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  • Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #9 (part 8)

    Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #9 (part 8)




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

    I found a number of 5.25″ disks at a thrift store several 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 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 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.”

    This service was text based and was accessed via whatever terminal program you used on your computer 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 probably wouldn’t exist in such archives even if they existed.




    This post includes the contents of OCTDA.DOC and OCTPOL.DOC. These are announcements about various polls that can be voted on from October and November 1985. There is significant overlap but unique stuff in both.

    See the previous post here.

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    OCTDA.DOC
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    30-OCT  BRIEF POLLS & DATABASE
    
    New in the Fantasies Database:  Party Time by Crosscuts
    
    The Woman's Day polls have been submitted to the Database in the General
    Information area.
    
    New polls have been added by Rodm.  Please vote!
    
    
    26-OCT  BRIEF TRANSCRIPTS
    
    The transcripts of the Conference on Sex Magazines is now in the Open Forum
    database.
    
    The Conference on "Why Marry?" is now in the Open Forum database.
    
    3-NOV  BRIEF TWO POLLS MOVED
    
    The polls on the number of Sig Members and Teenagers Within The Sig have been
    moved to the General Information Database.
     
    

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    OCTPOL.DOC
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    30-OCT  BRIEF POLLS & DATABASE
    
    New in the Fantasies Database:  Party Time by Crosscuts
    
    The Woman's Day polls have been submitted to the Database in the General
    Information area.
    
    New polls have been added by Rodm.  Please vote!
    
    
    23-OCT  BRIEF SIG MEMBERS POLL
    
    Be sure to cast your vote in the new poll titled "SIG MEMBERS."
    
    
    19-OCT  BRIEF CO TIME POLL
    
    Check out the new poll on conference time.  Let me know what time is best for 
    you to be able to attend (without being late).  Thank you.
    
    5-OCT  BRIEF WD POLLS
    
    Please vote on the Woman's Day Polls #1 thru #7!
    
    3-NOV  BRIEF TWO POLLS MOVED
    
    The polls on the number of Sig Members and Teenagers Within The Sig have been
    moved to the General Information Database.
    
    

  • Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #9 (part 7)




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

    I found a number of 5.25″ disks at a thrift store several 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 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 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.”

    This service was text based and was acc