[Smaug] How long have you been on the net?

Thomas Leavitt thomas at thomasleavitt.org
Thu Nov 10 03:53:18 PST 2005

On Wed, 2005-11-09 at 20:53 -0800, Max Baker wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 09, 2005 at 06:22:29PM -0800, Thomas Leavitt wrote:
> > Well, in that case, the first time I logged onto a BBS was at 300 baud
> > in 1981 ...
> Hey, now that's getting off the off-topic!  BBSing is a whole 'nother bag
> of worms.  I didn't start BBSing till 1200 BAUD :-)  Anyone else besides
> me get a copy of the BBS documentary that came out this year?    I could
> maybe arrange a showing or something.  It's broken up into 1/2 hour
> episodes with a PBS feel.
> Incidentally, I originally signed up my domain name because I had
> illusions of porting WWIV (BBS Software) over to telnet and running my
> board, The Warped BBS, off the internet.   Then the web came and destroyed
> the BBSing scene and I went off to college.  
> -m

Hey, I'd love to see the BBS documentary, arranging a showing would be
great... BBSes had a wonderfully intimate feel, with a really strong
sense of community and geographic relatedness, that I don't think the
web has yet managed to reacquire... the web came along, and blew up all
those communities, diluted them out of existence by providing people
with an infinite universe of people with similar interests from all over
the place. A web site or a forum just ain't the same thing, it isn't
"your" system in the same way.

Thomas Leavitt

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