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Tech Talk with Greg Bailey

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Some of us who have been using the Internet for a long time will remember AOL, one of the first paid Internet services. It was beyond huge in its day, but as the Internet developed and it became possible to buy faster and cheaper connections, AOL has taken a severe dive in subscribers.

A good deal of the current AOL subscribers only remain so because they are not aware of the superior options they have for both Internet connection purposes and e-mail accounts. Many of these subscribers continue to pay because they believe they will lose access to their AOL e-mail account if they don’t keep paying the subscription.

To make things completely clear, not only is there a difference between having an @aol e-mail address and paying for AOL’s Internet service, you do not have to pay AOL a dime to create and keep an @aol e-mail address.

To some this may sound obvious, but as of right now literally millions of people are still paying for AOL’s service when they already have a better connection through their phone or cable providers. If you are one of the people still paying for an AOL subscription, I urge you to make sure that you actually need it. If you already have a cable or DSL plan that gives you Internet access, then you can almost certainly do away with an AOL subscription.

And if the only reason you’re paying for an AOL subscription is to check email while using your better connection for browsing, you definitely don’t need the subscription.

The process of signing into an AOL account without using their client is actually very simple. Go to www.aol.com, click the Sign In button in the top right corner, put in your information and you have access.

Everything you can do through the AOL paid client can be done on their website, so the client, as well as the subscription, is only useful if you don’t have access to a better Internet connection. Don’t pay for something that you don’t need.

Any questions, requests for clarifications, or comments can be sent to gregbailey9@ gmail.com.

Greg Bailey is a Computer Science major at UCR.

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