[Dshield] More on Windows Messenger from Yesterday's Dartmouth Daily Feed
jholmblad at aol.com
Fri Oct 24 17:47:03 GMT 2003
actually there are some good reasons why I continue to use AOL despite
the invasiveness of their service as evidenced by the prior news clip..
=> In 9+ years of use I have never gotten infected with malware from
AOL mail. I cannot say the same about Outlook/Exchange based services
I have used over the years. In addition the service has been, on
the whole, very reliable over this period except for a brief period
about 7 (?) years
ago when they misjudged market demand and suffered busy hour
congestion in their dial up service annoying many users including me.
=>AOL were also early out of the chute to support parental controls
which is obviously useful in the home to make going online safer for
children. In fact
we still utilize this service in our home.
=>AOL have been aggressive in the last year, especially, in fighting the
spam battle. SPAM filtering is now incorporated into the email service
offering itself so the user
does not have to set up their own spam filters unless they feel the
need to do so. The SPAM ratio on my AOL email account is much lower than
that of my
Hotmail account and has been since I set up the Hotmail account a
few years ago. Hotmail seems to be a SPAM magnet in my experience.
=>Changing providers means changing my email address (the data
equivalent of number portability in mobile networks). I tend to lose
track of people who
keep changing their email. I am not very good at administering
address books, contacts, or email lists. So I keep the same primary
email address as a kind of
courtesy for my community of friends and professional colleagues.
=>As some of you may be aware AOL have recently decided to expand the
Netscape brand to offer a bare bones dial-up Internet service to compete
Net Zero/Juno, etc which will provide only one email account as
opposed to the up to 7 that are provided with the full service.
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