Charles Oropallo's background growing up was in electronics.
It was not a huge leap that in late November 1977, Charles Oropallo authored and
implemented what, at that time, was referred to as an online Bulletin Board System (BBS). Charles called
it Access-80. The Access-80 BBS operated on a modified Radio Shack TRS-80 Model I,
Level II microcomputer. There were only a handful of
such systems online for public use on the entire planet
when Charles put up Access-80.
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The original Access-80 on a Radio ShackTRS-80. Photo by Charles Oropallo.
wrote a host program in Z80 assembly
language and a bulletin board system
(BBS) program in BASIC that ran on this
TRS-80 system. The message handling program he
named "email" (and even though he was not the first to use it, Charles still very much wishes he had
registered the term email with the United States
Trademark and Patent office).
The purpose of Charles Oropallo's Access-80 BBS was to provide a personal
messaging system for local computer
Access-80 was originally placed
online in East Greenbush, New York with
a 300 baud modem and home brewed auto
answering device. As a frame of
reference, today's telephone dial-up can
run as fast as 53,300 baud. At that time, there
were only a handful of such systems
available for anyone with computers and
modems to dial in to.
Shortly after, Access-80 was concurrently
placed online in Schenectady, New York.
In 1982, Charles Oropallo moved from the Albany,
New York area to Nashua, New Hampshire,
and so did Access-80. Charles's original
Nashua Access-80 setup is shown above.
It was not long before it was
concurrently online in Londonderry as
well as Nashua. Access-80 remained
online until 1987.
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