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CompuServe Online Network

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The Resume

    (1969- )
    Founded in Columbus, Ohio as a subsidiary of Golden United Investment Company
    Spun off as a separate company (1975)
    Purchased by H&R Block (1980)
    Purchased by AOL - America Online and WorldCom for $1.2 billion (February 2, 1998)
    CompuServe 7.0 released (April 23, 2002)
    2006 Prices:
    $19.95 per month unlimited
    $199 per year unlimited

Why CompuServe Online Network might be annoying:

    CompuServe in Germany shut access to newsgroups when they were prosecuted with distributing pornography.
    It started out as a computer time-sharing service.
    In the early 1980s, they charged up to $30 an hour to connect.
    It went from dominating the market in the 1980s to being bought out by their rival AOL - America Online.
    This was probably because they were known to overcharge their customers.
    It charged an hourly fee until 1997, when it was too late to charge a monthly fee.
    It blocked out sex-oriented newsgroups and set a precedent for other ISPs to do the same.
    It was known for ripping off their customers by masking fees for free trials.

Why CompuServe Online Network might not be annoying:

    It dominated the market in the 1980s.
    It was the first major ISP.
    It popularized the idea of Internet outside of business.
    It was the first to offer e-mail, forums and technical support.
    It introduced the GIF image format.

Credit: Captain Howdy


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Year In Review:

    In 2021, Out of 9 Votes: 77.78% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 4 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 8 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 3 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 14 Votes: 64.29% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 12 Votes: 58.33% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 11 Votes: 54.55% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 16 Votes: 93.75% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 47 Votes: 65.96% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 26 Votes: 76.92% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 30 Votes: 73.33% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 95 Votes: 76.84% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 117 Votes: 72.65% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 77 Votes: 93.51% Annoying