Anybody remember back in the old days...

  1. OK, maybe not back in the really old days, but when I was in college in the early '90s, (back before the world wide web) I was fascinated by what we called "e-mail". I would log on to the school's VAX system to write to (or "chat", as we called it then) to other students around the country and world. I thought it amazing that I could have a conversation (with only five to ten minute delays) with people I had never met.

    Anyway... I would also log on to what was then known as a "bulletin board system" with "rooms" for "forums" focusing on different topics, and this system was hosted by the University of Iowa.

    I'm taking a real shot in the dark here, but was anyone here ever involved with missing valuable homework time while posting and reading that board? Ahhh... those were the days. Me? I went by the alias, "Esquire". (Yeah, I was a little weird.)
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  3. by   RNonsense
    no...but I'm missing valuable laundry and housecleaning time reading THIS one!!
  4. by   NurseGirlKaren
    Do you remember gopher?
  5. by   Nurse Ratched
    Not that particular board, but I was way into the vax accounts and some IRC rooms. Hubby and I corresponded that way while we were dating. People stayed in college just to have free email accounts lol.

    Brought back some great memories, Johnny. Thanks .
  6. by   jayna
    hahhahahaha those bad old days. Lucky am still sane.
  7. by   baseline
    Originally posted by RNonsense
    no...but I'm missing valuable laundry and housecleaning time reading THIS one!!
    :roll Oh sister ain't that the TRUTH!!!!
  8. by   Mimi Wheeze
    No, Johnny, I don't remember it at all. In fact, I've never even heard of it. Dam*, you must be old!
  9. by   aimeee
    I remember gopher.

    The bulletin board system was looooooong after my days at University of Iowa. Back in those days we wrote programs on something called a Decwriter II, which was a keyboard terminal.

  10. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    You mean the internet hasn't always been around???

  11. by   NurseShell
    I remember in the 7th (or maybe 8th) grade we had "computer class". We learned to write in the current computer language as in

    10 blah, blah
    20 blah, blah
    30 blah, blah

    Yucky!! My brother was 3 grades behind me and he totally GOT the computer language thing. Guess what he does for a living now?? And how much $$$$$$ he makes doing it?!?! brat!

    I remember computers so large they took up whole rooms in buildings.
  12. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by RNonsense
    no...but I'm missing valuable laundry and housecleaning time reading THIS one!!
  13. by   cindyln
    I remember missing laundry,cleaning and SLEEP to read this BB
  14. by   baseline
    Sigh....I remember the memeograph paper.

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