It’s been quite a while since I posted one of these but those that follow me might recall that I’ve been posting the contents of various 5.25″ floppy disks I found at a thrift store a number of years ago. At least some of them were apparently 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 specific definition of this SIG was found in a previous 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’ve been splitting up the contents of this disk (descriptively labeled “File Disk”) since it contains a number of documents, some of which are pretty long. A 5.25″ floppy disk can still hold an impressive amount of info when it is just text. (see the previous parts here: 1, 2, 3, 4).
The document included in this post is a poll about computing in the nude.
read 3 #3 5-OCT-1985 09:54:16 NEWMAIL From: BOS1A::CABUYS "CONNIE" To: JOEY,JOHNMYSELF,RODM,CABUYS Subj: msg from Insiders sig 1711 4-OCT-18:58: Using Delphi *FlagShip* Poll From: JSP To: ALL 4. A BUFF, ER', AH QUESTION., created by WUNDERKIND. Creation date: OCT 4,1985 Well.... After discovering that Ole Steg, AND I both do this.... We thought it would be in the Public interest to settle this Burning issue... To put it, Ah, bluntly: Do you Telecompute in the Buff? Or otherwise oddly attired? Don't worry, your responses are Anon, and you will not be the subject of any, ah unusual, ah, mail... To better serve you, and our SIG. Wunderkind. CHOICE VOTES PERCENT ------ ----- ------- YES 1 50% NO 1 50% ----- TOTAL VOTE: 2 Type "VOTE" to vote, "READ" to read comments, [return] for next poll: MAIL>