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2012-11-14 11:11:36 AM
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.
 
2012-11-14 11:28:52 AM

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.
 
2012-11-14 11:38:25 AM
Hey, I need one of those, other day, I was trying to rewind a DVD with my DVD rewinder, but could not do it, I was gonna go online and ask someone, but could not find the AOL CD either. I could use it then.
 
2012-11-14 11:39:52 AM
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.
 
2012-11-14 11:40:01 AM
HOW DARE THEY SELL THINGS! WALMART!!!
 
2012-11-14 11:40:34 AM
Stop forcing me to buy stupid things, Wal-Mart!
 
2012-11-14 11:40:46 AM
If someone goes and buys one of these, you think you want them to instead get online with high speed broadband? Let the dummies enjoy AOHell. They will find it of great use and value.

Hell it means one less mouth-breathing troll on here, probably.
 
2012-11-14 11:42:26 AM

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.


Now I'm all nostalgic for modem handshaking noises (squeeeeee!!!!).
 
2012-11-14 11:43:05 AM
That's nothing. I went into a K-mart looking for radio transmitter for my ipod and was sorrily mistaken. I shiat you not, they had original walk-man tape players. They had little cd boom boxes that any other place would sell for $10 for close to $50, and larger stereo units for close to $200. It was like I was a kid again and cd's just hit the market. I should go back and pick up the walk-man, and keep it in it's original packaging. That baby might be worth something someday.
 
2012-11-14 11:43:48 AM

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.
 
2012-11-14 11:44:13 AM
A couple years ago I had a client looking to lease some space in a little building out near Tysons Corner. As we looked into it some more we found out it had been one of AOL's first corporate offices. During a tour of the vacant space, we found the telephone closet down in the basement. There on the wall were a bunch of rack type boxes, lights still flashing and humming along. I imagined AOL customers still calling in looking for tech support. Even the property manager was surprised there was still active equipment down there.
 
2012-11-14 11:46:31 AM
I would totally buy Windows Vista.
...That is, if I had to get a machine that had Windows 8 on it. No way I'm using that piece of crap.

Nope. I won't even give Windows 8 a chance.

/I do not like green eggs and ham.
 
2012-11-14 11:46:55 AM

mayIFark: Hey, I need one of those, other day, I was trying to rewind a DVD with my DVD rewinder, but could not do it, I was gonna go online and ask someone, but could not find the AOL CD either. I could use it then.


I got you covered

gizmodo.com

/hot hot hot
 
2012-11-14 11:47:09 AM
IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!!!!
 
2012-11-14 11:47:10 AM
I'm amazed at how often I deal with companies that have their business email address at aol.com?
 
2012-11-14 11:47:25 AM
The big question here is: Do the AOL starter kits still work?
 
2012-11-14 11:47:41 AM

elffster: If someone goes and buys one of these, you think you want them to instead get online with high speed broadband? Let the dummies enjoy AOHell. They will find it of great use and value.

Hell it means one less mouth-breathing troll on here, probably.


9.mshcdn.com

Here, take this please.
 
2012-11-14 11:48:41 AM
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.
 
2012-11-14 11:48:43 AM

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 would have to wizards to have bought a PC that didn't already have AOL crapware installed.
 
2012-11-14 11:51:29 AM

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.


So, they have dial up, which is slower, to save time because they have no self-control?
 
2012-11-14 11:55:03 AM
By flipping a few more pages in I saw a post about an ancient USB hard drive. Round and about the size of a hockey puck. For 85 bucks. 2.5 gb for 85 bucks. I see it migrate around my local wal-mart every so often. A day it may be on "clearance" in the electronics section. Another it may be on "clearance" in the normal closeout isle. I've been seeing it for a solid four years. Somebody needs to shoot the damn thing and put it out of its misery.
 
2012-11-14 11:56:07 AM
Most of the Wal Marts around me have remodeled in the past couple of years, so this sort of crap is rare. But, it's generally easier to shove this old stuff into a corner and keep inventorying it rather than take the financial hit. As long as the SKU shows up when they scan it.

I have never seen what the bother is over Vista. Works fine for me. Fast & stable. UAC does kind of suck though. I am going to sit out 8 though. Looks like shiat.
 
2012-11-14 11:56:28 AM

doczoidberg: I would totally buy Windows Vista.
...That is, if I had to get a machine that had Windows 8 on it. No way I'm using that piece of crap.

Nope. I won't even give Windows 8 a chance.

/I do not like green eggs and ham.


I've heard Windows 8 is pretty good, certainly a lot faster and more stable than Vista. Haven't used it myself yet, but I have a tablet coming next week with W8.
 
2012-11-14 11:56:40 AM

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
 
2012-11-14 11:57:26 AM

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.
 
2012-11-14 11:59:33 AM
I'm inclined to believe this story. I was driving through rural Arkansas a couple years back and stopped briefly at a Walmart. I noticed their electronics department was still selling Xbox 1 games at full price despite the Xbox 360 being out for a few years already. They shouldn't have even been carrying those games and if they still were, they should have thrown them into the clearance bin long ago.
 
2012-11-14 12:00:01 PM
how much does consumertardist pay fark to get traffic?
 
2012-11-14 12:00:19 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.


Yeah, uh no.


The local Walmart here, right outside Charlotte has charging docks/plugs for obsolete devices. They have 12x cd that's CD burners for $80. It 's some kind of time warp that started 2 years ago. They unbox tons of old electronics every Christmas, hoping to get a sucker. The also have a fark ton of these

i.ebayimg.com
 
2012-11-14 12:04:43 PM
AOL is as fresh as the Consumerist website, so this link creates fusion
 
2012-11-14 12:05:38 PM
The local KMart has had 6 of these sitting in the same spot since I've been down here. They came out in 2000. Angle hasn't had hair since 2002. Plastic is yellowed.

bonanzleimages.s3.amazonaws.com



Yet they clearance out toys and electronics at 90% off that are less than a year old. Who knows why.
 
2012-11-14 12:06:26 PM

Sudlow: I have never seen what the bother is over Vista. Works fine for me. Fast & stable. UAC does kind of suck though. I am going to sit out 8 though. Looks like shiat.


I was one of those people that bought Vista right when it came out. The original release was terrible in so many ways. However, I actually thought it was a decent OS after SP2... But by that point, it had so much negative publicity that no one was willing to take it seriously anymore.
 
2012-11-14 12:07:27 PM

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
 
2012-11-14 12:07:38 PM
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
 
2012-11-14 12:08:12 PM

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
 
2012-11-14 12:13:21 PM

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.


Not to mention that brazzilion DVDs and stupid promo materials that went straight into the landfill. Bastages!
 
2012-11-14 12:14:47 PM

CCCarnie: Sudlow: I have never seen what the bother is over Vista. Works fine for me. Fast & stable. UAC does kind of suck though. I am going to sit out 8 though. Looks like shiat.

I was one of those people that bought Vista right when it came out. The original release was terrible in so many ways. However, I actually thought it was a decent OS after SP2... But by that point, it had so much negative publicity that no one was willing to take it seriously anymore.


I'm running Vista with the latest updates right now; it still seems pretty crumby compared to 7.
 
2012-11-14 12:15:51 PM
When I worked at Walmart I remember an old co-worker coming around for a visit after taking an Assistant Manager spot in another store. She said they had stuff in their back room that was 5 years old or more and it was driving her insane. For those that haven't been in the backways of a Walmart they don't really have a whole lot of space to store things so they need to be dilligent with moving stuff in and out as efficient as possible.

I can certainly imagine some stores could be really lazy at housekeeping. Likely they had an audit where ancient things are found and then some genious thinks they can stuff it on the shelf somewhere and sell it at whatever the last price logged was.
 
2012-11-14 12:18:30 PM
Prodigy. Now there's a blast from the past.
 
2012-11-14 12:18:48 PM

davidphogan: 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.

So, they have dial up, which is slower, to save time because they have no self-control?


I should qualified that. By having dial-up, which is maddeningly slow, it's an incentive to NOT be on the Net for anything other than email.
 
2012-11-14 12:18:51 PM

hbk72777: The local Walmart here, right outside Charlotte has charging docks/plugs for obsolete devices. They have 12x cd that's CD burners for $80. It 's some kind of time warp that started 2 years ago. They unbox tons of old electronics every Christmas, hoping to get a sucker. The also have a fark ton of these


Hey, at least the TeleZappers still work. The problem is you have to answer the phone and effectively you make a robocall a hangup call.
 
2012-11-14 12:19:11 PM

aagrajag: CCCarnie: Sudlow: I have never seen what the bother is over Vista. Works fine for me. Fast & stable. UAC does kind of suck though. I am going to sit out 8 though. Looks like shiat.

I was one of those people that bought Vista right when it came out. The original release was terrible in so many ways. However, I actually thought it was a decent OS after SP2... But by that point, it had so much negative publicity that no one was willing to take it seriously anymore.

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


It wasn't terrible IMHO. What sucked about it was that it didn't really offer anything hugely great over XP, it was slower and fatter, and most of the dev work that went into it seemed rather pointless.
 
2012-11-14 12:19:49 PM

Rurouni: HOW DARE THEY SELL THINGS! WALMART!!!


Perducci: Stop forcing me to buy stupid things, Wal-Mart!


There ought to be a law!
 
2012-11-14 12:20:18 PM

SuperDuper28: When I worked at Walmart I remember an old co-worker coming around for a visit after taking an Assistant Manager spot in another store. She said they had stuff in their back room that was 5 years old or more and it was driving her insane. For those that haven't been in the backways of a Walmart they don't really have a whole lot of space to store things so they need to be dilligent with moving stuff in and out as efficient as possible.

I can certainly imagine some stores could be really lazy at housekeeping. Likely they had an audit where ancient things are found and then some genious thinks they can stuff it on the shelf somewhere and sell it at whatever the last price logged was.


Have you spoken to the average Walmart shopper? They can.

To you and I, As seen on TV is a warning sign - to them: a trustworthy endorsement.

If dumbasses with buy worthless crap at inflated prices, we'd be greater dumbasses not to sell.
 
2012-11-14 12:20:55 PM

aagrajag: SuperDuper28: When I worked at Walmart I remember an old co-worker coming around for a visit after taking an Assistant Manager spot in another store. She said they had stuff in their back room that was 5 years old or more and it was driving her insane. For those that haven't been in the backways of a Walmart they don't really have a whole lot of space to store things so they need to be dilligent with moving stuff in and out as efficient as possible.

I can certainly imagine some stores could be really lazy at housekeeping. Likely they had an audit where ancient things are found and then some genious thinks they can stuff it on the shelf somewhere and sell it at whatever the last price logged was.

Have you spoken to the average Walmart shopper? They can.

To you and I, As seen on TV is a warning sign - to them: a trustworthy endorsement.

If dumbasses with will buy worthless crap at inflated prices, we'd be greater dumbasses not to sell.

 
2012-11-14 12:26:11 PM

Sudlow: I have never seen what the bother is over Vista. Works fine for me. Fast & stable. UAC does kind of suck though. I am going to sit out 8 though. Looks like shiat.


Fast and stable? Really. We tried it at work for a couple of months and then dumped it because the help desk got tired of the dozens of BSOD and hang calls it had to deal with every day. You are going to sit out 8 and MSFT is going to abandon you. 8 is their last shot at continued relevance and they are going to push this and the new Surface tablet hard. MSFT is making some important in-roads into devices that will replace the traditional desktops and laptops. They are going to struggle with user acceptance with the new UI and a paucity of applications. I think Apple and Android are too far ahead of MSFT and they are not going to be able to compete. Also both iOS and Android are UNIX-based OSs, which makes it much easier to integrate them with other systems. Windows is the last mainstream commercial operating system that is not UNIX based. MSFT played around with making NT UNIX-based, but decided it would take too long, cost too much and the competition too stiff. I'm betting they wish they had now.
 
2012-11-14 12:26:46 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


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.
 
2012-11-14 12:34:27 PM

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.
 
2012-11-14 12:37:01 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.


i just wish when someone gives me their email address to send them a receipt (my part time 2nd job has the option of sending email receipts) that certain businesses would create email accounts with something like aol. would be easier and make more sense than those who use the entire name of their company as their email domain name! i cringe everytime someone gives me their address and it's like jsmith[nospam-﹫-backwards]s­n­o­itul­osygolonhcetno­ssewdn­a­hti­ms*com. seriously? you couldn't abbreviate?
 
2012-11-14 12:41:16 PM
I have a machine that came with Vista. I absolutely love it.

Especially since I switched it to Ubuntu.
 
2012-11-14 12:42:21 PM
As a business owner, I sure hate to send email to aol.com email addys, or msn, or hotmail. Especially since we send graphic proofs to customers. Colossal PITA.
 
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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