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June 13th, 2001

Scopes

Does anyone else remember “scopes?”

At a time where no one had heard of the Internet and only a few scattered people used BBSes, one’s net worth could be estimated by the number of scopes that he owned. Even as a youngster, I owned two scopes of my own.

So what exactly were these “scopes?” Nothing more than additional charges to your local phone bill that extended the your “local calling area.” So one of my scopes allowed me to call Cherry Hill for 20 hours a month for $3 rather than pay 10 or 12 cents a minute. And that extra space meant a lot of extra BBSes that I could waste my time on.

Even then, scopes were rarely mentioned by the phone company (you had to specifically ask about them), but today I don’t think they even exist. Kind of a shame, really, as they were good status symbol indicators of the early online world. -ram

Posted in Technology

FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday June 13, 2001 -- 10:37:41AM
I've heard so much talk lately about how great BBS'es were. Is this legit nostalgia, or are the experienced geeks of the world just out to make me jealous?



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday June 13, 2001 -- 10:41:14AM
Robert -- BBSes were a lot of fun, but I don't think they could really succeed today competing with the Internet. BBSes had a much smaller, more tight-knit (and usually more localized) community. Discussions were active, online games were fun, and occasional meetings or face-to-face get-togethers were more noteworthy because no one had pictures posted on web sites or anything, so nobody knew what anyone else looked like.

And, yeah, most of us were geeks. Or teens looking for porn.



FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday June 13, 2001 -- 11:01:25AM
Don't forget the scary face-to-face meetings (loser adults, and the like).



FROM: Rob
DATE: Wednesday June 13, 2001 -- 11:33:51AM
Ryan just did this Ping so he could gloat and be all old school hardcore geek and all that. :P



FROM: Tina
DATE: Wednesday June 13, 2001 -- 2:37:23PM
Isn't the word "geek" the carnival workers' term for the guy who bites the heads off of live chickens? I think the correct term for Ryan's computer musings is "nerd". Ryan, King of Network Nostalgia! :)



FROM: Rob
DATE: Wednesday June 13, 2001 -- 2:58:03PM
Well... given that definition... I think Ryan's a geek, too.



FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday June 13, 2001 -- 3:14:05PM
But, he is not a "dork". That means "penis".



FROM: liz
DATE: Wednesday June 13, 2001 -- 8:52:24PM
the word geek has been reclaimed by the techie community. according to microserfs, by doug coupland, geek implies having money, where nerd does not. one can now be a computer geek, an anime geek, or a geek for peanut m&ms, among other things.

today's lesson in semantics has been brought to you by the letter "I" and the words "have too much time on my hands."



FROM: Matt
DATE: Thursday June 14, 2001 -- 12:51:19AM
Liz- this reclaiming of the term geek reminds me of the episode of the Simpsons that talked about how the gay community had reclaimed the word queer.



FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday June 14, 2001 -- 8:49:33AM
Matt--I think that happened MANY moons ago.

A few years ago I read in a John Leo essay that there was a movement among some transsexuals to reclaim "monster". Sounds a bit far-fetched, though.



FROM: Rob
DATE: Thursday June 14, 2001 -- 9:44:18AM
Liz - If geek implies having money, then there's no such thing as an anime geek. Trust me. :P



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DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:25:24 pm



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