The network consisted of coin operated, public access computers installed in many Bay Area coffee houses. SF Net allowed individuals from all walks of life to communicate with each other via chat rooms and message boards. Additionally, it provided games and access to FidoNet.
The coffee shop terminals were the culmination of a series of clever solutions to the problems of long-term remote placement in areas marked by low supervision and a young crowd. According to the then-popular Boardwatch magazine, the inexpensive, hence replaceable PC XT sat inside a locked plywood cabinet with vandalism-resistant Zolatone paint and "keyboard condoms," or spill-resistant rubber coverings. Wayne Gregori hired David Lahti, the developer and operator of a popular San Francisco BBS, to develop and maintain the code base for the cafe table's communications software named, TableTalk, the BBS code base was maintained by Gregori. Lahti and Gregori developed and introduced a handshake between the coffee shop terminals and the BBS to distinguish them from other callers, ensuring paying customers could continue to use dedicated lines.
Participating Coffee Shops
|Brain Wash||1122 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California|
|Horseshoe Cafe||566 Haight Street, San Francisco California|
|Ground Zero||783 Haight Street, San Francisco, California|
|Club Coffee||920 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California|
|The Coffee Zone||1409 Haight Street, San Francisco, California|
|Muddy Waters||521 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California|
|Jammin Java||701 Cole Street, San Francisco, California|
|Jammin Java||1398 9th Avenue, San Francisco, California|
|Laundry Cafe||570 Green Street, San Francisco, California|
|Caffe Roma||526 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, California|
|Monday Blu's||3821 18th Street, San Francisco, California|
|Cafe Nefeli||1854 Euclid Street, Berkeley, California|
|Cafe Milano||2522 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, California|
|Espresso Roma||2960 College Avenue, Berkeley, California|
|Coffee Source||2404 Telegraph Berkeley Street, Berkeley, California|
|Central Park Books||32 E. Fourth Street, San Mateo, California|
|Royal Ground||1146 4th Street, San Rafael, California|
|Mama's Royal Cafe||387 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, California|
SF Net discontinued service in August 1997.
- Community Memory, a public access system similar to SF Net
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