need the http:// part before to work… Sorry.
So, http://www.textfiles.com should work…
"hey, look how long I've been around..."
Listen sonny, when I was your age we had to haul our own bits — none of this Internet crap — and it was uphill: both ways!
Trust me chief, I turned thirty not so long ago: making myself sound like I’ve been around forever is the *last* thing on my mind!
Hope y’all enjoyed the piece, and take care…
I ran one in Montreal, way back in the day called Permanent Vacation.. it went online in 1987 and I took it down in 1996..
There’s a new website online that catters to the Montreal BBS scene, check it out:
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Actually, since the last message that I’ve sent last year, we’ve grown into quite a large community of ex-Montreal area BBS users.
Our website is: http://www.montrealbbs.com
Come and meet up with some of your old friends!