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In November 1977, Charles Oropallo authored and implemented an online Bulletin Board System (BBS) called Access80. It operated on a 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 at that time.

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The original Access-80 on a Radio ShackTRS-80

Charles Oropallo wrote a host program in assembly language and a bulletin board system (BBS) program in BASIC that ran on this system. The message handling program Charles named "email" (and still wishes he had registered it with the United States Trademark and Patent office - but others had already used it!).

The purpose of Access80 was to provide a personal messaging system for local computer enthusiasts. Charles originally placed it 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, Access80 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 Access80. Charles Oropallo's original Nashua Access80 setup is shown above.

It was not long before Access80 was concurrently online in Londonderry as well as Nashua. Access80 remained online until 1987, when its hardware finally gave up.





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