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    Hi Everybody,

    I know I haven't been very active lately, my little store has been keeping me pretty busy. I come here quite often still, and had to pass this along:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WCTn...aspx?id=404616

    Screens sure have come a long way, pay attention to the guy at 1:58, how he looks at the screen.

    Along the idea of the video, not only is the 'net taking over, now we all get spam from them. And a few of the people are using Tandys which I think is super neat

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    Wow! KRON San Francisco! I remember it well. I moved out of S.F. in 1979, down to San Diego, so I missed that particular report by 2 years. As mentioned before by me, I did manage to run up an not so nice $300+ phone bill around that time (1981). Yep, using that same kind of acoustic coupler the guy used to get the info. In my case, I would call a BBS across the country for 5 hours at a crack. Almost all LOCAL calls after that particular bill arrived. When I moved to Los Angeles in 1990, I found a really great BBS. HotTips, in Glendale, CA. He had at least 4 incoming telephone lines and all the numbers were local to me, whew.

    P.S. All my fellow geeks are going "Ah yes, the golden days of BBSes!" Hmm, do the same guys remember putting it on redial for 3 hours!, waiting for an available modem line??? We doubt it.

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    Does anyone know what the funny curved terminals are? Visible from 0:27-0:29 and in a few more places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NathanAllan View Post
    ...And a few of the people are using Tandys which I think is super neat
    Great clip. Good to see the TRS80 Model 1 and Cocos too if I'm not mistaken?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckcmagee View Post
    Hmm, do the same guys remember putting it on redial for 3 hours!, waiting for an available modem line??? We doubt it.
    Yes, I do, which kinda led to [m]my[/b] >$300.00 fone bill. I left it redialing all night, assuming it was busy, but due to a glitch, the BB was actually answering then immediately hanging up. The fone company was charging me a quarter a call for the first couple hours, then down to fifteen cents a pop after the nighttime rates kicked in. Ever seen a 9-page fone bill?

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