AOL Disks Collectable

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Date: Fri Apr 28 01:39:13 2000

I've heard the AOL disk mailings described in the press as "carpet
bombing". According to one article and my memory (look out folks!), this
marketing method is not particularly effective. Certainly not compared to
referrals from AOL members. I don't exactly hate AOL but I don't
understand why it is so successful. People say "it's easy" but I don't
see what's hard about Netscape. Netscape provides browsing, mail, instant
messaging, chat, and is easy to use in the extreme. All in one integrated,
non-system-intrusive program. Well, at least the non-WinDos versions are
inocuous <-- Spelling anyone?

AOL's success just boggles the mind considering the annoying and time
consuming popup adds. You get these on the internet but mostly on porn
sites and Netscape's main site.... Hmm. It's considered impolite. The
complaints of busy signals and other denial of service issue are probably
true but I don't think it is as bad as all that.

Probably my main objection is the number of total idiots I see who use
AOL. I am offended for my species.

I think this goes for Packard Bell computers as well. I hated PB for
thier case designs quite a bit but had no other complaints to speak of.
None at least that didn't also apply to Hewlett Packard, IBM, Compaq....
Each has had some nightmare cases to work in. What behooves these
companies to design these wierd machines? Sometimes it's a challenge just
to figure out how to get inside at all. The other day I had a HP or
Compaq minitower on the bench that had it's faceplate and drive bay as one
piece. Not a little bay either but two 5.25" and three 3.5" bays that
slid on a track and had the faceplate welded to it. It took me 15 minutes
just to get the Quantum Bigfoot out of the machine.

I rambled. Sorry.

In <>, on 04/28/00
   at 02:39 AM, Don Maslin <> said:

>And especially when you consider the numbers in which they have been put

Jeffrey S. Worley
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