Digital Archaeology: Floppy Disk #10 – AGREENEW.DOC

in #retrocomputing5 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. 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.

With this post, I start looking at the contents of a new disk. This one includes the contents of AGREENEW.DOC which is dated September 24th, 1985. This looks to be the "about" info for the Close Encounters SIG or, based on the name of the file, perhaps the info displayed when you subscribe to/sign up for/enter the SIG.

See the previous post here.

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How much sex could all those nerds be having in the 80's?

Jk lol this is such an interesting find. To think that people used to spend hour after hour reading green text on a screen. Here we are 30+ years later able to see literally anything on a phone.

Makes you wonder where we will be in another 30 years. In the 1980s, the ability to talk to other people all over the world in green (or whatever color you happened to have) text was pretty new. Before that the best you could do communication wise was a phone call. But that was only useful to call specific people. I never really used any of the big services like CompuServe or Delphi but I did start calling local BBSes shortly before the internet became widely available. It was a blast.


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