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djfraggle t1_j6ar6gj wrote

This makes me miss BBSs. Good times.


RedtheGamer100 t1_j6b1227 wrote



merlinsbeers t1_j6b1pyu wrote


Think Reddit, but downloading a picture took 45 minutes.


djfraggle t1_j6bshrk wrote

There were no actual pictures in the 80s other than ASCII art and maybe rasters. What you're talking about sounds more like Usenet in the 90s. I must've already been off of BBSs at this point and getting free AOL for a month, then cancelling.


genital_furbies t1_j6cnqlr wrote

I remember a classmate brought ASCII art of nude women that were printed on his dads dot matrix printer on the green and white striped paper to school he got off a bbs back in the day.


merlinsbeers t1_j6bzixu wrote


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>The Graphics Interchange Format (GIF; GHIF or JIF , see pronunciation) is a bitmap image format that was developed by a team at the online services provider CompuServe led by American computer scientist Steve Wilhite and released on 15 June 1987. It is in widespread usage on the World Wide Web due to its wide support and portability between applications and operating systems. The format supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image, allowing a single image to reference its own palette of up to 256 different colors chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of up to 256 colors for each frame.

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djfraggle t1_j6cb2nf wrote

Well I guess they weren't available on my C64 then :)


kabekew t1_j6fwsov wrote

Yes, there were pictures! All kinds of paint programs and image formats. My handheld photo scanner saved in GIF format (dithered) but I also remember TIFF, Targa (TGA) formats, and Paintbrush (PCX) formats that could store digitized photo images.


djfraggle t1_j6brtj1 wrote

Somewhat of a precursor to the internet. People would set them up on their computers and you could call them on your modem. Phreakers knew how to manipulate the phone system to bypass toll charges, so they'd call all around the country for free.


wnfakind t1_j6boz3w wrote

Holy hell, it’s been awhile since I’ve heard that. Some weird shit went down these days