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2012-12-29 09:42:05 AM  
I actually remember my Prodigy account.

CSB
As I recall, even by the online standards of the time, there was nothing to do. I remember I did try to order something from CompWarehouse online, and it only took an extra 3 days for the order to get placed. The reason? Prodigy would put all the days orders on tape, then FedEx the tape to CompWarehouse, who would then fill the order.
/CSB
 
2012-12-29 10:27:08 AM  
CompuServe FTW!

\originally connected with Procomm Plus for DOS under OS/2
\\still remembers my octal login
 
2012-12-29 10:30:53 AM  

Impasse: CompuServe FTW!

\originally connected with Procomm Plus for DOS under OS/2
\\still remembers my octal login


105124,2063

Yours started with a 7, didn't it?
 
2012-12-29 10:33:45 AM  
They need to change their pitch up, smack their biatch up
 
2012-12-29 10:34:35 AM  
eWorld. I miss eWorld.
 
2012-12-29 10:35:26 AM  

Malacon: Impasse: CompuServe FTW!

\originally connected with Procomm Plus for DOS under OS/2
\\still remembers my octal login

105124,2063

Yours started with a 7, didn't it?


yep
 
2012-12-29 10:48:00 AM  
72157,2277
 
2012-12-29 10:48:16 AM  
I started with some half-assery thing called "PC-Link" on craptastic Tandy laptop (apparently 8086) which I later found out was the DOS gui for what later became AOL. I briefly flirted with Prodigy but Compuserve had the Movies board with Roger Ebert who actually responded to postings now and again. After discovering a local BBS and getting a shell account on some university dialups, I really never wanted to bother with the mainsteam services again. Though I hammered to try and get and account on The Well, just as it was closing up shop, I suspect.

I never could see why Compuserve used a comma in its userid schema. It distinctly annoys me to this day.
 
2012-12-29 10:55:38 AM  

corq: but Compuserve had the Movies board with Roger Ebert who actually responded to postings now and again


CompuServe also had J Michael Straczynski occasionally posting in the Bab5 and Star Trek sections in the SciFi boards. He was pretty cool.
 
2012-12-29 11:10:47 AM  
I recall playing some rpg game on prodigy that involved going through a maze and the baba yaga was there and also there was a minotaur that asked a math question and if I answered wrong it wouldn't let me pass and hurled me away.

Man I think I recall 8 megabytes of ram was a lot then.
 
2012-12-29 11:10:58 AM  
The Prodigy?

Take me to the hospital.

//obscure?
 
2012-12-29 11:10:59 AM  

corq: I never could see why Compuserve used a comma in its userid schema. It distinctly annoys me to this day.


I would like to subscribe to your newsletter usenet feed.

You can send it to 76139,12­06[nospam-﹫-backwards]evr­es­upmoc­*co­m
 
2012-12-29 11:21:42 AM  
MadMaze!!!
 
2012-12-29 11:21:49 AM  
Q-Link for the C-64 owners!

www.dsgames.net
 
2012-12-29 11:24:24 AM  

corq: I started with some half-assery thing called "PC-Link" on craptastic Tandy laptop (apparently 8086) which I later found out was the DOS gui for what later became AOL. I briefly flirted with Prodigy but Compuserve had the Movies board with Roger Ebert who actually responded to postings now and again. After discovering a local BBS and getting a shell account on some university dialups, I really never wanted to bother with the mainsteam services again. Though I hammered to try and get and account on The Well, just as it was closing up shop, I suspect.

I never could see why Compuserve used a comma in its userid schema. It distinctly annoys me to this day.


It's still around: http://www.well.com/
 
2012-12-29 11:25:02 AM  
YRPD43C. Wow, that was my prodigy login. Can't believe I still remember that. though, I do remember I spent $300 in one month as a 16 year old talking to chicks through e-mail (which you had to pay for each one back then), which caused me to get my first real job to pay my parents back...
 
2012-12-29 11:29:00 AM  

ThatBillmanGuy: YRPD43C. Wow, that was my prodigy login. Can't believe I still remember that. though, I do remember I spent $300 in one month as a 16 year old talking to chicks through e-mail (which you had to pay for each one back then), which caused me to get my first real job to pay my parents back...


You hope
 
2012-12-29 11:35:03 AM  

dletter: Q-Link for the C-64 owners!

www.dsgames.net


www.webmonkey.com
All righty then.
 
2012-12-29 11:35:46 AM  
Hehe. I was about 7 or 8 when I got a Prodigy account. My parents pretty much left me alone on it. It was my first exposure to the abortion debate, and where I learned the term "pro-choice."

/and the internet hasnt stopped teaching me since
 
2012-12-29 11:37:47 AM  

Nem Wan: dletter: Q-Link for the C-64 owners!

[www.dsgames.net image 547x434]

[www.webmonkey.com image 580x309]
All righty then.


That's what 30 years of progress looks like in the software business.
 
2012-12-29 11:39:45 AM  
There was no Internet prior to /b/
 
2012-12-29 11:49:26 AM  

Malacon: corq: but Compuserve had the Movies board with Roger Ebert who actually responded to postings now and again

CompuServe also had J Michael Straczynski occasionally posting in the Bab5 and Star Trek sections in the SciFi boards. He was pretty cool.


JMS had GEnie as his conduit during the Babylon 5 run.

And Wayne Knight, pre-Neuman, was on the TV threads.
 
2012-12-29 12:04:14 PM  

DubyaHater: There was no Internet prior to /b/


/b/ was not the beginning of the Internet, but it's likely the beginning of the end.
 
2012-12-29 12:20:53 PM  
I know an idiot who spent 39 months in fed lockup because of Sears put the blame on him.

/they ripped me off for $50,000+ too
//sears sucks donkey cocks
 
2012-12-29 12:22:07 PM  
My auntie has an @prodigy.com email address.

at least it's not aol.
 
2012-12-29 12:35:47 PM  
That looks a lot like late 70s early 80s teletext/videotext in Euroland.
 
2012-12-29 12:39:49 PM  
dad worked for ibm...so this is nostalgia.

/requested info on a bmw through a dealers web site
//got my united mileage plus card in the mail too
///i was 5
 
2012-12-29 12:56:23 PM  
Hey! They still sell those ties!
 
2012-12-29 12:56:40 PM  
Prodigy Logo:
findlogo.net

Elder Sign:
www.wiredreflexes.com

Just sayin'.
 
2012-12-29 01:17:57 PM  
I racked up two back to back $100+ bills on Compuserve playing British Legends. My parents uninstalled it, so I restored it from a backup tape.

Boy did I get in trouble.
 
2012-12-29 01:35:05 PM  
geektyrant.com
 
2012-12-29 01:42:23 PM  

ThatBillmanGuy: YRPD43C. Wow, that was my prodigy login. Can't believe I still remember that. though, I do remember I spent $300 in one month as a 16 year old talking to chicks through e-mail (which you had to pay for each one back then), which caused me to get my first real job to pay my parents back...


Same here but I was younger and it was civilization forums. My dad was able to argue away the bill over the phone thankfully so I didn't get into too much trouble.
 
2012-12-29 01:44:08 PM  
You know, I was ready to come in and be snarky about it, but I was actually quite impressed with how ahead of the times that was. I was all of six when that commercial came out, and I don't remember actually getting on the internet until 1993, but that ad had pretty much everything that my grandparents and country-dwellin' relatives use today.
 
2012-12-29 01:52:39 PM  

Impasse: CompuServe FTW!

\originally connected with Procomm Plus for DOS under OS/2
\\still remembers my octal login


Bah, The Source was where it was at.

/whatever 'it' was
 
2012-12-29 02:18:52 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: DubyaHater: There was no Internet prior to /b/

/b/ was not the beginning of the Internet, but it's likely the beginning of the end.


It's not even the beginning of the end. Though it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
 
2012-12-29 02:34:05 PM  

dletter: Q-Link for the C-64 owners!


I still have my Q-Link coffee mug. I'll have a sad if it ever breaks.
 
2012-12-29 03:07:39 PM  

AcneVulgaris: Impasse: CompuServe FTW!

\originally connected with Procomm Plus for DOS under OS/2
\\still remembers my octal login

Bah, The Source was where it was at.

/whatever 'it' was


I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me, and it'll happen to you, too.
 
2012-12-29 04:16:34 PM  

Hack Patooey: dletter: Q-Link for the C-64 owners!

I still have my Q-Link coffee mug. I'll have a sad if it ever breaks.


Ahh Q-Link. I remember back in '87 posting ASCII Xmas trees on people connection. My ability to be entertained hasn't gotten any better since then.
 
2012-12-29 04:51:48 PM  

jimmiejaz: corq: I started with some half-assery thing called "PC-Link" on craptastic Tandy laptop (apparently 8086) which I later found out was the DOS gui for what later became AOL. I briefly flirted with Prodigy but Compuserve had the Movies board with Roger Ebert who actually responded to postings now and again. After discovering a local BBS and getting a shell account on some university dialups, I really never wanted to bother with the mainsteam services again. Though I hammered to try and get and account on The Well, just as it was closing up shop, I suspect.

I never could see why Compuserve used a comma in its userid schema. It distinctly annoys me to this day.

It's still around: http://www.well.com/


The Well was that place where you couldn't be anonymous and you had to be a certain income level to join. Or, at least it seemed that way. There were no poors at the Well. Lot of upper class libs and artists, though.

What was the truth of The Well?
 
2012-12-29 05:10:28 PM  
I had a Usenet connection at least as far back as September of 1991 according to the archived UUCP maps. It was on an Amiga 2000 upgraded to a 2500.

Geesh, that was a long time ago.
 
2012-12-29 06:01:25 PM  
My family tried out Compu$erve and Prodigy$, but my first real-ish Internet connection was free free free. First, I had a free account on a local multi-line dialup BBS which would periodically connect to the Internet to synch up Usenet groups and Internet email (UUCP gateway). But other than that, I had no access to the WWW or the Internet at large.

Second, the University had a free local dialup number to connect to their Gopher pages, and it had no time limit. Like WWW without graphics. But you weren't able to go directly to any pages in Gopherspace; you had to follow links from page to page. Luckily, I found a convoluted path to what passed for search engines in those days; called Archie, Veronica and Jughead. With these, I could search for an unrestricted Telnet gateway. This was a magic Gopher link that let me escape the pages and appear to be dialed into a remote command line interface. The gateways that I could find would do little more than let me search for documents or join mainframe BBS systems. However, several permitted me to telnet on to other systems. There was an outfit I could Telnet to called cyberspace.com that let anyone sign up for a free 1-mo shell account, which I did over and over. One of the services available was Lynx, so, that got me on the web!

Whenever I wanted to forward documents or software to my 1MB 80286 home PC, I downloaded it to my shell account, then fired up Pine and emailed it to myself at the local BBS. The local BBS had Zmodem for downloading. I used virtually every terminal emulator/dialup number manager that ever came out, but the very best was called Telix 3.22. Every other emulator had several facepalmingly bad flaws, but the Telix people finally did everything just right. I leeched off of the University's dial-in for several years, but I only used Telix for a couple of months because, naturally, that was right when the BBS scene died overnight as cablemodem service became available.
 
2012-12-29 06:06:49 PM  
Best part of Prodigy:
img.techpowerup.org
 
2012-12-29 06:43:32 PM  
I had GEnie. there was a mech game i used to play on it but i forget the name


/miss the roundtables
 
2012-12-29 08:11:16 PM  
I used it at my friends house to look up Sega cheat codes. The blood code for mortal combat and the fatalities. I thought it was the most amazing thing ever and tried to get my folks to get it but they didn't see what the big deal was. I also remember playing this paintball type game through Prodigy, I think it was called splatterball.
 
2012-12-29 08:54:36 PM  

elchip: I racked up two back to back $100+ bills on Compuserve playing British Legends. My parents uninstalled it, so I restored it from a backup tape.

Boy did I get in trouble.


2 $100 bills? Sounds like it paid for itself. :)
 
2012-12-29 09:32:36 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Nem Wan: dletter: Q-Link for the C-64 owners!

[www.dsgames.net image 547x434]

[www.webmonkey.com image 580x309]
All righty then.

That's what 30 years of progress looks like in the software business.


The grid of icons that everyone else uses has been around for how long?

/It's like people making fun of trains for being "old technology" and not realizing that automobiles weren't invented in 1992.
 
2012-12-29 10:08:36 PM  
Someone needs to call that 800 number and request a free Prodigy startup disk. I wonder if they offer it for a 3.5 inch drive? That 5 1/4" drive is for losers.
 
2012-12-30 12:06:30 AM  
I wonder how long that commercial would have been if everything were shown loading as fast as it actually loaded.

Also, think about this. 22 years from now, even the best of today's computers and internet will seem as outdated as what the best of 1990's seems to be now.
 
2012-12-30 12:30:57 AM  
I spent $6 an hour to play Megawars III on Compuserve back in 1984. No graphics, but a lot of fun.
 
2012-12-30 06:35:09 AM  

Gergesa: I recall playing some rpg game on prodigy that involved going through a maze and the baba yaga was there and also there was a minotaur that asked a math question and if I answered wrong it wouldn't let me pass and hurled me away.

Man I think I recall 8 megabytes of ram was a lot then.


I remember when memory got down to £10 per megabyte second hand. My current system ram would cost £240,000 at those prices...

Nem Wan: dletter: Q-Link for the C-64 owners!

[www.dsgames.net image 547x434]

[www.webmonkey.com image 580x309]
All righty then.


Tiles are alright but what if you want to do more than 12 things?

Malacon: I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me, and it'll happen to you, too.


Yeah, right grandpa.
 
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