AOL CDs, their annoyance and before that…

Well if you are as old as me you might remember all these unwanted AOL CDs. I mentioned them in my previous post but to recycle pictures here they are again:

Unwanted AOL CDs
AOL CDs – was there ever anyone who really WANTED them?

 

The good point of these besides using one as a coaster for your coffee cup was the box. Some came with a DVD style case, some even with a metal case. So while you had to dump the actual CDs the case was pretty nice if you bought blank CDR in a paper sleeve like me (cheapest type).

And big surprise for people who aren’t that old: before the infamous AOL CDs they actually distributed floppy disks:

AOL Floppy
AOL floppy discs. They would have been perfect if they came with a blank label…

The good point about floppy disks was that they actually costed money and even if there was crap like AOL on them you could just format (“erase” for the younger generation) them and have a free floppy disk. Hey, back then a 10-pack of floppies costed like 5 dollars and any free floppy was kinda cash gift for us nerds. So unlike the AOL CDs the floppies were always welcome. God knows how many appz and games were copied because AOL gifted us with free storage space. So i blame the whole PC (You could use them on your Amiga as well after formatting) piracy scene on AOL. For the CDs they might have brought more happiness to homes if they used CD-RW, but oh well they missed that opportunity.

Author: fronzelneekburm

Computer nerd

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