Here is the facebook group. I never joined (although I enjoyed reading
the posts) and it looks like it has been pretty much abandoned. I wonder
what the denizens of the CVU BBS would think if they knew we were
reminiscing about them.
> 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.
> Craig Lyndes
>> 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,
>> 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
>> could type
>> "c somewhere.else.edu" ... and, if you went to the right host, you
>> also get a login prompt
>> Voila! Free internet access for all.
>> Except that someone (who operated a company called "Long Distance
>> was paying for all of those 1-800 calls. The monthly bills soon soared
>> 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
>> This was just a bit before Together.Net and Sover.Net came on board …
>> 1992, 1993 ???