Miss these days…

4 thoughts on “Miss these days…

  • Fuck, I miss the active social community. None of this “post crap and wait for my friends to comment” Nah, it was if you were online you either actively chat with that person or shoot them an email for later. Social online was active, not passive.

    Then you jump into the rooms and request lists from the MMers. I cannot believe the countless hours I spent just browsing lists like I was just window shopping and getting anything that looked even remotely interesting. To this day I still don’t know how I was able to get so much obscure electronic music in the late 90s strictly from aol chat rooms.

    Then there’s just the mere downloading of warez. I remember how I would open my inbox like it was christmas day to see everything I requested hours or the night before finally forwarded to me. To this day I still have no idea how I was able to download all of the crap that I did on just a 56k modem. Thank god for zip drives, and later for a friend getting a CD burner so that I could give him stuff to burn and not fill up my small 4.3 GB hd.

    There’s also that excitement for when you are on AOL and you heard “you got mail”, because back then it was something that you actuallly wanted or was interested in, not like now where it’s mostly spam or bulk mails.

    And then the progz. I always had fun playing with them. Every new one was like a new adventure because a lot of them were completely different, even some with the most random secret sections and whatnot. I wish I still had a lot of those progz just to play around for nostalgic purposes, but I know I deleted a lot.

    Oh, another thing was when I got on the AOL 4.0 beta and how I felt like hot shit because I was a beta tester and all for all these new features, especially had fun with the colored font in chat rooms, especially with the progz that would fade the text.

    Those were good times, and I still miss them. I would trade the facebook popularity for aol popularity any day because at least everything wasn’t so damn public and kept forever online.

  • In the same boat, the good days when the Internet was novelty and not a pain in the ass!

    I used to frequent the AIM chats “chat” “chat1″ chat2” and remember accounts ending with @mac.com and everyone wanting to know how to do it with a special software.

    Miss those days!

  • and here i am, too young to have been around in those days, trying to find 90s warez CDs for the stuff that got lost over the years, reversing the aol desktop, noticing the recode from the ground up that’s in beta and realising that soon, so much history is about to disappear as the old waol code finally gets superseded, and the old aol servers with its tokens and FDO with it…

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