UPDATE: Hey everyone I do have a Gmail account and use that 95% of the time. I also have Yahoo, Hotmail and what ever else there is. Please take all this energy you have to help me and use it to shoot scud missiles at AOL headquarters.
This morning discovered I have a backlog of about 8 week’s worth of unsent email in my AOL account, which explains why so many people have been rudely not answering my emails. IN reality I have been rudely not answering my emails. If you suddenly get an email wishing you a happy Thanksgiving, that is why.
At home I have used a program called AOL Communicator for many years and when I started it was a very useful program. I could bulk delete message with drag and drop, do the same with moving messages to folders, search everything globally and it created handy archives. The program was made for MAC and of course AOL stopped updating it five years ago or so. Since they stopped updating the actual AOL software itself for Mac with OS X, I can’t say I’m surprised.
You may be asking why do I even keep AOL around? I ask myself that, as well. It’s really just nostalgia for having the same email I’ve been using for 15 years or so. However, there really is no way to use AOL usefully any more. The web interface is unbearable — you have to keep clicking on menus to read mail and deleting is a pain in the ass. I keep trying to set it up through Mail, the Mac program, but keep getting SMTP errors (which seems to be the source of the problem with the unsent mail, as well.)
In desperation I decided to send an “Away” message to the friends who still use my AOL account to let them know what was going on. Logging onto the online interface I see you cannot edit your away message.
I could try to actually contact AOL, but I know from experience that that will mean over an hour on hold while I’m shuttled around and in the end no one will have any answers and say that they don’t support Communicator any more.
AOL is truly one of the most incompetent companies that ever started out with a good idea and never knew where to go from there. So many times I think that Warners deserved what it got when it bought this piece of crap company.
So thank you AOL. And fuck you, too.