Re[2]: announcing: www-buyinfo mailing list
Thu, 11 Aug 1994 16:37:02 +0200

I have access to our Corporate paid Compuserve account, and you know what?
We've had it for over 6 months and I haven't yet come up with a reason that I
should use it. I have NEVER used it. Everything I'm interested in, I can find
on the Internet for free and faster. Once you know your way around, it
dominates. I can find anything that I need-- Fast! And there is a lot more
information globally, than any one company can contain electronically.

I used to be a member of America Online, which I used quite often. It is very
straight-forward and leads you exactly where you want to go. The internet
however, can be a maze and time consuming for new users. I guess a lot of
users feel that it is easier and more cost effective to be handed their host
via a silver platter, than to be forced into a jungle and expected to catch
their own food.
Andre' Doles
Systems Engineer
Space & Naval Warfare Systems Command HQ

On Wed, 10 Aug 1994, Dave Kristol wrote:

> C. Farell wrote:
> > On Tue, 9 Aug 1994, Dave Kristol wrote:
> [my announcement of www-buyinfo mailing list]
> >
> > This has already been done. I think it's called CompuServe.
> The difference is that I can't obtain any information from CompuServe
> unless I subscribe in advance. I don't have to subscribe in advance to

A bigger difference: providing information to Compuserver. Or how about
connecting your entire LAN to Compuserve? Or how about integrating your
current IS w/ Compuserve, and not introducing a new interface?

What would have happened if everyone went to Compuserve for the images on
the Jupiter hit?

I guess the point that is pertinent is, don't think only about
information consumers. Remember the democracy of the net allows anyone
to be an information provider. That, I believe, is the difference, not
technical architecture.

Paul Everitt V 703.785.7384 Email
Connecting Minds, Inc. F 703.785.7385 WWW