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The Audiophile Network, BBSes, and The Good Old Days

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  1. Steve Eddy
    Starting this thread for discussion of The Audiophile Network BBS (TAN), BBSes in general, and the "good old days" that went along with them.
  2. longbowbbs
    Wildcat DID NOT suck.....Just sayin'  [​IMG]
  3. Steve Eddy
    So there!
  4. longbowbbs
    You can kiss my Ascii! [​IMG]
    How did we actually make pictures with that stuff anyway?
  5. longbowbbs
    Blast's from the past!
  6. Steve Eddy
    Mostly we used ANSI. But I've seen some pretty incredible stuff done with plain ol' ASCII.
  7. Steve Eddy
    HA! No doubt you still have a machine with a 3-1/4" drive in it too, eh? [​IMG]
  8. warrenpchi Administrator
    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"?
  9. longbowbbs
    I do have a 5.25 and a 3.5 around here somewhere. I still have a paper tape project in the closet somewhere too....
    Anyone need any 10hz 287 chips? How about some 64k ram chips to add to your board?
  10. yage
    zmodem was awesome!
  11. billybob_jcv
    My first modem was an Anchor Automation 300 baud. It was not Hayes compatible, and wouldn't even dial and auto-negotiate. This was a predecessor to the later "Volksmodem." It was an external modem with an attached 25 pin ribbon cable. Both the phone line and a phone handset had to be plugged into the modem. You dialed the number manually on the handset, then when the modem on the other end sent it's carrier signal, you flipped a switch on the Anchor modem and the Anchor would then send it's carrier and (hopefully) hook-up at 300 baud and you could hang-up the handset. I suppose it was one step up from an acoustic coupler - but just barely!

    I don't remember the TAN BBS - the area I was in didn't have a lot of BBS locally, and I was too poor to spend much time online at long distance rates.

    I was a software pirate before it was cool... I talked the geek kid at the local computer shop into making a copy of MS-DOS 2.0 for me. Score!
  12. Steve Eddy
    Smartass. [​IMG]
    Yeah, I routinely got the 1/2" and 1/4" part mixed up.
  13. Steve Eddy
    Give me $20 and I'll take those 64k RAM chips off your hands. [​IMG]
    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.
  14. Steve Eddy
    That gives me flashbacks of XMODEM and YMODEM. [​IMG]
    I gravitated to the flexible "roll your own" nature of TBBS and its clones, QuickBBS and Remote Access.
  15. Steve Eddy
    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. [​IMG]
    Yeah. And back then the long distance rates were very high.
    My big score starting out was AutoCAD 2.5 I believe it was.
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