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You remember when LJ went boom last weekend, right? Someone took the time while the site was down to do a songwronging (1) of Don McClean's "American Pie"...

Yes, it's "The Day LJ Died"

(1) - Well, it's not songWRITING. It's pretty much the opposite of righting, and thus was born songwronging. The actual term goes back to the good ol' days when jelly_doughnut and I were on Prodigy. The term was orginially used by Chatsworthus to describe the stylings of Tricius if I recall correctly. *sigh* The good ol' days...


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Jan. 23rd, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
*sniff* I miss the good ol' days too!! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
Jan. 23rd, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)
Prodigy? My mother still uses that . . . it's still around, believe it or not. It's an offshoot of Yahoo! now, though.
Jan. 24th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
Well, the only thing of Prodigy that lives on is the name and a variation of the star logo. *checks* Nope, not even that really lives any more. SBC bought the service, partnered with Yahoo, and has all but killed the Prodigy name.

I'm talking about the OOOOLLLLDDD dial up (pre-Internet boom) service that was stuck on 40-character width, has Linda Ellerbee as a spokesman, and charged you by the minute for service. Here's a screenshot of what their interface looked like. This was back in the days of CompuServe being a text service only (and a good one), GEnie being a text service owned by GE to use idle telecommunications, and AOL as a small insignificant company. Heck, you had to go and *buy* the Prodigy and AOL software back then!

For it's time, it was high-tech. I mean, they had multi-player games, bulletin boards, and you could even order things like airline tickets and flowers. Mind you, this was in the late 1980's-early 1990's time frame before web browsing was even a thing.

*damn I'm old*
Jan. 24th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
Oh. I see. She does have an @prodigy.net e-mail address, though, so they didn't take that away. But that does explain when I dial in to her account for her, the SBC Yahoo!! screen pops up.

Back in the late 80's, when I was in my Commode 64 days, I had QuantumLink, which was a Commodore-only service. Very graphics-intense, so it took forever to do anything with my 300 baud modem. (Baud--there's a word nobody uses anymore!!) Steve Case was the founder and chairman.

When the Internet boom hit circa 1995, and there were few Commode users left, QuantumLink evolved into AOL.

As for my old Commode, it's still up in the closet. I just may dust it off for old time sake one of these days and dabble with it. There are also a few C-64 emulators online, but it's just not the same.
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