Telnet BBS Guide

I was waxing poetic the other day about the old BBS days.
In the early-to-mid 90’s, your online experience frequently consisted of dialing in to a bulletin board system, or BBS, with your modem. After the connection squeals subside, you were hooked to a remote computer running BBS software. You logged in with a user name and password, and then you had access to files, chats, email, and other cool stuff like that.
Then along came the WWW, and BBS’s began vanishing.
Or so I thought.
Today’s FamilyFirst pick is called the BBS Corner’s Telnet BBS Guide.

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Photo2Text.com

Today’s FamilyFirst site is a curious but irresistible mix of old and new.
When old goats like me were first trying out the WWW on 14,400 modems back about the time Windows 95 was released, ascii art was a hot commodity. In fact, a site I picked for a WorldVillage Bald Guy Pick was a museum of pictures created with plain old ascii characters. The site owner even honored me by painstakingly creating a bald guy!
Well, times have changed in the last twelve years. Most of us are connected to the web via broadband speeds at least as fast as leased T-1’s that cost hundreds of dollars per month. And those of us still stuck with dialup may see broadband available soon.

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The Childhood Goat Trauma Foundation

The world is a dangerous place. You have to look out for hazards of all sorts, and sometimes trauma can be inflicted from innocent situations.
One of the most heinous forms of traumatization comes from an unlikely source: petting zoos.
Sadly, many parents take their innocent children to these supposedly safe recreational diversions only to have them exposed to a horrible phenomenon: goat trauma.
Here’s the mission of today’s FamilyFirst site:
“The Childhood Goat Trauma Foundation was created in 1982 by a small group that originally came together as a an informal support group for problems that were the result of traumatic experiences at petting zoos as children. This group realized that there were many others out there who were afraid to come forward with their horrific stories and wanted to find some way to help as many people as they could. The Childhood Goat Trauma Foundation is the result of their dream. Through its programs and workshops, individuals from all walks of life have been able to live happier and more fulfilling lives, without the ever-present ghosts of their personal goat traumas. Some have even made such progress that they have been able to put their traumas completely behind them and rejoin mainstream society.”

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