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Can a user of AOL 3.0 for the Macintosh use Telnet?
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by:seigniory
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Well,

Technically, no.  AOL is, simply put, an oversized graphical BBS.  But, what you CAN do is use AOL's web browser (however slow it may be) to access HTMLized telnet clients.  It works the same way at HTML based mail (ie hotmail.com, etc...)  I'm not sure the addresses of any of the pages any more as I stopped using AOL a while ago, but you can search for them (webcrawler, etc) under HTML telnet or something like that.  My advice:  get off AOL together, and sogn up with a local Internet Provider for $9.99 a month!

Later,
Seigniory
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by:balducci
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I figured out the answer and his response was totally wrong.  With the new AOL 3.0, a AOLink is included which allows users to user all products that need a TCP/IP connection or the like, such as Netscape, Telnet, Fetch, etc.
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dbankert earned 100 total points
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AOL has been evolving, and it sounds like you're using their old GUI (graphical user interface).  Get AOL 3.0 which will let you use traditional TCP/IP products, including telnet, ftp, ping, other web browsers, etc.

A lot of people are anti-AOL, but they actually have one of the largest backbones in the country.  Many ISPs actually run off of AOLs backbone, but just don't know it.
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