Last September I briefly mentioned a guy who was working on a massive documentary about Bulletin Board Systems. Well it appears he’s finally done and the final result is a three disc region-free DVD set that has over 5 hours of episodes, 80 minutes of bonus footage, and a DVD-ROM section with thousands of photos, additional audio interviews, and various speeches. Most interesting of all the whole thing is covered by a Creative Commons license and Jason Scott explains why here.
SEB is the spiritual successor to the BBS system—Les’s Place—I used to run back in the 80’s and early 90’s so I’m particularly interested in seeing this documentary at some point. A lot of what I learned in running a BBS has gone into making SEB what it is today. The DVD set will set you back $50, but that’s not too bad considering the amount of content and the number of years Jason Scott invested in the project. If you’re feeling nostalgic for the days of 300 baud and Xmodem then you might want to check it out for yourself.