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Information geeknews Before many of you knew anything about the Internet there was a on-line community that dialed into community Bulletin Board Systems. A little history review is needed before I go into the above headline.
It had one of the best modems of the time which maxed out at bps. At the time I was king of the hill in my community. It had one dial in line and could handle around callers a day. Most called locally but may called from all over the United States. My system was like thousands of other small hobby boards. We featured shareware, forums and on-line games through a text colorized ANSI interface.
My system grew and just prior to the revolution known as the WWW we had 14 dial-up lines running on a several machines using desqview to multitask the command windows via Dos 5. We actually made money : This is where Boardwatch magazine comes in. Kept BBS sysops all over the world connected and up to date on the latest happenings and new technologies.
We all chased faster connection speeds and craved to learn the more on the latest and greatest software packages, tools, games and resources. For our primitive beginnings we offered 5 minute delayed stock feeds for free as early as I was one of the first to offer e-mail when most had no idea what e-mail was.
People who dial-up today at 56k can thank BBS Sysops. They were the driving force behind faster modems. Heck the modem companies catered to the BBS Sysop and had special programs in place to entice us to purchase the latest models heavily discounted which in turn fueled our dial-up users to upgrade to the latest standard. When the WWW revolution hit most small BBS systems folded or went off-line as they failed to go the next step and migrate to the web.
I and a number of people I have known for nearly 15 years migrated to the web and our Net based BBS are still thriving. There were a few bleak years but then people started looking for communities of users again that refrained from spamming and actually could have intelligent conversations in forums. So today BBS Networks has nearly 25, users. The magazine was sold a number of years ago to Penton and the longtime Editor Jack Rickard quit and fell of the face of the earth.
Thus the demise of the magazine began. He was the foundation to why that magazine was a success. Penton changed the format and it has been downhill ever sense. The magazine has been sold again to a company I have never heard of called Light Reading. Boardwatch will now cease being a published magazine and become a net based publication. We will see what happens now but the good ol days are definitely gone.
I imagine my collection of Boardwatch magazines that go a long way back will probably be a collectors item someday. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central.