The menus above and below are blurry
because they are photos of overheads I had once printed out to
use for training classes I taught on using GEnie. This was the
main screen - the first screen after the welcome screen - that
GEnie subscribers saw if they logged on manually. To get
any where, you picked a number from the menu or typed in a
command if you happened to know what the commands were.
I had originally learned about GEnie (and
Compuserve) from fliers that were included with a modem I
bought when a client required me to transmit my work to them
electronically. I got hooked on the technology, decided
"this is going to be big some day!" and after much
thought submitted a proposal to launch a
"roundtable" on General Electric Company's GEnie
online service. The proposal was accepted and I started
operating under the name The Home Office/Small Business
Roundtable on August 8, 1988. Here is what you'd
typically see if you wanted to read any messages in a
RoundTable. (This is from a RoundTable we ran for the Air
Force Small Business Office on GEnie. I had never saved a copy
of the HOSB RoundTable menu.
the logo I used on business cards I had made up. Unfortunately
I've lost the early GEnie literature and photos.
became known as HOSB. I kept that name on GEnie, but in 1990
started using the name Business Know-How to build small
business information sites online on the Bell Gateways (which
soon disappeared) and then on a brand new service Quantum
Computer was launching called America Online.
© 2002, Attard
Photographer: Janet Attard