I have many fond memories of time spent on CompuServe in the late 1980s. For those of you not familiar with the service, CompuServe was like a mini-Internet before there was an Internet. CompuServe was the online place that the cool geeks hung out while AOL was for the neophytes unsure about the online world and wanting a graphical interface with training wheels. Sure the CompuServe online interface was crude (for a long time it was all text based) but there were discussion forums that seemed to attract only the most diehard enthusiasts thus ensuring the information exchanged was of high quality and absent of today’s crass commercialism. As of June 30, 2009 the old CompuServe forums and software are no more. There will be a CompuServe 2000 which is a newer iteration of the old CompuServe many of us dearly loved. Gone forever are the days of paying nearly $30/hour to access CompuServe on a 9600 baud modem. Farewell my friend.
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