Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Feb. 03 2006,05:13
You could afford compuserve?!?!?
If I remember correctly, at one time it was something ridiculous like 8-12 bucks per HOUR of usage.
The only way I could ever play with compuserve and my TRS-80 Color Computer 2 and 300 baud modem was to convince the local Radio Shack sales guy to tell me the number and password for their DEMO account for that month.
Back then, the equation was:
junior high/high school kid + no job = no money
no money = no compuserve
Luckily, most of the nearby BBSes were free, and also within my local (not long distance) calling area.
How about a big shout out for
The BBS-based national e-mail network that required each BBS owner to call up the BBS owner in the next County and transfer a few messages back and forth at 3AM in the morning.
You could send an e-mail from the east coast to Texas in 7 days or so, which was around the same speed as snail mail.
I gotta thank those BBS owners who paid the bills for such a system. A 2nd phone line and the long distance charges plus a decent home computer and AUTO-ANSWER modem back then was a big expense.