So who here ran a BBS or used to call BBSs back in the day?
My first experience with a modem was in high school when we had an Apple 2 Plus in one of our rooms, with a 300 baud modem. We would go down there after school and the teacher would leave us alone, so we started looking around to find places to call. I think the first place we called was the Library of Congress. I don’t even remember what they had in terms of software, but it was a mind-blowing experience. Then we discovered some local BBSs to call, and we would call them. This happened until we all graduated.
Right after graduation I didn’t have a home computer yet (other than a VIC-20) suitable for BBS calling, so I would go to a friend’s. That’s when I discovered a local BBS running Citadel software, which is when I decided I needed to put up a BBS. A friend ended up getting me a killer deal on a Kaypro CP/M machine which I used to run my BBS for a year or more, then I got an IBM XT clone at an electronics swap meet and ran that for maybe 5 more years.
In the early 90’s money got tight for a while so I had to take my BBS offline because I couldn’t afford the 2nd phone line with Long Distance charges for networking anymore (kids, ask your folks), so I just called BBSs and such.
It wasn’t long after that until I got my first PPP dialup internet account, and the whole damn world changed.