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Old 03-03-2014, 02:40 PM
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You mean the days when people had their conversations in person or written on paper? Nothing's preventing you from favouring that form of communication if you prefer it. You choose to participate in online forums. Price of admission.

Abbreviations for online forums go back way before the internet was a "thing." It was around of course, but only the government used it. The rest of us would login to a BBS with our ULTRA FAST 2400 baud modems and do basically what we do here. But slower. Because a 2400 baud modem wasn't actually remotely fast, never mind ultra. You paid attention to each and every character you wrote. They downloaded so slow you could actually see the individual letters downloading. 2400 bits per second, 8 bits per letter. Of course, that's the maximum speed of the modem, not accounting for latency because the other computer was on the other side of the country, or the fact that it was running on a desktop with a whopping 512 kB RAM in some guy's basement. And of course, you may or may not have been paying long-distance charges to call that computer on the other side of the country.

With cell phones what they are today, teenagers think they invented this shit. lol. That means "laughing out loud" btw.

Yeah, thread derailed. But it's a thread about smoking weed. You don't expect that to remain clear and focused, do you?
Yehaw, that was a fast bbs service .. I ran my first bbs on a 286 with a micro co-processor so I had improved math calculations.. I had an OLD 45meg MFD hard drive in it (the large ones that look like small clocks) ahah my first BBS "experience" was with the old phone literally plugged into the modem.. the first bbs I ran was dual modem 1200.. SMOKING fast. ..

Thanks for the nostalgia.. still hate aolese but it did and does have its place. (take a step back and really how different is it then shorthand... *shrugs* )
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:59 PM
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Yehaw, that was a fast bbs service .. I ran my first bbs on a 286 with a micro co-processor so I had improved math calculations.. I had an OLD 45meg MFD hard drive in it (the large ones that look like small clocks) ahah my first BBS "experience" was with the old phone literally plugged into the modem.. the first bbs I ran was dual modem 1200.. SMOKING fast. ..

Thanks for the nostalgia.. still hate aolese but it did and does have its place. (take a step back and really how different is it then shorthand... *shrugs* )
Curiously, I met both Liam and Jai originally through the local BBS system. Jai was a sysop; Liam was a gamer on the BBSes. We had an active BBS community, with summer volleyball games and BBQs, which is how I ended up meeting Jai in person. I didn't actually meet Liam in person until college, which is just as well -- given the 12 year age difference, had I met him during my adolescence he'd've probably been firmly categorized as "adult; off-limits". In adulthood, well, he was only two years off my comfortable upper age limit.

I still recall sysops talking about whether the increasingly modem speed was a good thing -- who could read faster than 9600 bps or up?
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:17 PM
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Okay I'll bite ...

I don't mind web abbreviations (and will often use them myself, especially the ol' classics). As long as it's not every stinking word.

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That sort of thing bug the rest of you's guys? Cuz it sure bugs me! AAAUUUGGGHHH

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Old 03-04-2014, 04:36 AM
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I still recall sysops talking about whether the increasingly modem speed was a good thing -- who could read faster than 9600 bps or up?
Considering I ran a large multi node bbs. I had pirate software, adult "stuff" in all its possible forms at the time and about 40 online games.. I never questioned speed. I only wondered when the freedom of the internet would crush the limitations of a bbs ..

Kevin.. officially my brain exploded... *splooooosh*
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Old 03-04-2014, 03:23 PM
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Kevin, that HURT!

And I am SO glad SC brought up that this type of thing has been going on long before texting was even a thing. Used to be called "Elitespeak", or 1337.

My aged heart was happy to see B1ff mentioned in there.

Other common acronyms of the time were ROFL (more prevalent than LOL), or ROFLMAO, or bracketized things like <g> for "grin", <eg> for "evil grin", <vbg> for "very big grin", etc.

And we wore onions on our belts, as that was the style at the time...

As for the topic of the thread, haven't since college (quite a few years ago, now) - job won't allow it, and I've found out (by hanging out with a musician friend of Chops') that I really don't like being surrounded by it anymore, anyway. My lungs, they burn! *hack* *kaff*
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:18 PM
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Kevin, that HURT!

And I am SO glad SC brought up that this type of thing has been going on long before texting was even a thing. Used to be called "Elitespeak", or 1337.

My aged heart was happy to see B1ff mentioned in there.

Other common acronyms of the time were ROFL (more prevalent than LOL), or ROFLMAO, or bracketized things like <g> for "grin", <eg> for "evil grin", <vbg> for "very big grin", etc.

And we wore onions on our belts, as that was the style at the time...

As for the topic of the thread, haven't since college (quite a few years ago, now) - job won't allow it, and I've found out (by hanging out with a musician friend of Chops') that I really don't like being surrounded by it anymore, anyway. My lungs, they burn! *hack* *kaff*
And don't forget, asci art attempts to create alternate smileys for fun affects on a black background ..

http://www.emoticonfun.org/

I always hated the term l33t. I disliked the way people used it. I would have been considered "elite" back in my younger days, but still used fully formed sentences and words haha.. its way I turned the phrase into aolese. *shrugs*

You forgot one very popular acronym the l33t used frequently.. single line response to any question about *nix...

RTFM...

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Those were the days!

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"And we wore onions on our belts, as that was the style at the time ..."
... actual literal onions? Wow ...

... to kill the smell of the MJ smoke, right?
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:14 PM
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A whole onion? How was it affixed to your belt? Why wear an onion?
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:23 PM
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At risk of further thread derailment, it's a Grandpa Simpson quote from a bajillion years ago, give or take a year:

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We can't bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell 'em stories that don't go anywhere - like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. “Give me five bees for a quarter,” you'd say.

Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:32 PM
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Hmm, ok.
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