WHY I THINK AOL SUCKS
|AOL Sucks. I didn't know it at first as
a new Internet user. It didn't take a long time to figure it out though.
Read the following complaints I had about AOL, and see if you don't have
the same complaints. If so, why are you still using AOL?
AOL has its good points. It's easy to use for the most part, has it's own chat rooms, and you get 5 personal Email boxes. Plus, the Favorite Places was pretty cool (but once I learned how to use IE's favorite places, I like it better).
But, none of these features made up for the lousy crap I had to deal with. So, I found a great ISP that had features and pricing I wanted, and I moved. I kept my AOL account for a month to make the move easier by catching Emails from people I hadn't added to my address book and informed of my new Email addy. I now have a great ISP and the Internet has been a much more enjoyable place.
Ahhh, where do I begin? I'll start with the thing that made me the most ill, and add them as I think of them.
Those damned AOL timers. You've seen them.
While typing an Email, surfing the net, reading a page or an Email,
or sitting in a chat room, a timer message would pop up.... You have
been inactive, if you would like to remain online click OK. Inactive
my big ol' butt! I was typing a letter! And boy, if you don't catch
it, off you go! Or, if you are surfing, and have two windows open, the
timer will pop up between windows, and you won't see it in time, and
bam, you have been booted. Forget a download! You might be downloading
something large (LIKE A BETTER BROWSER!), and if you are not right there
watching, off you go, and you have to start over.
Has there ever been a worse browser? You
might not know it, but you are missing out on a beautiful Internet when
you are stuck with the AOL browser. It doesn't support so much that
I can't list it here. My website for instance has orange links, and another orangy
color for links that have been visited. My graphics are very nice and
sharp looking. ( what my
site looks like to a real browsers.) You didn't know that did you?
The links were hard to see, there
was no mouseover effect, and the graphics looked like crap! I was horrified,
and then I was pissed. (I have since changed my link colors to an orange
that AOL supports... it only supports a limited amount of colors...
I hated the thought that some people couldn't see my site correctly).
You don't have to deal with that! Even before I left AOL, I went and
downloaded IE 4.0. Still, there were bugs, seems that AOL wasn't very
compatible with it. That didn't surprise me, you will find a lot, and
I mean a lot, of programs that clearly say that they will not work with
AOL. Filling out online forms was an awful experience. I went to countless
sites where a form was available to fill out for whatever I was there
for, and sure enough, there was a note that the form wouldn't work with
AOL, and to send them an Email with all the information instead, which
meant a lot more typing, AND the fear that they might not even ever
receive my Email
AOL's Personal Publisher
It sucks!! Bad! There are countless problems. Especially with html codes you copy from the web for something like a banner exchange. The html code is read differently by aol than any other isp. Go figure. Plus, you have to become very proficient at html to link an image with it. You can't use the normal code, like <img src="raybudbanner.gif". You have to either upload the image and link to it, or figure out how to find the file path... something like C:\\\mypage\images\raybudbanner.gif. Okay, it took a while, but that's how I learned html, so I could make a nice looking page. Still, I had to not only learn the html (which was okay, I wanted to learn html) but I had to learn aol's funky way so I could make it work. Plus, the Personal Publisher was unavailable a lot of times. Lot's of AOL's services were unavailable a lot of the time, like Email
Okay, the five free Email boxes, individual,
were cool. BUT, how do you like files coming in as mime files that you
can't open? This is because aol can't seem to handle the encoding. I
heard it explained once on TV, but it didn't help the fact that I had
to write people and ask them to resend me files they uploaded, and one
at a time, because more than one at a time and they would become a mime
file. I dislike making other people inconvenienced because I had a crappy
ISP. I get 3 Email accounts (plus a free alias for
each Email account) with my new ISP, and if anyone in
my family wants a private box, they can use web
Getting booted right and left! Nuff said!
Connecting To The Web
Have you tried to access the web yet and not been able to connect? All you get is an error page? Know why? I called a tech person with aol about it. It is something in their AOL Adapter. You have to sign off, go to Network, remove the aol adapter, restart the computer, and viola! You can get on the web. Why?? Okay, once I found that out, I could get on the web, but what a pain in the butt!
AOL Pop-Up Windows
How about all the stuff that pops up when you
sign on? I got tired of clicking it all off. You can go into preferences
and disable the channels window when you sign on, but after a while, I even
got tired of having to click off the welcome screen, the buddy window and
You will get 100 times more spam mail with aol. This is because spammers are able to get your Email address from the profiles and the thingybob that lets you find people. I get very few spam letters now that I left.
TOS (Terms of Service)
Watch what you write at all times, or
you will violate AOL's terms of service. Anyone can turn you in for
anything you write, and you will get a warning from aol, and after a
few warnings, you will not be able to sign on. Our service was disconnected
once because my teenage son went into an "illegal chatroom". Next thing
I knew, I couldn't sign on. I called aol, and they informed me that
all names were tracked when entering this chatroom, and my son was one
of them, and since it was in violation of AOL's TOS, they made it where
I couldn't connect. Now, why didn't they just remove this chat room?
You like chat rooms? Okay, I used to like to
go to AOL's Big Twin chat room when I first got online. But what a joke even
that room eventually became, with all the macros and the idiots that went
there just to cause trouble. Then, many of these jerks had hacking and Warez
programs called booters to boot you.
Got a virus yet? They are numerous with AOL 10 new 1's every week.
If you do want to leave AOL, and are looking for a better ISP, there called www.crnet.net
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