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He had experience at Pizza Hut developing pineapple pizza, which was about all the experience you needed in the pre-Internet era. Apple wanted control of its name back, so with only 75,000 subscribers, in 1991 Quantum changed its name to America Online. The real issue for all the personal computer makers: There just wasn't much you could do with those devices. Paul Allen bought 25% of the company at its public offering, and Bill Gates made its management a Godfather offer: Either let me buy you or I will go do this myself and bury you. He turned down Gates' "offer" and went for the gold. Case had a "golden gut" and knew what customers wanted before they did.
Case is the most unlikely of geniuses in our "20 People Who Changed Tech" series. You couldn't talk to the world, you couldn't get information, you couldn't play interactive games. Chat and email built a walled garden around people.
AOL offered private rooms, conference rooms and a variety of information, games and connections.
In the end, AOL was just fun -- exciting, interactive and very sticky.
Something Awful Forums, author "iceaim" This thread has been inspired by the "Anyone remember AOHell and similiar programs? Below is a description of some of the "special" AOL accounts that were around: 1.
(Hambrecht & Quist would handle the IPO for Netscape, viewed as the starting gun for the Internet Age.) Control Video morphed into Quantum Computer Services, and Case jumped to VP of marketing. Quantum realized that hitching its star to just Commodore computers was too risky, so it cut a deal with Apple to sell its Apple Link online service and one with Radio Shack. It was easy to install, had great graphics and every day offered something new.
Chrystal claims DCFS cleared her of all the allegations of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. she now thinks she deserves the right to grill Ariel's attorney and psychiatrist as part of her defense.
The big thing standing in Chrystal's way, of course, is a little something called attorney-client privilege and physician-client privilege.
The book by Kara Swisher starts with the funeral of Bill von Meister, the man who understood what an online world was before there was an online world.
When a new industry emerges, sometimes it's the charlatans and sneaky guys who come before the visionaries. I met von Meister when he ran a company called TDX, which promised cheap phone calls.