Oh god.... BBS's...
14.4k/28.8k Robotic modems.... squeezing as much bandwidth as you can thru a frickin straw...
Lots of sleepless nights downloading such things as linux v0.1 in 1.44mb chunks that took an hour for each chunk....
Games that you logged in at 11:30pm, nuked a player, logged out, relogged in, nuked the poor guy again at 12:01....
Modem banks of 10(or more)
Commodore 64's running wildcat on cd-rom jukebox machines(I had 5 bay ones)
RoboboardFX, a GUI driven bbs that kinda looked like windows.
Phone bills.... getting people to stay and pay....
Then the AOL cd's started showing up in the mail in droves... things started going downhill from there...
Now this was really cool. It took me a while to figure out how to access a website off of a Google search but then I realized that this application was set up for the time period before the Mouse was widely used. I'm barely old enough to remember that.
Yep. I used to be a SysOp of many flavors of BBS software on various hardware. Started out on a second C64 with a 300 baud modem and 1541 disk drive. Later upgraded the modem to 1200 and much later Courier HST 14.4K which I paid $500 at the time. Final setup before I took it down was IBM 386SX-16, daughterboard upgraded Courier 14.4k to 16.8K (then software upgraded to X2), 155MB (yes megs) SCSI full height hard drive running 4.23 WWIV software.
When I built my new PC running Pentium 90 and had internet access I was able to telnet into another WWIV BBS which is a cool way of not having to keep redialing until somebody finally logged off.
lol I remember the old BBS days on my old IBM PC with the old 8088
USRobotics was the sheeet back then
my first was an beast of a 1200 baud with Aluminum Extruded casing and good old red LEDs up front
playing Dragonlance games and Space Pirates on my friends BBS on of the first mini multiplayer online game i guess we'd refer to that as a mMO game now
then i upgraded to a 486 dx/2 66 w/ $1k 64KB graphics card and thought that was the fastest thing ever and a 28.8k USR
and i remember Chicago Online before AOL came around
and the hours I spent trying to get OS/2 work and the nightmare of getting an external SCSI 2GB to cooperate with my NEC SCSI CD-RW drive, nothing like the old IRQ juggling game
and creating boot floppies to play your DOS Games
Damn, kids are spoiled now-a-days
wonder how my 486dx2 would compare to my ASUS G73Jw that I have now