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Use an external browser with AOL Internet
As everyone knows, AOL's browser is horrible! It is (finally) based on gecko, but they tweak it and make it unstable (not to mention that if AOL goes down, so does your browser). I do still have an AOL account and I wanted to make AOL open an external browser insted of its own. here's what I found:

Using your favorite text editor, open prefs.js in /Users -> userName -> Library -> Preferences -> America Online -> Profiles -> screenName -> randomString.slt, and add this line:
user_pref("network.protocol-handler.external.http", true);
To also make AOL open any email links in Mail.app (or your default email program), you can also add:
user_pref("network.protocol-handler.external.mailto", true);
This works for any protocol which the embedded gecko would normally handle. So change the http to https or ftp or whatever you can think of, and it'll make AOL more usable. Warning: This does bad things if you get lots of HTML mail within AOL; I haven't figured that one out yet...
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Use an external browser with AOL
Authored by: Bruce Miller on Aug 22, '03 06:36:50PM

I use AOL dialup when travelling and simply sign on at AOL, launch their browser to a web site, minimize that window, and then launch Safari which automatically then uses the AOL connection for surfing.



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Authored by: Anonymous on Aug 23, '03 08:13:43PM

Has anyone figured out a good way to use Mail.app to send mail over an AOL dialup connection. I can't seem to get an SMTP server. My email hosting company charges $50 a year, which seems a bit excessive since I only pay $20 for the mailbox, and AOL claims to not have an SMTP server since they "Use DHCP protocol and don't use TCP/IP." (According to the not-so-helpful tech support guy)



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Authored by: GaelicWizard on Aug 24, '03 01:31:19AM

iFind that AOL tech support is worse than living in a box w/o a computer or telephone of any kind. :-D AFAIK DHCP is a way to set up TCP/IP properly over a network w/o a user needing to set it up manually, thus using DHCP insted of TCP/IP would be... odd? to say the least! :-) you can always set up a non-AOL email account in a non-AOL mail program, and use the AOL connection, but iDon't think that you can use AOL mail outside AOL or AOL Communicator (which you should definitely check out... it may be beta still... I hope I'm not violating my NDA... I'm confused...) iThink i'm going to go vandalize AOL Communicator to see how it does it. but, good luck

JP

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Authored by: Anonymous on Aug 24, '03 03:44:28AM

Actually the problem is with trying to use a non-AOL mail account, in a non-AOL mail program while using AOL as the ISP. AOL does not offer SMTP servers (even with username authentication) and I haven't had any luck finding any free, or even low cost, SMTP relay servers. I realize that AOL tech support is about as bad as it gets, but it never hurts to try. I also understand that what the tech support guy told me doesn't make any sense, but i decided it was better to let it go than to try to argue with someone like that.



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Authored by: GaelicWizard on Aug 24, '03 01:34:46AM

iDo the same, but when (once in a blue moon) I'm actually browsing AOL content, then this comes in handy. :-)

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Authored by: raider on Aug 26, '03 01:02:55PM
What about the SMTP server that your email provider uses? Is that the "extra" cost that was mentioned?

If the email provider didn't have an SMTP server - how would you send email even without using AOL?

Does AOL block outgoing SMTP? If so one solution could be to use an SSH tunnel to somewhere, and route your SMTP through that. That came in handy when I was working at various worksites - and didn't want clients to filter/block/sniff my company email - or even my personal email. There are commercial options too, like Anonymizer - but they cost $$$.

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Authored by: mgonzalez on Aug 29, '03 05:29:52AM

i was loving this until i tried to access aol [only] content.

if i can get safari to handle http://aolsvc requests i would die a happy man.



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