Sniff. I just sent this message to the remaining users on my First Class bulletin board. Rest assured that this web site, and my internet presence service isn’t going anywhere.
You’re getting this message because you’re one of a handful of people who use the Jungle’s FirstClass server to collect their email.
The Jungle BBS has had a good long run, including nine years in my care, but I’m afraid its time has come to an end.
While the FirstClass server has evolved in response to changes in computer-mediated communication technology, the numbers say everything.
In its heyday, the Jungle had more than 250 users who paid $50 a year to send email to the 249 other users on the system and download the few megabytes of files on the Jungle’s Mac SE "server". It had four phone lines, and if you don’t count depreciation, it broke even.
But now, there are fewer than a dozen regular users, all of whom have "real" internet accounts. Were I to try to recover my costs for the FirstClass server, I would have to charge you $120 per year. For that, you can get a real internet account.
What are your options
I will do whatever I can to help you stay connected to your email.
Here are your options: