Starting this thread for discussion of The Audiophile Network BBS (TAN), BBSes in general, and the "good old days" that went along with them.
Mostly we used ANSI. But I've seen some pretty incredible stuff done with plain ol' ASCII.
Wow, that must be way old/obscure as I don't even know what that is. Some weird amalgamation of a 5.25" and 3.5"?
Yeah, I routinely got the 1/2" and 1/4" part mixed up.
Give me $20 and I'll take those 64k RAM chips off your hands.
Remember when RAM prices shot through the roof when we put tariffs on the Japanese parts because Japan was dumping over here? I remember when a single chip shot up from like $1 to nearly $10.
That gives me flashbacks of XMODEM and YMODEM.
I gravitated to the flexible "roll your own" nature of TBBS and its clones, QuickBBS and Remote Access.
Thankfully I managed to miss all that and started out with a 1200 baud modem (Hayes compatible of course). Though I dialed into a friend's Commie64 BBS that was using a 300 baud modem so got a taste of how painfully slow they were.
Speaking of modems, reminds me of the trick we used to play on the newbies at the local multiline chat system I frequented. We'd tell them that there was a secret backdoor to access the SysOp menu. They'd get all excited and say "Yeah? How do you get to it?" Then we'd say "Just type +++ and wait for a moment."
A moment later we'd see the message "So and So has left chat..."
For those who don't know, +++ was the command for telling the modem to hang up. So once the newbie, eager to get access to the SysOp menu typed that in, his modem would disconnect and then they'd have to dial back and log in all over again.
They'd come back rather pissed, but then they were the most eager to pull the same prank on the next newbie.
Yeah. And back then the long distance rates were very high.
My big score starting out was AutoCAD 2.5 I believe it was.