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A minute-by-minute account of the closing of Apple's online service.

I have used actual chat logs, but have blanked out actual user names. You know who you are!

It's the end of eWorld as we know it, It's the end of eWorld as we know it, It's the end of eWorld as we know it And I feel fine.


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[picture by Gazoo]
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Logging on a little after 10 pm, there were only two events left. I headed to Town Square for the chatter - about Macs, Apple's mistakes, where we will get our Internet fix, and the things that made eWorld special and different. I also browsed various software libraries trying to find something to download!



While chatting, the first warning comes ...

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*** *** : 18 minutes left
* * ****** : CANADA
******** : Everyone who didn't sign up for eWorld M B
******** : *Drum Roll*
***** : Press - Grants Pass
**** : *FIREWORKS*
** *** : After we get the mail truck......



Looking around, I took a quick trip to the Community Center and scanned the official conferences. There were other conferences active in the Publisher and Member areas, maybe with about 200 more people. Lots of people waiting till the very end. I've never seen so many people on eWorld! Check out the second from last room :-)

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******* * : 18 mins... :(
**** ***** : **** *******, you can get AOL software on the Web. They also include it with magazines.
****** : Great picture *****. Thanks!
**** : I still computers sold with the note eWorld software included
****** : I swear-- It's all I can do just to read the text zipping by!
**** ******* : 12.01 is an interesting time to close eWorld. That is when people are executed.

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**** : 15 measley minutes...
**** ***** : Unreal! Up to nine town squares!
* ****** : 15 min.s warning - eWorld ends in 15 min.s wrap your conversations (11:43:05 PM)
******* : 15 minute warning!!!!!!!!!!!

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**** : tell us where to go
******* : rage rage against the dying of the light
************ : looks like i'm gonna be adding a lot o' links to my home page soon...
******* : God, the ten minute warning......
* ****** : 10 min.s warning - It's been great but it is time to move on at 12:01. (11:48:13 PM)
********** : I haven't known all of you....but I wanted to say good bye and to wish you well

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********* : goodbye little red mail truck
*** : AH well.
******* : NO MORE LITTEL RED TRUCK
****** : Aufwiederschrieben!
**** : how's that 7.5 download going *******

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*** : I'm gonna miss the truck. Thanks everyone - it's been great.
********** : LOL *******
************ : try starting it, ******
************ :
* * ****** : LOVE YOU ALL KISSES AND HUGS!!!
********* : Long live the eWorld
*********** : * ***** ME TOO
****** : Goodbye, all. What a great night!
**** ******* : 7
** *** : less than 10
******* : Nobody is signing off...isn't that great? There are still close to five hundred people online!
**** ***** : Another warning.

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******* * : Fire sale? Homeless eWorld people? What is this... ;D
****** : Goodbye cruel (e)world!
********* : Goodbye from Iowa, everbody!!!!
* ****** : My wife won't wake up for the eND
******** : LOL
******* **** : Aloha Oe
******* : goodbye, goodbye, goodbye.........it's been a blast.

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******** : Stratus for rent LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
**** : ack
**** ***** : Stratus for rent! LOL!
*** *** : ROFL poor Stratus

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*********** : who's got the lights?
**** ***** : Goodbye eWorld!
*** ***** : Gonna miss all this fun in a few minutes
****** : Aha!
********** : *Laughing*Keep smiling!
******* * : What if I don't want to turn on the lights... ;)
**** : please think about what you're going to do Dave
******** : Cys you putting out the Lights ?.
**** *** : GOODBYE EWORLD

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******* * : BTW: Is Hal going to dream! :)
******* **** : Turn out the lights
******** : Help me Spock!!
****** : Goodbye everybody-It's been great. The one place that I care about saying goodbye to!
*** *** : Howdy, ******!
**** ******* : Watch that language. They may cancel your account!

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************ : i knew him eRatio
**** : EEEEEEEk

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******* : NOT TO E. I GUESS
*** *** : {{{{all of you}}}}}
**** *** : Do we all start singing "Daisy" about now?
******* : AS NOT THE QUESTION
***** : Fare Thee Well eWorld! with much love from Montreal!
*********** : someone's having fun with the news flashes
******* **** : Where's Dandy Don?
* ****** : I'm scared too, someone hold my hand!!
**** *** : WE MADE IT PAST THE ALLOTED TIME
**** : it's thE eNd
* ****** : Let's
*********** : dos vidanya
*** ***** : Goodbye from Houston

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****** : this is what it is like to die?
****** : It's not too late!
********* : this eSucks
******* * : LOL!!!!!!!*Laughing*
**** : that's ******
******* : BUNGEEEEEEEEEEEEE
******** : Night everybody,, gotta get it in beore the ePunt
********* : <---holding *******' hand
****** : Guess the news flash guy is gonna be unemployed real soon now.
* * ****** : goodbye from Edmonton, Alberta canada!!!!!
******** : My eWorld is going by so FAsT!!
********** : I've had fun - thanks everyone!!
*********** : they're telling us to vote in the next eLECTION???

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***** : I NEED OXYGEN!!!
********* : Good bye from Iowa, ****
* ****** : *Boo*
*** *** : Niters all you were grand
********** : Bye **** *******!

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*** ***** : I'm getting Esick!
**** ******* : 3
******* : I NEED A DRINK

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****** : we shall return
****** : "All the children go in-sane..."
**** *** : IMAGINE IF EWORLD WAS ALWAYS LIKE THIS???????

[It was at this point that I lost the logs - too busy capturing News Flashes. I should have used automatic logs!]

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Suddenly all windows close, a momentary spin of the famous 'e' cursor, and the finality of it all hits home ---

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