8/20/2013

Was Back Before the Internet, We had BBS

Back when I was a kid, we didn't have no stinkin' internet.

What we did have were BBS Bulletin Board Systems.



From my father's IBM PC in the den, I could load a program, connect to the 1200 baud modem, dial a number (local, not long distance), and presto, my pc would be connected to another computer.

What would I do, I'd poke around see what programs they had for download.

I'd search for listings of other BBS to call and do the same thing.

They had SysOps (System Operators) which you could page, and presto, the guy running the BBS was instant messaging back and forth, as the green screen of text would scroll down faster than a person could read.

And if I found some cool calendar to download, I'd send it to the dot matrix Epson printer.

This was the pre-internet, which I was accessing in the early to mid 1980's.

Long before AOL, before http://, before Windows, the program I used was called "PC-Dos", not "MS-DOS".

It was loaded onto the floppy drive and booted into RAM memory, there was no hard drive.

I must have been 14 years old at the time and I was allowed to dial anywhere in the local area code, when my father wasn't on the PC connected to IBM where he worked.

So that's my story of the BBS and my jump start into the world of Computers at an early age.

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