I can’t sleep…

…so I was checking out the hullabaloo over AOL’s announcement that their service has become free to broadband users. It’s kinda wild that they’re doing this, but not totally unexpected — their Internet access business is dragging them through the floor. It’s a smart move as Internet advertising is seeing a robust resurgence as a market force.

I have half a mind to set up a Windows XP virtual machine and install the AOL software on it to play around a bit. I never had full AOL as a kid (unlike a vast majority of my peers) so this might be a neat opportunity to go back and see what I missed (which, admittedly, probably is not much anymore, as most of the content is duplicated on the Internet). That, and I know virtually no one with full AOL now. It may be worth grabbing if only for the possibility of editing the “You’ve Got Mail.wav” and other fun files. LOL.

4 thoughts on “I can’t sleep…

  1. NotMyBest2Day

    I still use the full AOL. I’ve been using it for five years with BYOA (Buy Your Own Access), and it’s only 9.95/mo. Two years ago, AOL announced that their advertising and such no longer labeled them as a service provider, but more so as a content provider.

    About the only nifty thing I like is that mail, buddy list, and AOLRadio are all in one program in one place. I used to do AOLRadio for a while, but then I got Winamp and found a nice shoutcast stream from Norway, and now I am my own shoutcast server, as well. :D

    When you install the full version of AOL, there’s a few things you need to do, since it is very much bloatware. When you sign on, go to Settings (button on the toolbar), and in Internet [web] Options, uncheck “use TopSpeed” (it’s just a 256mb cache for every website you go to). Go to Start-up and uncheck “fast start” (this partially loads AOL in the background on bootup so that it opens up two seconds faster when you want to use it). Go to keyword ‘spy zapper’ and uncheck everything.

    Before rebooting, go to add/remove programs and remove AOL Coach, and all the other AOL things except Connectivity Services and of course America Online (choose which version to uninstall) has to stay, too. Scroll down and remove Pure Networks Port Magic, also. That one hacks into your router if you haven’t changed the default pw for it and erases everything you have set up in the port forwarding pages, and it sets up port forwarding kind of on-the-fly when/if you need it.

    After that, it should be pretty much alright. Oh, there’s a few things in the registry to remove, too. HKLM>Software>M$>Windows>Run and there’s two or three things in there that need to go, too. I can’t think of ’em off the top of my head, but they should have a path that shows ‘AOL’ in there somewhere.

    Kind of a PITA, isn’t it?

  2. NotMyBest2Day

    I still use the full AOL. I’ve been using it for five years with BYOA (Buy Your Own Access), and it’s only 9.95/mo. Two years ago, AOL announced that their advertising and such no longer labeled them as a service provider, but more so as a content provider.

    About the only nifty thing I like is that mail, buddy list, and AOLRadio are all in one program in one place. I used to do AOLRadio for a while, but then I got Winamp and found a nice shoutcast stream from Norway, and now I am my own shoutcast server, as well. :D

    When you install the full version of AOL, there’s a few things you need to do, since it is very much bloatware. When you sign on, go to Settings (button on the toolbar), and in Internet [web] Options, uncheck “use TopSpeed” (it’s just a 256mb cache for every website you go to). Go to Start-up and uncheck “fast start” (this partially loads AOL in the background on bootup so that it opens up two seconds faster when you want to use it). Go to keyword ‘spy zapper’ and uncheck everything.

    Before rebooting, go to add/remove programs and remove AOL Coach, and all the other AOL things except Connectivity Services and of course America Online (choose which version to uninstall) has to stay, too. Scroll down and remove Pure Networks Port Magic, also. That one hacks into your router if you haven’t changed the default pw for it and erases everything you have set up in the port forwarding pages, and it sets up port forwarding kind of on-the-fly when/if you need it.

    After that, it should be pretty much alright. Oh, there’s a few things in the registry to remove, too. HKLM>Software>M$>Windows>Run and there’s two or three things in there that need to go, too. I can’t think of ’em off the top of my head, but they should have a path that shows ‘AOL’ in there somewhere.

    Kind of a PITA, isn’t it?

  3. Jared Smith

    Yep, that definitely is a pain, but that’s a fantastic, informative post. If I had a Slashdot moderation system you’d be +1, “Informative.” :)

  4. Jared Smith

    Yep, that definitely is a pain, but that’s a fantastic, informative post. If I had a Slashdot moderation system you’d be +1, “Informative.” :)

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