Net-Works II

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Net-Works II
Original author(s)Nick Naimo
Initial releasec. 1980; 44 years ago (1980)
Operating system
PlatformApple II
TypeBulletin board system

Net-Works II is a bulletin board system software package written by Nick Naimo for the Apple II family of microcomputers and originally published in the early 1980s. For a time it was the most popular bulletin board system software for the Apple II, out of the dozen or so released for the platform in the 1980s.[1]: 149 

Development and history[edit]

Nick Naimo (born c. 1945 in New York City[2]) developed Net-Works II independently in the early 1980s as a member of Computer Station, a BBS provider based in Missouri.[3]: 61 [4]: 87  He split amicably from Computer Station to work full-time for Advanced Data Systems,[3]: 61  a start-up software developer in St. Louis, Missouri, who developed exclusively for the Apple II.[5][6]: 6  Version 2.2 of Net-Works was released by the company in June 1982.[3]: 56  While working at Advanced Data Systems, Naimo also served as city councilman for the suburb of Maplewood, Missouri. Naimo quit Advanced Data Systems sometime in 1982 to work for the IT department of a printing press in St. Louis before relocating in Newburgh, Indiana,[2] to work for Better Business Computers & Systems, a computer store and software publisher based in nearby Vincennes. Net-Works II was one of several applications Naimo wrote for Advanced Data Systems;[7] others included a accounting program for small businesses and an inventory program for retailers.[5]

A year after its introduction, Advanced Data Systems transferred the publishing rights for Net-Works II to High Technology Software Products of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[8][9] High Technology Software continued selling Net-Works II into the late 1980s.[10]


Features of Net-Works II included:[3][11][12]

Reception and popularity[edit]

Net-Works II received a rave review in InfoWorld, with John Prather writing that the "combination of the personal computer and software such as Net-Works II may well be responsible for a phenomenon that will be the 80s equivalent of the CB radio of the 70s".[3]: 55  He gave top marks to the software's performance, error handling, and ease of use, calling it "an extremely easy-to-use program, both from the standpoint of the sysop and of system users".[3]: 56  Author Dean Gengle in his book The Netweaver's Sourcebook (1984) called Net-Works II "the best general-purpose bulletin board system" for the Apple II family.[13]: 274  The software package by the mid-1980s was a massive success, with the 1986 edition of Stewart Brand's Whole Earth Software Catalog calling it "the most popular of nearly a dozen Apple II bulletin board programs".[1] In July 1984, roughly sixty BBSes were running Net-Works II, according to Softalk.[12]: 97  Writer Matt Yuen wrote that the quality of the Net-Works-based BBSes varied greatly.[12]: 98 

The gambling personality Jerry L. Patterson opened a BBS running Net-Works II out of South Jersey in March 1984.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Brand, Stewart (1986). Whole Earth Software Catalog. Doubleday and Company. ISBN 0385233019 – via the Internet Archive.
  2. ^ a b Staff writer (October 14, 1982). "Maplewood Councilman Resigning". St. Louis Post-Dispatch: 2S – via
  3. ^ a b c d e f Prather, John (November 22, 1982). "Net-Works: bulletin-board system for Apple II". InfoWorld. 4 (46). CW Communication: 55–56, 61.
  4. ^ Hildon, Karl J. H. (1985). The Complete Commodore Inner Space Anthology. Transactor Publishing. ISBN 0-9692086-0-X – via the Internet Archive.
  5. ^ a b Michels, James (March 26, 1983). "Tri-Staters find wide range of tasks for their computers". Evansville Press: 3 – via
  6. ^ Needle, Dave (June 7, 1982). "Applefest draws 20,000". InfoWorld. 4 (22). CW Communications: 1, 6 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Staff writer (December 26, 1982). "Business computer store open". Evansville Courier and Press: 2-E – via
  8. ^ Staff writer (October 10, 1983). "Micro notes". Computerworld. 17 (41). CW Communications: 63 – via the Internet Archive.
  9. ^ Staff writer (November 1983). "Product News: Net-Works II". A+. 1 (1). Ziff-Davis: 198 – via the Internet Archive.
  10. ^ Musgrave, Bill (January 16, 1987). "Bulletin Boards and Business". Datamation. 33 (2). Reed Business Information: 61–63 – via the Internet Archive.
  11. ^ Dewey, Patrick R. (1987). Essential Guide to Bulletin Board Systems. Meckler. p. 1987. ISBN 9780887360664 – via the Internet Archive.
  12. ^ a b c Yuen, Matt (July 1984). "Keys to the World". Softalk. 4 (11): 97–102 – via the Internet Archive.
  13. ^ Gengle, Dean (1984). The Netweaver's Sourcebook : A Guide to Micro Networking and Communications. Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0201052083 – via Google Books.
  14. ^ Petzold, Charles (March 20, 1984). "Count on It". Philadelphia Daily News. Philadelphia Media Network: 36 – via ProQuest.