For those who are either too young to remember or just plain didn’t use the internet during the 90s, AOL charged its users an hourly fee until October 1996, when the company changed to a flat monthly rate of $19.95. During this time, AOL connections would be flooded with users trying to get on, and many canceled their accounts due to constant busy signals. A commercial featuring Steve Case telling people AOL was working day and night to fix the problem was made. Within three years, AOL’s userbase grew to 10 million people. People were accustomed to receiving trial discs in the mail, sometimes hundreds of them within a year. This geek decided to turn some of them into an AOL CD throne (above, top). Continue reading to see more interesting things geeks considered normal back in 1999.
Bonus Video – Remember 1999