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BBS: The Documentary

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BBS: The Documentary (commonly referred to as BBS Documentary) is a 3-disc, 8-episode documentary about the subculture born from the creation of the bulletin board system (BBS) filmed by computer historian Jason Scott Sadofsky of textfiles.com.

Production work began in July 2001 and completed in December 2004. The finished product began shipping in May 2005.

Although the documentary was released under the Creative Commons Attribute-ShareAlike 2.0 License [1], meaning that anyone can legally download it for free, Jason Scott Sadofsky has made it known that the downloadable version is only a taste of the full experience and recommends that individuals purchase the documentary DVDs.

Episodes

Disc 1

  1. Baud: the beginnings of the first BBSes, featuring Ward Christensen and Randy Suess [39:12]

  2. SysOps and Users: experiences from those who used and operated BBSes [44:44]

Disc 2

  1. Make it Pay: the BBS industry of the 1980s and 90s [46:48]

  2. FidoNet: details the largest volunteer-run computer network in history [43:56]

  3. Artscene: the history of the ANSI Art Scene which thrived in the BBS world [42:41]

Disc 3

  1. HPAC (Hacking Phreaking Anarchy Cracking): hear from the users of "underground" BBSes [38:22]

  2. No Carrier: the end of the dial-up BBS and its integration into the Internet [21:32]

  3. Compression: the story of the PKWARE/SEA legal battle of the late 1980s [20:46]

BBS: The Documentary official website

http://www.bbsdocumentary.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBS:_The_Documentary

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