Copyright (c) 1993 by John E. Goodwin
Using a Modem
*Appendix C. Technical Details of an Internet Connection
Appendix D. Just Enough UNIX
Appendix E. The Ten Best Things To Get If You Only Have E-Mail
<Chapter 1> The Past and Future of Internetworking
There is an old fashioned way to connect with other computers and share information and there is a modern way. It is helpful to compare the two methods briefly in order to make contact with methods you may already know and to show off the advantages of using the Internet.
The old fashioned (ca. 1980) method of making contact with other computers is through a bulletin board service (BBS). Bulletin board services grew up in the late 70s as a method for sharing software, talking, playing games, etc. with a personal computer. They range in size from small special interest Bulletin Boards with a local following to giant national boards like CompuServe, GEnie, and The Source. You access a bulletin board with a modem and communication software by dialing a telephone nu