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Subject:RIP CompuServe
Time:11:08 pm
Via BoingBoing, Compuserve Shuts Down. This makes me sad. CompuServe was my first online service-- I got a modem as a high school graduation present, and created account 75555,767 in June of 1983. It was a shiny new world to me, a world full of information and opportunity, and nearly unlimited nooks and crannies to be explored.

I found their CB simulator (similar to IRC), and started hanging out there. Because I was naively using the handle *Patti*, every horndog and his brother would send me private messages. I quickly learned about cybersex, and nearly as quickly learned that I didn't enjoy it very much. After a while, I got wise and when I wasn't in the mood to put up with incessant private chat requests I used the handle *Fred*.

One day I got a private message that said, "Hey there. I see that we're neighbors." I ignored it until I realized I was in my Fred persona, and then I tossed back a greeting. We started chatting, and I learned that he lived across the river from me in Illinois. We started chatting regularly, and eventually decided to get together for dinner.

And that's how I met my ex-husband. We weren't the first online marriage, but we weren't too far off from it.
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adbjupe
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Time:2009-07-04 11:01 am (UTC)
Rest in peace, I guess.
I was never able to afford compuserve, or rather willing to pay the fees. I could never dial into compuserve using a local access number in Germany and the phone monopoly pricing there was just ridiculous.
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brec
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Time:2009-07-04 01:39 pm (UTC)
Ah... 300 baud, CB, Forums...

--70001,1011 ("Octalpus" on CB)

Edited at 2009-07-04 01:39 pm (UTC)
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elfs
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Time:2009-07-04 03:33 pm (UTC)
I worked for CompuServe. When it came to the Internet, they were so in denial that they went from being the largest Internet provider to a minor backwater portal in less than three years. They bought the company I had been working at, Spry, to get "experience" about the Internet, and then ignored everything we told them.

Yeah, I was a subscriber too, back in 1987 or so. But I saw it from the inside. Those people were dysfunctional. They thought a communal data network should be run like a brokerage firm, which is the business they grew out of.

CompuServe only survived by being the only dinosaur around, and it was a dinosaur before May, 1993 threatened with extinction.
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slfisher
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Time:2009-07-05 08:17 pm (UTC)
I'm confused. I went to Compuserve this morning and it still seems to be there.

btw, 76012, 1147, as of the early 1980s.
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