[TriLUG] Failure of "reply" in Re: Private note - Re: can anyone read a 5.25" floppy disk?
igor at igorpartola.com
Thu Jun 9 10:16:33 EDT 2011
Does anyone still have an shell account with http://sdf.lonestar.org/? Their
system is an evolution of someone's BBS http://sdf.org/?faq?BASICS?02 from
1985. A shell account there is how I got started with UNIX in the first
On Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 10:02 AM, <matt at noway2.thruhere.net> wrote:
> I missed most of that too (I turn 40 in Sept). My first computer was a
> C-64 that I received when I was 8 years old, around the time of the Apple
> 2 (not 2e) and the TRS-80. Floppy drives were either 480K or 640K, single
> sided. I remember when they came out with the 1Mb 5.25" floppies. The
> things developed error sectors like they were going out of style. Hard
> drives were something expensive that only the real BBS operators had and
> they were either 5Mb or 10Mb and the size of a shoe box. Everyone used
> modems as there was no Ethernet, not even dial up Internet and if you were
> lucky you had one that was 1200 bps. Compuserve was the big "dial in"
> service that ran $6/hour and Qlink, which became AOL hadn't even been
> started. There was the "Free Net" started by CWRU in Cleveland, OH and a
> few independent BBS operators and you could log in and play your turn at
> community based (text only) adventure games. In those days you would be
> on the phone with your friend and "switch" to data by throwing switches on
> your modem and hanging up the phones. You could launch a terminal program
> that would let you chat via type and exchange programs (cracked games
> mostly) using protocols like Xmodem, Ymodem, Kermit, or Punter.
> >> On 06/09/2011 06:27 AM, Peter Neilson wrote:
> >> "Private note"
> >> that went to everyone. Oops!
> > I for one enjoyed the extended nostalgic discussion. Though I'm a mere
> > babe
> > by comparison (at the tender age of 31 now, I missed the glory days of
> > paper
> > tape, punchcards, reel-to-reel tape drives, by a decade), I find all
> > technologies absolutely fascinating.
> > ~B
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