NIRVANAnet

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NIRVANAnet was a dial-up BBS network, started in 1990 in the San Francisco Bay Area, by Joe Russack, also known as Dr. Strangelove (sysop of Just Say Yes), Jeff Hunter, also known as Taipan Enigma (sysop of & the Temple of the Screaming Electron), and Ratsnatcher (sysop of Rat Head Systems). NIRVANAnet was unique among BBS networks because member BBS systems agreed to allow anyone to connect, and access everything on the systems, instantly and anonymously. They also traded thousands of text files between the systems covering every subject imaginable. &TOTSE continued as a website until January 17, 2009, when it was closed by Jeff Hunter.

It later expanded to include other eclectic BBSs that valued liberty and privacy, including realitycheckBBS, The New Dork Sublime, My Dog Bit Jesus (Berkeley-Oakland, Bittany/Susan), Lies Unlimited (South San Francisco, later Salt Lake City, Mick Freen), Sea of Noise, El Observador, The Salted Slug, The Lair (Boise, Idaho), Burn This Flag (San Jose, run by Zardoz), The Stage, Tomorrows Order of Magnitude (Mountain View/Palo Alto, finger_man) and others.

The initial NIRVANAnet core consisted of Jeff/Taipan, Joe Russack/Dr. Strangelove, Poindexter Fortran (taking over from Count Zero Interrupt), and Dittany of Crete. &TOTSE closed its node function around 1998; several online "attempts to recreate an online database" were claimed to be impostors by original founding members, who are named on the trademark application (now expired). &TOTSE was—if functioning—a members-only BBS by 2000. Both node and voice functions were discontinued or changed before 1999.

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