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BBS: The Documentary (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | Video 21 May 2005
Through eight episodes, director Jason Scott covers the 25 year history of the Dial-Up Bulletin Board System, a modem-connected computer system that let others connect to a computer over a ... See full synopsis »
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Kerri Adams Kerri Adams ... Self
Christopher Allen Christopher Allen ... Self
Jay Andrews Jay Andrews ... Self
Alan Aspuru-Guzik Alan Aspuru-Guzik ... Self
Ben Baker Ben Baker ... Self
Cliff Barber Cliff Barber ... Self
Ted Beatie Ted Beatie ... Self
Phil Becker Phil Becker ... Self
B.W. Behling B.W. Behling ... Self
Wayne Bell Wayne Bell ... Self
Brian J. Bernstein Brian J. Bernstein ... Self
Loyd Blankenship Loyd Blankenship ... The Mentor
Leif Bloomquist Leif Bloomquist ... Self
Bootleg Bootleg ... Self
John Brandt John Brandt ... Self
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Through eight episodes, director Jason Scott covers the 25 year history of the Dial-Up Bulletin Board System, a modem-connected computer system that let others connect to a computer over a phone line and leave messages and trade files. Containing 200 interviews, episodes mostly consist of elaborate montages of dozens of people composing a narrative.

BAUD is an introduction to the start of the BBS. SYSOPS AND USERS is a montage of stories and thoughts on running BBSes. FIDONET covers the amateur network of computers called Fidonet. MAKE IT PAY covers the BBS Industry. ARTSCENE covers the ANSI art scene of the 1990s. HPAC covers Hacking and Phreaking BBSes. COMPRESSION discusses the ARC-ZIP battle of 1988. NO CARRIER discusses the "end" of the dial-up BBS.

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Pre-Internet nostalgic ride!
18 June 2008 | by selvamanikSee all my reviews

This is a very comprehensive, and almost complete history said by the guys who did it in the BBS Era.

If you have been in at least one BBS and know what that culture is, please purchase this documentary and save it in you personal locker to cherish forever.

This documentary is simply awesome in understanding the importance and sweetness of good old Pre-Internet personal communications of humans.

For other Nineties+ kids you should still see this to learn how simple, personal, and non-chaotic, Adventures and fun BBS communities where before the Internet.

A Must have for BBS era nerds.

ATH +++


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$20,000 (estimated)
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