AOL Spent a Fortune on Trial CDs

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Jesterace

I remember receiving an AOL cd in the mail, living in Canada thought it was kind of wierd. It was going to let us subscribe however it wanted us to call a long distance number to use the dial up. No toll free number. Quickly cancelled that idea.

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smashingpumpin

Nostalgia indeed! I've actually seen more than a couple of cars with AOL discs for a frickin rear-view mirror ornament lol.

I still recall a beautiful dream I had back then were most of those disc were cd-rw instead. sigh....

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whathuhitwasntme

I used to grab every one of the ones with floppies back in the day.

THEY WERE FREE FLOPPIES

 

erase an reused 100s of them in the day of floppy discs, I never purchased a floppy back then, just find a 7-11 with an AOL display an clean it out

 

and I have seen some amazing art projects made up from 1000's of the cd's

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livebriand

LOL! Nice idea! But isn't there a write tab on the floppies though that's probably locked in place on those? It's too bad that a CD can't be rewritten.

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Caboose

It's soo easy to create one. A small piece of duct tape or something to "enable" writing to the disc.

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perryra1968

AOL was my introduction to the internet, my first email account, building computers and the lovely world of INTERNET PORN. America Online, baby!

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praetor_alpha

I remember when they sent out floppies. Looking back now, I could imagine that most folks would open one up with a floppy and wonder "WTF is this?"

Never had AOL, and even mom knew to stay away from it.

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violian

It's amazing how fast things have changed. Less than 10 years ago, we were getting these AOL cd's in the mail every week - offers for super slow dial-up internet. And now, everyone has blazingly fast internet on their smartphones. I remembered having a drawerful of these AOL cd's because I used to be a hoarder - keeping everything - even ad-circulars that were received in the mail.

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ShyLinuxGuy

That was ANNOYING to find, amidst all the other junk mail, an AOL tin laid out on the kitchen table every so often...

What they didn't realize is that we had DSL. Why would we decide to switch to dial-up???

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Caboose

It was junkmail, so you'd get the CD regardless if you had cable, DSL, T1 line or whatever. Just like I get adverts for Rogers when I have a Bell cell phone, and Telus adverts when I have Shaw.

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aviaggio

Hmm... all of a sudden I'm feeling a bit of nostalgia for AOL, kinda like one does for an old video game from their youth.

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