Another batch ready for the trash.
- AOL installation discs. I'm proud to say that my introduction to the internet was not through AOL, let alone at the end of the 90s. But it seemed like EVERYBODY else was on AOL, and boy most of these people were clueless and annoying. "Hey, you're on the internet? Cool! So what's your screenname?!?" Then I had to explain to them that not everybody on the internet was on AOL, and that while I did have an email address and a number of personal websites, I did not have such a thing as a "screenname". There was more to the internet than AOL. Most of them didn't get it.
Of course, AOL didn't want you to think that there was a world outside of AOL. Let me put it this way. Instead of a search engine, they had an "AOL Keyword" look-up. Some companies back in those days had not only a URL for their website, but an "AOL Keyword". That way, AOL uses could just type the keyword and be delivered to the site. Funny things happened though if you tried to look up AOL's competitors. The AOL Keyword "yahoo" for example just took you to an AOL page explaining how you can use their own search engine to search the web.
Anyway, these free AOL installation discs, which always included "First [however many] hours FREE!" Yes, in those days some services charged by the hour of internet use time. But these damn discs were everywhere. I knew some old college classmates who seriously used them as coasters.
So why did I have these? Well some people got so fed up with getting these in the mail constantly, that they decided to start a campaign where they wanted people to send them the AOL discs they received, so that they could do a mass mailing of these BACK to AOL. It was a gesture to say "Enough with these damn CDs!" I guess I was keeping them for that purpose. Of course, I never sent them in. Time to toss these once and for all
- Wolfenstein 3D map, hand-drawn. On graph paper. Aside from not having played this early 90s computer game in quite some time, I understand that maps for every level are available anyway. Yes it sucks to have to throw away hard work, but really, this isn't needed.
- List of stuff on my old PC which I sold a couple of years back to a friend. Or maybe this was the PC I had even before THAT one. Regardless, the list served its purpose back then for transferring stuff. Don't need it now.
- Extra photocopies of CD inserts from some set of Ozzy Osbourne bootlegs. Don't need them, and I could do better if I really wanted to. But I don't . Into the trash you go.