Boston Computer Society

Boston Computer Society

The Boston Computer Society (often referred to as the "BCS") was an organization of personal computer users, based in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., that ran from 1977 to 1996. At one point, it was the largest such group in the world (over 30,000 members), with regular user group meetings, many publications, permanent offices in Boston, and hosting major product announcements, including the East Coast release of the Apple Macintosh in 1984.

Users Groups- BCS 99ers (TI 99/4A)

This user group was formed around a specific machine in 1987, but it was not thought of as a Texas Instruments UserGroup even though TI originallymanufactured the machine. Below is a brief write up from that users group.


The Boston Computer Society Texas Instruments TI-99/4A User Group is some 360 members strong and growing. It was organized byTI owners who have banded together to provide mutual support in getting the most value out of our orphan computer. In the twoyears since TI decided to cease product.ion, the 99 computer world has gained in strength. Through the organizational efforts of groups like ours, first rate creative programmers, the electronic information services like Compuserve andthe Source, and a few dedicated hardware designers and manufacturers, the range of software and hardwareavailable has increased dramatically, both in quantity and sophistication. Where we once had a 16k computer, we are nowroutinely using up to 512k and 2 megabyte computers are just ahead. Three new languages have been added since TI withdrew -Forth, c99, and PILOT. Despite TI's failure to turn a profit in the competitive home computer market, the computer itselfprovided the capability to far outperform its opposition. The computer is now only beginning to realize its full potentialcapabilities and dramatic progress is being made, not just here in the United States, but in Canada, England, Italy, Germany,and even Australia.

This progress puts the user groups like the BCS TI-99/4A group in a unique position. No longer are there massive advertising campaigns and displays in every chain store to keep you informed. The lifeblood of our computer is in the user groups, the electronic bulletin boards, and the information services, which can keep track collectively of the new events and products andkeep their membership informed.

The BCS TI-99/4A User Group meets at the Boston Computer Museum on the third Wednesday of each month. There is always a scheduled program featuring demonstrations and reviews of new products, tutorials on programming or using utilities, current events, guest speakers, or whatever the membership wants to see and produce. There is something for every member, whether an expert in computers or a beginner. The best of public domain software and fairware the author makes the problem publicly available and asks you to send a small check if you like and use it) is collected and made available on disk or cassette for a small fee to cover costs. The group presently has 45 full disks of software and the number is growing every month. When the software is upd