TLDR #6 - Ghost Town

Wednesday, November 06, 2013 - 01:54 PM

Before the Internet as we know it today, there were text-based bulletin board systems all over the country that people could dial into. One of those systems, M-net, happened to live in Alex's backyard, and it was his internet home base for the better part of a decade. Alex went back this week and found out that it's actually still running.

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Jeff Pooley from Allentown, PA

Truly impressed by this piece, especially since it's off the man show. Am going to use it for a new social media and the self class, as it's a fascinating piece of (recent) history.

Dec. 26 2013 04:53 PM
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That story on BBS culture made me a little nostalgic for those "good old days" but not very much.
I started phoning BBSs about 10 years before Alex, and by the time he started, I had already stopped using BBSs and had a .edu e-mail address. Once I found gopher, ftp, and usenet, BBSs were long forgotten. As were the most of the friends I made there.

I suppose that telnet access to a text-only BBS interface and discussion boards is a novel way to resurrect these old systems.

Nov. 30 2013 02:17 PM

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