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(The Consumerist)   Wal-Mart is still selling $15 America On-Line starter kits from 2000   (consumerist.com) divider line 18
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18373 clicks; posted to Main » on 14 Nov 2012 at 11:36 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-11-14 12:08:12 PM  
4 votes:

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.
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2012-11-14 11:48:41 AM  
2 votes:
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 11:11:36 AM  
2 votes:
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 02:02:02 PM  
1 votes:

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 01:29:45 PM  
1 votes:
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 12:43:40 PM  
1 votes:
alt.aol.sucks was fun back in the day.

/got nothin'
2012-11-14 12:20:18 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:18:48 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:15:51 PM  
1 votes:
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 12:06:26 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:05:38 PM  
1 votes:
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.

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Yet they clearance out toys and electronics at 90% off that are less than a year old. Who knows why.
2012-11-14 11:59:33 AM  
1 votes:
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 11:56:28 AM  
1 votes:

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 11:56:07 AM  
1 votes:
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 11:55:03 AM  
1 votes:
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 11:43:48 AM  
1 votes:

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 11:39:52 AM  
1 votes:
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 11:38:25 AM  
1 votes:
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.
 
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