CompuServe and GEnie both sound awesome
Written by Mr. Bessler on January 26, 1990
Damn, I wish I had a modem. Mike’s dad has one and he uses it find stuff on his computer. He wouldn’t let us use it, but he let us watch. First, there was a list of What’s New crap, but after that, here’s all the things you can do at the Top menu:
CompuServe TOP 1 Member Assistance (FREE) 2 Find a Topic (FREE) 3 Communications/Bulletin Bds. 4 News/Weather/Sports 5 Travel 6 The Electronic MALL/Shopping 7 Money Matters/Markets 8 Entertainment/Games 9 Hobbies/Lifestyles/Education 10 Reference 11 Computers/Technology 12 Business/Other Interests Enter choice number !
He mainly used it to check the Stock Market (boring). He also sent a electronic letter to some woman he met in a “forum” about SCUBA diving. Sounds like a blast.
CompuServe COMMUNICATE COMMUNICATIONS/BULLETIN BOARDS 1 CompuServe Mail 2 CB Simulator 3 Forums (SIGs) 4 Practice Forum (FREE) 5 National Bulletin Board 6 Directory of Members (FREE) 7 Ask Customer Service (FREE) 8 CB Society 9 The Convention Center (tm) 10 Member Recommendation Program (FREE) 11 Specials/Contests (FREE) Enter choice number !
I already have a pen-pal from Nebraska that I don’t communicate with, so no thanks. Games. Now, those interest me:
CompuServe GAMES ENTERTAINMENT/GAMES 1 Intro to Games 2 Fantasy/Role Playing/Adventures 3 War Games 4 Simulations/Sports Games 5 Parlor/Trivia Games 6 Modem Game Players CHALLENGE BOARD 7 Game Forums/News 8 Entertainment Forums 9 Entertainment News 10 Order Merchandise/Guides 11 Computers/Technology Enter choice number !
He wouldn’t let us play any games, though. He said computer games are a waste of time. (Says the guy who uses his complex computer set-up to discuss SCUBA diving with people he’s never met in real-life.) He said there’s also this other service called GEnie, which is just like CompuServe, but he likes CompuServe’s “Forums” better than GEnie’s “RoundTables“. Good lord, more SCUBA talk.
I did some digging today at Waldenbooks and here’s what I learned about these two services:
|Cost||$6.00* per hour
$10.00* per hour
probably some telecommunications surcharges**
|$6.00 per hour
$12.50 per hour
phone surcharges for use of an “access network node” (if that’s a real thing)**
|Monthly fee?||No.||Yes. $1.50 support fee.|
|Owned by||Those light bulb people.
||That tax company.
|Sign up fee||$29.95||$39.95 + 10 bucks extra if you want the “Executive Service option”, whatever that means.|
|Sign up process||Easy as one, two, three…
1. Set your modem for local echo (half duplex), 300 or 1200 baud.
2. Dial 1-800-638-8369. When connected, you just enter HHH.
3. At the U#=prompt simply enter XTX99596, GEnie. Then just press
RETURN. And have a major credit card or your checking account number ready.
|Ask me in 4 to 8 weeks. I sent away for literature.|
* It’s $16 per hour during weekdays, but I’m at school or playing ball during those times, so who cares.
** Most likely add around 30 cents per hour. I hope. Or it could be up to 12 bucks extra per hour if Tymnet gets involved. Ouch, this could get really expensive. I should just save my money and buy a Pete Rose rookie card.
Update (February 20th at 3:15PM): Wow, that arrived quickly! Hmmm, I would’ve “preferred” they spell my name right.
CompuServe must be full of attractive people. Attractive people with lamps.
And that’s how you close a deal.