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  • AIM ( = AOL Instant Messenger) shuts down today

    Posted on December 15th, 2017 at 08:35 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Remember when all of the messaging programs were trying sooooo hard to be AIM compatible?

    As AOL announced last October, today is the final day for AIM.

    Catalin Cimpanu at Bleepingcomputer has the details.

    Data associated with AIM, such as files and past conversation logs, will also be deleted. AOL has advised users to save any files before the cut-off date.

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    • #152177 Reply

      Da Boss

      Remember when all of the messaging programs were trying sooooo hard to be AIM compatible? As AOL announced last October, today is the final day for AI
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    • #152190 Reply


      Fortunately,  there is Wire (wire.com)… 😉

    • #152196 Reply

      AskWoody MVP

      OMG – a trip down Memory Lane!

      AIM – AOL – CompuServe – Netscape – BBs – 56KB Modem (or was it 24KB?) – DOS (IBM and MS) – WordPerfect 5.1 – VisiCalc – Lotus 1-2-3 – QuatroPro – 8086 – 8088 – 20MB Hard Card -5 1/4″ floppy (and bigger) – Novell Netware 11 – DecNet – IBM Token Ring

      Every once in a while I have to go back and watch “Hackers” (Angleina Jolie).

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      • #152215 Reply

        AskWoody Lounger

        How’s this for a throwback–using a Tandy 102 laptop (with its 8 line LCD screen) and its built-in 300 baud modem to access CompuServe via dial-up????

        Although, speaking of throwbacks, I do remember having to call Word Perfect for support of 5.1 a few times and, to this day, they had the best routine to listen to while on hold to speak to a representative, in that they not only had music, but they also had a live “traffic reporter” that came on in between the tunes to tell you how long you had remaining until your call was answered. AND the reporter even broke the wait times down by individual support lines for the product!!

        • #152225 Reply

          AskWoody MVP

          We had a Commodore 64. And before that a Heathkit. – But that was before AOL/AIM
          So were the boxes of punch cards and the IBM360.

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      • #152278 Reply

        Bill C.
        AskWoody Lounger

        I had AOL at version 1.2 on my first PC, a 486-DX33 with DOS6.0 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11 and 4MB of RAM and a 340MB HDD.  The video card was a screamer with a full 1MB of VRAM. The modem was an INTERNAL  2400 baud and big.  It was high end at the time.   A big advance over the 300 baud modems that required you to place the handset of the phone in a cradle.

        My oldest email is AOL and the address does not have a single number in it.

        The AOL chat rooms were a big advance over the old DOS BBs software.

        AOL was more social and Compuserve was more techy with software.


        A museum of technology would be fun.  Thanks for that list.

        • #152384 Reply

          AskWoody Lounger


          We are gathered here to remember our dearly departed friend, AIM…


          And the body shall be cast into the sea…

          Fortran, C++, R, Python, Java, Matlab, HTML, CSS, etc.... coding is fun!
          A weatherman that can code

        • #152385 Reply

          AskWoody Lounger

          I had to change wdburt to wdburt1 only because AOL had a security breach many years ago.

          I never used AIM, and abandoned AOL desktop software after the recent changes made under the new Verizon ownership.  But AOL’s email service remains useful and gives me no reason to change to gmail or something else.

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    • #152335 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      I remember getting those AOL CD’s in the mail or seeing at checkout lines everywhere. You buy something tech from a retailer and they would toss a AOL disk in your bag. Funny how times change, the internet world does not revolve around a AOL anymore.

    • #153286 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      RIP AOL IM! 🙂

    • #153312 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      The significant problem with AoL was (|is?) its exorbitant method of cancelling its service.

      My dad died in October 2015. At that time, all his credit cards were cancelled. Would you believe (best Maxwell Smart impersonation here) I (the estate executor) began getting U.S.P.S. letters saying he owed $##.## to AoL for its service? (I tried, but I could never get him to sign the statement which I would then notarize and mail off to Virginia.)

      In my official capacity, I sent one (more) letter to AoL stating he had died, and it had failed to file a timely claim against the estate, and as such, any more dunning letters would be referred to the State of Illinois’ Attorney General’s office. That ceased the siege.

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