We have an orange quality health alert for air here due to wildfires somewhere nearby.
I never used ICQ or USENET (I think they are similar?).
I don't think ICQ is something CBM created or offered, was it?
I called it once or maybe twice to try it out but I wasn't interested
in getting a paid account on it, or AOL for that matter.
I like QWK because I'm in my own little world when I'm Reading,
Writing or Writing a Reply.
I read/lurk many Echos on this BBS, I just jump in and out at times.
I was bit leary about ICQ when it first came out. But it proved
to be a fine communications medium to stir up a "live" chat
with someone at any time of the day.
My first real awareness of BBSes to call in my local area was
courtesy of Boardwatch magazine. Then, it was a matter of
getting a good LD plan to check out some of the ones farther
away. A little later, I gravitated towards Compuserve.
You are less of a lurker than others. ;)
Were those Amateur Radio BBS's in that bulletin?
I'm guessing they weren't Ham BBS's just public BBS's, Hmmm ..--.. (?)
My thoughts were a BBS was sorta like the Amateur Radio Club
Meetings I attended back when I got my Novice License in 1958.
I could talk with other Ham Operators there to learn enough about
Radio stuff so to be able to know enough to pass the F.C.C. Test for
a higher Class Operators License.
At the last License Exam I took, a F.C.C. Employee was there.
I think the Volunteer Examiner program should be ended, and revert
back to having Agent(s) from the F.C.C. in charge of giving the Tests.
Was "Computer Shopper" the name of a local newsletter, or are You
talking about the BIG magazine with advertisements for everything
to build a computer?
1995 is a long time ago and what the newsletter was called isn't in
My memory anymore...I don't even know if I still have that issue in
There were messages from people in the USA, England and Taiwan on
that BBS, and after reading many, many messages I decided to jump in
and write a message, and here I are, still lurking and writing occasionally.
Later I called The PRISM BBS and began reading FIDO BBS messages.
And also Mike Powell's BBS with a Railroad Train name that I can't
recall, until He moved to Frankfort, Kentucky out of my local dial-up calling area.
I 'think' Mike's BBS was named The Pan-Am BBS, was that guess close
After I retired a friend paid for a few months for a Dial-Up Internet Service until they moved away, then I paid for it just a few months
more and then quit paying the monthly fee and went "cold turkey"
i.e. No BBS access for a while.
I learned about JUNO Email either just a little earlier than getting
the Dial-Up ISP Account or maybe it was some time later I learned about JUNO, but I really liked having a Free Email Account and used it until JUNO quit Dial-In access.
So after awhile I had DSL added to my Telephone Bill and Resubscribed
to Mike's BBS now called The Capital City BBS.
pc. Yes - lots of things besides BBSing and Ham Radio.
I saw a T-shirt awhile back that noted "I don't need Google. My wife knows everything". Talk about a personal search engine. <G>
Thanks for tolerating me.
Hmmm, reading that makes me think about a sign I saw that said:
"All Fishermen are liars, except You and Me. And I'm not so sure
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