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Use SFTP for read/write access to AOL member space
Authored by: JimAkin on Jun 13, '06 08:59:28AM

AOL IMAP support is coming up on its second anniversary.

Note that if AOL is your parents' ISP, and they use dial-up, they'll still be dependent on the AOL client to get online. Once they're connected, as long as Mail is configured appropriately, they'll be able to read (and optionally copy and store) their messages within Mail.

Also, some of the "power user" features of AOL mail (unsend, notify when read) don't work via IMAP accounts.

If it were my parents, I'd have them stick with the AOL client, clunky and antiquated as it is, until it breaks -- unless they have more than one mail account they want to be able to view in a single Mail inbox. Or they REALLY hate all the non-mail AOL glitz enough to unlearn years of habit, and can re-train themselves to launch, sign on and hide the AOL client, then fire up Mail.

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Jim

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Use SFTP for read/write access to AOL member space
Authored by: macmaxbh on Jun 15, '06 07:05:14AM

But I thought they could use the new AOL Connect instead of the full client software to go online--or is AOL Connect used for something else?

You give good advice, though; I should probably keep them on the normal AOL clienjt. The thing I was considering, though, is that they live in a retirement community with a Mac club (which I presented at); if everyone using AOL could be moved over to Connect + Mail.app + Address Book, then presentations on Mail.app could be done without 1/4-1/2 of the members dropping out since they use AOL.

I left AOL in the days of the beta of AOL Communicator. Horribly slow thing, but I actually liked how AOL was trying to break up their client software. I see AOL dropped that.. :) (in a shootout of mail vs it, mail would win hands down. almost ANY other mail client would win, it was pretty horrible. It COULD read AOL mail outside of AOL, which was unparalleled except for netscape 6 mail. IMAP makes things much easier, I'm sure).



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Use SFTP for read/write access to AOL member space
Authored by: ziwcam on Jun 19, '06 10:01:22PM

Thank heavens you posted this... I looked (half-heartedly, I admit) for a way to access my AOL mail through IMAP or POP. If you hadn't posted that, I would have forgotten my desires and continued using webmail (I rarely log in using the AOL app)



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