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James Glieck: Life is different with email

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CraniacPerson was signed in when posted
06-26-2002
02:50 PM ET (US)
We used to have a Vic 20 with a 300 baud modem in 1983, high school. BBS days.

Gleick made a ton of money from selling pipeline. How do people know to just start a company? It amazes me. We corresponded very briefly about attention deficit when he was writing "Faster". This was before he crashed the experimental plane and lost his son and one of his legs. I can't imagine what that must have been like.

I think the Salon article is as good as the book itself.
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Chris JohnsonPerson was signed in when posted
06-26-2002
05:57 AM ET (US)
I know I've had an email address since at least '91 -- that's the year I started Uni. Possibly I had one earlier, since I was doing work for a Uni department. My first Newspost was May 6 '92. But before that I had a modem and BBS accounts. And before *that* I remember watching my mother use a 300 baud accustic coupler to hook up to the Uni mainframe from home.

I really can't recall the first time I experienced or witnessed a digital communication.
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Eli the BeardedPerson was signed in when posted
06-25-2002
04:21 PM ET (US)
I remember it all vividly, because I started an Internet company in the summer of 1993. And I remember
talking to my friends about it, and people thought I was nuts.


If people thought he was nuts it was his reasons for starting
an ISP. He had an account previously with Panix
in NYC, but when the pine(?) 'filter' program lost his
mail due to a bug, he got a bug up his ass and blamed
Panix.

Ten years later Pipeline (his ISP) is no more and Panix
is still strong and still sells shell accounts. Now they
recommend the use of procmail, though.

You can find a lot of the animosity archived in Google Groups.
Funnily enough a lot of the 'cheap' alternatives
to Panix are gone, perhaps they priced themselves too low.

one huge thread

Disclaimer: I've been a panix customer for about six years now.
Edited 06-25-2002 04:26 PM

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