If you shut your brain off and render yourself comatose so that you can ignore the numerous plot holes, retcons, piss poor writing, etc., etc., it's actually fairly mediocre.BTW, I still haven't seen episode 9 yet. I'm not sure if watching it would be better or worse that skipping.
It might have been AIM, I am not sure. And you may be spot on with time. It's been a while. And i'm not senile yet, i remember everything, mostly...Mikey!!! Welcome!
Do you remember our conversations in, err, whatever messenger service we were using back then? That must have been 2008 or so!