NETWORKING (May, 1982)


If you like to communicate with others, the CompuServe Information Service is your most effective vehicle. Why? Because we have the largest customer base of any videotex system in North America. And we have hundreds of new subscribers each week.

“Talk” to other CompuServe subscribers via CB simulation (it’s the most popular offering on our network). Send E-mail, use the electronic bulletin board and exchange information with computer manufacturers, Special Interest Groups and publishers.

Play a variety of networking games with your own group or complete strangers from New York to Chicago to LA.

Ask for a demonstration at a Radio Shack® Computer Center. Videotex software is available for various brands of personal computers.

CompuServe Information Service, 5000 Arlington Centre Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43220. (614) 457-8650.


  1. dorkly chair of the institute for space politics says: August 1, 201112:42 am

    CB simulation? There’s no way this will ever replace the real deal. Like you’d even want to “hear” what somebody has to say without their real voice.

  2. carlm says: August 1, 20113:34 am

    I was a CompuServe subscriber back then. While you could only communicate with other CompuServe subscribers, you still had quite a large network of people to communicate with. I remember having a chat with an Australian Helicopter pilot who was laid up in the hospital. More like “Short wave” Essentially CB was a chat service. You had open chat areas and closed chat rooms. I was using a speedy 300 baud Hayes Smartmodem card in my Apple II+. This was computer time sharing. It was quite expensive and could run an extra $6 an hour in premium areas such as online games. EVERYTHING was ASCII text based.

  3. GaryM says: August 1, 20111:15 pm

    I was there too. One of my strongest memories is the impromptu discussion and sharing of grief when the Challenger was destroyed.

  4. Michael C says: August 1, 20113:43 pm

    I also remember CompuServe…..Remember when they deployed the 28kbs service and they segmented pricing, forcing us to plan on whether we needed speed (gifs) or just time to read ASCII messages. The fond memories:
    text, text, oops graphics, sign off ,dial the fast number, download, sign off, dial up the cheap line, text, text…….

  5. Repack Rider says: August 1, 20115:24 pm

    Ah, another user since then, didn’t know there were so many of us.

    I had an Apple II+. I too remember when you could type as fast as the text scrolling across your screen at 300baud. With one finger.

  6. carlm says: August 1, 201110:28 pm

    I’m pretty sure Compuserve was the creator of the GIF graphic format. That was later than ’81 though. They only supported 300 baud at that time. Yeah it was S-L-O-W. I was kidding about the speedy part. I recall that the modem card was quite expensive.

  7. Casandro says: August 2, 201111:02 pm

    @Michael C
    28k was already well into the 1990s, couldn’t you just use the second channel of your ISDN to temporarily dial a faster connection?

  8. Michael C says: August 3, 20113:00 pm

    Yes, I believe CompuServe developed the original GIF , at least I recall them claiming to have done so. I did get an ISDN line, but that was in the 90’s, after ISP’s became available to the public. I know ISDN existed prior to that but cost and eqt was a different story. A lot people joked that ISP’s finally gave ISDN a reason to exist.

    I do miss the choice of dozens of local ISP’s, I miss UseNet, (when it was not packed full of spam and porn to the point it is useless)

  9. Toronto says: August 3, 20113:43 pm

    GIFs used to load with progressively better resolution so you could limit or just stop it when you had enough. They may still do that, but my networks are fast enough io don’t notice.

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