November 2nd, 2005

Looi Kin-Ming


Nothing serious. Actually, rather silly and sentimental, really

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to everything that I knew
You were the one I loved
The one thing that I tried to hold on to

Heh. I've just had notification that my request to cancel my Cix account has been processed. Cix was my very first ever online system, joined back in 1990 or so: it was a text conferencing/BBS system, kind of like a smaller, cheaper, faster, less regulated and UK-based version of Compuserve. For a long time, it was pretty much my entire online world, geekign out in the windows, cultmedia and other conferences: The web wasn't terribly useful (or practical for a 9600bps modem). Most of my colleagues were also Cixen (my sister observed: "So, you guys bitch at each other and then log on and do it again at home?"). It was also my first real introduction to e-commerce - it had thriving, largely self-moderated, auction, classified and vendor conferences (as well as on pretty much any imagineable subject, and quite a few unimagineable ones...).

Alas, times and technology moved on: It was a major advance when off-line readers came about (i.e. download your messages into an offline database, hangup, and read at your leisure rather than online). One by one, people I knew left Cix, I began to explore off-Cix mailing lists and the web and web-based forums became interesting and useful. Broadband also changed things enormously. I was no longer worried about how long I was connected anymore. Little by little, my presence on Cix dwindled until I realised I had no idea how long ago it was I last logged on there. Even the advantage of a geographical dial-up number (for mobile connections) no longer mattered once I started using GPRS.

Despite the sentimental value, I decided to cancel my sub. It took a while to track down the right people to talk to as Cix had been through several changes of ownership but the confirmation came through yesterday. Slightly sad day but, OTOH, I'm sure I won't have any trouble finding something to do with the £18 a month sub I was paying!
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