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(Quartz)   Some people still hear from the "You've Got Mail" guy every morning   (qz.com) divider line 48
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3225 clicks; posted to Geek » on 29 Jan 2014 at 3:41 PM (47 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-01-29 03:14:19 PM  
For instance, my father in law.  Their clunky, malware-loving software is all he clings to.   Every few months, he asks me again how to save a picture from email to his hard drive.  I show him, but he can't figure out how to access his AOL email from Firefox or Chrome browsers.  I bang my head with it.  Me, the computer-fixing enabler.
 
2014-01-29 03:29:22 PM  
I thought they got out of the ISP business entirely?
 
2014-01-29 03:51:04 PM  
Yaaaaaaaaaay
 
2014-01-29 03:51:29 PM  
I wish they'd do another mass-marketing campaign. I need some more coasters
 
2014-01-29 03:52:10 PM  
Old folks.
 
2014-01-29 03:52:19 PM  
Hipsters. I have the ICQ "uh-oh" sound as my text notification.

/non ironically
 
2014-01-29 03:56:00 PM  

vegas_greaser: Hipsters. I have the ICQ "uh-oh" sound as my text notification.

/non ironically


I'm like a double hipster then.  I hated AOL WAY before it was cool to hate it.  I have never in my life used it.

CSB:  Back in the days where floppy disks existed in the wild, this guy I knew would call up AOL saying he ran a computer store and they'd send him 50 or so free trial disks, which he would un-write protect and format.
 
2014-01-29 03:56:09 PM  
 
2014-01-29 03:56:30 PM  
My GF had me help her get the "You've Got Mail" file on her work cell phone so when an e-mail arrives this plays.  Not what I would have chosen, but it does get your attention...in a flesh crawling like way.
 
2014-01-29 03:57:17 PM  

Earguy: For instance, my father in law.  Their clunky, malware-loving software is all he clings to.


Same.  Every time I try to explain to my in-laws that they don't need to use AOL's dog shiat client to check their email and browse the internet they look at me like I just farted
 
2014-01-29 03:59:14 PM  
I have "You've Got Mail" as my cell email notification sound, so I am getting a kick...
 
2014-01-29 04:00:13 PM  
some people still rent their phone from AT&T
 
2014-01-29 04:04:20 PM  

downstairs: I thought they got out of the ISP business entirely?


Me, too.   Until I got an email from an old friend (he's really not *that* old) with an @aol.com return address.  Do they still offer free games, with a subscription?

/I hear all the cool and popular kids are using this "MyFace" thing or whatever it is to communicate, these days.
 
2014-01-29 04:10:39 PM  

vegas_greaser: Hipsters. I have the ICQ "uh-oh" sound as my text notification.

/non ironically


lol I love that sound.  Ahh the good ole days.  Didn't AOL buy ICQ?  Too lazy to look it up.
 
2014-01-29 04:14:05 PM  

SoupJohnB: downstairs: I thought they got out of the ISP business entirely?

Me, too.   Until I got an email from an old friend (he's really not *that* old) with an @aol.com return address.  Do they still offer free games, with a subscription?

/I hear all the cool and popular kids are using this "MyFace" thing or whatever it is to communicate, these days.


Well, I do think they have a web-based email system with the @aol.com domain.
 
2014-01-29 04:14:55 PM  
HA! My boss does. I laugh everytime I hear it.
Surprisingly, he also claims he gets a lot of viruses because his computer is so slow.
 
2014-01-29 04:21:08 PM  

bongmiester: some people still rent their phone from AT&T


Ok smart guy, where do you lease your phone from then?  With my current lease I can send my phone in and get a brand new one for any reason meaning I don't have to deal with having to schedule in the telephone sanitizers every month.  A bargain at only $5.95/mo.
 
2014-01-29 04:25:36 PM  
Worse yet, there are people who pay for AOL that do not own a computer.

"I especially wanted the anti-virus protection, because it was flu season."

I wish I were kidding.
 
2014-01-29 04:25:50 PM  

TNel: vegas_greaser: Hipsters. I have the ICQ "uh-oh" sound as my text notification.

/non ironically

lol I love that sound.  Ahh the good ole days.  Didn't AOL buy ICQ?  Too lazy to look it up.


They did and I think at one point tried to merge it with AIM.

The .99 cent only stores out here also used to have the icq sound as the beep when the cashier scanned something, I always thought my sms was going off..
 
2014-01-29 04:26:07 PM  
This guy doesn't :

files.coloribus.com

/obscure?
 
2014-01-29 04:29:49 PM  
I still utilize an AOL email account regularly as one of my email options. It costs nothing and I have been using it for decades. It works as a collector for retailers latest important messages and family stuff.  Segregating email between mailboxes works well for me.Continuity (laziness) plays a role as well. I am now beginning to get a kick out being lumped in with the computer illiterate when actually I am well ensconced in the computer semi-literate.

Uncompensatedtestimonial from an actual user.
 
2014-01-29 04:35:04 PM  
My ISP once called to let us know their firewall came down.

My mom asked if anyone was hurt.
 
2014-01-29 04:41:07 PM  

WalkingCarpet: Earguy: For instance, my father in law.  Their clunky, malware-loving software is all he clings to.

Same.  Every time I try to explain to my in-laws that they don't need to use AOL's dog shiat client to check their email and browse the internet they look at me like I just farted


And every time I tell people I still have (and use!) an AOL account, I have to include the fact that their dogshiat software comes nowhere near my PC. Really - there's this new thing where you can check a mailbox via a web page, and you never have to install anything!

// like gmail without the useless visual crap
// and I get far less spam in the AOL box
// difficulty: I work in IT
 
2014-01-29 04:53:02 PM  
I've been using my AOL email accounts for 18 years. No, I don't pay for it.

/also uses gmail
 
2014-01-29 04:54:27 PM  
My imaginary wife still uses AOL and I hear "You've got mail" every morning before she makes my pancakes and fruit cup. Her 'spam' folder is bigger than my Sansabelts.

You better believe there's bacon.
 
2014-01-29 04:58:47 PM  
vegas_greaser:
The .99 cent only stores out here also used to have the icq sound as the beep when the cashier scanned something, I always thought my sms was going off..

The tobacco store here does that, only place I know of that uses it.
 
2014-01-29 05:11:14 PM  

Dr Dreidel: WalkingCarpet: Earguy: For instance, my father in law.  Their clunky, malware-loving software is all he clings to.

Same.  Every time I try to explain to my in-laws that they don't need to use AOL's dog shiat client to check their email and browse the internet they look at me like I just farted

And every time I tell people I still have (and use!) an AOL account, I have to include the fact that their dogshiat software comes nowhere near my PC. Really - there's this new thing where you can check a mailbox via a web page, and you never have to install anything!

// like gmail without the useless visual crap
// and I get far less spam in the AOL box
// difficulty: I work in IT


At some point in time, I signed up for AOL Email. I don't remember whether there were underscores or periods between the letters, but I know that I have access to an email address that implies BOFH at aol.com.

The next time I'm sending out resumes, I may use that as my email. Those will be the same resumes that, under "Honors", include "TIME Magazine's Person of the Year 2006 (shared)".

The right people would get it, I think.

//In IT as well.
 
2014-01-29 05:29:41 PM  

van1ty: My ISP once called to let us know their firewall came down.

My mom asked if anyone was hurt.


... yeah, okay.  You win.  :D
 
2014-01-29 05:36:13 PM  
nekom:

CSB:  Back in the days where floppy disks existed in the wild, this guy I knew would call up AOL saying he ran a computer store and they'd send him 50 or so free trial disks, which he would un-write protect and format.

I used to own a retail computer store and did this exact thing.
 
2014-01-29 05:41:17 PM  
AOL isn't so bad. It's free and I've kept my primary address since 1995. I use Gmail for my throwaways and SPAM. That being said, I never use any of the other crap on AOL. Just the E-Mail.
 
2014-01-29 06:14:17 PM  

Xanlexian: nekom:

CSB:  Back in the days where floppy disks existed in the wild, this guy I knew would call up AOL saying he ran a computer store and they'd send him 50 or so free trial disks, which he would un-write protect and format.

I used to own a retail computer store and did this exact thing.


I'd love it if you were the guy he was talking about, and you're long-lost friends.
 
2014-01-29 06:24:16 PM  

pastorkius: bongmiester: some people still rent their phone from AT&T

Ok smart guy, where do you lease your phone from then?  With my current lease I can send my phone in and get a brand new one for any reason meaning I don't have to deal with having to schedule in the telephone sanitizers every month.  A bargain at only $5.95/mo.


ummm ... i got nothin
 
kth
2014-01-29 06:52:06 PM  

pastorkius: bongmiester: some people still rent their phone from AT&T

Ok smart guy, where do you lease your phone from then?  With my current lease I can send my phone in and get a brand new one for any reason meaning I don't have to deal with having to schedule in the telephone sanitizers every month.  A bargain at only $5.95/mo.


Of the many things that infuriated us when we were wrapping up my grandmother's estate in 2001, one of them was that the phone company leased her a phone for something like $7 a month.
 
2014-01-29 06:57:47 PM  
Well, it always was like trying to get rid of herpes.
 
2014-01-29 07:00:56 PM  
I worked AOL tech support over 10 years ago and even then people were jumping ship. Now it's probably like 3 guys in India.
 
2014-01-29 07:07:20 PM  

Earguy: For instance, my father in law.  Their clunky, malware-loving software is all he clings to.   Every few months, he asks me again how to save a picture from email to his hard drive.  I show him, but he can't figure out how to access his AOL email from Firefox or Chrome browsers.  I bang my head with it.  Me, the computer-fixing enabler.


You should send him some of the halftime/intermission pics you post here, probably speed up the death process.
 
2014-01-29 07:11:57 PM  
Thing is, West-by-God-Virginia these days is pretty old demographic-wise (because any young person with two brain cells to rub together usually joins the military and/or leaves immediately after school), and it's always been poor and fairly rural, so it's far and away the most likely spot to find the AOL dial-up user in the wild.
 
2014-01-29 07:56:25 PM  

Earguy: Xanlexian: nekom:

CSB:  Back in the days where floppy disks existed in the wild, this guy I knew would call up AOL saying he ran a computer store and they'd send him 50 or so free trial disks, which he would un-write protect and format.

I used to own a retail computer store and did this exact thing.

I'd love it if you were the guy he was talking about, and you're long-lost friends.


That would be awesome.  But he said he actually DID own a computer store, the guy I know didn't, he just lied for free floppies.  We used to joke that it was a shame CD's weren't re-writable (there was a time when they weren't), as some crap music CDs cost less than blanks way back when.
 
2014-01-29 07:58:19 PM  

Robo Beat: Thing is, West-by-God-Virginia these days is pretty old demographic-wise (because any young person with two brain cells to rub together usually joins the military and/or leaves immediately after school), and it's always been poor and fairly rural, so it's far and away the most likely spot to find the AOL dial-up user in the wild.


there are plenty of young people that work and live in West Virginia.. but they are all from somewhere else, keep to each other and are usually employed in the outdoor action/ activity/lifestyle industry and their client base is also similarly inclined young folks from out of state.

Living in Virginia proper... the middle bit, just a bit from the northern bit, I once worked with an older lady who was from west, by gawd Virginny... I asked her how she got over the wall.. . she responded that getting over the wall wasn;'t so hard, but .. oh my goodness the guard dogs!

I liked her :)
 
2014-01-29 08:20:34 PM  
Where's all the grammar nazis?  You have got mail?  Does the southern AOL version say "You done got mail." too?
 
2014-01-29 08:24:53 PM  

null: I have "You've Got Mail" as my cell email notification sound, so I am getting a kick...


Yeah, me too. We must be fun at parties.
 
2014-01-29 08:41:36 PM  
I do all the time. It' my Gmail notification on my phone.
 
2014-01-29 09:39:12 PM  

Ecobuckeye: null: I have "You've Got Mail" as my cell email notification sound, so I am getting a kick...

Yeah, me too. We must be fun at parties.


It's great watching people either flinch or get a nostalgic look.  I apologize to the ones that flinch and avoid the ones with the nostalgic looks, cause I'm tech support.
 
2014-01-29 09:45:48 PM  
Anybody remember when they would have special-week celebrity-voiced "you've got mail" notifications?  Oh, the heady, swimming-in-cash heydays.
 
2014-01-29 11:22:09 PM  

det0321: I still utilize an AOL email account regularly as one of my email options. It costs nothing and I have been using it for decades. It works as a collector for retailers latest important messages and family stuff. Segregating email between mailboxes works well for me.Continuity (laziness) plays a role as well. I am now beginning to get a kick out being lumped in with the computer illiterate when actually I am well ensconced in the computer semi-literate.


I keep mine for the lulz.  I used to work there.  The web-based email client is fine.

/slowly, but surely migrating to gmail.
 
2014-01-30 12:04:31 AM  
I think the people who are even more sad than the people who still hear "You've Got Mail" are those who don't despite still being AOL customers.
 
2014-01-30 02:02:06 AM  
Why would anybody watch that movie every day?
 
2014-01-30 10:00:46 AM  

red5ish: Why would anybody watch that movie every day?


Groundhog Day.
 
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