>You can't use any other newsreader or mail programs with America Online's
>software. I suggest getting a different internet service provider. The
>local ISP's are much more reliable and are a few dollars cheaper. You can
>also use any newsreader/mail client you want.
Be aware that the weaning process from AOL takes some time for those
who are unfamiliar with the real world of internet service providers.
It will take a few days to figure out how to download and install
your different programs and to familiarize yourself with everything.
AOL gives you one *** to suck - it does everything for you, while
other ISPs are simply a means to log on to the internet. You'll also
need a browser, a mail service and a newsreader. Lots of ***s to
play with. Windows98 has Outlook Express, which is my mail service
(don't use it for a newsreader - it's too slow), and Internet
Explorer, which is my browser (I also have Netscape Navigator which
came with my computer). I downloaded both Agent and Gravity to see
which I preferred to use as my newsreader. Both are great. I'm also
paying no more than I did with AOL, and I can still chat with AOL's
free Instant Messenger program.
Is it worth it? YES! I used to waste approximately an hour each day
sifting through the junk on RRC hoping to glean something worthwhile
and interesting. All I did was end up depressed. Now I spend maybe
30 minutes a day reading what I *know* will be useful. You see, with
my newsreader I can see the author's name next to each post, along
with the date and time it was posted. I also have a Bozo Bin, where
several noteworthy Bozos now permanently reside, muzzled, ignored,
abandoned. While others continue to make worthless and pointless
posts that do nothing to contribute to this forum, I am now back to my
original purpose for subscribing to this newsgroup, which is
information, education and fun!
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