Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 01:35:48 -0400 (EDT) From: "Doctor Bob"
To: TOURBUS@listserv.aol.com Subject: TOURBUS 10/17 - Free Stuff! /~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~~/~~~|~\ |____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____/ | \ | /_____|---\ / --T-H-E---I-N-T-E-R-N-E-T---T-O-U-R-B-U-S--> ///////| | | |///////| | ~~~/~~~\~/~~~\~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~\~~~~ \___/ \___/ "Why Surf When U Can Ride The Bus?" \___/ Today's Stop: Free Stuff! Welcome back aboard! You may have noticed by now that the TOURBUS is parked in a new lot. We're pleased and proud that America Online has selected us to be a participant in their "Give Back To The Net" program. So we've moved the TOURBUS to new digs at AOL where we have the advantage of running on LISTSERV software and a rocket-fast server that can pump out a quarter-million messages a day. This means you'll get your TOURBUS quicker and more reliably. You'll also be able to take advantage of LISTSERV features that enable you to search and retrieve the TOURBUS archives by e-mail. More on that later. And please note - there is no need to unsubscribe from the old address! In fact, if you do that you'll lose BOTH, since the requests for the old address are being forwarded for a few weeks. Here's an interesting bit of news, courtesy of the new LISTSERV system we're on now. TOURBUS now reaches over 35,000 readers in 86 countries including: Anguilla Argentina Australia Austria Bahrain Belgium Belize Bolivia Botswana Brazil Bulgaria Canada Chile China Colombia Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Ecuador Egypt Estonia Fiji Finland France Germany Ghana Great Britain Greece Hongkong Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Korea Kuwait Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malaysia Mexico Monaco Mozambique Netherlands New Zealand Norway Pakistan Papua New Guinea Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Romania Russia Saint Lucia Saudi-Arabia Singapore Slovakia Slovenia South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sweden Taiwan Thailand Turkey Ukraine USA Venezuela Yugoslavia, and of course Zambia! There were 1200 users that showed up as "???", so I assume that means they are from other planets that LISTSERV could not identify. It's a small universe after all. (Stop humming, Patrick!) OK, enough trivia - let's check out some Free Stuff. Our first stop will be the Usenet newsgroup titled "alt.consumers.free-stuff", a place where people post information about free offers. There really are a lot of businesses that make free offers to market a product or service, and if you're interested in something for nothing, drop into this newsgroup and have a look around. A related resource is the alt.consumers.free-stuff web site at http://www.supernet.ab.ca/cgi-bin/freestuff This is a nicely organized listing of offers that have come from the newsgroup and other sources. I poked around a bit and found: Free Dove Soap sample (Call 800-404-3683) Free Video - Sears Vinyl Siding (Call 800-753-7250) Free Premium Quality Carpet Samples (Call 800-363-3776) (FYI... I did have trouble getting many of the links to work when viewing the page with Lynx, but switching to Netscape solved the problem.) Another "Free Stuff" web site can be found at http://www.tbsa.com.au/showbag.html This one's in Australia, so it may be easier to reach for some non-US readers. It also seems to have more freebies you can actually order online, such as: Up-Time Vitamins Samples of 3M products Analgesic lotion & Emu Oil Golly, I'm fresh out of Emu Oil - I'll have to try that one. And don't miss the one that says "Free $100 Cash (Really!)". Here's one more that you can get even without a telephone: Send a self- addressed and stamped envelope to the address below, specify your preference of Vegetable or Flower seeds, and you will receive a free packet. Ace Hardware / PO Box 630 / Gwinn, MI 49841 / USA And finally, something for e-mail addicts: Free-Stuff-Digest, a mailing list for announcements and discussion of free stuff available to consumers, is a moderated, low-noise alternative to the alt.consumers.free-stuff group. To subscribe to Free-Stuff-Digest, send the command: subscribe in the body of a message (not the subject) to the address email@example.com. Enjoy, and we'll see you in a couple days! -Bob P.S. - Do yourself a favor, send the command INFO TOURBUS to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM to get some helpful information about working with TOURBUS on the new LISTSERV platform. ====================================================================== SUBSCRIBE : Send SUBSCRIBE TOURBUS to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM unSUBSCRIBE: Send UNSUBSCRIBE TOURBUS to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM Web Site : http://csbh.mhv.net/~bobrankin/tourbus (stop in for back issues and the logo contest) Advertising: E-mail BobRankin@MHV.net w/ Subject: SEND TBRATES ====================================================================== TOURBUS - (c) Copyright 1995, Patrick Crispen and Bob Rankin All rights reserved. Redistribution is allowed only with permission.