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How many on here used to be on Prodigy?

 
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05/28/2008 10:31 PM
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How many on here used to be on Prodigy?
Who here remembers the Prodigy Online Service? I was on it back in the day, circa late 80's and early 90's. My first PC that I ever bought (A Magnavox 286, Win 3.1 rig with a 14.4 Hayes modem) had a 3.5 inch Prodigy floppy disk bundled with it and I thought what the hell, for 12.95 a month I'll give it a try.

Lord, my ears and mind became opened to the wonder of what would soon become known as the "Internet"! Prodigy was the shit, and I thought how cool to be able to dial up a number, get connected with that screechy dial up noise, and find an unlimited source of news and info on any subject from A-Z, right at my fingertips. You name it, from travel reviews, cooking recipes, movies, sports, entertainment, consumer reports, books, you name it, it was there.

And, of course, there were some of the first, original, nationwide, chat rooms and discussion boards on every topic imaginable. From Abortion to Zoology and everything in between. Every side on every topic was represented. (Which is better? Ford or Chevy? VHS or Beta? 8-track or cassettes? DOS or GUI? and so on) And of course politics, and the lunatic fringe and UFO and conspiracy crowd was well represented.

I remember the flame wars that used to break out all the time, some are infamous in Internet lore. I used to sit for hours reading messages and chatting with people and thinking "wow, this is so cool, so addictive, I can't pull myself away from the keyboard". Kinda like GLP is for me now, and for a lot of you, I'm sure.

Too bad that Prodigy went out of business, due to old-school IBM-type, 50's business models, jacking up customers rates, charging per hour fees for chats and messaging, pissing off your consumer base, failing to be competitive with AOL, Compuserve, GEnie, and all the rest of the services back then, and just now realizing you were in the middle of a true revolution, a paradigm shift, from a non-digital to a digital age. An Information Age. The Internet Age.

People my age (mid 40's) witnessed it, and saw it happen, and were a part of it. If you get on Yahoo Message Boards today and talk about any subject, or chat on MSN Messenger, or have a page on MySpace or Facebook, just remember it started with Prodigy, and Compuserve, and Usenet,and the local BBS's.

What fun we all had back then, with our 300 baud modems, and
funky GUI's with huge letters, and waiting for minutes sometimes for pages to load, not to mention stage.dat and cache.dat, and cheesy graphics that made "Donkey Kong" look good!

But what did we know? We were just pioneers, setting out for uncharted territories, finding our little piece of the digital landscape. We were young then, not knowing we were witnessing the dawn of a new age.


Here are a few websites and screenshots, to help you remember...

[link to pages.prodigy.net]

[link to pages.prodigy.net]

[link to www.angelfire.com]

[link to members.tripod.com]

[link to members.tripod.com]
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05/28/2008 10:46 PM
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Re: How many on here used to be on Prodigy?
Started with Prodigy?

In what world do you live?

Prodigy was dung from day one, a bloated, crippled, disconnected steaming pile of .....

You get the idea.

Prodigy was very late to the dance my friend, and it came with two left feet.

It was over 10 years behind Compuserve, and they had no idea how to run it and did everything they could to piss people off and drive them away.

If it was so great, why is it gone?

It must have been your first lady, because you only have good memories. Have a nice stroll down memory lane.
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05/28/2008 11:09 PM
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Re: How many on here used to be on Prodigy?
I too also have fond memories of Prodigy, I also tried compuserve but prodigy had all those graphics that were so enticing!!!! I use to love the one game on Prodigy, I believe it was called CEO. I began my internet shopping on Prodigy thru Sears of all places. I thought how fantastic it was to sit there an be able to shop and so started my addiction!!!!
Oh but the best were the local BBSs, I use to think they were the greatest thing back then!!! So many people don't even know about the BBSs, but then again so many people think all a computer is for is to link you to the internet!!!
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Re: How many on here used to be on Prodigy?
me too in 1992
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05/28/2008 11:16 PM
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Re: How many on here used to be on Prodigy?
I started with bulletin boards and the Cleveland Freenet, using a 1200 baud modem. I bought the Prodigy package (the modem was a giant wall wart). i remember when I got my first USR modem. A blazing 14.4. I programmed my first game for the TI99-4a back in the 80's. Oh, fun times.

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05/29/2008 01:42 AM
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Re: How many on here used to be on Prodigy?
1970's
One big chatroom
green screen text only

Colleges, Defense contractors, mil/DARPANET

Everybody was fascinated by the idea of over the phonelines computer to computer communication



Fall of 1984 I hooked an apple clone up to the civilian version of the DARPANET and used compuserve, tried prodigy about 1990

Prodigy was better than AOL, but AOL gave guides free connections and I learned just how much the isp controls where you go and what you see.

My experience with each dialup isp includes lots of sheer coincidence.
Seems that
dial up works at 128k until I post criticism of Bush
then it gets 28k or less connect speeds
Latest is posting criticism of Obama drops my isp's connect speed to 12k-16k

Loss of connextion like Prodigy peeps complainabout too.

I have tried an paranoid experiment.
New isp
Visited only right places
Set rnc dot org as my homepage and got 128k connect speeds

Visited PlagePuppy's website (911 truth seeker) and connect speeds ever since are 28k or less.

Wierd?

Can't possibly be any connection between what I post or visit and my isp's connect speeds
I use multiple isp's and it's the same with all of them


but there it is

anyone else find a problem with content and connect speeds of has some hacker put a really insidious virus/trojan on my system?