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CompuServe Classic laid to rest

AOL has shut down the historic Internet access service, which got millions on the Internet for the first time in the 1980s and 1990s but has grown obsolete.

By July 6, 2009


Facebook is the new Compuserve

Facebook is useful in its ability to help create conversations, but it's potentially dangerous in the stranglehold it maintains on those conversations, just like Compuserve of old.

By December 14, 2009


Dot-com pioneers--where are they now?

From CompuServe to Pets.com, we take a look at some of the movers and shakers from the 1990s to see how they've fared.

By February 1, 2008


Amazon hitches e-copy to that book you bought in 1995

New MatchBook program offers Kindle editions of print books that Amazon customers purchased as early as the online store's first days. For now, the list is limited and could cost up to $2.99 per title.

By September 3, 2013


GIF creator: It's a soft 'g', Mr. President

Steve Wilhite, the man who created the GIF, is miffed that anyone -- be it the Oxford English Dictionary or the White House -- should imagine it's not pronounced like "jiffy."

By May 21, 2013


My Best Tech Gift Ever: Prodigy

In the first installment of a weeklong series featuring the reminiscences of CNET writers and editors, Crave's Eric Mack recalls a pivotal 1980s present from Mom.

By December 3, 2012


Study: Enterprise search is lame

Survey by research firm AIIM finds that people have a hard time doing their jobs in part because of the difficulty of finding company information online.

By June 18, 2008


Microsoft hitting 'unsubscribe' on newsgroups

Starting next month, the software maker will phase out support for the older discussion hubs, pointing users instead to its various Web-based forums.

By May 4, 2010


Tearing down Twitter's walls

Twitter is king of microblogging today, but if the history of e-mail offers any clues, we're likely to see standardization and open source dethrone Twitter's dominance.

By January 29, 2010


Was InfoWorld's CTO of the Year award a year late?

Werner Vogels, the now legendary CTO of Amazon and one of the key drivers of the AWS vision, was awarded InfoWorld's CTO of the Year Award. I'm left wondering why it took this long.

By December 21, 2008