My name is Jim Howard. I live in Fort Worth, Texas.
I was always interested in personal computers and things like that.
In 1978 I got a Radio Shack Model I. When I got the TRS-80 it had 4K of memory. I upgraded to 48K of memory.
In 1982 I wrote a bulletin board system (BBS) for my TRS-80. I wrote the program in BASIC. I had to write my own program because my computer did not come with a disk drive. It came with a tape recorder that you used to input and save data. In order to add a floppy disk drive you had to spend $350.00 for the interface box. Then you could add a floppy disk drive and that would cost you an another $350.00 just for that drive.
So in 1982 I put online Howard’s Notebook.
People connected at 300 baud. Upgrades and new things were done until 1995 when the world-wide web was invented. Howard’s Notebook was then moved to the web and is still in operation.
I been blogging since 1982! I was one of the first online sites. In 1984 “Link-Up” magazine picked Howard’s Notebook as one of the ten best bulletin boards.
Yes, you will be told that “blogging” began in 1995. Wrong, I was blogging in 1982. I am still blogging today. Yes, I have been blogging for over 35 years.
You see me in “BBS the Documentary” by Jason Scott. I am only in the documentary a few short times. But, Jason Scott said that I got the biggest laugh in the movie. Jason, has a three-hour interview with me. He only put a few minutes in the documentary. Please ask Jason to release that 3 hour video. If he does release it I will put it on YouTube.
I also was one of the first sites in the world to stream live video.
You have found one of the oldest sites in the world.
You may wonder how old I am. I am 77 years of age..
I have a history before 1982. I am one of the founders of the first People-to-People organization.
I was active in shortwave listening from 1955 and am still active in shortwave listening and ham radio today. You can read about my early days of shortwave listening in the book “LISTENING on the Short Wave, 1945 to Today” by Jerome S. Berg.
I put out a number of publications, on shortwave listening, in the old days. I even did a shortwave radio program that was broadcast over WRUL radio around the world. WRUL radio did not like one of my news items and took it out of the broadcast. I put it back in the next show and that was the end of my radio program. WRUL replaced it with “DXing Worldwide.”
The image above is Jim Howard, me, being interviewed for “BBS: The Documentary” and I was streaming out video of the interview on my BBS but not audio of it.