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Odds and Ends: AOL SMTP problems; Bluetooth menu issue; Knowledge Base updates

Odds and Ends: AOL SMTP problems; Bluetooth menu issue; Knowledge Base updates

AOL (temporary?) SMTP problems Several weeks ago we reported that AOL had opened up their email system to allow AOL members to send and receive email using any standard email client. We received a good number of reports from readers of success using Apple's Mail application with AOL. However, reader Jim Collymore reports that since late last week, he has not been able to send mail through AOL:

"I set up my system to send and receive mail through AOL using the Apple Mail.app. This worked until this past Thursday or Friday. Then I noticed that I could receive mail but I couldn't send it out. I had also been able to dial directly to the AOL servers using Internet Connect during this time period. It worked fine until this past Sunday."

"Thinking that it was something wrong with my Mac, I first called AOL Tech Support. They basically told me that they knew of no problems at their end and that I should call Apple. This evening I called Apple Care and spent almost an hour with two technicians. It was determined that my Mac and modem are fine. They speculate that AOL turned on the above capabilities (possibly to test them) and then turned them off."

This is the first report we've received of such problems. As no MacFixIt staff members use AOL, we welcome confirmations (or contradictions) from other MacFixIt readers.

Bluetooth menu issue Reader "Kenny" reports an odd issue with the Bluetooth status menu that has been happening since OS X 10.3.3:

"I've been having a problem with Bluetooth since just before upgrading to OS X 10.3.4 wherein the status icon disappears from the menu bar. If I open [Bluetooth] System Preferences [and] unchecked and then recheck 'Show Bluetooth status in the menu bar' the icon will reappear."

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