👴 OK kids...

Before , before , before the , we had the .

If you wanna learn from those who came before, here's a comprehensive 5-hour about bulletin board systems. 🤓

(Of course, given the world back then it's mostly 5 hours of old white guys. So it goes!)

@downey I was too young for the hayday of #BBS but my brother once pretended to be a woman so he could seduce the sysop of a BBS into giving him access to the file sharing area so he could spend a week downloading Pagemaker on like 30 floppys. That's nostalgia for ya! ⌨️

@downey Was it Aldus before it was Adobe? I never heard of Aldus before tbh.

@stemid yeah adobe bought them out and soon directed people to InDesign for "upgrades". I don't think most people really paid much attention to Aldus/Adobe though back then ... there weren't really any viable alternatives (yet)!

@downey wasn't Freehand also by Aldus? Before Macromedia acquired it @stemid

@downey @stemid ha! Fascinating, I didn't know Adobe owned it before having to give it away, only to reacquire it within the Macromedia buyout. What a rollercoaster 😃

@downey I worked for years using PageMaker both before and after the acquisition by Adobe. What a blast indeed. @stemid

@downey I read Amiga Format in those days, and it advertised UK BBSes, which I decided to dial in to from Belgium. My mom was not amused when she got the phone bill 😬

@downey You forgot IRC in your timeline. Been using it for 33 years and not ready to drop it.

@calchan Good point. IRC was next to come along after BBS for me....

@downey @calchan yeah, BBS and IRC were the thing. I still use IRC sometimes and I regret having dropped it for a long while.

@downey Good memories. First time I met online friends IRL was when my favorite BBS organized a meet up.

@downey Of everything I miss about the old days, the BBSes are what I miss the most. Will probably watch this over the weekend.

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