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ktinkel
10-08-2005, 01:20 PM
I have not seen these once-common things in years, but the October 9 edition of the Connecticut Post contained an AOL CD boldly marked 1175 hours free! for 50 days. For those who don’t want to do the math, that is 23.5 hours/day.

It is also marked No Credit Card Required! Not sure what is required (because I didn’t open the CD) but it says you must opt out before the month expires or be billed, so they must require some sort of fiscal access (one shudders to think!).

Also includes a $30/month dsl deal for those in areas covered by Covad. Have to commit for a year (and if you cancel or you are canceled for any reason, will have to pay up to $150 penalty). Also have to pay $20 for the dsl box.

Gee, maybe I should go for it! You think? :rolleyes:

annc
10-08-2005, 02:23 PM
Gee, maybe I should go for it! You think? :rolleyes:Why not? They have all those fabulous forums. ;)

fhaber
10-08-2005, 02:26 PM
jsg says you can certainly cancel just by sending your firstborn in a certified, return receipt envelope, three times, on Thursdays, in the gibbous moon - so why not?

donmcc
10-08-2005, 02:39 PM
Remember the good old days, when you could almost stop purchasing floppy disks, and just reformat AOL advertising promos.

Down with CDs, I say.

Don McCahill

ktinkel
10-08-2005, 04:05 PM
jsg says you can certainly cancel just by sending your firstborn in a certified, return receipt envelope, three times, on Thursdays, in the gibbous moon - so why not?Well, I think it actually required that you only do it if it was raining for 4 hours on that day. That was the deal-breaker for me.

Franca
10-08-2005, 08:17 PM
Remember the good old days, when you could almost stop purchasing floppy disks, and just reformat AOL advertising promos.Yes, indeed! Probably still have some of those lying around here.

Richard Waller
10-08-2005, 11:18 PM
Like most spam there is a penalty somewhere. Junk it without opening it.

They tell me that if you string CDs up in the garden the flashing scares the birds away. I wonder if it works for the foxes too.

Kelvyn
10-09-2005, 12:38 AM
I wonder if it works for the foxes too.

Foxes are probably attracted by the cd shape. To get rid of foxes either call in the hunt (it's only a local call here, but costs at least 2 bottles of good whisky) or leave a laptop with AOL running where the fox can see it. All those flashy ads and annoying AOL features will soon drive them away.

Richard Waller
10-09-2005, 02:57 AM
Foxes - call in the hunt Hunting is banned here. But the idea of a hunt jumping over the fences of our suburban gardens is attractive. There are 32 horses and 25 couples of hounds on the beach here as I speak.

I gather you have to fill an old sock with male human hair and hang it in the garden. A dog is no use at all, they learn to play with the foxes. And dig their way under the fences to follow them into the next garden where the food is.

There are chemicals but as they wash away in the next shower of rain they get to be expensive.

ktinkel
10-09-2005, 05:38 AM
They tell me that if you string CDs up in the garden the flashing scares the birds away. I know someone who cuts CDs into shapes with a jeweler’s saw, then paints and otherwise trims the cutouts as Christmas ornaments.

I would rather not scare off birds — we enjoy them too much.

PeterArnel
10-09-2005, 07:04 AM
Kathleen
AOL have used this form of marketing in the UK ( not in Newspapers but in Mags and direct mail ) for a number of years now
Peter

ktinkel
10-09-2005, 07:27 AM
AOL have used this form of marketing in the UK ( not in Newspapers but in Mags and direct mail ) for a number of years now
PeterThey used to do it here, but it has been years since we received multiple AOL floppies or CDs every month. That is why this one was so striking.

It is no more appealing today than it was then, though.

I belonged to AOL way back when it was spun off from an Apple attempt to run a BB service. Then it had to compete with CompuServe, Delphi, and a couple of other services whose names I have forgotten. When installing one AOL update hijacked my modem setup I canceled and never looked back.

Kelvyn
10-09-2005, 02:05 PM
Hunting is banned here.

Yes, but that is only a socialist/Blair law, nothing to do with real countryside tradition. The local hunt will be in action again from next week onwards, but have promised the local police that they will comlpy with the "law" and should they find a fox they will do all they can to call the hounds off. Our local huntsmen don't ride horses. The ground is too mountainous and rugged for them. Instead they run after the hounds on foot.....

PeterArnel
10-09-2005, 02:18 PM
I have used aol for years - I suppose I have seen as the most stable and has givemn me security for a site for my handicapped daughter

ktinkel
10-09-2005, 04:01 PM
I have used aol for years - I suppose I have seen as the most stable and has givemn me security for a site for my handicapped daughterWell, perhaps I can see that.

But do you use it yourself?

Paul
10-09-2005, 05:20 PM
I have received a couple of AOL sign-up CDs through the mail during the past year. We also get them at work now and then.

Back when they were sending floppy diskettes, I was teaching a class in a computer lab, and I reformatted the diskettes to give to students who forgot to bring one.

ktinkel
10-10-2005, 05:48 AM
Back when they were sending floppy diskettes, I was teaching a class in a computer lab, and I reformatted the diskettes to give to students who forgot to bring one.That made them useful at least. Unlike the CDs!