I just ordered the BBS Documentary DVD because in the late 80’s, I spent quite a bit of time running a BBS (Bulletin Board Service) on my Apple II+. It was called the Magical Tavern BBS, and my alias was The Spaniard. I ran it out of my bedroom in my parent’s house (give me a break, I was 14-15 years old!), and honestly, I loved it. I had sparked my interest in computers when the first TRS-80 was purchased by my middle school (Schuylkill Valley Middle School), I learned BASIC programming — my first computer was a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A, and I loved it. But, honestly, it didn’t hold a candle to the Apple II+. I spent a ton of time on the BBS, chatting, exchanging cracked software, phreaking, etc — boy, what you could get away with before you turned 18 🙂
Anyway, I just ordered the DVD, and it had a cool feature for folks who order before November 14th. That is, the producer is giving folks a chance to include a paragraph on the final DVD (<2,000 characters) to talk about their own BBS experiences. I took advantage of that… heck, with the amount of time I spent on BBS’s, and with the impact it had on my future career (6+ years spent at Amazon.com), it was well worth it!
Also, if you were ever into BBS’s, also check out his other site, textfiles.com — awesome stuff.