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Tuesday September 21, 1999
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To use the links in this newsletter, you must be connected to the Internet. PC Eudora users: to see this and other html mail properly you must check the box "Use Microsoft's Viewer" in the "Viewing Mail" options.
But speaking of stuff that appears to be free, WebSkulker wants to warn you about cheap or free PC's "after Internet rebate". Many stores and mail order companies will take hundreds of dollars off the price of a machine if you will commit to three years of Internet service which, guess what, costs even more hundreds of dollars. These rebates are a bad idea because: (1) You are paying in advance the full ~$20 per month for three years of some ISP, but the way rates are going you might get ISP service a lot cheaper than that during your commitment period. (2) During the next three years you will probably want to switch over to a cable modem or DSL service which will probably make you switch away from the ISP you pre-paid, so that money will be wasted. (3) For all kinds of other reasons you might want to switch ISP's within three years.
If you are ready to give up your slow modem and install a DSL line, these resources will help you. The first is by one of our jr. skulkers and contains search forms for the largest local telephone companies. Type in your area code and prefix, or perhaps your address, and find out whether DSL is available at your address through your phone company.
The 2wire.com site has a DSL Resource Center with a tutorial and other reference information about DSL. The third link above goes directly to their DSL search page which will calculate the distance from your address to your phone company central office, then tell you whether DSL is available from your phone company, from alternative DSL providers, and from ISP's who can accept your Internet traffic over the DSL line. If it is available, you will see the pricing plans in your area and what speed you might expect at your address.
Jr. skulker Ron Gibson suggests the RocketTalk system for sending voice messages. There are many shareware programs for sending voice messages around the Internet and probably the easiest category to use would be ones that build a voice attachment that you send along with a regular email message. RocketTalk is an interesting standalone application that you leave running whenever you are connected to the Internet (which would be all the time if you had a DSL line or cable modem). It stays in communication with its server site which notifies you immediately if another user has sent you a message through the RocketTalk system. If a friend has RocketTalk running, you two can send voice messages back and forth instantly. The program has a good-looking, easy to use, interface and you can search their database of other registered users to find new people to talk to. Unfortunately it does not have a "buddy list" concept to let you know who is online right now.
The RocketTalk program can also send voice messages to an email address via an attachment, but it does this in what we believe to be a stupid way: the attachment is an executable .exe file which is a copy of the player program and your voice message combined into a single attachment. This is nice if your recipient has no program that can play a voice file, but almost everyone has such things nowadays so including the player in every message wastes bandwidth and disk space. While we delight in the fact that there is no Mac version, if RocketTalk sent the attachment in a normal format, at least Mac recipients would be able to play the messages.
There are other products that do these functions better, but RocketTalk is important because the company is making arrangements with radio shows to leave RocketTalk running in the studio and let listeners comment on the program by sending instant voice messages.
WebSkulker will leave RocketTalk running for a few days if you install the program and want to send us a message. The id number is 122100.
WebSkulker has seen records and tapes for years with funny outgoing messages to put on your answering machine. Here is a web site that has a collection that you can download. You probably won't really put them on your machine, but they're fun to listen to. Our favorite is called "Kitty" from the Adult section: "This answering machine has been connected to a 5,000 volt power supply that has been wired to this small kitten..."
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