I don't use the AOL software to access my AOL content, and haven't for ages. I simply go to AOL.com by way of my Firefox browser, sign in, and read my mail. Unless I close my browser, I stay signed in all day.
One of the most irritating things about AOL, way back when I used their software, was that annoying "You've got mail!" Cliff has impaired hearing, but that AOL man's voice must be right in his best range, because he could hear it three rooms away. I've even known it to wake him up. As for myself, I simply got tired of it. So one advantage of using Firefox was that I didn't have to hear "You've got mail".
But AOL decided I missed it, I guess. Because recently, every time I clicked to read my email, there that guy was shouting at me again. Finally this morning I figured out how to shut him up.
I recently downloaded AIM, and I had the same problem: annoying sounds! See, I'm often listening to music at my computer. There's nothing more frustrating that to be listening to my favorite artist and hear a lion's roar or a car horn or a dog barking, or some other totally foreign sound butting in. Then I realized that my current buddy sound, a cow mooing, was probably the worst offender of all!
So I finally figured out how to turn all those noises off. Hopefully, nothing will interrupt my music again.
I must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed, eh? This entry sounds grumpy. OK, I'll counteract the rant with this: I'm thankful there's a way to turn off those annoying sounds!