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Agora Road's Macintosh Cafe Fellow Time Traveler 05/02/2021 (Sun) 19:06:06 No.1176 [Reply]
Hey check out the Y2K Community over at Agora Road https://forum.agoraroad.com/
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>>1344 Too bad. We could do with some more comfy sites.
>>1344 That sucks. He's made a similar post but with a different description and image, so I figured it was a real person. I figured it was a decent site because of that.
>>1409 >>1320 Hello, I need the captcha due to bots spamming up the site and the ads are to upkeep the forum. Also the date of birth thing idk about that. Its just the default registration fields that the software has.
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>>1452 So it's your site? Does that mean there's no bot involved?
>>1452 >hello i'm a shill not a bot Go back to reddit

Fellow Time Traveler 12/13/2019 (Fri) 22:50:50 No.233 [Reply]
What were BBSs like outside the West? I'm talking Japan, the USSR, etc. Japan had NEC PC-88s and 98s, what BBS software did they have? I imagine getting kanji to work on them must have been difficult. And the USSR had ZX Spectrum clones. Did these ever manage to get "online" at all?

t. Zoomer, thanks for any info
Japanese software still uses SJIS nowadays like it did in the 90s.
Look it up if you don't know what it is.
Also the current imageboard interface we use in the west derives from Japanese BBSs.
The west was more focused on Usenet and forums rather than BBSs.
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>Japanese software still uses SJIS nowadays like it did in the 90s.
>Look it up if you don't know what it is.
I know, I mean about how I imagine the lines of text early Japanese computers could display for kanji were probably not a lot and made things difficult.
>Also the current imageboard interface we use in the west derives from Japanese BBSs.
You mean textboards, I'm talking about traditional BBSs.
>The west was more focused on Usenet and forums rather than BBSs.
Asking about the 80s and early 90s though.
Japanese computers were specifically made to handle kanji and had higher resolutions than contemporary western computers, so there wasn't really any issue with kanji support. The higher resolution and larger color counts led to something known as CG (computer graphics) back then (now just called イラスト / illustrations since CG now usually refers to 3D graphics). It ranged from 8 color CG in the late 80s, to 16 and 256 color CG in the 90s and near the turn of the century 16 million colors were introduced.

Sharing CG on BBSs was really popular during the 90s and a lot of prominent BBSs even had their own custom advertisement CG. 16 color art dominated since the PC-98 was the most popular system in Japan during that era and it lend itself well to the anime art style. They also shared FM and midi music on BBSs, but CG was more popular. Other than that they used BBSs similarly to the west and shared files and talked about various things.

With the advent of the Internet, many CG artists created their own websites for their CG and a forum called NiftyServe gained a lot of popularity and BBSs started to lose their significance. A lot of CG artists had a really hard time to transition from 16 colors to 16 million colors and quit, but some artists like Wakachan and Goto-P are still active to this day.

As for what software they used, I can't give much information as it doesn't interest me much, but they did use their own software specific to Japanese computers. Some of it might be available in the vector.co.jp software library. The source of my information is visiting some BBS archives, a lot of CG artist and FM/midi music creator sites, plus other old Japanese sites and reading the tidbits of information they shared.

PS: Japanese BBSs had their version of newfags that wanted to get spoonfed called CG beggars.
>>238
Thank you for the info.

Now, for anyone else who might know, what about ZX Spectrum clones in the USSR?
>>238 Correction - NiftyServe was a popular commercial BBS service, but there was also a web based forum version. Both were closed down in the mid 2000s though.

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BBSes Fellow Time Traveler 04/28/2021 (Wed) 20:30:22 No.1160 [Reply]
So I've been thinking about "pre-social media" social media, e.g. telnet BBSes and such. It would be cool to have an official /retro/ BBS, although I know nothing about setting it up. I guess we can discuss such things here. (Also, pic related is telnet://heatwave.ddns.net:9640)
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>>1167 no, the connection is completely different telnet is a direct connection which opens a tcp shell on the server, with http you dont create a shell you send requests and the server sends responses (ie. html pages that are rendered client side) also nice non standard character set >>1167
>>1177 Might want to see if your client or terminal can decode CP437, I imagine that's what conventional BBSes from back in the day used.
>>1160 I made a quick emulator out of curiosity , not a real bbs but just the site parsed into the console, just a lazy proof of concept played around with trying to get images to render as ascii art but it all looked like shit, also no posting because captcha is a jpeg, I was going to make it download it and open it outside the terminal with system calls, but thats gay and unaesthetic so I didnt bother, gotta be tty bro link [ https://www64.zippyshare.com/v/aLVfWgyv/file.html ] also works for windows niggers
>>1212 >inb4 press 'h' for instructions
>>1212 >pre-compiled, binary blob. No thanks, fucking glownigger. Who do you think we are? Post the source and we can take things from there, kthxbye.

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Infinity Cup poll Fellow Time Traveler 04/22/2021 (Thu) 17:54:09 No.1115 [Reply]
Hey guys, /icup/ here with a question on how we're going to handle the next iteration of the Infinity Cup ( https://anon.cafe/icup/ ) We're trying to poll whether certain boards are interested in playing in the cup, or if there's some specific team that you'd like to see play. If you want to, please answer or add your own answer to the poll in https://poal.me/6x3j1u
This is spam. Ignore.

Retro /tech/ Fellow Time Traveler 09/21/2019 (Sat) 15:00:45 No.108 [Reply] [Last]
Retro /tech/.

PDAs, pagers, old mobile phones, mp3 players. I miss them. They were so less intrusive to privacy.

It sounds really weird, but I'd love it if I could somehow still have a pager as opposed to a cell phone.
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File Restoration Thread Fellow Time Traveler Root 08/03/2020 (Mon) 16:25:17 No.730 [Reply]
Augh. So I accidentally the /retro/ files. Here's a thread where you can restore files. How it works Dump files that existed before on the board and they will magically get fixed. File limits? 5 files at a time, 20MB maximum.
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There's the Chicago95 theme for XFCE. https://github.com/grassmunk/Chicago95
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>>897 I used to use that one when I was using Linux.
>>897 >>898 Good taste anons. Thanks for sharing.

I am the Web King of '99 and here is the story... Fellow Time Traveler 02/10/2020 (Mon) 16:31:46 No.388 [Reply]
Truly, we have all gathered here to find network spirituality and network unity through the correct praxis, not by using political molecules. Gather around and let me tell you the secret and story of a world that was once zephyred as the "digital revolution"
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Can the jannies please clean up this thread (by deleting it)?
>>819 I see this more often. Is it the new they're?
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Fellow Time Traveler 04/06/2020 (Mon) 07:37:43 No.475 [Reply]
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>>477 This. I miss more when owning your movies/music was the norm, before streaming took over. Sure you can still buy physical CDs/DVDs, but nowadays those get released less and less. Also you have shit like Bluray that will outright refuse to play on certain devices... On the bright side we can now rip music from streaming platforms so I guess that's the next best thing?
I have a Family Video near me that's going strong ever since Blockbuster went bust.
>>831 The one where I live went out of business recently. It's sad, but I was glad it was able to hang on for so long. Some of my fondest early childhood memories include renting Super Nintendo games from a Family Video store.
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Webring Fellow Time Traveler 11/21/2019 (Thu) 14:09:58 No.193 [Reply]
Hey there! I have aided some buddies of mine in creating a retro webring in the hopes of inspiring others to make some of their own. Feel free to check it out

https://lawn19.neocities.org/
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>>193 >niggermania kek
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>>825 Baste.
>>818 I recognize 4 out of 5 of these. Gotta step my game up.
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A thread about old software revival projects Fellow Time Traveler 04/08/2020 (Wed) 00:05:16 No.481 [Reply]
I recently found out about Escargot (https://escargot.log1p.xyz/) which is a MSN Messenger revival project so let's have a thread about other projects to revive old software / games. There's also a really nice one for AIM too. http://iwarg.ddns.net/aim/ Missing file >>1389
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