Trying AOL’s OpenRide

AOL is in the process of trying to reinvent themselves, they have stopped charging broadband users for access to their system, and now they have released OpenRide, a web browser with all your tools right there.

Introducing AOL OpenRide, the newest AOL software. So much more than just a Web browser, its breakthrough four-pane design will revolutionize the way you use the Internet. No more jumping from one window to the next everything you need is right there the moment you need it. And it’s absolutely free. Simply put: You’ve got to see it to believe it.

Why not, I’ll give it a shot.

First complaint, when it was getting ready to install, up popped the license agreement, it said it was going to index my files with AOL desktop search, and I could turn it off later, why not now? I already have indexing software from Microsoft, why do I need one from AOL? Then it said a shortcut and tray icon will be added for quick access, okay, I can understand the shortcut, but I don’t want another tray icon, give me the options to say no, I don’t want this stuff. Typical AOL software, here is how we do it.

Installation took a few minutes, not a surprise, and once it was done showing me all the great features while it was installing, it gave me the launch button or close, so I launched it. And I sat there and sat there waiting for anything to happen, I had already closed all of my programs like it asked, so nothing was hogging the system. Finally, the browser popped up with its four panes, or pains if you will, but I still couldn’t do anything because it was busy doing something, and after another minute or so, it said I should install their spyware protection. So, I guess that was what was holding up things. No thanks. I also noticed a link at the top that said Security, so I clicked it, and it said I could install AOL’s firewall, AOL’s spyware and AOL’s virus protection.

Let me know when you are done laughing.

Okay, no thanks, again, AOL, every program I have ever used of yours was a memory hog and bogged down my system, and I think AOL triton instant messaging software is some of the worst, so there is no way I’m installing even more AOL software. So, after the software was loaded, I browsed around a little bit, it was okay, I don’t really like the four pain, er pane approach, I like having both IM and my browser open on the screen at the same time, so I can see them both, not just whichever one I am using at the time.

Final judgment: Keep it. Just more memory bloat from AOL. I didn’t see anywhere that said what browser it is based on, but I assume it is Internet Explorer. I’ll stick with IE and Firefox thank you, AOL can keep this wonderful tool.

I was looking for the webpage to download AOL OpenRide, I forgot where it was, and tried searching for it at AOL, and they didn’t know where it was either, hehe. Just joking, their search is based on Google, which hasn’t indexed it yet I guess, so I went to the AOL homepage and clicked the link from there.