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Desc:Click here to begin your journey.
Category:Science & Technology
Tags:AOL, THE NINETIES, America Online
Submitted:Pope Caius
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Comment count is 31
oddeye - 2014-05-14
Click mean something else back then? Pretty sure there wasn't a mouse back then, all DOS prompts and shit like dir
Crab Mentality - 2014-05-14
'95? Nah, there were mice then. I remember Windows 95 being a pretty big deal when it came out.

theSnake - 2014-05-14
In the 90's people "clicked" their approval things using African clicking language. The first mouse was invented in 1999 as addon hardware for the game "Counterstrike"

Jet Bin Fever - 2014-05-14
theSnake is correct.

infinite zest - 2014-05-15
I think the AOL for DOS was through Playnet but by 1995 it was pretty much click click click. I missed the joke. Never played Counterstrike and somehow on this site. Counterstrike pays for this right?

infinite zest - 2014-05-15
Also I looked it up, the mouse has been around for a lot longer than we thought


gravelstudios - 2014-05-15
The SNES mouse predates this ad. (it was also the first mouse I ever used).

themilkshark - 2014-05-15
oddeye wrong? not surprised

memedumpster - 2014-05-15
I remember Atari computers having mice. They also RAM on cartridges.

oddeye - 2014-05-15
Yes I am completely wrong, how could I have thought mice weren't invented by 1995 when I had used one then, woe is me.

Scrimmjob - 2014-05-14
Are those portals I see at 0:12?
Old_Zircon - 2014-05-14
0:19 is my all time favorite bad font, what is it called?
gravelstudios - 2014-05-15
Yeah, I remember that discussion about fonts we were having a while ago. Somebody should invent an app where you can scan a font and it'll tell you what it is. That would be nice. I liked the one where all the letters were covered in snow.

gravelstudios - 2014-05-15
I tried to find it online. It's VERY similar to 'pecos' but it's not exactly the same.

memedumpster - 2014-05-15
I spent an hour looking for that damned font. Why do we rush to do these things for you, OZ?

OxygenThief - 2016-09-05
Times New Fuckface

BHWW - 2014-05-14
My body is prepared (clicks to begin journey)
fluffy - 2014-05-14


infinite zest - 2014-05-14
We'd get these all the time. I'm sure there's several somewhere in my parents' basement. I was like 13 or so, but the first thing I did was check to see if there was a Playboy.com. There was. 10 hours well spent.

Jet Bin Fever - 2014-05-14
The thing is, after this business with Net Neutrality, we could see a return to those types of service plans. Hooray!

infinite zest - 2014-05-15
Sweet. 10 hours of trying to get a boner by imagining drew barrymore's boobs from 1994 here I come!

EvilHomer - 2014-05-15
It was that picture of Drew Barrymore getting tied up by all the boyscouts for me.

90s dialup pseudoporn FTW!

infinite zest - 2014-05-15
Heh.. yeah in my case it was just like, the cover of the issue and information on how to subscribe, nothing more. When I was a kid though, playboy magazines were covered in their plastic housing by the same big black square that covered all the dirtier magazines.

I discovered usenet maybe a year later, for better or worse.

Simillion - 2014-05-14
that final image is really representative of AOL

a gateway into a hellish dimension ruled by the eye in a pyramid
Mother Lumper - 2014-05-14
There are roughly 2.5 million people still paying for and using America Online dial up.
Gmork - 2014-05-15
Almost all of them are in florida.

infinite zest - 2014-05-15
Jeez. I don't think I even remember how to set up and use dialup anymore. I used to work for a classical music organization and when our subscription management system went digital (made to fire/lay off people like myself to save money) it was the same thing. Mostly hand-holding telling clients not to double-click, things like that. At least 3 times a day I'd get someone who told me she couldn't get on the internet because she was on the phone and had to take notes. :(

infinite zest - 2014-05-15
by "digital" I meant "online." I also worked at a theatre and they went digital, also meaning that my experience as a projectionist is, for the most part, just some arcane skill I once learned, and not a career anymore.

Seven Arts/H8 Red - 2014-05-15
boner - 2014-05-15
Man, the horror of Netscape employees when they learned that THIS company was acquiring them. Although they did get to cash out so fuck it.
Dib - 2014-05-16
I have a copy of 2.5, from when AOL came on a disk.
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