Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for September 06, 2019


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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member 3 months ago

    You have mail.

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    B UTTONS  3 months ago

    Steph uses a state of the art computer …

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    einarbt  3 months ago

    I guess the answer is “yes it does make that sound but that would be the modem".

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    Z51 Premium Member 3 months ago

    I still have an AOL email address, I never use it but it still gets spam

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    gbars70  3 months ago

    I now have an AOL email account. I got unceremoniously dumped there by Verizon.

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    Concretionist  3 months ago

    My phone makes that sound when my older friends call. Ringtones FTW!

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    alaskajohn1  3 months ago

    He probably also still uses Windows 95 or earlier (I forgot what it was called).

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    WMORAN1  3 months ago

    I’ve seen ghetto blasters retrofitted to take a phone where the cassettes used to go. I’d love to see an Apple watch redone as a turnip style pocket watch.

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    Alexander the Good Enough  3 months ago

    Aw heck. My first PC had a little green screen, a crank on the front to get it started, and a door in the back where one shoveled in coal to keep it running. DOS 2.1, .bat files, and edlin FTW!!

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    srhaymaker  3 months ago

    Hah! My dissertation was done – tables and all – with an Osborne computer using WordStar. And, I am still using my old Samsung S5. Why replace something that works?

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    chris_weaver  3 months ago

    Maybe he should retire his old Kaypro.

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    asrialfeeple  3 months ago

    Nothing wrong with old computers. Mine is " only" 8 years old. Who actually NEEDS an i9 with 64 GB RAM and the latest videocard?

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    dshans  3 months ago

    I still have, and use, my AOL e-mail address from the mid 1980s when they were pretty much the only ISP in town. It’s been free for a couple of decades now. Informing friends and family of a new e-mail address is a tedious pain in the ass. It’s not like notifying that you require a forwarding address or a new address. Give some of us old farts some credit and cut us some slack!

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    mentor397  3 months ago

    I’m thinking of finding an audio file of that and using it as a ringtone.

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    jel354  3 months ago

    While drinking Surge….

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    EcurbYkspohs  3 months ago

    If it ain’t broke don’t fix it ! ….. Croc Power !

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    scpandich  3 months ago

    I still have an AOL account. I even still pay for it, though that’s because of the various services they include that I’d otherwise be paying more separately.

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    Kaputnik  3 months ago

    I never had AOL as an ISP, but I got one of their free Email addresses some time ago. It doesn’t hurt to have a couple of extra web mail accounts to use for different things.

    I remember modems that would work with pulse dialing. You saved a little bit on your phone bill by not using DTMF.

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    Ignatz Premium Member 3 months ago

    I still have an AOL address, though it’s no longer my main one. Why get rid of it? I use different email addresses to sort different types of email. And the AOL one doesn’t get spam.

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    jessegooddog  3 months ago

    I had no trouble with my 5 unlike my current 10.

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    gnome~ 20 PETE 20  3 months ago

    Netscape for ever!

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    tripwire45  3 months ago

    I found the “dial-up sound” on YouTube so my grandson could hear it. Kids today don’t know the struggle. ;-)

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    SusieB  3 months ago

    Phone shaming is real. Only from the I Phone people. They shame each other for not having the latest one, and they shame people who ,OMG!, aren’t in their cult.

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    jtt  3 months ago

    I have a five digit AOL account ID. I maintain it just to prove I was present at the dawn of creation. :-)

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    Zebrastripes  3 months ago

    Society is so obsessed with electronic devices, one day they will be obsolete…..

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    KEA  3 months ago

    Dial-up sound… say, that would make a good ring tone.

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    gnome~ 20 PETE 20  3 months ago

    …just the fax sir, just the fax…burreeeennnaaaaaaaaburrrrrrr….

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    Cerabooge  3 months ago

    I still have an iPhone 5. Works for me.

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    jvn  3 months ago

    Are Charlie Brown and Linus further down on that wall?

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    codedaddy  3 months ago

    AOL, where folks chose handles that include numbers so they could be unique. It got so that this habit became a de facto convention outside of AOL. I’ve managed to be codedaddy as a username with all internet accounts (no numbers) for nearly 30 years with little duplication conflict.

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    Agapostemon  3 months ago

    I only recently gave up on my second ipod Touch as a podcast player when the screen became unusable. The first computer that I paid for was no-name XT built by a local computer shop with no hard drive, just two 5 1/4 floppy drives to boot from. The first program I ever wrote was stored on punched paper tape.

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    Free The Pigs  3 months ago

    I have a I phone four S

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    nopainogain  3 months ago

    I love how Rat wavers between being like a certain stupid president and being a sophisitcated technorati

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    phgladko1701  3 months ago

    I love technology but hate social media. How can that be?

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    BeniHanna6 Premium Member 3 months ago

    Love it! Rat definitely has his zingers.

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    DCBakerEsq  3 months ago

    Check out his MySpace page.

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    diegot  3 months ago

    Who remembers Mosaic?

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    Happy Tinkerbelle Premium Member 3 months ago

    Clippy tapping on the screen “I see you are writing a document. Do you need help?” And don’t forget the Mac talking moose!

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    John Mason Premium Member 3 months ago

    What, no mention of Telex? Gotta love 300 characters/min at 100dB spl. Operators should have been given hearing protection.

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    Bookworm  3 months ago

    My current laptop is (gasp!) 10 years old. I was told recently that the poor thing was old and slowing down and really should be replaced. Since I’m more than seven times older than my laptop, I suppose that makes me "old and slowing down and really should be replaced. "

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    Andrew Sleeth Premium Member 3 months ago

    U.S. Congress and staff still routinely use fax machines. This explains why they ask tech con men like Mark Zuckerberg such intelligent questions when they grill them.

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    marilynnbyerly  3 months ago

    Nothing wrong with AOL mail. I’ve used it since the days you paid for the service and dial up, and I’ve never had the first real problem. Also, they don’t read your mail and sell the info to others like Google g-mail does.

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    Snoots  3 months ago

    AOL— Already Outdated Longago (okay I fudged on that last one)

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    Snoots  3 months ago

    BTW… old cell phones have lots of uses. I use mine for an alarm clock. Works great. Can use them as an MP3 player… video storage or wow… even to make a phone call!

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    Kali  3 months ago

    I’m sticking with my Android.

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    Warhaft  3 months ago

    Only if I set my notifications to that MP3. Which I may or may not have done.

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    Babs Maloney Premium Member 3 months ago

    I still use AOL for email without a problem. They identify and divert Spam to a specific folder so I can dispose of it properly. I also use an iPhone 4S and have few problems other than not being modern enough to update some of the apps I have on it. Every once in awhile I’ll get an message from some app saying my version of their app is so old, and that I should update it. As long as the old one works okay I don’t really care about it.

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    kd1sq  3 months ago

    Four words -

    300 Baud Acoustic Coupler

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    Jim Kerner Premium Member 3 months ago

    I wonder if Steph looks in here, he would be amazed at the number of people who liked and commented on this, if his computer can handle this and that he doesn’t get a fast busy signal.

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    eddi_tbh  3 months ago

    AOL is good. Nobody bothers to hack it because there is nothing worth stealing.

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    Opus Croakus  3 months ago

    I still have my AOL address for personal use. What the hell, it still works.

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    Sisyphos  3 months ago

    My old 1995 Mac laptop is still around but no longer works. AOL I think is still around, too, but….

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    lowjamz  3 months ago

    Sometimes I get nostalgic for the dial up sound.

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    clayface9 Premium Member 3 months ago

    I still use my address.

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    rgcviper  3 months ago

    Yup—gotta love the sound of dial-up Internet …

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    8ec23d5228da33aa2115003c92d0fe83  3 months ago Mexican ringtone will wake you up and make you pay attention.

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    huntdawumpus Premium Member 3 months ago

    I still have my CompuServe e-mail address, what’s Rat’s point?

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    rzander906  3 months ago

    wait….I have aol?

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    wkhibbert  3 months ago

    Not as funny as I could wish for. Our local ISP just sold their Email service to AOL. So, the address may say Ver##on, but it is really AOL.

    And it Sux!

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