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Old 11-07-2016, 11:31 AM   #1
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Did any direct-access, telephone-dial-up BBSes survive the internetís proverbial asteroid? Sure enough, there are about 20 known dial-up BBSes in North America. And of those, only a handful have been running non-stop since the mid-1990s. These are the true dinosaurs walking among us. Who dares to run such antique systems, and why? Have any of them been left running by accident like the BBS in my dream? I had to find out.
And I thought I'd missed the era of BBSs.
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Old 11-07-2016, 12:21 PM   #2
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That was interesting, something I'd never experienced. When I was working for Westinghouse as a machine tool programmer in 1968-69, I'd write a program, put it on punch cards, drive it from south of Philly to north of Philly, and transmit it to Pittsburgh. The computer there would process it(please God, no bugs) and send it back in a few hours on punch cards with a real paper printout.
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Old 11-07-2016, 01:30 PM   #3
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hey weird. My dad worked for Westinghouse in the late sixties doing punch cards. He was in Baltimore though.
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Old 11-07-2016, 02:32 PM   #4
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I read this over the weekend...still amazed that they exist.
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Old 11-07-2016, 03:57 PM   #5
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The old telephony is gone... old school modems will just slowly stop working as new VoIP systems take over everything.

I'm happy they go on with it, but this is now like broadcasting on a frequency that nobody can tune to.
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Old 11-07-2016, 04:39 PM   #6
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I still use a ATT Western Electric push button table top telephone. It's connected to a fiber optic line but it still works.
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Old 11-07-2016, 05:09 PM   #7
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The problem is, the modem signals don't necessarily work over the VoIP protocols that work for voice.
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