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Lets see if anyone recognizes that.


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  1. slpr
    April 7, 2013 at 7:02 am

    apparently, no one’s gotten the gist of it, care to explain?

  2. slpr
    April 15, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Oh boy, you went back by quiet a margin. Unfortunately, back then there were no fido-nets in reach neither were BBS’s, so the address notification was an unknown. Later, there was the university with analog dial-in, or that ISDN dual channel dial back I’ve used to connect to my working place. It seems like ages away, when looking back at that time.

    so long Slpr

  3. May 24, 2013 at 2:33 am

    I got my first modem with my Commodore 64, where I discovered “C=NET” (a sort of teletext bbs service) where I discovered Essex MUD… First BBS I tried to run was on the BBC Model B a few years later and finally started my own BBS on the Atari ST which didn’t last very long but eventually I got the Amiga and started running BBS-PC! and created “The Alien BBS”. I started writing software that started getting picked up by other BBSes and it became the “CodeOMatic” BBS. Eventually I wrote a sort of star-ring system that let a group of BBS-PC! boards create a seemingly shared board. It was just starting to take off when I discovered Fido and also jumped ship to Jon Radoff’s Paragon BBS (later called “StarNet”), which is where I finally got into FidoNet.

    Through the MUD system I’d been writing at the time (AMUL) I hooked up with a few other developers and was trying to find people to work with me on a system which took the modem’s data-stream over a given second period and split it up into smaller chunks that would allow you to have multiple streams of data over a single connection.

    The big problem was that you needed the ability to make multiple calls, and I couldn’t find an affordable way to get British Telecom to let you do this; so I stumbled across the nascent HAM radio program Ka9q which used this interesting concept of packets etc. I didn’t have a HAM rig so I wasn’t actually able to make use of it… It made some kind of sense to me on some level but I filed it away.

    So imagine my surprise when, 4-5 years later, I stumble across this little startup company offering access to this thing called an “internet” using a client program called “KA9Q” :) I don’t know whether the Amiga version way back then could actually have driven a modem; and if it could, I don’t know who I’d have dialed into because I’m pretty sure there weren’t any ISPs in 87/88 :)


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