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2012-11-14 12:43:40 PM
alt.aol.sucks was fun back in the day.

/got nothin'
 
2012-11-14 12:48:13 PM

theesir: bungle_jr: theesir: I'm amazed at how often I deal with companies that have their business email address at aol.com?

i've never understood what difference it makes as to which domain someone's email is on.

i have a hotmail account that i set up in 1994 or 1995...when it was still an independent company. i also have a yahoo acct and a gmail acct, along with my work acct. they all do essentially the same thing.

thinking about setting up an aol email acct just to throw people off

I'm sorry, but when your BUSINESS email address is aol.com, rightly or wrongly you are representing yourself as a company that stopped progressing about 15 years ago. From a practical point of view, as a business, I cannot count on email that I sent to an AOL user actually getting through; especially if I attach a document.


And there's the fact that nobody should be conducting business on external email. Unless they actually work for AOL, there's no excuse for having an @aol.com email address for business use. Their email address should be @companyname.com and their IT departments should be archiving everything that goes in and out.
 
2012-11-14 12:48:35 PM

Stile4aly: Digital Communist: Slaves2Darkness: Digital Communist: AOL is the company that systematically bought and destroyed cool technologies like ICQ and Netscape and scammed thousands of old people with their jaw-droppingly terrible internet service. They are one of the worst things ever to happen to technology and I will always hate them.

How can you say that? They were awesome in their day, they pumped up their stock price, bought Time-Warner, and then crashed and burned. It was beautiful, while I did not get in on their rise I did cash in on a short sale of AOL-Time-Warner.

I agree they were amazing marketers and they milked tons of cash from technology luddites. But they were a black hole into which cool technologies were lost.

AOL is the reason that we had to suffer a full decade of Internet Explorer dominance.

Every IM technology today is just a clone of the Mirabilis version of ICQ before AOL touched it. RIP little flower.
[www.ubisoft.biz image 425x310]

Uh Oh!

/Had a 5 digit ICQ ID back in the day.


mine: 269256
 
2012-11-14 12:50:49 PM

jtown: theesir: bungle_jr: theesir: I'm amazed at how often I deal with companies that have their business email address at aol.com?

i've never understood what difference it makes as to which domain someone's email is on.

i have a hotmail account that i set up in 1994 or 1995...when it was still an independent company. i also have a yahoo acct and a gmail acct, along with my work acct. they all do essentially the same thing.

thinking about setting up an aol email acct just to throw people off

I'm sorry, but when your BUSINESS email address is aol.com, rightly or wrongly you are representing yourself as a company that stopped progressing about 15 years ago. From a practical point of view, as a business, I cannot count on email that I sent to an AOL user actually getting through; especially if I attach a document.

And there's the fact that nobody should be conducting business on external email. Unless they actually work for AOL, there's no excuse for having an @aol.com email address for business use. Their email address should be @companyname.com and their IT departments should be archiving everything that goes in and out.


which is fine and understandable, but do you trust that responsibility to an it dept that can't come up with some easier to use domain name for their company email addresses?
 
2012-11-14 12:51:19 PM
1996 is the actual date- because it stopped charging by the hour. So, this HAS to be older than like... 80% of anyone in high school right now...
 
2012-11-14 01:01:33 PM
Last year at a skiing/snowboarding equivalent of Big Lots; I saw a pair of gloves with a tag that said I could win a trip to a race held in 1999.
 
2012-11-14 01:03:02 PM

Anonymocoso: Last year at a skiing/snowboarding equivalent of Big Lots; I saw a pair of gloves with a tag that said I could win a trip to a race held in 1999.


well....

did you win?
 
2012-11-14 01:10:36 PM
I work in retail at the moment, and our big thing from corporate is the email newsletter program (signing up gets a 20% off coupon in the first message for one item - and it's possible to do on a phone, in store). When customers mention wanting to buy a bigger item, I point out the deal offer to walk them through it (just a simple form on my end if they use the barcode that shows up on their phone).

The number of @aol email addresses is mind boggling.
 
2012-11-14 01:19:44 PM
AOL ruined CompuServe.
 
2012-11-14 01:26:28 PM

aagrajag: I'm running Vista with the latest updates right now; it still seems pretty crumby compared to 7.


Well it's still not as good as 7. I'm just saying it's not as terrible as its reputation says. It's an okay OS after SP2... Better than Windows Me, although I suppose that's not saying much.
 
2012-11-14 01:29:45 PM
It wasn't that long ago that a Walmart in the town over had a digital camera in its display case that used floppy disks to save the pictures on. Floppy disks!
 
2012-11-14 01:30:41 PM

CCCarnie: aagrajag: I'm running Vista with the latest updates right now; it still seems pretty crumby compared to 7.

Well it's still not as good as 7. I'm just saying it's not as terrible as its reputation says. It's an okay OS after SP2... Better than Windows Me, although I suppose that's not saying much.


I never had much of an issue with it. When I fist got it (I want to say SP1) drivers could be tough to get, but beyond that it was reliable enough for a personal computer. I don't think I'd want to use it at work though, when I'm actually on the clock I really don't have the time to beat it into submission.

/7 is definitely blowing Vista and XP out of the water, I'm loving it at home and in the office.
 
2012-11-14 01:46:30 PM
Last month I saw two copies of Tabula Rasa for sale in the local Target.
 
2012-11-14 02:00:18 PM

Catsaregreen: I live in a small Virginia county where I'd bet a good percentage of the people have AOL (especially since at least a third of the county is still on dial-up). Not everyone has access to high-speed Internet or DSL.

I've also met a few people who prefer dialup - so they're not wasting their lives on the Web.


....they will have their minds blown when they find out they can surf through their cell provider on the LTE or 4G network *AND* be able to move their laptop anywhere too :)

/Look mom! No wires!
//BOOM!
 
2012-11-14 02:02:02 PM

Sgt. Expendable: Last month I saw two copies of Tabula Rasa for sale in the local Target.


My local Walmart is still selling Tabula Rasa too.

For those unaware, this is an online game that shut down in February 2009 and is totally unplayable now. As in, you can buy this game, install it, and do absolutely nothing with it because the servers are gone.
 
2012-11-14 02:03:28 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: I work in retail at the moment, and our big thing from corporate is the email newsletter program (signing up gets a 20% off coupon in the first message for one item - and it's possible to do on a phone, in store). When customers mention wanting to buy a bigger item, I point out the deal offer to walk them through it (just a simple form on my end if they use the barcode that shows up on their phone).

The number of @aol email addresses is mind boggling.


I kept my old aol email for situations just like that. It's easy to spell out to a cashier and I just check it every so often. I use my school email and gmail for more important things.
 
2012-11-14 02:04:58 PM

Endive Wombat: Pocket Ninja: It's not at all possible that some dumbass took pictures of things, cropped them very closely, and posted them on the one website where it's pretty much guaranteed that 90 percent of the people looking at the pictures is enough of a farking idiot to simply accept it as gospel truth.

Meh, I beleive that they are real. Shiat, I was in a Micro Center about a month ago and they had an old 4x read/2x write cd burner, priced at like $150 stuffed away behind some more modern drives. Let's see...I was in Fry's Electronics last year in SoCal shopping for a back up drive for my parents computer and they had a 24GB internal HDD for like $600 just sitting there on the shelf. If you keep a close eye out, especially in large retailers showrooms, you can find some gems.


Agreed. I saw a 320GB 2.5" drive at an Office Depot for $139. Thing is, someone is going to buy it.
 
2012-11-14 02:07:38 PM

Magorn: theesir: I'm amazed at how often I deal with companies that have their business email address at aol.com?

I did some legal work related to the auto bailout which involved reading a lot tof the e0mail that passed btween then and treasury officials. I had some clue what when wrong with those companies when a major executive at one of the big three asked someone to send something to his home e-mail address and it ended in @aol.com


Some people don't like to give up old email addresses. ISPs often let you preserve or forward an original email address for a low rate after you stop using their connection service.
 
2012-11-14 02:16:42 PM
Ahm goin' rat down thar to tha Walmart to git me some of that AOL afor they run out. Oh and momma wants some VCR tapes and a new cassette player, too. Ah better make a list.
 
2012-11-14 02:25:51 PM
All of my backups were on repurposed AOL floppies back in the day. When they went to CDs, I gave them to my parents to hang on their fruit trees to scare the birds off.
 
2012-11-14 02:48:08 PM
I believe you can still order incredibly old things (like 8" floppy disks) from Radio Shack ("Radio Shack Unlimited" in the store).

/ previous RS employee
// it wasn't that fun of a job
 
2012-11-14 03:07:18 PM
I get a flyer for a store called XS Cargo. They sell buyer closeout deals and refurbished crap and whatever. For maybe a couple of years I've been seeing an ad for some crap Windows XP computer. I believe it has 512MB of RAM. It's that old type where the tower is more of a box and your monitor sits on top of it. They must keep putting it in the flyer because nobody buys it. I think they sell it for about $86.


jtown: And there's the fact that nobody should be conducting business on external email. Unless they actually work for AOL, there's no excuse for having an @aol.com email address for business use. Their email address should be @companyname.com and their IT departments should be archiving everything that goes in and out.


Even really small businesses and the self-employed? Not everybody has an IT department.
 
2012-11-14 03:20:43 PM

burncheese: Even really small businesses and the self-employed? Not everybody has an IT department.


I'd say yeah, that's likely. If your business has it's own website, it's pretty easy to get an email account that that uses that domain (hell, I have an email address with my personal domain). If you don't have a website, at least go somewhere besides AOL. To me (and obviously more than a few other people) an AOL.com email just screams "I don't know what I'm doing online, and keep everything at its default setting". That's not really someone I completely trust to do business online.
 
2012-11-14 03:24:18 PM

burncheese: I get a flyer for a store called XS Cargo. They sell buyer closeout deals and refurbished crap and whatever. For maybe a couple of years I've been seeing an ad for some crap Windows XP computer. I believe it has 512MB of RAM. It's that old type where the tower is more of a box and your monitor sits on top of it. They must keep putting it in the flyer because nobody buys it. I think they sell it for about $86.


jtown: And there's the fact that nobody should be conducting business on external email. Unless they actually work for AOL, there's no excuse for having an @aol.com email address for business use. Their email address should be @companyname.com and their IT departments should be archiving everything that goes in and out.

Even really small businesses and the self-employed? Not everybody has an IT department.


it costs less than 50 bucks to host a website with email from godaddy or any other site... if you dont have a website you're just doing it wrong
 
2012-11-14 03:25:32 PM

aurorous: More than half of the local Best Buy strategy guide section was dominated by this book up until 2006. This game was released in 1998 and only sold 30,000

[ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]


I enjoyed that game.

/I liked seeing how close I could get to the black hole in the last mission without getting sucked in. I'd let it drag me for a while and then hit full burner and see if I could escape. Sometimes it got me, sometimes I made the kessle run in less than 12 parsecs.
 
2012-11-14 03:26:34 PM

burncheese: I get a flyer for a store called XS Cargo. They sell buyer closeout deals and refurbished crap and whatever. For maybe a couple of years I've been seeing an ad for some crap Windows XP computer. I believe it has 512MB of RAM. It's that old type where the tower is more of a box and your monitor sits on top of it. They must keep putting it in the flyer because nobody buys it. I think they sell it for about $86.


jtown: And there's the fact that nobody should be conducting business on external email. Unless they actually work for AOL, there's no excuse for having an @aol.com email address for business use. Their email address should be @companyname.com and their IT departments should be archiving everything that goes in and out.

Even really small businesses and the self-employed? Not everybody has an IT department.


Yes. It costs $10 to register a .com domain. If you're an individual, direct *[nospam-﹫-backwards]y­n­apmo­c­*com to a gmail account. Set the gmail account's "from" and "reply to" to bob[nospam-﹫-backwards]e­m­a­nynapmoc*c­om and you're set. For a small company, there are a number of hosting companies that will provide everything you need, including archiving and backups of accounts.

If you're self-employed or running a small company, you need to know how every aspect of your business works. That includes communication.
 
2012-11-14 03:42:19 PM
I lost my virginity to a girl I met in an AOL chatroom.
 
2012-11-14 04:07:30 PM
I liked the 9 year CD players they had our local Walmart at twice the price of newer ones that could even play mp3 discs. Only the Sonys came close but usually didn't include mp3 disc play.

imageshack.us
 
2012-11-14 04:18:58 PM

Pocket Ninja: It's not at all possible that some dumbass took pictures of things, cropped them very closely, and posted them on the one website where it's pretty much guaranteed that 90 percent of the people looking at the pictures is enough of a farking idiot to simply accept it as gospel truth.


the chewing gum packages in the background didn't come out until either 2010 or 2011 so even if its not a brand new picture its still pretty bad.
 
2012-11-14 04:46:06 PM
Wow, and I thought it was funny seeing the older Wal-Mart by me still selling Hyperscans for $80.
 
2012-11-14 04:55:12 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I lost my virginity to a girl I met in an AOL chatroom.


My first marriage was to a girl I met in an AOL chatroom.

/Nope, not lying.
 
2012-11-14 05:06:27 PM
I'm the first?

i211.photobucket.com 

can't do html from here but more AOL CD art.

http://zedomax.com/blog/2011/08/07/what-you-could-do-with-65000-aol-c d s/
 
2012-11-14 05:20:41 PM

GT_bike: I'm the first?

[i211.photobucket.com image 336x448] 

can't do html from here but more AOL CD art.

http://zedomax.com/blog/2011/08/07/what-you-could-do-with-65000-aol- cd s/

 
2012-11-14 05:24:10 PM

SoxSweepAgain: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I lost my virginity to a girl I met in an AOL chatroom.

My first marriage was to a girl I met in an AOL chatroom.

/Nope, not lying.


My first girlfriend was met in a Prodigy "pen-pal" section, circa summer of 1993.

/dated for 3 years.
 
2012-11-14 06:14:14 PM

dickfreckle: Endive Wombat: Pocket Ninja: It's not at all possible that some dumbass took pictures of things, cropped them very closely, and posted them on the one website where it's pretty much guaranteed that 90 percent of the people looking at the pictures is enough of a farking idiot to simply accept it as gospel truth.

Meh, I beleive that they are real. Shiat, I was in a Micro Center about a month ago and they had an old 4x read/2x write cd burner, priced at like $150 stuffed away behind some more modern drives. Let's see...I was in Fry's Electronics last year in SoCal shopping for a back up drive for my parents computer and they had a 24GB internal HDD for like $600 just sitting there on the shelf. If you keep a close eye out, especially in large retailers showrooms, you can find some gems.

Agreed. I saw a 320GB 2.5" drive at an Office Depot for $139. Thing is, someone is going to buy it.


2.5" drives are still pretty expensive.
 
2012-11-14 07:35:57 PM

Anonymocoso: Last year at a skiing/snowboarding equivalent of Big Lots; I saw a pair of gloves with a tag that said I could win a trip to a race held in 1999.


Damn. If you'd won, you could have stopped 9/11, made a killing in the stock market, and used your seemingly magical powers of prediction to woo and bed a young Natalie Portman 5 minutes after she became legal.
 
2012-11-14 10:08:13 PM

bungle_jr: theesir: I'm amazed at how often I deal with companies that have their business email address at aol.com?

i've never understood what difference it makes as to which domain someone's email is on.

i have a hotmail account that i set up in 1994 or 1995...when it was still an independent company. i also have a yahoo acct and a gmail acct, along with my work acct. they all do essentially the same thing.

thinking about setting up an aol email acct just to throw people off


Set up a compuserve account. Then we'll talk.
 
2012-11-14 11:30:05 PM
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2012-11-15 01:12:45 AM

jayhawk88: Pocket Ninja: It's not at all possible that some dumbass took pictures of things, cropped them very closely, and posted them on the one website where it's pretty much guaranteed that 90 percent of the people looking at the pictures is enough of a farking idiot to simply accept it as gospel truth.

Believe it. My local Wal-Mart has Net Zero starter kit CD's selling for like $9.99.


My local Wal-Mart has CP/M on a SD 5 1/2 inch diskette for $1200.
 
2012-11-15 04:41:34 AM

aerojockey: jayhawk88: Pocket Ninja: It's not at all possible that some dumbass took pictures of things, cropped them very closely, and posted them on the one website where it's pretty much guaranteed that 90 percent of the people looking at the pictures is enough of a farking idiot to simply accept it as gospel truth.

Believe it. My local Wal-Mart has Net Zero starter kit CD's selling for like $9.99.

My local Wal-Mart has CP/M on a SD 5 1/2 inch diskette for $1200.


My local Wal-Mart has an old IBM mainframe for one miiiillion dollars.
 
2012-11-15 11:05:06 AM

wallywam1: aerojockey: jayhawk88: Pocket Ninja: It's not at all possible that some dumbass took pictures of things, cropped them very closely, and posted them on the one website where it's pretty much guaranteed that 90 percent of the people looking at the pictures is enough of a farking idiot to simply accept it as gospel truth.

Believe it. My local Wal-Mart has Net Zero starter kit CD's selling for like $9.99.

My local Wal-Mart has CP/M on a SD 5 1/2 inch diskette for $1200.

My local Wal-Mart has an old IBM mainframe for one miiiillion dollars.


My local Wal-Mart has a refurbished ENIAC for $50 million.
 
2012-11-15 11:45:43 AM
Those free CDs AOL used to send people through the mail? Our local Goodwill tries to sell them. For $5 each.
 
2012-11-15 04:23:00 PM
we used to make little hovercrafts out of the AOL CD's using the top of a sports sipper bottle and a balloon.
 
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