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Remember the BBS



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Lee Hutchinson for Ars
You've almost certainly never seen the place where I grew up, and you never will because it's long gone, buried by progress and made unreachable by technological erosion and the fine grind of time. What I did and learned there shaped me, but that knowledge is archaic and useless—who today needs to know the Hayes AT command set, the true baud rates of most common connection speeds, or the inner secrets of TheDraw? I am a wizard whose time has passed—a brilliant steam engine mechanic standing agape in the engine room of the starship Enterprise.

This is a great love letter to the long-forgotten world of BBS. In high school I found myself with a modem and an Apple IIgs. I tied up the phone lines so much and complained furiously about getting knocked offline with caller waiting my parents got me my own phone line. I even ran a BBS for a few years on a Mac Classic. If you ran a BBS you could get a killer deal on US Robotics modems, which were the bees knees.

Good times before the interwebs.


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