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ChromeLite: experience the ASCII Web of yesteryear

Have you ever wondered what the Web was like before the Mosaic Web browser? If you were born in the last 20-odd years, or you only discovered your inner geek recently, did you miss out on monochrome monitors and the dial-up BBS era? Well, here's your chance to get a sneak peek at history: grab the ChromeLite extension and marvel as the entire Web is transformed into ASCII characters. Now,...

Uncensored is a simple online BBS with intelligent content

Uncensored isn't the first BBS I'm covering for DownloadSquad. But this one seems to have some actual users, which makes it interesting for me. Uncensored bills itself as a "fun alternative to the Information Stupidhighway". See what they did there? Eh? Clever! What it actually is (as far as I was able to tell) is a very simple messaging system. You don't have to access it via telnet like in the...

AEIN tries to bring paid BBSes back from the dead

I grew up in Fidonet and the BBS culture. I remember whole nights spent online in my early teens, slugging my way through text MUDs (multi-user D&D games). I really liked it. But it's gone. Times have moved on, things have changed. We now have graphics. Apparently, one Zach Perry takes issue with that. He has recently launched AEIN, or Alternative Electronic Information Network. In a...

ASCIImeo lets you watch Vimeo in ASCII (and it's retro-awesome)

It seems like HD is all the rage these days. A friend of mine recently did a month-long market research before putting down a sizable lump of cash for a 47-inch behemoth. And yes, it really is very impressive. Still, sometimes I find myself wanting to go back to simpler times; back when men were real men, and ASCII animations were all the rage. Why I remember back in the good old BBS and...

Long live the humble BBS, and the current state of file sharing

32 years ago today, the first electronic bulletin board system -- or BBS -- was born. As the brainchild of a nerd stuck in the Great Blizzard of 1978, the first BBS was created as a way to circumvent the fundamental, age-old rules of socializing -- it was merely a a digital version of the bulletin boards found in the foyers of libraries and churches around the world. We had been making use of the...

ForumMatrix - Compare forum software side-by-side

ForumMatrix is a handy comparison matrix to check if you are thinking about running a public forum and aren't sure what forum software to use, or if you already do run a forum and want to switch to a different package. You can select different packages from their list and compare the details (license, features, cost, etc.) side-by-side in a easy to follow table. If you aren't sure where to start...

Chinswing: mixing message boards and podcasting

As more and more computer users are adding microphones and webcams to their PCs for making phone calls, podcasts, or embarrassing videos to post online, the way we think about web content is changing. Cranky old man voice: Back in my day, I dialed up a BBS with a 2400-baud modem, and if I wanted to "talk" to someone, I'd post a message and wait for a response. Flash forward to 2006 and you've...