Computers are great. Bluehost is in the top 1000 sites visited on the internet today. We have almost 60 wonderful people working with us at bluehost now. Some days we sign up over 350 people on our service! The internet is the greatest, and yet…
It still isn’t anywhere near as fun as running my own BBS (Bulletin board system) when I was 14. When I look back at the fun I had with my C64 (Commodore 64), my atari 800xl, my atari 1040st, current computing just doesn’t come close. What was it that was so magical about the “golden years” of 12-18 for me.
A big part of where bluehost came from was my BBS. You remember those right? You had a modem on your computer and you would dial in and connect to my local phone # and leave messages and download files. This was the best you could get before the internet came along. I would get about 40 callers a day to my BBS. Pretty good actually, considering only one person could be on at a time. My first BBS ran at 300 baud. Do you know how slow that is? You know how slow your modem is and you hate it because it only runs at 56,400 baud. Yep thats the one. It is 188 times slower than your modem is.
My BBS called “The Secret Service” didn’t even have a good way of transferring files. I had to write my own entire upload/download system for BBS Express ST including support for Z-Modem. I wrote something I called FMail, which is a way to leave a message for someone with a file attached. This was about 9 years before microsoft thought about Outlook email with attachments.
Why am I writing about all this you might ask yourself? The reason is that I wanted to show you that Bluehost didn’t just pop up out of no where. It was there all along. The seeds were sown on the first day my BBS went live. It started with my first GFA (A form of BASIC programming language) program to do “online” transfers. It was there when I got my first dedicated phone line (16 years old) to invite others around the US and Canada to log on to my computer and join my community.
Thanks everyone for joining OUR community at bluehost!
Matt Heaton / President Bluehost.com