Stephen D. WIlliams
sdw at lig.net
Thu Sep 18 19:25:11 PDT 2003
I spent a LOT of time at 300 baud, 1200 baud, 2400 baud, 9600, 19200,
I have a whole archive of things I printed out from Compuserve that was
probably done at 1200 baud.
I also spent a fair amount of time on a 110 baud console (i.e. a real
teletype dot matrix) for the VAX 750/780.
The thing that I consider my first networking environment, after dialup,
is the Develcon Portmaster we had at GE Lighting. It was basically a
large semi-intelligent RS232-RS232 switching system. You would login to
it and tell it where you wanted to go and then you were connected. I
could, in essence, telnet and do file transfers (kermit everywhere!), in
1984 with my DOS 2 or Digital Research's multitasking DOS or my MP/M 4
user Compupro/Godbout 8/16 development system or the VAXs or MicroVaxs
(which did have Thicknet eventually, I ran the cable) or, eventually,
the Perkin-Elmer mini that had Version 7 Unix and then System 5.2.
Of course, I totally lucked out computationally because I taught myself
programming (Basic, C, Pascal, Lisp, Forth, Action) with my 8-bit Atari
400 with, in essence, a simple full-screen editor, and later CP/M, Unix,
VMS while most schools in Ohio I would have gone to were learning
Fortran on punch cards. I used both CCA and Unipress Emacs, along with
Mark of the Unicorn and Epsilon, at GE Lighting in 1984/1985 as I
outgrew VI pretty quickly.
VI certainly is better on dialup below 9600 baud.
The story of Buddylist is pretty boring.
Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
> I read the history of VI last week after
> Joy left Sun and the history of IRC this morning
> after the kookaid post.
> "9600 baud is way faster than you can read."
>  http://promote-opensource.org/modules/weblog/details.php?blog_id=129
> Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>> Um, historical reasons.
>> As for historical dibs, I used BBS chatting in about 1981 (8-bit
>> Atari 400 computer), Compuserve CB Simulator at 300 baud in 1983 (had
>> that account for 13 years, although for no good reason), Unix Talk in
>> 1984, Zephyr in about 1989 or 1990, Prodigy beta tester sometime
>> about 1990-1993, and misc. other chat/VR systems after that. There's
>> probably some in this group that wrote Zephyr or Talk who are my
>> senior. ;-) I used IRC off and on, probably starting in the
>> 1989-1991 timeframe.
>> BTW, IRC is not the same paradigm as Buddylist/IM. Jabber is
>> probably the way to go, except for network effect catchup.
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