People. For the last time, I DO NOT work for AOL.

I’m shocked any of you can look at this blog and think someone at AOL runs it. Just to re-state the obvious: I do not work for AOL. I’ve never worked for AOL. No one at AOL writes or consults for this blog. I cannot cancel, delete, remove, modify, upgrade, edit, fix or destroy anything in your AOL account for you. Is that clear enough? Holy crap, I don’t think it is.

In case anyone with a brain (which obviously isn’t most of you) finds this post and wonders what I’m flailing about now, just check out a few of the more recent comments, then remind me quick why I own this blog before I File 13 the entire thing:

Hi I just wanted to let you know that I have enjoyed being a aol costumer. But I have a new computer and lost my job have to down size my bills.I am disconnecting my land line phone so I changed my e-mail address. Can you transfer EVERYTHING from my aol acc. to my new e-mail address and that is smluiz@comcast.net my contacts,e-mails,pictures ect. Thank-you so very much. Also please e-mail me so I know you got this. Thanks again

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Sue Luiz

Extra flailing points to Suzy for posting her email; publishing email addresses in this space will get you spammed. Yeah, I could edit them out, because this is WordPress, where I can do anything I want, including re-write the comments in Swahili – but it’s not my job to look out for you. That’s your job.

Here’s another classic “Let the spammers have at me” moment:

I would like to cancel aol account (choclab24@aol.com) because I got many scammers in my aol so I got other screen name so can u remove choclab24 pls

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Or how ’bout this one? Kudos for pen-and-ink letter composition, but no points for wasting that letter on me:

Dear AOL Team,

I have AOL mail a/c and I find at times some mails are sent from my mail Id without my knowledge. These stray mails are not sent by me. Please let me know how can I cancel my AOL mail a/c.

Regards,

RG Bhat

Bangalore

INDIA

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Goddamn it, people, I do not work for AOL.

I think AOL’s cancel and support reps look for sites that focus on AOL, then tell their members to check us out so they won’t have to help anyone themselves. People could not really be this stupid otherwise, could they?

Hi AOL, Primcapital.com seems to be hijacking/mirroring the entire AOL.com site!

Oh, boy, how one thing always leads to another, especially with AOL.

Tonight a reader asked how to access the AOL Classic home page (the answer is you can’t, because AOL Classic is gone).

Once that was sorted out (I told her to use http://netscape.aol.com instead – it’s ugly, but it’s basically the same thing), I tied up a few other loose ends on this blog, then – you know how I always get bored – so I usually go trawling through search engines to see what trouble I can find, since trouble doesn’t bore me? OK.

So tonight I’ve won the “un-bored” jackpot. Using the search terms (with quotes, exactly as you see it) [“aol” “back to classic” “developer network”] – which were two links at the bottom of the AOL Classic home page] I got this as the third result: http://www.primcapital.com/default_003.html.

Clicking the Prim Capital link takes you to an identical copy of the AOL Classic home page. Every link you click on that page brings you to another hijacked AOL page on Prim Capital’s servers. Curious as to whether AOL owns Prim Capital or not, I looked it up and, nope, apparently not!

But that’s where my gumshoeing stops. I have got to get to bed!

Have fun, AOL – I wash my hands of this little phishing attack or whatever it is you have going on with the Prim Capital people (but if I owned AOL, whoever runs Prim Capital wouldn’t be able to say their names without speech synthesizers by tomorrow morning – just sayin’).

Oh, and if you’re a reader who uses AOL? PLEASE DO NOT VISIT THE PRIM CAPITAL SITE. IT IS NOT AOL! YOU MAY GET PHISHED OR GET YOUR IDENTITY STOLEN! HERE BE DRAGONS! ETC.

The One That Got Away

You can call the author of this blog many things, but please don’t call her “unaware”. Call her, rather, “Incapable of seizing the moment”. Why? Because TechCrunch broke a story that even wound up in the Washington Post about Chinese AOL coming up in Firefox as a possible attack site/forgery (that’s right, a phishing website) on Feb. 13th, but they were not the first to learn the perfectly jaw-dropping news. In fact, I was.

I was fixing dead links on this blog on Feb. 10th when I got to my AOL Hit List and clicked through to Chinese AOL out of sheer curiosity. At that point, I was met with the same warning page that you didn’t find screen shots of on TechCrunch until 3 days later.

Chinese AOL under suspicion as far back as Feb. 10th

My screen shot shows that I could’ve broken this story (without the help of Mike’s tipsters) 3 days before TC did. It would’ve done wondrous things for this blog’s stats. It’s no one’s fault but my own, but I admit I’m extremely sore now about passing on the story, and shocked at just how large it became.

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Does anyone know what happened to http://corlive.com? Was it hacked?

It was my anonymous contact form provider for Anti-AOL and it’s gone and everything on the website is written in Polish and Google Translate can’t translate it (when I ask for an English-to-Polish translation I just get Polish-to-Polish). Here’s the text:

Witamy.

Informujemy, iz zasoby, do ktorych probuje sie Pan/Pani
dostac, sa chwilowo niedostepne.

Edit: Tried Translate again and it was not much better, but slightly more readable this time: it just says something like, “Welcome, the resources you requested are not available right now”, which still tells me nothing.

Can anyone explain (in English) what’s going on? I had emails stored on their servers and I’m very afraid they got hacked. I last logged in about (or perhaps “less than”) a week ago and everything was fine. Please?

Konrad will explain in comments…

Another one of those deletable posts turned public service announcement.

Perhaps owing to my advanced age (38), I pulled a muscle carrying about 15 bags of groceries last night so, since I can’t do much else, I’ve been playing around with possible new layouts for anti-aol. In a few minutes I’ll put up one I’m testing on my personal journal.

Never mind…I tested the new layout in IE, and…

…while it seems to work perfectly in IE7 and IE8, it breaks in IE6, which 10 percent of you are still using on my blog (today, that will equal over 50 people). IE6 came out in 2001, folks, so it’s time to upgrade to XP Service Pack III and install IE8 or, better yet, also install Firefox (please, please, please pick Firefox!) so I can finally install better layouts. How many more years am I supposed to wait so I don’t drive off at least 50 of you a day? IE8 will help you AOL software users have a smoother, better, and safer browsing experience until you can finally remove AOL, since your AOL software uses whatever version of IE is on your computer to display web pages. Please get cracking.

AOL layoffs, restructuring costs, and those loan repayments….oh my.

Since it’s unusually cold in my neck of the woods, and since I hate being cold, I’ve been staying inside with the heat up around 82 degrees and a copy of every public filing AOL made in the last three months in front of me. The more I read them, the more uncertain I become. I think what’s got me feeling most uncertain is Tim Armstrong’s math. Take the layoffs. Please. They save the company not $300 million in the first year, as advertised…try maybe $64 million. Here’s how…

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