CompuServe Classic Finally Put To Rest

Have you noticed anything different about your inbox this week? Where are all the weirdly threatening chain letters from family members you've never met? The hyperventilating urgent FWD: FWD: FWD: messages about Barack Obama's secret Hellenic Polytheism? Your tri-weekly update on the power of prayer, told through the perspective of your fourth cousin's cat? They are gone, is where, stemmed at the source. CompuServe Classic is dead.

I won't try to be elegiac here, since I only really remember CompuServe's service as that quasi-internetlike thing that my parents would let me use on our Gateway for about two minutes at a stretch, as we watched the minutely charges rack up and I desperately tried to figure out where the hell the games were. But those of you of a different generation vintage, with your own super-numerical email addresses, memories of horrifying, unexpected phone bills and bitterness towards the ungrateful kids of today with their "broadband" and "wireless," feel free to reflect in the comments. [Basex via Beyond the Beyond]

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