• Tag Archives computer arcana
  • Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #8 (part 17)

    A summary for those that haven’t been keeping up with this series:

    I found a bunch of 5.25″ disks at a thrift store a number of years ago. I finally got around to acquiring a 5.25″ disk drive and extracting the contents a while back. Since then I have been posting the contents here.

    Based on the contents, at least some of these disks 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 on one of the disks: “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, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16).

    This post contains the contents of a few different document, each containing either Delphi related announcements or specifically Close Encounters SIG related announcements.

    ===
    SEPDEAAN.DOC
    ===

    
     5  26-SEP  BRIEF TIG*LINES #3
     
     Tiglon  has permitted us to republish Tig*Lines Issue Three in
     our General Information Database.  Thanks Gayle!
     
     
     7  24-SEP  BRIEF TRANSCRIPT 9/21/85 CO
     
     The transcript  of the 9/21/85 conference on
     AFTERPLAY is now available in the Open Forum Database.
     
     
     8  22-SEP  BRIEF TIGLON'S FANTASY
     
     Tiglon has submitted a new entry to our Fantasy database.  It's
     *guaranteed* to raise your temperature!  It's titled "For My
     Love".  Thanks Gayle!
     
     
     9  22-SEP  BRIEF MADONNA'S POEM
     
     Madonna has submitted a new poem to our Poetry database.  The title
     is "I Can Almost Feel You".  Thanks Madonna!
     
     
     12  17-SEP  BRIEF TRANSCRIPT 9/14/85 CO
     
     
     Now available in the General Information Database:  Transcript of the
     9/14/85 conference "Why Do You Come On Line?"
     
     N
    
    

    ===
    SEPMEAN.DOC
    ===

    
     6  26-SEP  BRIEF MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS
     
     Please take a few minutes to review the revised membership messages. 
     To get there, type at the ENCOUNTER> prompt, ANN, then MEM. Scan will
     give you the list.  Thank you.
     
     
     11  18-SEP  BRIEF CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT
     
     
     FALL MEMBERSHIP CONTEST!!
     
     Now through October 25, 1985, DELPHI will be sponsoring its annual
     Membership Contest.  The prize is a Weekend Get-away at a Hyatt or
     Ramada Inn in the city of your choice, arranged by Fresh Pond Travel
     of Cambridge, MA.  Travel expenses excluded.
     
     To participate in the contest, all you do is have friends, relatives,
     and co-workers sign-up for DELPHI at a discounted price of $10 (for a
     life-time membership and one free evening hour).
     
     To sign-up at the special discounted rate, have the person dial the
     DELPHI number (617) 576-0862 and type CONTEST as the Username and
     then the username of the person who refers him as the Password.
     
     DELPHI will keep track of how many new members sign-up using your
     Username and award the prize to the Username that has the most new
     members as of October 25, 1985.  There is a minimum of 10 sign-ups
     needed to qualify for the contest.
    
    

    ===
    SEPWH.DOC
    ===

    
    read 10  5
    
      5  10-SEP  NBRIEF POEM BY RODM
    
    
    
    A new poem, "From A Meeting On-Line", has been submitted to the Poetry Database.
    The author of the poem is Rodm.  Post any comments you have about the poem in
    the Poetry section of the Forum.
    
    ANNOUNCE>(SCAN, READ, POST, DELETE, EDIT or EXIT):  
    
    

  • Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #8 (part 15)

    A summary for those that haven’t been keeping up with this series:

    I found a bunch of 5.25″ disks at a thrift store a number of years ago. I finally got around to acquiring a 5.25″ disk drive and extracting the contents a while back. Since then I have been posting the contents here.

    Based on the contents, at least some of these disks 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 on one of the disks: “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, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14).

    The contents of this post is from a document called ROD.DOC. A letter from Connie to Rod regarding their then new relationship. I believe this content or something very much like it was included in a