Digital Archaeology: Floppy Disk #10 – DM0917.DOC

A summary for those that haven't been keeping up with this series:

I found a number of 5.25" disks at a thrift store a number of years ago (we are talking late 1990s probably). I finally got around to acquiring a 5.25" disk drive and extracting the contents a few years back. Since then I have been posting the contents here.

Based on the contents, most or all of these disks were apparently once owned by someone named Connie who used to run the “Close Encounters” Special Interest Group (SIG) on Delphi in the mid 1980s.

A description of this SIG was found in a document on one of the disks: "This SIG, known as 'Close Encounters', is a forum for the discussion of relationships that develop via computer services like the Source, CompuServe, and Delphi. Our primary emphasis is on the sexual aspects of those relationships."

This service was text based and was accessed via whatever terminal program you had available for your computer to dial in to Delphi’s servers. Many of these disks have forum messages, e-mails and chat session logs. All of this is pre-internet stuff and I am not aware of any archives in existence today that contain what was on Delphi in the 1980s.

This post includes the contents of DM0917.DOC which is dated September 17th, 1985. This is a screen capture of another mail reading session and relatively lengthy compared to some of the others. There are e-mails dated from September 15th, 1985 to September 17th, 1985. Some topics include help for a new user, computer shows, a “TIG*LINES” newsletter, more between Connie and Rod including part one of a biography from Rod, and plenty more.

See the previous post here.



Also posted here in its complete form with reasonably formatted text that is pretty close to the original formatting:


The rewards earned on this comment will go directly to the people( @darth-azrael ) sharing the post on Twitter as long as they are registered with @poshtoken. Sign up at

Digital archeology is a coming field.
Hope you're liasing with a nearby university to help them get to grips with thos fascinating area.