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Hi Ian,

Welcome to 181 new subscribers for the month.

Again, another "top" issue, please save it and then print it out. I'm sure you will be glad you did.

I have deliberately chosen to make an issue of the "free internet" this month because whether we agree or not, it affects us all. As a result, regular sections have been curtailed.

I honestly believe the changes in coming months will become quite profound for everyone.


See your personal details at the end. If your details are correct - DO NOTHING - otherwise:



We still have 256 people named 'Blank'. A great many did respond to the recent "wake up calls", again thanks mates - last call.

After I delete the usual "bouncers in the next few days I will certainly be deleting the "blanks". Please re-subscribe then if you want to.

I appreciate your participation in receiving my Newsletter, I most certainly do. Please keep your email address current and beware of "free email addresses".



It has been suggested from time to time over the last few years that I put the sites together on a CD-ROM. Possibly including new and fresher tutorials, pictures, schematics etc. Possibly include some kit information.

We could include all the recommended downloads e.g. software like schematic drawing packages and so on.

What is your overall opinion? What is your opinion of the true market value of such a CD, plus pack/post?

PLEASE comment?



In previous issues and in other forums I have kind of "ranted and raved" over how the internet can and is no longer remaining free. I think I was bold enough to venture an opinion that within twelve months we will see more and more startling developments.

Within recent weeks, just some examples:

a) ListBot, the highly popular, free e-mail list service provided by Microsoft-owned bCentral, will be discontinued on August 20.

b) Innoculate, the FREE virus checker from Computer Associates I recommended back in the February issue of this newsletter, have confirmed there will be no more free software and they will only support current updates when used on your "existing computer". I also suspect this will eventually become time limited.

c) Karen Gold of "Internet Content Event" in advising of its demise:

"This has not been an easy decision, but examining all the angles in great detail, we simply cannot find a way to financial self-sufficiency in today's online content market".

d) NBC Internet, Inc have advised of far reaching changes, going on to say, [inter alia]:

"What does this mean to you?

1. Make sure you have a backup of all data stored on www.nbci.com (such as your web site and shared files), as well as on Xoom.com and SNAP.com. Such a backup should be stored on your hard drive, on floppy disks or other web site hosting providers, but not on NBCi.

2. Begin evaluating alternative web site hosting providers. We recommend that you plan to have your site and shared files hosted by a different provider as soon as possible and before July 15th".

[edited for brevity]

"Note: If you use NBCi through one of our ISP distributors, such as PacBell, Verizon or Prodigy, please contact your ISP directly for additional information.

General Disclaimer

Please note that pursuant to our terms of service (which can be accessed from http://www.nbci.com), NBCi has the right to unilaterally stop all service and functionality to our web sites; however, we understand the importance of your information and desire to provide you with sufficient notice to allow you to act accordingly"....

[Editorial note: Hey if this affects you, look at Rob's economical hosting packages near the bottom of this page - "a personal recommendation"]

e) AltaVista have advised of a new sliding scale of "paid submissions" to the AltaVista Search Engine via the "AltaVista Express Inclusion program".

I roughly estimate that to now submit my sites to AltaVista, on that basis every six months, would cost me nearly $US 8,820.00 a year... Oh yeah... right...

f) Inktomi and others either have, or are scrambling to introduce similar programs.

g) Other search portals such as GoTo have increased the minimum bid for each "keyword click" to 5c. Obviously I am not nor ever was with GoTo.

What is personally worrying to me, how is Google going to continue?

h) Joke-A-Day has substantially switched over to paid subscriptions.




IBM said today it has developed the world's fastest silicon transistor, refining its silicon-germanium technology to produce transistors capable of operating at 210GHz on just one milli-amp of electrical current. That's 80% faster than current technology and using half the power.
See http://www.ibm.com/news/2001/06/25.phtml


So how come no one has signed up to place their ad here? It's only $30 per issue! Talk to the boss.

Don't make me get out the whips!

for info.


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The growth still really down throughout June.... everyone enjoying fine weather? Wonder if my "free" tracking service... hmmm...

As at the last day of the month:

Last month, June was 51,006 unique visitors (April 59,146) looking at a total of 149,261 page views (April 172,644) - New subscribers to this newsletter were of course 181, unsubscribes were a total of 17 (mostly named "Blank") and I had to delete 26 "bounced" last month.


7.     HUMOUR AND INSPIRATION (by ever popular demand) -

Transcript of an actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10-10-95.

AMERICANS: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid a collision.

CANADIANS: Recommend you divert "YOUR" course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.

AMERICANS: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

CANADIANS: No. I say again, you divert "YOUR" course.

AMERICANS: This is the Aircraft Carrier USS Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States Atlantic Fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers and numerous support vessels. I "DEMAND" that you change your course 15 degrees north, that's "ONE FIVE DEGREES" north, or countermeasures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.

CANADIANS: This is a lighthouse. "YOUR CALL".


Q: How do you catch a unique rabbit?
A: Unique up on it.

Q: How do you catch a tame rabbit?
A: Tame way, unique up on it.

Q: How do crazy people go through the forest?
A: They take the psychopath.

Q: What do fish say when they hit a concrete wall?
A: Dam!

Q: What do you call cheese that isn't yours?
A: Nacho cheese.

Q: What do you call four bullfighters in quicksand?
A: Quatro sinko.

Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
A: Frostbite.

Q: What lies at the bottom of the ocean and twitches?
A: A nervous wreck.

Q: Where do you find a dog with no legs?
A: Right where you left him.


"Beer Drinkers Guide"

SYMPTOM: Beer is crystal clear.
PROBLEM: It's water. Somebody is trying to sober you up.
ACTION: Punch him.

SYMPTOM: Don't recognize anyone, don't recognize the room you're in.
PROBLEM: You've wandered into the wrong party.
ACTION: See if they have free beer.

SYMPTOM: Feet cold and wet.
PROBLEM: Glass being held at incorrect angle.
ACTION: Rotate glass so that open end points toward ceiling.

SYMPTOM: Feet warm and wet.
PROBLEM: Improper bladder control.
ACTION: Stand next to nearest dog, complain about house training.

SYMPTOM: Beer unusually pale and tasteless.
PROBLEM: Glass empty.
ACTION: Get someone to buy you another beer.

SYMPTOM: Opposite wall covered with fluorescent lights.
PROBLEM: You have fallen over backwards.
ACTION: Have yourself chained to bar.

SYMPTOM: Mouth contains cigarette butts.
PROBLEM: You have fallen forward.
ACTION: See above.

SYMPTOM: Beer tasteless, front of your shirt is wet.
PROBLEM: Mouth not open, or glass applied to wrong part of face.
ACTION: Retire to rest room, practice in mirror.

SYMPTOM: Floor blurred.
PROBLEM: You are looking through bottom of empty glass.
ACTION: Get someone to buy you another beer.

SYMPTOM: Floor moving.
PROBLEM: You are being carried out.
ACTION: Find out if you are being taken to another bar.

SYMPTOM: Room seems unusually dark.
PROBLEM: Bar has closed.
ACTION: Confirm home address with bartender, call taxi.

SYMPTOM: Everyone looks up to you and smiles.
PROBLEM: You are dancing on the table.
ACTION: Fall on somebody cushy looking.

SYMPTOM: Hands hurt, nose hurts, mind unusually clear.
PROBLEM: You have been in a fight.
ACTION: Apologize to everyone you see, just in case it was them.

SYMPTOM: Your singing sounds distorted.
PROBLEM: The beer is too weak.
ACTION: Have more beer until voice improves.

SYMPTOM: Don't remember the words to the song.
PROBLEM: Beer is just right.
ACTION: Play air guitar.

[Thanks to the great 'Flying Pigs']


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Be on good terms with yourself, feel smug for the rest of this week. Go here and kindly DO something constructive for us all.

These fine folks did! - updated



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