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Post by Ed Churr » Sun, 29 Aug 1999 04:00:00



I have a new 'puter a new AOL account.  When I subscribed to rec.ponds AOL says
there are 72 unread messages!   When I go to read them there are on 16 or 17 ?

I don't even know how to report a problem to AOL??
Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance.
Ed (Metro Detroit)

 
 
 

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Post by K30 » Sun, 29 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Hi Ed,

I'm afraid I am not going to be much help.

I never look at the number of unread - why bother?!
As for getting AOL to answer questions... never has happened, I always got a
stock answer. DH has gotten answers by calling and recalling and talking to rep
after rep after rep until he hears what he likes.
There is a members helping members area.
Look Under Help at the top of your tool bar, it might be there. I have yet to
find it on AOL 4.0.

k30 and the water gardening labradors
REC.PONDS INFORMAL FAQ PAGE
http://hometown.aol.com/k30a/myhomepage/writing.html

 
 
 

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Post by Elizabeth Lo » Sun, 29 Aug 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
(Ed Churray) writes:
>I have a new 'puter a new AOL account.  When I subscribed to rec.ponds AOL
>says
>there are 72 unread messages!   When I go to read them there are on 16 or 17
>?

>I don't even know how to report a problem to AOL??
>Can anyone help?

Hi Ed,
Look in nethelp/newsgroups on the main usenet page. It explains that the
discrepancy is usually due to expired articles. The server keeps posts for a
limited time then dumps them to make room for new articles.
You can access online or offline help by clicking the 'help' above the task
bar. They usually can answer my questions.

...elizabeth
http://hometown.aol.com/lotts2c/life1/index.htm

 
 
 

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Post by LightnnR » Sun, 29 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>I have a new 'puter a new AOL account.  When I subscribed to rec.ponds AOL
>says
>there are 72 unread messages!   When I go to read them there are on 16 or 17
>?

I have the same prob, Ed.  For example, this morning aol said I had 310
messages unread, but only two came down.  Try reading offline; then you don't
have to worry.

Rod NOPLR (not the original pond list Rod)

 
 
 

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Post by Mike G » Mon, 30 Aug 1999 04:00:00


What is the attraction with AOL? I hear a lot of complaints about their
service and problems with newsgroups, etc. There are plenty of Internet
service providers. Why does anyone stay with AOL? Just curious.

Mike G.


Quote:
> I have a new 'puter a new AOL account.  When I subscribed to rec.ponds AOL
says
> there are 72 unread messages!   When I go to read them there are on 16 or
17 ?

> I don't even know how to report a problem to AOL??
> Can anyone help?

> Thanks in advance.
> Ed (Metro Detroit)

 
 
 

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Post by K30 » Mon, 30 Aug 1999 04:00:00


We stay with AOL because it is user friendly for my Dad.
All the family (parents, couple aunts and my brother and I) can drop pictures
into email and talk via instant messages.
I know there are other services and ways to do this but Dad finally conquered
AOL and we're sticking with it!

k30 and the water gardening labradors
REC.PONDS INFORMAL FAQ PAGE
http://hometown.aol.com/k30a/myhomepage/writing.html

 
 
 

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Post by Karen Mull » Mon, 30 Aug 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
(K30a) writes:

>We stay with AOL because it is user friendly for my Dad.
>All the family (parents, couple aunts and my brother and I) can drop pictures
>into email and talk via instant messages.
>I know there are other services and ways to do this but Dad finally conquered
>AOL and we're sticking with it!

This is the same at my house.  My dad has learned to use AOL's services that he
needs/likes/wants and E-mail.  But in defense of AOL, I've never had any
trouble using it.  Occasionally they have their problems, but so don't most
services, and as Kathy said it is very user friendly.

Karen

Houston, TX  Zone 9a
Member Internet Pond Society - IPS
Visit My Pond at http://members.aol.com/kmam1/MyPond/MyPond.html
My Art Studio at
http://members.aol.com/kmmstudios/K.M.Studios/K.M.Studios.html
My Antique Shop www.thebrowsery.com

 
 
 

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Post by Dave » Mon, 30 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Quote:


> (K30a) writes:

> >We stay with AOL because it is user friendly for my Dad.
> >All the family (parents, couple aunts and my brother and I) can drop pictures
> >into email and talk via instant messages.
> >I know there are other services and ways to do this but Dad finally conquered
> >AOL and we're sticking with it!

> This is the same at my house.  My dad has learned to use AOL's services that he
> needs/likes/wants and E-mail.  But in defense of AOL, I've never had any
> trouble using it.  Occasionally they have their problems, but so don't most
> services, and as Kathy said it is very user friendly.

> Karen

You could have learned to do things faster and easier if you didn't also have to
learn to use AOL's slow interface. They are like adding a middleman to the Net,
everything you can do on AOL (and much more) is faster and better without them.

Peace
Dave
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Post by Bonnie Espenshad » Mon, 30 Aug 1999 04:00:00


I was considering getting Web TV for my Mom.  She refuses to consider a computer,
but I think Web TV is a possibility.
--
Bonnie
NJ

http://www.users.fast.net/~maebe/index.htm

Quote:

> We stay with AOL because it is user friendly for my Dad.
> All the family (parents, couple aunts and my brother and I) can drop pictures
> into email and talk via instant messages.
> I know there are other services and ways to do this but Dad finally conquered
> AOL and we're sticking with it!

> k30 and the water gardening labradors
> REC.PONDS INFORMAL FAQ PAGE
> http://hometown.aol.com/k30a/myhomepage/writing.html

 
 
 

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Post by EM43 » Mon, 30 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>I was considering getting Web TV for my Mom.  She refuses to consider a
>computer,
>but I think Web TV is a possibility.
>--

Ask Nedra to offer some advice.  She was on Web-TV but now uses a
computer-based ISP.

I use AOL for newsgroups (actually, only rec.ponds) because it seems easier to
track threads and see what's out there.  

I use another ISP for everything else, including my website (not pond-related).

I have a cable modem so my log-on to all services, including AOL, is
instantaneous -- like changing channels with a tv remote.  One of the
complaints I've heard about AOL is the slowness (at times) in getting on.  With
a cable modem, that's not a problem.

Unfortunately, cable access isn't available to everyone yet.  When you have a
chance to get it, do so!

Ed in Chicago

 
 
 

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Post by nedra10 » Mon, 30 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Bonnie,  I think WebTv is great for someone who wants to keep everything
simple.  I had it for a little over two years.  Never did get the WebTv
lus  -  it is supposed to be so much faster.   And I have heard that one can
do all the web pages, etc. on WebTv - again, something I never did attempt
to do.

Nedra/Zone 6

Quote:

>I was considering getting Web TV for my Mom.  She refuses to consider a
computer,
>but I think Web TV is a possibility.
>--
>Bonnie
>NJ

>http://www.users.fast.net/~maebe/index.htm


>> We stay with AOL because it is user friendly for my Dad.
>> All the family (parents, couple aunts and my brother and I) can drop
pictures
>> into email and talk via instant messages.
>> I know there are other services and ways to do this but Dad finally
conquered
>> AOL and we're sticking with it!

>> k30 and the water gardening labradors
>> REC.PONDS INFORMAL FAQ PAGE
>> http://hometown.aol.com/k30a/myhomepage/writing.html

 
 
 

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Post by Charlene Penn » Mon, 30 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Once in rec.ponds click on any subject to get to messages.  Once there you will
see(in the upper left hand corner) a blue folder with an up arrow, next to it
will say (example) "Message 1 of 11 Subject 39 of 190".  Click on that blue
folder and it will then display all messages.
 
 
 

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Post by Karen Mull » Tue, 31 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> But I have
>3 programs set up, Eudora for email, Agent for newsgroups and Netscape to
>do my searching on the web and AOL IM for instant messages.

you would kick my father off the computer completely if he had to wade thru 3
programs to take care of business.  I was agreeing with K30 about my folks
finding AOL easier to use and understand, and it is when you don't know a damn
about computers.  He is very happy with what he can do.  And as far as what
downloads, you control that NOT AOL. I have an old computer too and (knock
wood) it's never crashed from AOL or anything else.  It's fine if you don't
like it, but that doesn't mean others can't like it - 8 million others.

Karen

Houston, TX  Zone 9a
Member Internet Pond Society - IPS
Visit My Pond at http://members.aol.com/kmam1/MyPond/MyPond.html
My Art Studio at
http://members.aol.com/kmmstudios/K.M.Studios/K.M.Studios.html
My Antique Shop www.thebrowsery.com

 
 
 

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Post by KurtUl » Tue, 31 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>I have a new 'puter a new AOL account.  When I subscribed to rec.ponds AOL
>says
>there are 72 unread messages!   When I go to read them there are on 16 or 17 ?

The 16 or 17 listed are folders. Each folder may contain 3 or 4 (or more)
messages. BTW,  I find it easier to download the newsgroup and read it offline.