Entry written on August 8th.
Someone pointed out a MajorBBS torrent to me. I’ve downloaded that particular collection and put it up on the BBS Software collection. The directory with the files that I got is here. Specifically, the zip file has the jaunty name of “MBBS4EVER”, that kind of overly ambitious and breathless filename I like to see on a collection.
It’s quite a collection, too; probably would have fetched a pretty penny way back when (1992-1994 era software). The listing is here, and you can see the effort put in to make a “complete” collection, or at least one where any reasonable person wouldn’t complain about the contents being lacking in any way. I especially like the “how-to” and “R&D” portions of the descriptive text, where the compilers tried different configurations with the software. This is meant to run in the present day.
I interviewed Scott Brinker for the BBS Documentary; he’d left the company many years previous but had a great collection of memories and feelings about that time. He’d moved on and not moved on, which is the kind of blend anybody who cares about what they do should have. Those hours of interview will get up on the archive.org collection soon. It was one of the best, which is why his interview is all over the final work.
I also dedicated the MAKE IT PAY episode to Tim Stryker, who created MajorBBS, ran Galacticomm, and then retired and committed suicide.
Galacticomm as an entity still exists; the webpage is over here and doesn’t give a full listing of the large, interesting history of Galacticomm. This important task is instead being done to near perfection by themajorbbs.com, which is collecting photographs, histories and software related to MajorBBS and its company. They have documents that I’ll probably swipe for my own collection, including customer letters and announcements.
I wish there was more in the way of efforts like this to preserve the history of BBSes, but some were definitely one-person affairs with less than a few dozen adherents. More than once I’ve been told by an author that the copy of the BBS I scraped up is one the original author doesn’t even have any more.
The search never ends for these little artifacts. It’s delightful when I see others down in the woods with me.
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