FC: AOL again blocks Trillian instant messaging users

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Fri Feb 15 2002 - 07:04:49 PST

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    Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 09:42:24 -0500
    To: politechat_private
    From: "B.K. DeLong" <bkdelongat_private>
    Subject: AOL officially blocking Trillian users
    Hey Declan -
    I'm not sure if anyone on Politech is a big fan of IM software but a while 
    ago I found this great software called Trillian (http://www.trillian.cc) 
    that would let me be logged into my ICQ and AOL IM account with the same 
    interface at the same time. Not only that, but they had a SecureIM feature 
    that would encrypt the traffic between users. And for the hell of it, 
    (since I had a Yahoo account from all the yahoogroups I'm subscribed to and 
    a MS Passport account for...well, god knows what) I added YahooIM and MS 
    Messenger. You can even be logged onto IRC using it as well.
    Now it's a free program - they only ask for donations. When AOL "fixed" 
    their gaming bug a while back, (http://www.aim.com/resolved.adp) it would 
    not allow Trillian users to log into AOL. Trillian fixed the problem with 
    an update and patch.
    Well, this morning AOL did it again. But this time, we got a blatant 
    message before being disconnected:
    "[09:22] AOL Instant Messenger: You have been disconnected from the AOL 
    Instant Message Service (SM) for accessing the AOL network using 
    unauthorized software.  You can download a FREE, fully featured, and 
    authorized client, here http://www.aol.com/aim/download2.html ."
    Which is bullshit. AOLIM Doesn't have nearly the AOLIM features that 
    Trillian has and I'm PISSED that AOL wants me to use a more insecure 
    product over an innovative one that provided more of a degree of security, 
    logging etc. This sooo smacks of anti-competitive practices.
    Am I right? Who's working on a anti-trust case against AOL? Sign me up, dammit.
    B.K. DeLong
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