while i'm sure there's some out there that would argue it's noble of aol to bombard every human being who has functional eyeballs with free aol subscription cds, it's resulted in aol becoming the lowest of the lowest common denominators when it comes to its subscriber base and level of functionality.
if i had a dollar for every all caps e-mail or piece of spam i received from someone with an e-mail address, i could retire a happy and wealthy man.
the world's largest online service provider, america online, is readying the latest and greatest upgrades to its service in an attempt to stem defections to competing service providers.
dubbed “aol 9.0 optimized,” the new service will be available to aol broadband users who have windows 2000 or windows xp by the end of this week.
i even know of some computer tech support people that started with aol back in '95-'98 instead of just going for direct web access. however, it was aol that was the pioneer behind the point and click aspect of how the web is today.
unless you were a small child at the time, in the early '90s, aol had that stupid commercial of this guy and girl from different parts of the country, meeting through aol because of there mutual interest in high-end audio electronics.
let's get this out in the open: i'm not an aol user, never have been, and i don't like the service. it seems to be a magnet for internet idiots, that's why.
aside from the general freshening of the user interface that has accompanied every new revision of aol, a few new goodies have been thrown in the mix in an attempt to woo new subscribers.
aol will now include basic firewall and virus protection services with its software, as well as a new caching system designed to speed up web access.
it is alot easier that navigating through espn.com, and quicker too.
moviefone was bought by aol, now all you have to do is type the name of the movie in the web address space, and now you have your info. you can now forward your im's to your cell, as long as it supports text (what phone doesn't? you can opt to put your regular away message on, or “forward im to cell”.
the aol front page had the easy point and click interface that made web access very easy.