Digital Archaeology: Floppy Disk #10 – FORMS.DOC

in #retrocomputing4 months ago (edited)

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 (we are talking late 1990s probably). I finally got around to acquiring a 5.25" disk drive and extracting the contents a few years back. Since then I have been posting the contents here.

Based on the contents, most or all 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 description 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 had available for 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 am not aware of any archives in existence today that contain what was on Delphi in the 1980s.

This post includes the contents of FORMS.DOC which is dated December 31st, 2107 which obviously can’t be right. The date and time was probably not set correctly when this document was created/downloaded. The date of this document on Delphi was 25-SEP-1985. This document describes the forms system on Delphi which allowed you (or at least admins) to create text documents that allowed user input/responses. This looks like a another terminal capture and it also includes several examples of forms on Delphi.

See the previous post here.



Also posted here in its complete form with reasonably formatted text that is pretty close to the original formatting:

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