This talk explains how individuals were able to communicate globally in the 1990ies using self-organized networks of BBSsin networks like FIDO and Z-Netz, before individual access to the Internet was possible. It also covers the efforts of non-profit organizations to provide individual access to Internet Mail+News via UUCP and later via IP during that period.
This talk covers how individuals could participate in local, regional and global message-based data communications in the 1990ies. It covers the technologies used to access such networks, both on the infrastructure (BBS) side, as well as on the user/client side.
At the same time, the talk is a bit of a personal journey from
- accessing dial-up BBSs using accoustinc coupler and modem
- becoming CoSysop of a BBS and learning about how to operatie BBSs
- being a Node/Point in message based communications networks like Z-Netz and FIDO
- using UUCP to participate in Internet mail/news (Usenet)
- working in the technical team of Kommunikationsnetz Franken e.V. to set up a community-based ISP with modem and ISDN dial-up banks, satellite based Usenet feeds, analog leased lines ISDN-SPV.
- helping getting Germany’s alleged first Internet Cafe (we then called it an Online Bistro) connected
I never was able to know anyone close enough to do fun stuff like back to back DSL modems, or even in this day & age run fiber optics, do ATM or anything fun like that. As they say telecoms always break down at the last mile, or in my case the first mile.
and now we can have social network in gopher and BBS(ssh): https://blog.soykaf.com/post/ssh-support-in-pleroma/