In "ICQ Users Feel AOL’s Gentle
Touch" ( http://www.langalist.com/newsletters/2001/2001-03-19.htm#6
), reader David S mentioned a site offering a way to strip the AOL-mandated
ads— er, "informational banners"— that have appeared on the newest
updates of ICQ.
In the last issue, we discussed
"Transferring VERY Large Files Without A Network or CDR" (see http://www.langalist.com/plus/newsletters/2001/2001-03-19plus.asp
;read the previous item for how to log in on the new site)
Although I’d already planned to
cover this topic in this issue, WinMag.Com’s uncertain future makes it even more
Speaking of email… many readers’
email accounts have been broken lately, and some may not even realize it.
Reader Steve Wootten writes:
While CMP’s changing fortunes may
directly affect the free "Standard Edition" of this newsletter, this
Plus! edition is secure for the foreseeable future due to your direct and
meaningful support. Thank you!
On Monday, CMP announced a major
reshuffling of its web operations. Sadly, one immediate outcome of this is that
WinMag.Com has ceased operations. The site is still up for now, but the future
of the content is unclear. If there’s anything you’ve been meaning to read on
their site but haven’t gotten around to, now would be a very good time. In
particular, you can find all my columns— Plugging Resource Leaks, DOS primers,
networking— everything— at http://www.winmag.com/columns/explorer/backissu.htm
. There’s lots more elsewhere on the WinMag site too, so grab it while you can.
For a while now, we’ve been storing
online Plus! content behind a very crude password system at http://www.freetune.com/listplus/
: Although the system worked, more or less, it lacked a certain (ahem) elegance.
Now, there’s a new system that’s much better.
Long-time readers know I’m no major
fan of AOL, whose ultra-aggressive marketing tactics really rub me the wrong
way. For example, AOL itself carries more unavoidable advertising than do many
*free* ISPs, and yet AOL members must pay for the privilege of being a target
for these endless ads.
In the several weeks since we
originally discussed this, some additional reader suggestions have trickled in,
including this note from Andrew Torriani: