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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

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When I was a kid, we didn’t have all these games like Call Of Duty or Halo. We didn’t even have the Internet as we do today; everything was dial-up, and you had scant choices of who to dial-up. There was Prodigy, Compuserve, America Online and a couple other big ones, but many hobbyists would connect to BBSes (bulletin board systems), which had messageboards that people could use for local discussion, files that they could download and online games. These were commonly referred to as ‘doors.’ I ran a BBS while in middle and high school. Where I lived, to call the next city over was long distance. A few people in the area started BBSes of their own and hosted games and discussions. The games were very basic as far as graphics go; in this video, you can see that everything is made up of text. Since everything was dial-up, this made things faster. Also, dial-up pre-Internet boom was usually 14,400bps or lower. I remember when I bought a 14,400bps modem at Software Etc. in the early 90’s for $200 – people said ‘why would you need something that fast? nobody will ever support it.’ Nowadays, it’s probably being hosted in a landfill, along with other ancient tech items. I still enjkoy BBS games and you can too – go look on Google for a program called SyncTerm – then use it to check out a Telnet BBS! One thing though – when you’re using it, hit Alt-Enter – it will make it fullscreen and very much like the experience we had back in the day.

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