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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25973 Posts

Posted - 06/24/2006 :  20:23:10  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25973 Posts

Posted - 06/24/2006 :  22:43:15   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
I'd just like to note that I've been nagging Kil for two years, seven months and 24 days to write us this sort of history, and I'd just like to give him a big

THANK YOU

for doing so.

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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13457 Posts

Posted - 06/24/2006 :  22:52:37   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
Typical gestation period for this sort of article…

You're welcome!

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

Genetic Literacy Project
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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25973 Posts

Posted - 06/24/2006 :  22:55:17   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
"Typical?" How many of "this sort of article" have you written?

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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13457 Posts

Posted - 06/24/2006 :  22:59:30   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Dave W.

"Typical?" How many of "this sort of article" have you written?

Well... Now we know!

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

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Ricky
SFN Die Hard

USA
4907 Posts

Posted - 06/24/2006 :  23:40:47   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
quote:
Typical gestation period for this sort of article…


By that, you mean you need enough time to forget what actually happened in order to make up a more entertaining series of events. Right?

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Gorgo
SFN Die Hard

USA
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Posted - 06/25/2006 :  08:51:51   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Gorgo a Private Message
Is Snake the only original AOL member that is still here and is still an AOL subscriber?

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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13457 Posts

Posted - 06/25/2006 :  12:08:46   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Gorgo

Is Snake the only original AOL member that is still here and is still an AOL subscriber?

I have an AOL account. So does froydnslp (Michelle) and probably a few others. @tomic may still have an AOL account too. There may be others. I don't access SFN from AOL though.

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

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JohnOAS
SFN Regular

Australia
800 Posts

Posted - 06/25/2006 :  16:27:13   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit JohnOAS's Homepage Send JohnOAS a Private Message
Good stuff Kil.

Out of curiosity, were you, or anyone else for that matter, partakers of the dial-up BBS phenomenon?

John's just this guy, you know.
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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13457 Posts

Posted - 06/25/2006 :  16:31:33   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by JohnOAS

Good stuff Kil.

Out of curiosity, were you, or anyone else for that matter, partakers of the dial-up BBS phenomenon?

I wasn't. I know people who were though.

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Boron10
Religion Moderator

USA
1259 Posts

Posted - 06/25/2006 :  19:36:29   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Boron10 a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by JohnOAS
Good stuff Kil.

Out of curiosity, were you, or anyone else for that matter, partakers of the dial-up BBS phenomenon?
I was. Great stuff, eh?
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dglas
Skeptic Friend

Canada
397 Posts

Posted - 06/25/2006 :  22:32:18   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send dglas a Private Message
Hehehe. BBSs. I remember them well. I was part of some empire building gaming leagues between BBSs.
I also remember using a freenet service here in Saskatoon, The Saskatoon Free-Net or, yes, SFN. Every time I see SFN on these pages, I have to stop myself from thinking S'toon Free-Net.

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The Presupposition of Intrinsic Evil
+ A Self-Justificatory Framework
= The "Heart of Darkness"
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Hawks
SFN Regular

Canada
1383 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2006 :  02:44:21   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Hawks's Homepage Send Hawks a Private Message
It was nice reading about the history of this place. I checked my profile and realised that I have actually been a member for over 5 years. This, incidentally, also made me realise that the article didn't contain a single date. I know you are a busy man Kil, but do you think you could add some rough estimates of the "when-abouts" of some key events (he says quivering like a frightened dog)?

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Dr. Mabuse
Septic Fiend

Sweden
9666 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2006 :  06:07:23   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Hawks
This, incidentally, also made me realise that the article didn't contain a single date. I know you are a busy man Kil, but do you think you could add some rough estimates of the "when-abouts" of some key events (he says quivering like a frightened dog)?

I too noted the absense of dates.
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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13457 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2006 :  19:42:47   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
Well, I suppose I should do a date edit because more than one person has mentioned it. I kinda thought that my description of what was going on with the web and such would pretty much tip off approximate dates. Thing is, I wrote the history from memory and the truth is, I don't really remember the dates exactly. Only sorta-kinda-maybe. I can probably get closer by asking @tomic

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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2006 :  20:21:35   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
Thank you folks so much for creating this wonderful site, and thank you, kil for writing its history (so far)!

quote:
Originally posted by JohnOAS

Good stuff Kil.

Out of curiosity, were you, or anyone else for that matter, partakers of the dial-up BBS phenomenon?

I ran a BBS in the 80's, "tsunami b b s," which was a hangout for digital graphic artists. I proposed the design of a graphics format that could be read by differing computers. I also coined the term, "eye-candy."

"tsunami b b s" ran on an Atari 800, with four floppy drives and a phone line dedicated to a 2400 baud modem.


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
Edited by - HalfMooner on 06/26/2006 20:23:44
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