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    Default Do you remember Le Club BBS?

    Ah, the halcyon days of yore, when you, armed only with a 2400bps (or 9600bps if you're really lucky) would connect to the BBS in question.

    Basically a BBS is sort of an electronic bulletin board where members can swop files, pictures (yes, it did include "hot" pictures, but mostly you'd be disappointed at miff tits ) and other electronic bits 'n bytes.

    Most BBS'es have board games, where you can play with other users (if the BBS had multiple, incoming lines). One "feature" of some BBS'es was a "bot" which acted as if it was the SysOp. If you're lucky, you'd be chatting with the real SysOp self.

    Ina Sonnenmoser and others was pioneers in South Africa, for starting a growing trend.

    Most of the BBS'es remain "isolated", but some got connected to what was the beginnings of the Internet, and thus some of us could get an email address.

    Electronic spam was unheard of those days. Ah, it was so nice NOT to have your mailbox clog up with unwanted blue pills adverts and the such.

    The bane of many a BBS user (and BBS SysOp) was lightning. Most of these people just braved it, and others would unplug all their equipment at the mere hint of a thunderstorm.

    Many a good modem perished in a thunderstorm if the owner(s) was unlucky.

    US Robotics, Rockwell, Hayes and so on is names which will be familiar with most of those BBS users, as well as the AT command set, with which you can fine tune your modem settings. Including the command to silence the modem's internal beeper, so your other half won't know you're going online...

    Is it only me, or was the older equipment more reliable than the latest "softmodems"? But I digress...

    The more lights a modem got, the merrier

    In another thread you might read about Rob Fisher and his famous "Roblist" - the so-called "black book" for many BBS users.

    At that time it was not so exactly cheap to call long-distance, so most of us BBS'ers would get the R7 call package (good grief... do you still remember that???) and be online after hours and over weekends to download the latest games - games such as DOOM, Descent and so on.

    There still is a few BBS'es operating, but they're far and few in between. One can Google for existing BBS'es and relive the halcyon days of yore.

    I had a Le Club BBS T-shirt, it got lost somewhere along the way
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    Me Me Me

    /waves hand in air

    I remember !

    I even migrated with them when they offered Internet access too... LIA.

    My faithful Courier HST modem is still going strong, if a use for it could be found these days of course... pfffft to softmodems that makes the PC do all the work.

    /thumbs nose at them

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    Quote Originally Posted by kilobits View Post
    Me Me Me

    /waves hand in air

    I remember !

    I even migrated with them when they offered Internet access too... LIA.

    My faithful Courier HST modem is still going strong, if a use for it could be found these days of course... pfffft to softmodems that makes the PC do all the work.

    /thumbs nose at them
    /necro

    Yeah, agreed, softmodems (or WinModems as they were also called)....tsek. US Robotics V.90 something something FTW
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slootvreter View Post
    /necro

    Yeah, agreed, softmodems (or WinModems as they were also called)....tsek. US Robotics V.90 something something FTW
    I have two of them I have been unable to part with

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    Quote Originally Posted by mister View Post
    I have two of them I have been unable to part with
    Because nobody wants them...be honest.


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    I recall Cape Software BBS
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    Brings back memories. A thing of beauty.

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    Nope, back then I had a life.
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    How did this thread go so terribly unnoticed.

    I long for those early days

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    Quote Originally Posted by mister View Post
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    I had this exact one
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    Ah, Roblist! http://bbs.hmvh.net/roblist/ The final version was in 1996: bbs.hmvh.net/roblist/RF9612.ZIP but by then I was using the 'net with Peter Tattam's Trumpet Winsock :-)

    The BBS days, serial cables, NS16450 UARTS (with 16 bit FIFO bug), Octocom Xpresso 8196A modem and many lightning strikes.

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    ^^ Was that run by the broederbond? Did you have to be Afrikaans to join?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabre Wulf View Post
    ^^ Was that run by the broederbond? Did you have to be Afrikaans to join?

    LOL, no, the BBS scene was pretty liberal, even for those dark days. There were definitely state spooks online too, so one had to be careful what one did and said. I know of at least one BBS that was run by an SAPF employee.

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