Since America Online emerged from the belly of a BBS called Quantum "PC-Link" in 1989, users have suffered through awful software, inaccessible dial-up numbers, rapacious marketing, in-your-face advertising, questionable billing practices, inexcusably poor customer service, and enough spam to last a lifetime. And all the while, AOL remained more expensive than its major competitors. This lethal combination earned the world's biggest ISP the top spot on our list of bottom feeders.
AOL offered plenty of its own online content, (but) it walled off the greater Internet. Once people realized what content was available elsewhere on the Net, they started wondering why they were paying AOL.
31 May 2006
Top 25 Computer Clinkers
I post this list mostly because from my own disdain for AOL: