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14 Nov 2012 11:36 AM   |   18370 clicks   |   The Consumerist
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Pocket Ninja    [TotalFark]  
It's not at all possible that some dumbass took pictures of things, cropped them very closely, and posted them on the one website where it's pretty much guaranteed that 90 percent of the people looking at the pictures is enough of a farking idiot to simply accept it as gospel truth.

14 Nov 2012 11:11 AM
Endive Wombat    [TotalFark]  

Pocket Ninja: It's not at all possible that some dumbass took pictures of things, cropped them very closely, and posted them on the one website where it's pretty much guaranteed that 90 percent of the people looking at the pictures is enough of a farking idiot to simply accept it as gospel truth.


Meh, I beleive that they are real. Shiat, I was in a Micro Center about a month ago and they had an old 4x read/2x write cd burner, priced at like $150 stuffed away behind some more modern drives. Let's see...I was in Fry's Electronics last year in SoCal shopping for a back up drive for my parents computer and they had a 24GB internal HDD for like $600 just sitting there on the shelf. If you keep a close eye out, especially in large retailers showrooms, you can find some gems.

14 Nov 2012 11:28 AM
mayIFark     
Hey, I need one of those, other day, I was trying to rewind a DVD with my DVD rewinder, but could not do it, I was gonna go online and ask someone, but could not find the AOL CD either. I could use it then.

14 Nov 2012 11:38 AM
Catsaregreen     
I live in a small Virginia county where I'd bet a good percentage of the people have AOL (especially since at least a third of the county is still on dial-up). Not everyone has access to high-speed Internet or DSL.

I've also met a few people who prefer dialup - so they're not wasting their lives on the Web.

14 Nov 2012 11:39 AM
Rurouni     
HOW DARE THEY SELL THINGS! WALMART!!!

14 Nov 2012 11:40 AM
Perducci     
Stop forcing me to buy stupid things, Wal-Mart!

14 Nov 2012 11:40 AM
elffster     
If someone goes and buys one of these, you think you want them to instead get online with high speed broadband? Let the dummies enjoy AOHell. They will find it of great use and value.

Hell it means one less mouth-breathing troll on here, probably.

14 Nov 2012 11:40 AM
Erebus1954     

Catsaregreen: I live in a small Virginia county where I'd bet a good percentage of the people have AOL (especially since at least a third of the county is still on dial-up). Not everyone has access to high-speed Internet or DSL.

I've also met a few people who prefer dialup - so they're not wasting their lives on the Web.


Now I'm all nostalgic for modem handshaking noises (squeeeeee!!!!).

14 Nov 2012 11:42 AM
LeroyBourne     
That's nothing. I went into a K-mart looking for radio transmitter for my ipod and was sorrily mistaken. I shiat you not, they had original walk-man tape players. They had little cd boom boxes that any other place would sell for $10 for close to $50, and larger stereo units for close to $200. It was like I was a kid again and cd's just hit the market. I should go back and pick up the walk-man, and keep it in it's original packaging. That baby might be worth something someday.

14 Nov 2012 11:43 AM
jayhawk88    [TotalFark]  

Pocket Ninja: It's not at all possible that some dumbass took pictures of things, cropped them very closely, and posted them on the one website where it's pretty much guaranteed that 90 percent of the people looking at the pictures is enough of a farking idiot to simply accept it as gospel truth.


Believe it. My local Wal-Mart has Net Zero starter kit CD's selling for like $9.99.

14 Nov 2012 11:43 AM
lunchinlewis    [TotalFark]  
A couple years ago I had a client looking to lease some space in a little building out near Tysons Corner. As we looked into it some more we found out it had been one of AOL's first corporate offices. During a tour of the vacant space, we found the telephone closet down in the basement. There on the wall were a bunch of rack type boxes, lights still flashing and humming along. I imagined AOL customers still calling in looking for tech support. Even the property manager was surprised there was still active equipment down there.

14 Nov 2012 11:44 AM
doczoidberg     
I would totally buy Windows Vista.
...That is, if I had to get a machine that had Windows 8 on it. No way I'm using that piece of crap.

Nope. I won't even give Windows 8 a chance.

/I do not like green eggs and ham.

14 Nov 2012 11:46 AM
skeefree     

mayIFark: Hey, I need one of those, other day, I was trying to rewind a DVD with my DVD rewinder, but could not do it, I was gonna go online and ask someone, but could not find the AOL CD either. I could use it then.


I got you covered

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/hot hot hot

14 Nov 2012 11:46 AM
iheartscotch    [TotalFark]  
IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!!!!

14 Nov 2012 11:47 AM
theesir     
I'm amazed at how often I deal with companies that have their business email address at aol.com?

14 Nov 2012 11:47 AM
Keyser_Soze_Death     
The big question here is: Do the AOL starter kits still work?

14 Nov 2012 11:47 AM
Abe Vigoda's Ghost    [TotalFark]  

elffster: If someone goes and buys one of these, you think you want them to instead get online with high speed broadband? Let the dummies enjoy AOHell. They will find it of great use and value.

Hell it means one less mouth-breathing troll on here, probably.


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Here, take this please.

14 Nov 2012 11:47 AM
Digital Communist     
AOL is the company that systematically bought and destroyed cool technologies like ICQ and Netscape and scammed thousands of old people with their jaw-droppingly terrible internet service. They are one of the worst things ever to happen to technology and I will always hate them.

14 Nov 2012 11:48 AM
netringer    [TotalFark]  

Catsaregreen: I live in a small Virginia county where I'd bet a good percentage of the people have AOL (especially since at least a third of the county is still on dial-up). Not everyone has access to high-speed Internet or DSL.

I've also met a few people who prefer dialup - so they're not wasting their lives on the Web.

They would have to wizards to have bought a PC that didn't already have AOL crapware installed.

14 Nov 2012 11:48 AM
davidphogan     

Catsaregreen: I live in a small Virginia county where I'd bet a good percentage of the people have AOL (especially since at least a third of the county is still on dial-up). Not everyone has access to high-speed Internet or DSL.

I've also met a few people who prefer dialup - so they're not wasting their lives on the Web.


So, they have dial up, which is slower, to save time because they have no self-control?

14 Nov 2012 11:51 AM
gluestickralph     
By flipping a few more pages in I saw a post about an ancient USB hard drive. Round and about the size of a hockey puck. For 85 bucks. 2.5 gb for 85 bucks. I see it migrate around my local wal-mart every so often. A day it may be on "clearance" in the electronics section. Another it may be on "clearance" in the normal closeout isle. I've been seeing it for a solid four years. Somebody needs to shoot the damn thing and put it out of its misery.

14 Nov 2012 11:55 AM
Sudlow     
Most of the Wal Marts around me have remodeled in the past couple of years, so this sort of crap is rare. But, it's generally easier to shove this old stuff into a corner and keep inventorying it rather than take the financial hit. As long as the SKU shows up when they scan it.

I have never seen what the bother is over Vista. Works fine for me. Fast & stable. UAC does kind of suck though. I am going to sit out 8 though. Looks like shiat.

14 Nov 2012 11:56 AM
aagrajag     

doczoidberg: I would totally buy Windows Vista.
...That is, if I had to get a machine that had Windows 8 on it. No way I'm using that piece of crap.

Nope. I won't even give Windows 8 a chance.

/I do not like green eggs and ham.


I've heard Windows 8 is pretty good, certainly a lot faster and more stable than Vista. Haven't used it myself yet, but I have a tablet coming next week with W8.

14 Nov 2012 11:56 AM
Magorn    [TotalFark]  

theesir: I'm amazed at how often I deal with companies that have their business email address at aol.com?


I did some legal work related to the auto bailout which involved reading a lot tof the e0mail that passed btween then and treasury officials. I had some clue what when wrong with those companies when a major executive at one of the big three asked someone to send something to his home e-mail address and it ended in @aol.com

14 Nov 2012 11:56 AM
Slaves2Darkness     

Digital Communist: AOL is the company that systematically bought and destroyed cool technologies like ICQ and Netscape and scammed thousands of old people with their jaw-droppingly terrible internet service. They are one of the worst things ever to happen to technology and I will always hate them.


How can you say that? They were awesome in their day, they pumped up their stock price, bought Time-Warner, and then crashed and burned. It was beautiful, while I did not get in on their rise I did cash in on a short sale of AOL-Time-Warner.

14 Nov 2012 11:57 AM
OutLawSuit     
I'm inclined to believe this story. I was driving through rural Arkansas a couple years back and stopped briefly at a Walmart. I noticed their electronics department was still selling Xbox 1 games at full price despite the Xbox 360 being out for a few years already. They shouldn't have even been carrying those games and if they still were, they should have thrown them into the clearance bin long ago.

14 Nov 2012 11:59 AM
tbhouston     
how much does consumertardist pay fark to get traffic?

14 Nov 2012 12:00 PM
hbk72777     

Pocket Ninja: It's not at all possible that some dumbass took pictures of things, cropped them very closely, and posted them on the one website where it's pretty much guaranteed that 90 percent of the people looking at the pictures is enough of a farking idiot to simply accept it as gospel truth.


Yeah, uh no.


The local Walmart here, right outside Charlotte has charging docks/plugs for obsolete devices. They have 12x cd that's CD burners for $80. It 's some kind of time warp that started 2 years ago. They unbox tons of old electronics every Christmas, hoping to get a sucker. The also have a fark ton of these

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14 Nov 2012 12:00 PM
TheSwissNavy     
AOL is as fresh as the Consumerist website, so this link creates fusion

14 Nov 2012 12:04 PM
hbk72777     
The local KMart has had 6 of these sitting in the same spot since I've been down here. They came out in 2000. Angle hasn't had hair since 2002. Plastic is yellowed.

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Yet they clearance out toys and electronics at 90% off that are less than a year old. Who knows why.

14 Nov 2012 12:05 PM
CCCarnie     

Sudlow: I have never seen what the bother is over Vista. Works fine for me. Fast & stable. UAC does kind of suck though. I am going to sit out 8 though. Looks like shiat.


I was one of those people that bought Vista right when it came out. The original release was terrible in so many ways. However, I actually thought it was a decent OS after SP2... But by that point, it had so much negative publicity that no one was willing to take it seriously anymore.

14 Nov 2012 12:06 PM
bungle_jr     

theesir: I'm amazed at how often I deal with companies that have their business email address at aol.com?


i've never understood what difference it makes as to which domain someone's email is on.

i have a hotmail account that i set up in 1994 or 1995...when it was still an independent company. i also have a yahoo acct and a gmail acct, along with my work acct. they all do essentially the same thing.

thinking about setting up an aol email acct just to throw people off

14 Nov 2012 12:07 PM
aurorous     
More than half of the local Best Buy strategy guide section was dominated by this book up until 2006. This game was released in 1998 and only sold 30,000

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14 Nov 2012 12:07 PM
Digital Communist     

Slaves2Darkness: Digital Communist: AOL is the company that systematically bought and destroyed cool technologies like ICQ and Netscape and scammed thousands of old people with their jaw-droppingly terrible internet service. They are one of the worst things ever to happen to technology and I will always hate them.

How can you say that? They were awesome in their day, they pumped up their stock price, bought Time-Warner, and then crashed and burned. It was beautiful, while I did not get in on their rise I did cash in on a short sale of AOL-Time-Warner.


I agree they were amazing marketers and they milked tons of cash from technology luddites. But they were a black hole into which cool technologies were lost.

AOL is the reason that we had to suffer a full decade of Internet Explorer dominance.

Every IM technology today is just a clone of the Mirabilis version of ICQ before AOL touched it. RIP little flower.
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14 Nov 2012 12:08 PM
Jument     

Digital Communist: AOL is the company that systematically bought and destroyed cool technologies like ICQ and Netscape and scammed thousands of old people with their jaw-droppingly terrible internet service. They are one of the worst things ever to happen to technology and I will always hate them.


Not to mention that brazzilion DVDs and stupid promo materials that went straight into the landfill. Bastages!

14 Nov 2012 12:13 PM
aagrajag     

CCCarnie: Sudlow: I have never seen what the bother is over Vista. Works fine for me. Fast & stable. UAC does kind of suck though. I am going to sit out 8 though. Looks like shiat.

I was one of those people that bought Vista right when it came out. The original release was terrible in so many ways. However, I actually thought it was a decent OS after SP2... But by that point, it had so much negative publicity that no one was willing to take it seriously anymore.


I'm running Vista with the latest updates right now; it still seems pretty crumby compared to 7.

14 Nov 2012 12:14 PM
SuperDuper28     
When I worked at Walmart I remember an old co-worker coming around for a visit after taking an Assistant Manager spot in another store. She said they had stuff in their back room that was 5 years old or more and it was driving her insane. For those that haven't been in the backways of a Walmart they don't really have a whole lot of space to store things so they need to be dilligent with moving stuff in and out as efficient as possible.

I can certainly imagine some stores could be really lazy at housekeeping. Likely they had an audit where ancient things are found and then some genious thinks they can stuff it on the shelf somewhere and sell it at whatever the last price logged was.

14 Nov 2012 12:15 PM
tarheel07     
Prodigy. Now there's a blast from the past.

14 Nov 2012 12:18 PM
Catsaregreen     

davidphogan: Catsaregreen: I live in a small Virginia county where I'd bet a good percentage of the people have AOL (especially since at least a third of the county is still on dial-up). Not everyone has access to high-speed Internet or DSL.

I've also met a few people who prefer dialup - so they're not wasting their lives on the Web.

So, they have dial up, which is slower, to save time because they have no self-control?


I should qualified that. By having dial-up, which is maddeningly slow, it's an incentive to NOT be on the Net for anything other than email.

14 Nov 2012 12:18 PM
netringer    [TotalFark]  

hbk72777: The local Walmart here, right outside Charlotte has charging docks/plugs for obsolete devices. They have 12x cd that's CD burners for $80. It 's some kind of time warp that started 2 years ago. They unbox tons of old electronics every Christmas, hoping to get a sucker. The also have a fark ton of these


Hey, at least the TeleZappers still work. The problem is you have to answer the phone and effectively you make a robocall a hangup call.

14 Nov 2012 12:18 PM
Jument     

aagrajag: CCCarnie: Sudlow: I have never seen what the bother is over Vista. Works fine for me. Fast & stable. UAC does kind of suck though. I am going to sit out 8 though. Looks like shiat.

I was one of those people that bought Vista right when it came out. The original release was terrible in so many ways. However, I actually thought it was a decent OS after SP2... But by that point, it had so much negative publicity that no one was willing to take it seriously anymore.

I'm running Vista with the latest updates right now; it still seems pretty crumby compared to 7.


It wasn't terrible IMHO. What sucked about it was that it didn't really offer anything hugely great over XP, it was slower and fatter, and most of the dev work that went into it seemed rather pointless.

14 Nov 2012 12:19 PM
Dancin_In_Anson    [TotalFark]  

Rurouni: HOW DARE THEY SELL THINGS! WALMART!!!


Perducci: Stop forcing me to buy stupid things, Wal-Mart!


There ought to be a law!

14 Nov 2012 12:19 PM
aagrajag     

SuperDuper28: When I worked at Walmart I remember an old co-worker coming around for a visit after taking an Assistant Manager spot in another store. She said they had stuff in their back room that was 5 years old or more and it was driving her insane. For those that haven't been in the backways of a Walmart they don't really have a whole lot of space to store things so they need to be dilligent with moving stuff in and out as efficient as possible.

I can certainly imagine some stores could be really lazy at housekeeping. Likely they had an audit where ancient things are found and then some genious thinks they can stuff it on the shelf somewhere and sell it at whatever the last price logged was.


Have you spoken to the average Walmart shopper? They can.

To you and I, As seen on TV is a warning sign - to them: a trustworthy endorsement.

If dumbasses with buy worthless crap at inflated prices, we'd be greater dumbasses not to sell.

14 Nov 2012 12:20 PM
aagrajag     

aagrajag: SuperDuper28: When I worked at Walmart I remember an old co-worker coming around for a visit after taking an Assistant Manager spot in another store. She said they had stuff in their back room that was 5 years old or more and it was driving her insane. For those that haven't been in the backways of a Walmart they don't really have a whole lot of space to store things so they need to be dilligent with moving stuff in and out as efficient as possible.

I can certainly imagine some stores could be really lazy at housekeeping. Likely they had an audit where ancient things are found and then some genious thinks they can stuff it on the shelf somewhere and sell it at whatever the last price logged was.

Have you spoken to the average Walmart shopper? They can.

To you and I, As seen on TV is a warning sign - to them: a trustworthy endorsement.

If dumbasses with will buy worthless crap at inflated prices, we'd be greater dumbasses not to sell.


14 Nov 2012 12:20 PM
JackieRabbit     

Sudlow: I have never seen what the bother is over Vista. Works fine for me. Fast & stable. UAC does kind of suck though. I am going to sit out 8 though. Looks like shiat.


Fast and stable? Really. We tried it at work for a couple of months and then dumped it because the help desk got tired of the dozens of BSOD and hang calls it had to deal with every day. You are going to sit out 8 and MSFT is going to abandon you. 8 is their last shot at continued relevance and they are going to push this and the new Surface tablet hard. MSFT is making some important in-roads into devices that will replace the traditional desktops and laptops. They are going to struggle with user acceptance with the new UI and a paucity of applications. I think Apple and Android are too far ahead of MSFT and they are not going to be able to compete. Also both iOS and Android are UNIX-based OSs, which makes it much easier to integrate them with other systems. Windows is the last mainstream commercial operating system that is not UNIX based. MSFT played around with making NT UNIX-based, but decided it would take too long, cost too much and the competition too stiff. I'm betting they wish they had now.

14 Nov 2012 12:26 PM
theesir     

bungle_jr: theesir: I'm amazed at how often I deal with companies that have their business email address at aol.com?

i've never understood what difference it makes as to which domain someone's email is on.

i have a hotmail account that i set up in 1994 or 1995...when it was still an independent company. i also have a yahoo acct and a gmail acct, along with my work acct. they all do essentially the same thing.

thinking about setting up an aol email acct just to throw people off


I'm sorry, but when your BUSINESS email address is aol.com, rightly or wrongly you are representing yourself as a company that stopped progressing about 15 years ago. From a practical point of view, as a business, I cannot count on email that I sent to an AOL user actually getting through; especially if I attach a document.

14 Nov 2012 12:26 PM
Stile4aly    [TotalFark]  

Digital Communist: Slaves2Darkness: Digital Communist: AOL is the company that systematically bought and destroyed cool technologies like ICQ and Netscape and scammed thousands of old people with their jaw-droppingly terrible internet service. They are one of the worst things ever to happen to technology and I will always hate them.

How can you say that? They were awesome in their day, they pumped up their stock price, bought Time-Warner, and then crashed and burned. It was beautiful, while I did not get in on their rise I did cash in on a short sale of AOL-Time-Warner.

I agree they were amazing marketers and they milked tons of cash from technology luddites. But they were a black hole into which cool technologies were lost.

AOL is the reason that we had to suffer a full decade of Internet Explorer dominance.

Every IM technology today is just a clone of the Mirabilis version of ICQ before AOL touched it. RIP little flower.
[www.ubisoft.biz image 425x310]


Uh Oh!

/Had a 5 digit ICQ ID back in the day.

14 Nov 2012 12:34 PM
bungle_jr     

theesir: bungle_jr: theesir: I'm amazed at how often I deal with companies that have their business email address at aol.com?

i've never understood what difference it makes as to which domain someone's email is on.

i have a hotmail account that i set up in 1994 or 1995...when it was still an independent company. i also have a yahoo acct and a gmail acct, along with my work acct. they all do essentially the same thing.

thinking about setting up an aol email acct just to throw people off

I'm sorry, but when your BUSINESS email address is aol.com, rightly or wrongly you are representing yourself as a company that stopped progressing about 15 years ago. From a practical point of view, as a business, I cannot count on email that I sent to an AOL user actually getting through; especially if I attach a document.


i just wish when someone gives me their email address to send them a receipt (my part time 2nd job has the option of sending email receipts) that certain businesses would create email accounts with something like aol. would be easier and make more sense than those who use the entire name of their company as their email domain name! i cringe everytime someone gives me their address and it's like jsmith@smithandwessontechnologysolutio ns.com. seriously? you couldn't abbreviate?

14 Nov 2012 12:37 PM
THX 1138     
I have a machine that came with Vista. I absolutely love it.

Especially since I switched it to Ubuntu.

14 Nov 2012 12:41 PM
thepostess     
As a business owner, I sure hate to send email to aol.com email addys, or msn, or hotmail. Especially since we send graphic proofs to customers. Colossal PITA.

14 Nov 2012 12:42 PM
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