I had a lot of things to be thankful for last week, chief among them being that I was finally able to send my America Onhold account to that big browser in the sky.
AOL may be one of the crummiest enterprises since the U.S. automobile industry in the '70s. Busy signals, frequent disconnections, a browser with the firepower of a pea shooter, unwanted sales pitches, slow speeds, routine logjams - I could go on.
And I was prepared to go on at length when I made The Call last week to cancel. But when the woman asked why I was closing my account, all I could bring myself to say was "I'm leaving the country." After a year and half of frustration, I simply didn't want to deal with them for another second.
But gosh it felt good.
As the cyberbrains know, when it comes to computers I seldom know what I am talking about. I get mail that says "You know, it was really Microsoft that made its browser free, thereby forcing other browsers to follow suit, which proves Bill Gates was trying to drive Netscape out of business..." At least the kind ones, who still believe I can be educated. Most just quietly shake their heads and go on to the Hints from Heloise section.