Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #8 (part 3)

Still continuing the exploration of the contents of this floppy disk (see the first part here and the second part here). It’s amazing how much information can fit even on a 5.25″ floppy disk when it is all text. This disk is from a batch I picked up at a thrift store a number of years ago. As I have been digging through these disks, it has become obvious that at least some of them were once owned by someone named Connie A. Buys who used to run the “Close Encounters” Special Interest Group (SIG) on Delphi in the mid 1980s.

A SIG, as it relates to Delphi, consisted of forums, live chat and files to download centered around a particular topic or theme. A specific definition of this SIG was found in this document: “This SIG, known as “Close Encounters”, is a forum for the discussion of relationships that develop via computer services like the Source, CompuServe, and Delphi. Our primary emphasis is on the sexual aspects of those relationships.”

Everything was text based from whatever terminal program you used to dial in to Delphi’s servers. Many of these disks have forum messages, e-mails and chat session logs. All of this is pre-internet stuff and I don’t know if there are any archives in existence today of what was on Delphi in the 1980s. In any case, much of this stuff would have been private at the time and some of it is quite personal.

I’m splitting up the contents of this disk (descriptively labeled “File Disk”) since it contains a number of documents, some of which are pretty long. The third document I’m posting (DM1010.DOC) is another log of a session on Delphi and consists mostly of a series of e-mails