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    Tri-State Online (Cincinnati's Old Freenet Site)

    I've been thinking today about my first forays onto the internet and Cincinnati's place in the Freenet world, Tri-State Online. It was hosted at U.C. with a tso.uc.edu domain address for the emails. It was funded, as I remember, by Cincinnati Bell.

    It was originally text base, although I can't remember if it ever made the jump to what the internet looks like today. There were various forums and discussion was often lively, something we're used to here.

    It shut down on June 30, 1999 just prior to Cincinnati Bell beginning their first Zoomtown service. The rest is, as they say, history.

    So anyone else around here an alum of TSO?
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    Don't remember that, but I had a VAX account at UC in 1985.
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    I first met a lot of redzoners here:

    Fastball.com an Internet company controlled by Cox media....

    A company that learned that it was going to be expensive in the online world

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    I remember Tri State Online, there was another one though I spent more time on because you could Telnet in (look that one up kiddies) from Florida. Cincy Net I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed View Post
    I remember Tri State Online, there was another one though I spent more time on because you could Telnet in (look that one up kiddies) from Florida. Cincy Net I think.
    Yes, I had memberships on several around the country and one in Germany. It was such a crazy new world back then.
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    I found out today that there is a Facebook group page for folks who used to be on Tri-State Online. It's a closed group, so you have to ask to join.
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    Re: Tri-State Online (Cincinnati's Old Freenet Site)

    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck View Post
    Don't remember that, but I had a VAX account at UC in 1985.
    I worked for DEC from 1983-1995. VAXen were my life for quite a while.

    Haven't thought about them for a while now. Times change.

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    I was on TSO! I think I was in maybe 9th or 10th grade at the time...I think my initial user name was usr8934...I can't believe I remember that.

    I also used the Youngstown State telnet and their guitar boards. But the sports discussions all took place on TSO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    I first met a lot of redzoners here:

    Fastball.com an Internet company controlled by Cox media....

    A company that learned that it was going to be expensive in the online world
    Fastball was good. And then there was Cincinnati Talk and ActiveDayton.com .

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    Telenet -- wow, there's something I've heard in a long time.
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    Re: Tri-State Online (Cincinnati's Old Freenet Site)

    Kind of related but does anyone in the Cincy area remember ON TV in the late 70's/early 80's?My friend's dad had On Plus... You could still make out some of the action even with the scrambled line going down the screen


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