"In 1984, Tom Jennings wished to move messages from his MS-DOS-based Fido BBS to that of a friend, John Madil. As Jennings was the author of the Fido BBS, he was able to quickly modify it to extract messages from a specially-designated local message base and queue them for sending to the remote BBS. As US telephone rates are much lower in the middle of the night, he wrote a separate external program to run this email transfer for one designated hour to exchange mail with the other node.

This soon grew to more nodes, reaching 200 by early in 1985. The nodelist, a list of all known active nodes in the public FidoNet, was developed as a distributed external file and was initially maintained by Jennings. The reserved mail transfer hour became enshrined as "national mail hour," and is preserved today despite current technology being capable of intermixing mail transfer and BBS access."

Source: Randy Bush, FidoNet: Technology, Use, Tools, and History, 1992. link)

"In 1984, FidoNet had only 132 nodes; by 1995, the number had grown to more than 35,000 worldwide."

"An interesting measure of BBS activity worldwide is the International FidoNet, a network of bulletin boards started by Tom Jennings in 1984 that shares electronic mail and message conferences. The percentage of BBS activity represented by FidoNet has been relatively stable at about 27 percent for a number of years. FidoNet membership is compiled in a telephone directory called a "nodelist" which is published each Friday. In the first week of March this year [1993], the FidoNet nodelist sported 19,960 entries. This would indicate a worldwide BBS population of nearly 74,000 systems."

Source: Jack Rickard, Home-grown BB$, Wired, 1993. link)

BIONIC Mailbox

Contributors to this page: 1.0 .
Page last modified on Tuesday 25 of September, 2007 12:08:50 CEST by 1.0.