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PCBoard taught me online marketing

From 1995-98, I would spend long nights working on an abandoned PC with a noisy modem hooked to a single phone line, running a pirated copy of the famous PCBoard BBS (Bulletin Board System) software and open for users dialing in over the night.

I used to upload shareware games and latest anti-virus software updates to a small number of BBS users in my home city, Alexandria, Egypt. During those days, internet connection was bloody expensive, enjoyed by the rich, and well-established businesses.

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