There is currently a facebook group called "My teenage social life
revolved around the CVU BBS". Tom Emerson who was quoted earlier has
twins who are teenagers (and is doing well as a programmer in Rhode
Island). Brad Porterlance is an IT person for the VT Court system. These
young people are leading amazing lives. Just one thing, they are middle
aged adults now....
This conversation makes me feel old.
> On Mar 17, 2012, at 10:40 AM, Ed Barry wrote:
>> I think it may have been the first "social network" in our area...
>> referred to back then as an electronic Bulletin Board. I think it may
>> have been hosted at CVU (Craig??) and later maybe at Champlain
>> College... or was it the other way around?
> CVU ran the Vermont EdNet … the crew there included Craig, Christopher
> Blaise, Jim Lawson, Stephanie Ploof, and others I never met. Chris, Jim,
> and soon Stephanie were graduating from CVU and enrolling at UVM. Craig,
> maybe Frank, wondered if there was a way to snag UVM into this.
> I remember[*] the meeting with Frank, Craig, Roger Lawson, maybe others
> … Frank would provide an incoming 800 number
> … Craig would provide skilled systems engineers
> … someone, I can't remember who, provided a DELL 486
> … someone also provided the eSoft software and the serial ports for the
> … UVM would provide 8 or 16 lines and … TA DA .. a terminal server !!!
> "wintermute.uvm.edu" was initially the terminal server … which had a
> "c winter mute" (connect to wintermute) … which took you to the eSoft
> system login prompt
> someone quirky found, and the news quickly (but silently spread), that you
> could type
> "c somewhere.else.edu" ... and, if you went to the right host, you would
> also get a login prompt
> Voila! Free internet access for all.
> Except that someone (who operated a company called "Long Distance North")
> was paying for all of those 1-800 calls. The monthly bills soon soared to
> the neighborhood of $100,000 a month.
> That experiment ended at the end of the school year.[**]
> Things slowly evolved from there … with wintermute eventually being an
> ultrix system and then a linux system.
> [*] current memory. if you do a google on wintermute.uvm.edu, you will
> find a slightly different memory … post BBS world.
> [**] I believe, but can't remember the details, but now have the
> impression that the person who funded the experiment knew his business …
> realized that the $100,000 a month in Vermont was an indicator of
> "untapped demand" for something that eventually became "internet access."
> This was just a bit before Together.Net and Sover.Net came on board …
> 1992, 1993 ???