In the 114 Harvest user group on Facebook, Second Life artist FreeWee Ling has posted a very funny picture: the secret version of Sansar for MS-DOS! (This is a tongue-in-cheek response to a recent post by an irate Mac user who demanded to know why there was as yet no Sansar client for the Mac. As I have already explained, asking Linden Lab to provide native Mac support for virtual reality gear that currently only exists in a Windows hardware configuration is absurd.)
For an extra thrill you can use an amber monitor instead of the green phosphor. Print your screens to a dot-matrix printer on fan-fold paper and mail them to your friends. Or if you’re really connected, send ASCII text by batch email over your 512 baud modem (assuming you’ve programmed your Procomm connection strings correctly) to your neighbor’s BBS and have it delivered overnight when the long distance phone rates are lower. Or talk about it on usenet forum rec.games.computer.sansar…. The future was now!
This is bringing back memories of my very first personal computer, a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model III with a whopping 16 kilobytes of RAM (that’s kilobytes, not megabytes), a 300-baud acoustic coupler modem, and a Radio Shack cassette player for data storage!