Delphi, Genie and the World of Online
I was a huge Delphi user in the early 90s. I very briefly moderated a role playing chat room with a CBGBs vibe. But more often I was exploring the loop hole that the customer support area didn’t count against your 20 hours, so you could just sit there and direct message your friends for essentially infinite time. Was my first exposure to online dating. 😂
It does bring back memories. Someone, I don't know who, one day in 1983 or so wrote a program in Atari Basic to dial phone numbers starting at nnn-0000 in our calling area (at night when my parents wouldn't notice the phone line tied up continuously) to check if there was a modem at the other end. If there was another modem at the other end the program would write the number to a disk file to investigate the next day, or weekend. Then it would go to nnn-0001 and repeat the process. Yes I was young and stupid- mostly stupid! It did find several computers on the other end but never the holy grail of a game company that had all their stuff "online". lol
wow...that Hayes model really brought back memories...
And then for those of us not swimming in money, there was the venerable BBS :)