I don't love it to bits.
But it does everything it should do. I even have a wireless network running.
I do not have AOL running on my laptop, but can still read my email etc, even the ones from ribnet.
I chose AOL in the first place years ago due the fact that it was the most reliable connection. And looking at the trouble the rest of my family have had i think I made the right decision. If it isn't for you then fine. But don't knock it until you try it. Relying on second hand info and urban myths to make your decisions on is not really a sound basis for life.