Digital Archaeology: Floppy Disk #10 – DM0910.DOC

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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, 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 DM0910.DOC which is dated September 10th, 1985. I believe that ‘DM’ in this case stands for Direct Mail which appears to have been Delphi’s version of e-mail. This document contains several such emails from September 9th and 10th, 1985. There is a bit of overlap so some song lyrics are seen here that have been seen previously but there are also a few more emails between “Connie” and “Rod” (among others) including some poetry. Since this appears to have been a buffer capture of an online session, there was more than just an email reading session captured. At the end, there is a chat session with “Connie” and a new member of the SIG.

See the previous post here.



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Interesting treasure trove. Great how these disks still work after all these years.