Digital Archaeology: Floppy Disk #10 – EXIT.DOC

in #retrocomputing5 months ago

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 EXIT.DOC which is dated October 27th, 1985. This is another screen capture from a Delphi session as the vast majority of these files have been. In this case, it mostly captures reading announcements in the announcements section of Delphi. I'm not sure if these are announcements from a particular SIG or from Delphi in general but in this case the topic seems to be mainly about new commands that are available.

There’s is also what I assume to be a test of some new forms capability with a sample order of a wombat. Either that or you could really buy wombats on Delphi back in the day...

See the previous post here.



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


Our primary emphasis is on the sexual aspects of those relationships.


Who knew floppies could be so much fun?

There's a good chance a hard drive was involved too...