Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #10 (part 16)

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A summary for those that haven't been keeping up with this series:

I found a number of 5.25" disks at a thrift store a number of years ago. I finally got around to acquiring a 5.25" disk drive and extracting the contents a while back. Since then I have been posting the contents here.

Based on the contents, at least some of these disks were apparently once owned by someone named Connie who used to run the “Close Encounters” Special Interest Group (SIG) on Delphi in the mid 1980s.

A specific definition of this SIG was found in a document on one of the disks: "This SIG, known as 'Close Encounters', is a forum for the discussion of relationships that develop via computer services like the Source, CompuServe, and Delphi. Our primary emphasis is on the sexual aspects of those relationships."

This service was text based and was accessed via whatever terminal program you used on your computer to dial in to Delphi’s servers. Many of these disks have forum messages, e-mails and chat session logs. All of this is pre-internet stuff and I don’t know if there are any archives in existence today of what was on Delphi in the 1980s. In any case, much of this stuff would have been private at the time and probably wouldn't be in such archives even if they existed.

This post includes the contents of SEXPOS2.DOC dated October 26th, 1985. This appears to be a chat log from a group chat about sexual positions.

See the previous post here.


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You're digital archeology remains fascinating to me. I wish I had my brothers Commodore 64 floppy games to check out. I wish I had my first forays into downloading mid 90's midi StarWars sounds and songs to setup as my Windows 95 sounds.

That reminds me of a piece of software I had for Windows 3.1, probably around 1994. It was called Star Wars Screen Entertainment. I think it came with sound clips but the main thing was the set of screensavers it came with based on After Dark I think. There were several Star Wars themed screen savers. In one of them, Jawas would walk across your screen and steel your icons. I remember being disappointed that it didn't work quite right with Windows 95.

I still have all my old Commodore 64 disks. I transferred them to disk images on a PC a long time ago.

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