18 May

The BBS Documentary


I was listening to Off the Hook (episode of May 14, 2009) and they had on there a premium for people pledging money for the station, where if you pledged 75 dollars or more, you could have the BBS Documentary on DVD.

This is a documentary on the BBS age. They interview a bunch of people who lived through that era during the 70’s and 80’s where people dialed in to these computers and could talk to people, share files and so on. It’s a whole culture, that existed before the graphical world wide web, which really kicked off in the early 90’s. I remember that time, though i wasn’t using BBS’s in the 70’s or 80’s, i was using them in the early 90’s.

The documentary looks amazing, i was looking at some clips from it. It’s for sale here, and you can get it in some cool-looking bundles, such as the DVD collection of ANSI art called “Dark Domain”, and another documentary called “Commodorks” for a total price of 60 US dollars, plus shipping.

The documentary is licenced under Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike licence (1), meaning: “Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only if they give the author or licensor the credits in the manner specified by these. Derivative works have to be released under the same licence.” Because of this, you can download this documentary legally. But, if you like it (like i did), consider supporting the author, and getting the DVD or bundles from their site, which can be found here. If you want the download, you could use this torrent, or this site which offers a lot of formats, such as the open-source friendly OGG.

(1) Source:  Wikipedia, Creative Commons Licenses

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