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September 14th, 2006

...aol... @ 04:06 pm

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From:geekbearjeff
Date:September 15th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
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Dave njbigbear and I have a web hosting account and host several websites, ours, our friends and some clients. Lately AOL has been sending back nastygrams indicating that an e-mail that the client (or friend) sent is being blocked due to too many spam (complaints). which is interesting because the e-mails that have been getting blocked are from our clients' websites to their home e-mail accounts. The e-mails don't go anywhere else, they don't send out mass mailings to anonymous recipients, nothing that would even be considered remotely annoying by most sain ISPs, but, alas AOL has a problem with it.

We have been advising the clients and friends to start loggin onto their hosting accounts to check their e-mails and that they consider getting off of AOL.

We have spent time chatting with the (partially) helpful folks at AOL, they were cordial and almost-helpful, but their suggestions were completely ineffective.

AOL needs to go away!

[sorry for the rant]...
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From:teddyb
Date:September 14th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
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I was one of AOL's first customer's in Canada, back in around 1990. In fact, my online nickname "teddyb" came about because it was one of the few things I could think of that fit the AOL screen name limit at the time.

But it is irritating things like this that caused me to eventually abandon AOL, at least on a paying basis.

I heartily recommend http://www.fastmail.fm

I paid the $15 "lifetime" fee, but they have free memberships, too.
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From:geekbearjeff
Date:September 15th, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC)
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Our problem is not that we, personally, are having trouble sending or receiving e-mails, but that our clients and friends are having trouble sending e-mails to themselves and to members of the club that they all belong to.

I have a (almost) free account w/ AOL so that I can get dialup via a local telephone number when we go away on vacation. Truth be told, the last time I used it was May 2005 in Orlando at a Disney Resort because they didn't have WIFI at the budget resort that we stayed at.

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From:geekbearjeff
Date:September 15th, 2006 12:11 pm (UTC)
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...first customers...
Sounds like my CompuServe subscription. I was a CompuServe subscriber when I had my 1200 baud modem connected to my Tandy Model 4 computer in the late 1980's. I stopped the subscription a couple of months ago because I had not used it in about a year.

The user ID was 71033,2753
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