Commodork: sordid tales from a BBS junkie by Rob O'Hara

By Rob O'Hara

For almost twenty years, computer-based Bulletin Board platforms have been the first approach to communique among machine clients. As without notice as they received reputation, they have been made out of date through the following mammoth factor - a newfangled process known as the web. Commodork: Sordid stories from a BBS Junkie takes its readers on a thrilling trip in the course of the BBS period. during the author's own stories and adventures, readers will observe extra approximately those notable occasions and what it was once wish to develop up on-line. With stories of copyfests, BBS events and random acts of on-line debauchery, those that have been there'll locate themselves reminiscing, whereas those that were not will get pleasure from studying approximately existence "before the 'net." you recognize, again once we used to modem uphill, either methods within the snow.

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Mister X had driven the three of them in his dadʼs car to the copyfest. He was fifteen at the time (the oldest of the group, but still not old enough to legally drive). The first thing that struck me about Arcane was that he had some awesome 80ʼs hair – I mean, weʼre talking some Flock of Seagulls, higher-than-it-was-long hair. Arcane and I hit it off right from the beginning. Around lunchtime, Arcane asked Umbra Sprite multiple times if he was hungry and wanted to walk with him to McDonaldʼs to get something to eat.

The first person I turned to was The Boss. Unfortunately, for some reason both his BBS and his voice phone lines had suddenly become disconnected. Not knowing what was going on I moved to another friend, The Wizard (no relation to The Wizardʼs Scroll). I made The Wizard a pretty good deal – all he had to do was reserve the hotelʼs meeting room on his credit card. My job would be to invite 20 known good traders to the party. Each person was to bring their computer and software collections and would pay $3 to attend the copyfest.

Klatu came up with the name and idea for OKK. The concept was simple; by coming up with our own group, we would begin getting credit for all the work, time and money and we were investing in bringing software to the local scene. The one problem we foresaw was, getting that credit might work against us as well; local users might start mobbing us for software, or worse, all this attention might put us on the local authoritiesʼ radar. We decided that we needed to go underground for this project and pick alternate personalities for the project.

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