@kuoh@yakkoTDI That was exactly my path as well. I did lurk on SD for years during the FW heyday, and eventually registered there and became kinda active once FW went Japanese. The SD vibe was never as fun though. I think the FW crowd was the ancestral DNA of the Mehtizen…
@shahnm@yakkoTDI Still remember my first purchase on that “shady” new site with the weird deal of the day sales model. The BFG Asylum Ti4200, which turned out to be a snafu that worked Snapster so hard, his mouse broke under the strain! Then I had to think long and hard before deciding to take another risk when the BOC came around.
@shahnm I was a regular user of Ben’s Bargains back in the day but, while it still exists, I don’t find much of interest there these days.
(Meh seems to be following a similar course, but maybe I have just reached my lifetime crap quota.)
@danoinct Me too. They had amazing tech deals at times, and their auction system was unique and made it a little easier to win at a lower price if you were quick.
We got a brand new LaserJet 6MP (the postscript-equipped one aimed at Mac use) for a ridiculously low price, and I picked up a couple of new in box DEC Alphastation 200s for an insane price when they were still available new at retail. Never got close to those deals anywhere else since (and they were reportedly making money even at that).
And some DEC Multia systems that were intended as enhanced client systems but could be turned into inexpensive standalone computer systems with a little bit of effort. One was my first Linux system.
Best part: their site worked with the Lynx browser, a text-based browser that would run on a 24x80 terminal which I had easier access to at times than a PC or Mac with a browser. I really still miss them.
@danoinct@f00l I never owned a modem with acoustic coupler but at my university most of the terminal rooms in my first year or two had a coupler and phone by each terminal, and a LOT of competition for not enough dial in lines.
I saved up and bought a Hayes MicroModem II for my Apple ][plus and used that from home for a couple of years. “Direct Connect” was the way.