Friday, August 22, 2008

Meet Jim Maxey

Back in the early days of computing, almost all work was done in "text" mode - screens of text characters, with maybe some line graphics or other ASCII art thrown in. Apps like games and pie charts used "Graphics mode," which was exciting and exotic. There were only a few colors at first - seven kind of blurry ones on the Apple II, four garish tasteless ones on the IBM PC, then just black and white when the Mac came out. In the dark ages we actually moved at first towards fewer colors, not more!

In 1983 a fellow named James Maxey started up a BBS called Event Horizons. He themed his board and its graphic images for download around an astronomy bent at first, but entrepreneur that he was, he soon realized he could get more callers (virtually all computer enthusiasts were male at this point) by offering digitized photographs of women. He was soon raking in over 3 million a year - his was the most lucrative BBS of all time. BBSDays.com has a bio and list of his accomplishments.

This success was not lost on a certain men's magazine, which noted some of their images scanned into GIF files offered up on Mr. Maxey's system. Maxey claimed he could not be held responsible for what his users uploaded to his computer - he received massive amounts of files each day - but the fact that he tended to "sign" his images as "MaxiPics" and put his name and BBS phone number on them, rather put the kibosh on this defense. Maxey eventually settled with Playboy by simply writing a check for half a million dollars.

A similar situation occurred a few years later with a system known as "Rusty n Edie's." Having survived an FBI probe aimed at stopping piracy of commercial software offered online for free, Rusty's board apparently did not withstand its second challenge, this time from Playboy. It disappeared, Playboy started its own web enterprise, and the Web became (among other things, thankfully) a sort of global peepshow.

Below you can view some G-rated MaxiPics from the mid-1980s.

4 comments:

accounts said...

I'd like to know more about this man Maxey. He sounds really interesting. I mean, there should be a book or movie or something!

William Tare Fox said...

I've met Maxey. Been at his house. It's a complete toad. He's a pervert that thinks all problems can be solved with fraud. Did we have a good talk about technology? No. All he cares about is that his wife is 20 years younger. Makes him a man.

I did a contract with him for 6 months to get evidence, then burned him to the IRS. He's pretty brutal with people. Need to watch that field full of dry grass behind your house, Jim. Some of the people you screw over might not burn you the way I did.

William Tare Fox said...

I've met Maxey. Been at his house. It's a complete toad. He's a pervert that thinks all problems can be solved with fraud. Did we have a good talk about technology? No. All he cares about is that his wife is 20 years younger. Makes him a man.

I did a contract with him for 6 months to get evidence, then burned him to the IRS. He's pretty brutal with people. Need to watch that field full of dry grass behind your house, Jim. Some of the people you screw over might not burn you the way I did.

Dan Mickelson said...

>Need to watch that field full of dry grass behind your house, Jim.

Wow, now that sounds brutal from you, Fox. There's always some jerk who cannot stand successful people. I've never met Jim Maxey but I've seen what he can do with his genius. His friends think very highly of him, apparently loves and liberals so that's good enoughh for me. And from what I've read, those who worked for him regard him with respect. Jerks like Fox just love to put down successful people. I've heard some bad things about William Tare Fox such as: "William Tare Fox is a politician notorious for ill-judged statements about matters of no concern." And another, "The way he treated his daughter should be illegal. Come to think of it, it is illegal".

And I just found Maxey's Facebook accoun here:

https://www.facebook.com/jamesmonroemaxey

From reading both he and his wife's bithdays, I can deduct she's 15 years younger. Fox just can't seem to get it right. But have to thank him for prompting me to find his Facebook account.