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The first computer BBS was built soon after January 16th, 1978 by Ward Christiansen
The first computer BBS was built soon after January 16th, 1978 by Ward Christiansen and Randy Seuss.

If you came to this website because of an online ad, or the QRcode you scanned with your smartphone, then you’re curious what this is all about. If you’re old enough to remember, you probably know what is going on here. If not, let’s set the “Wayback machine” between the late 70’s and mid 90’s, before the Internet, there were online systems that you could call into with your computer and a modem, over a phone line, called Bulletin Board Systems. These systems allowed you to post messages and read messages from other users, as well as download software, electronic magazines, play online games and chat with other users who would be connected at the same time as you. This was all done using a text interface. Primitive you say? Outdated you gasp? Perhaps.

So why do people still run these bulletin boards in the age of the internet? There are a lot of reasons, but the one I think is the most popular, is the sense of community they made people feel. The days of calling up a BBS and chatting with the system operator, then then driving over to their house to hang out and maybe trade some software was always a great time to me. For others, it was a way to connect with other people.

Now, with the revelation that governments are spying on their own citizens, some feel that the internet and the philosophies on user’s privacy that many websites, like Facebook has, are just not worth it anymore. This is where the BBS could be an oasis in the chaos and violations of the information age. Don’t get us wrong. We don’t think the internet is “evil”, but you have to admit, there are some folks out there that just want to do bad things.

I invite you to take a look around this website and get a little more information on the hobby. And if you want to try it out and see how it all works, then head over to the Connection page and find out how you can get online with the BBS. If you have questions, you can of course email us at rfgeeksbbs at gmail dot com.

Also, here is a documentary, that was produced by Jason Scott. He’s considered a computing historian, and created this documentary to tell the story of the people that that started it all.

We didn’t just wake up one morning and we had the Internet and Xboxes…” ~Steven Punter

BBS Documentary Part 1 – BAUD

BBS Documentary Part 2 – SYSOPS AND USERS

BBS Documentary Part 3 – MAKE IT PAY

BBS Documentary Part 4 – FIDONET

BBS Documentary Part 5 – ARTSCENE

BBS Documentary Part 6 – HPAC

BBS Documentary Part 7 – NO CARRIER

BBS Documentry Part 8 – COMPRESSION

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