getting retro-cool-term working on my nifty new Win10 with added WSL was a challenge as I’m not a unix guy and Win10 is new to me (I never used PowerShell as I’m a cmd line guy) but worthwhile when paired with gopher hooked into a brain-dump I did to a gopher I have back in 2016 archiving stuff I wrote 20 years past.
Me, 1994: going through part of my part of a “why online multiuser BBS’ can sometimes be better than reading offline and uploading” (although I preferred reading offline) and I made an analogy of “cable companies downloading all of the programs to VHS tapes for you to look at when you wanted to”.
I was doing a reverse psychology thing there but also I was ok with both ways as each had its charm (as does live TV vs what we now call streaming but did not exist in 1994 except as a dream everybody supposedly had)
I barely take advantage of it (streaming video except youtube sometimes as I’ve been on sort of a don’t-watch-TV kick since 2013) but the evolution of the home TV hard drive to the modem speeds high enough and server space cheap enough to sustain holding libraries of video — in higher definition than was possible in 1994 — is very cool and I approve of.
There’s still something special about live – which is why twitch streaming with chat etc is so popular – and it’s the same feeling of “live” that I liked when hooked into a BBS — a slight sense of anything-can-happen danger that’s not really danger — and I definitely understand the appeal.
Facebook is an interesting combination between chat room and message boards. They struck a decent balance I think.