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Old 11-03-2016, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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At one point we had three lines. One was for our bbs. One was for one of us to be online. And the other was left open during likely call time but busy past it. We got our first cell as a call number which wouldn't be busy.

I know a few who found their new mates online too. This one guy kept sending me messages which I didn't reply to but I suppose if I'd known more about my ex then.... But the best relationship made was through fan fiction. We were both very active on usenet, and our trek stories were similarly bad for the principals. We split a room at the first Star trek con in a while, and have kept in contact and call each other still. She's a best friend. I wonder how many others have made friends in other places that wouldn't have been possible without the net and its earlier precurcers.

Exactly why I got my first cell phone...so people could contact me while I was online. I think that was around 2003.


I still have friends I 'met' way back in the late 90s through same interest forums. I'm sure I would have never 'met' them without the internet and they are all over the world. I have met quite a few actually while on vacation, etc. and had some come visit me. I am so glad we all still know one another and stay in touch. I once told my mom that all my friends live in my monitor and that's, pretty much, the truth.
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Old 11-03-2016, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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I hope you made all the money I let get away!!!

My ex was never interested in computers and thought they were "a waste of time". Well, guess what...in his late 40s he decided that maybe they weren't and he now has a Masters in computer engineering and works for the state he lives in as a senior analyst/programmer for safety and emergency programs. I wish I had hit him up for alimony now! lol j/k but he's sure making the bucks now!
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Old 11-03-2016, 08:06 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Mind not blown.
Started programming in 1965.
All just a progression.

iPhone was mind blowing.
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Old 11-04-2016, 04:30 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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My husband only recently gave up using Usenet. I'm not sure it even exists any more?
It still exists and it is still the wild, wild, west on the internet. It is called Newsgroups and there are servers everywhere that carry the hundreds of thousands of group threads much like this forum where stuff is posted and things are attached. Oooooh those were fun and yet scary things.

My first introduction to computers didn't involve the internet but the first game I got to see was Where's Waldo?

My first computer almost cost me my less than 1 year marriage when my wife saw that I paid 1k for an Atari 800 with 64k ram and it was maxed out. A single sided single density 5 1/4 floppy disk drive and a cassette player to store programs. I bought it before we got married and it arrived a month later. I was stationed overseas in S. Korea so the shipping took a bit of time.

I remember one time about 10 years into our marriage the wife and I owned a business and she wanted to track inventory of the coffee shop as well as expenses and income. So I started building a spreadsheet. I didn't know enough about databases to build one. Had I known then what I know now. I digress. I built this spreadsheet and put all these formulas in it with the intention that all you had to do was put numbers in the cells and the bottom line would give you results. I think it was too involved because after the 10 line of information I put in the computer puked and the spreadsheet crumbled. Oh it didn't ruin the computer. I had to close that spreadsheet but it turned out that my formulas and information took up much more room than the computer had. I think the computer was maxed out at 640k at the time. I believe the useable space was actually more like 580k or some such.
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Old 11-04-2016, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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It still exists and it is still the wild, wild, west on the internet. It is called Newsgroups and there are servers everywhere that carry the hundreds of thousands of group threads much like this forum where stuff is posted and things are attached. Oooooh those were fun and yet scary things.
I think it's mostly used by pornographers and illegal downloaders these days -- and if someone wants to do those sort of things, (relatively) safe access to the darknet is a few clicks away via a certain anonymous browser which I will not name here. If I were going to sell arms to terrorists or illegal drugs on line for bitcoin, for example, I wouldn't do it on the remnants of Usenet. The darknet is the real wild, wild west of the internet today.

Deja News was acquired by Google, and the Usenet archive (going back to 1995) is now available through Google Groups for the nostalgic. Support for Usenet has been dropped by Duke and UNC-CH, where it was created. There are probably others hosting newsgroups out there -- but why bother? Usenet is ancient tech at this point in time.
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Old 11-04-2016, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I was never a huge game fan, but absolutely loved Cosmo. If someone had a version that worked today, I'd be playing it. I think we got at least two copies of the Nigerian letter... I still wonder how people fell for it.

My best love was the alt.creative.startrek forum of usenet. I met friends I still have there. I lost the manuscript of one story with a dead laptop, and managed to find it all in the stored messages of the forum. We had yearly awards for writing, and I got a few first places and some 2nd and 3rd. What was so amazing is it was user friendly. New people could expect someone to offer to review and edit and in the process we all got better. Of course I was Nightbird there too, and still have friends from that time.

There's a lot more out there now, but I think it was a friendlier place then.
I posted to alt.tv.x-files. I met people there. We had some meet ups in Los Angeles, one with some people who appeared on the show or worked on the show. It was a lot of fun. Someone I knew at work used to tease me and ask if we dressed up like people on the show. I had to tell him, they are FBI agents. They wear the same clothes you and I wear to work. No, we don't.
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Old 11-04-2016, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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I posted to alt.tv.x-files. I met people there. We had some meet ups in Los Angeles, one with some people who appeared on the show or worked on the show. It was a lot of fun. Someone I knew at work used to tease me and ask if we dressed up like people on the show. I had to tell him, they are FBI agents. They wear the same clothes you and I wear to work. No, we don't.
I used to read that one too. I wrote a short piece I posted too. It tended to have a lot more content than some of the tv bases newsgroups. But I remember this one story which was amazing. Muldar is chasing this kidnapper and killer, and ends up his prisoner. Both dissapear. And then Muldar is found, absolutly lost inside himself, having endured the killers systematic torture.

But that wasn't what it was about. It's about Muldar and the women assigned to work with him, confined to a psychatric hospital. It could have been very explicit, but while some ways it is, it was mostly about Muldar's world he'd made to cope and how slowly he'd find his way out. The focus had been seeing something which wasn't there. But eventually he had.

The really amazing thing is how real it read. But then the author worked with survivors of violence and knew her stuff. She kept it about the people not the details. And while he finds himself, he's a very different man. She could have written about some imaginary characters, not one from TV, and published it. But I think it said more being about a cherished character.

The usenet fanfiction groups really made it part of more than a subset of fandom. It also showcased some very excellent writers. What I miss is the way people were willing and happy to review stories and help the newbies get better. I post on Fanfiction.net, but its just so massive you get few reviews. There are a few people who wrote back then on usenet I still follow.

The trek group also included one of the producers of DS9, who never gave things away, but would come on and give really interesting hits. But he liked reading it because it gave them an idea what was really appealing to the viewers. It was also a pleasant surprise that some of the themes like the reaction to Bashir being genetically altered hit the reaction they had hoped for.

There are so many ways to discuss your favorite show today that they tend to segment themselves to types of fans where usenet catered to everyone.
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Old 11-06-2016, 06:39 AM
 
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For those of you who miss the BBB boards: The Lost Civilization of Dial-Up Bulletin Board Systems - The Atlantic

Seems some are still running, via this quote (I didn't read the article...not my thing):

"Visiting an old BBS still running today feels like strolling through a community frozen in time, Pompeii-style."
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Old 11-06-2016, 06:19 PM
 
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Remember having to memorize all those function key series you had to press just to
do basic writing, saving, copying?

We've come a long way....
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