I was going to leave links to new map posts on this blog as I went but I’ve changed my mind. It will just clutter up the landscape. So to get automatic notification of what I’m going to be talking about go to my map the color blue, head over to Hub View, select the Community tab and pick up the RSS feed or the email option. Finally, here’s an extract from Ron Albright’s introduction to the Disktop Publishing Association Bulletin Board System nearly 20 years ago. See how far we’ve come! Imagine how far we’ll go in the next 20 years!
The "First Wave" of publishing was restricted to manuscripts hand- copied by transcribers and available only to the rich. The "Second Wave" started in 1455 with Gutenberg's printing press which made books and other material widely available to all. The "Third Wave," just beginning to swell in the information ocean, is the one that will sweep us into the next century. It is the wave of "electronic publishing." The "Disktop Publishing" bulletin board system ("BBS") is your "surfboard" to ride this new wave of information access. The Disktop Publishing BBS is a Wildcat! system dedicated all interested in the dissemination of information in electronic ("computer readable") format. The system is a single-line BBS that operates 24 hours per day at 205-854-1660. The modem online is a U.S. Robotics Courier and supports V.32/V.42 communications at 1200/2400/9600 bps. Anyone - particularly authors, publishers, and consumers of on-disk publishing - are sure to find something of interest on the BBS.
– The Disktop Publishing BBS – The Epicenter of Electronic Publishing by “Ron Albright, Sysop” (1991?) via Jason Scott’s fantastic textfiles.com website. And thanks, Mr. Albright, you were a pioneer.