TOURBUS: Thursday, September 26, 1996
DRIVER: Patrick Crispin
TODAY'S TOURBUS STOP:
SEIDMAN'S ONLINE INSIDER
This week's "mega blunder" award goes to my partner in crime, Dr. Bob Rankin, who accidentally sent every one of you a letter asking you for your old e-mail address. It seems that dear Dr. Bob received a letter from one of our many TOURBUS riders asking him to update the rider's subscription address, and, without thinking, Dr. Bob accidentally sent a "what is your old e-mail address" letter to the *entire* TOURBUS list.
What makes this even more humorous is that over 2000 of you have been kind enough to send Dr. Bob letters telling him what your old e-mail addresses were. Needless to say, Dr. Bob wanted me to express his gratitude to everyone, and to remind everyone that you really do NOT have to send Dr. Bob your old e-mail address. As a matter of fact, I get a sinking feeling that if Dr. Bob receives another "old address" letter, he is going to pelt his computer with pasta.
Speaking of the many uses of noodles [gee, my segues are getting worse, aren't they?], I am pleased to present the folks who are making this week's edition of our little bus of Internet happiness possible:*---------------------( THE NOODLES ARE COMING!! )-------------------* The Flying Noodle has a cool collection of gourmet pastas and sauces. Mention The Tourbus and we'll take $5 off your first order over $20. *--------------------( http://www.flyingnoodle.com )-----------------*
ROADMAP96Before we get to today's TOURBUS stop, I need to engage in a quick bit of shameless self-promotion. Everyone on the bus should know by now that I recently wrote a completely *FREE*, 27 lesson Internet training workshop called "Roadmap96." Roadmap96 teaches you how to use the Net, covering topics ranging from E-mail to Gopher to FTP. What you may not know is that thanks to the kind folks at the Internet Network Information Center (the InterNIC), Roadmap96 is now an on-going project ... and new workshop sessions start every two weeks!
If you know ANYONE who may be interested in participating in the next Roadmap96 workshop session, just have them send an e-mail letter to LISTSERV@LISTS.INTERNIC.NET
with the command
SUBSCRIBE ROADMAP96 YOURFIRSTNAME YOURLASTNAME
in the body of their e-mail letter, replacing YOURFIRSTNAME and YOURLASTNAME with their first and last names. That's it! :)
I am really excited that Roadmap96 is an on-going project, and any help that you can give me to promote this workshop would be gratefully appreciated. Oh, by the way, you might also want to tell your friends that they can find HTML-ified versions of the 27 Roadmap96 lessons at http://ua1vm.ua.edu/~crispen/roadmap.html or http://www.campus.mci.net/roadmap96/
SEIDMAN'S ONLINE INSIDERAs much as members of the Internet community like to downplay the influence of the Commercial Online Services, the Internet community does so at its own peril. As can be witnessed by the *THOUSANDS* of TOURBUS riders whose only access to the Net is though AOL, CompuServe, or Prodigy, the Commercial Online Services continue to exert a profound influence on the state of the Net.
Unfortunately, for people like me whose access to the Net is through an Internet Service Provider and not through a Commercial Online Service, finding the latest, inside information from the Commercial Online Service industry can be a tad bit difficult.
Fortunately, Robert Seidman, an "editor at large" for NetGuide magazine, writes a free, weekly e-mail newsletter called "Seidman's Online Insider." The Online Insider is "a weekly summary of events in the Consumer Online Services Industry." This means that Seidman focuses on the commercial online services like AOL, CompuServe, and Prodigy [and I just want to say that I really miss e-world ... *sniff*] as well as the Microsoft v. Netscape and AT&T v. MCI wars.
What makes Seidman's Online Insider so superb is that Seidman really does give you *inside* information. It is not unusual for Seidman to call up the Chief Executive Officer of AOL, C|NET, Netscape, etc. to find out what is *really* going on. It is because of Seidman's incredible reporting style that pretty much everyone who is anyone on the Internet reads his Online Insider articles each week [Seidman also mentioned our little bus of Internet happiness in his April 26, 1996, post, so he must be a pretty smart dude as well].
To join the ranks of the folks who read Seidman every week (including Dr. Bob and me) just send an e-mail letter to LISTSERV@PEACH.EASE.LSOFT.COM
with the command SUBSCRIBE ONLINE-L YOURFIRSTNAME YOURLASTNAME
in the body of your e-mail letter, replacing YOURFIRSTNAME and YOURLASTNAME with your first and last names.
If you have Web access, you can also find Seidman's Online Insider on the Web at [deep inhale] http://techweb.cmp.com/net/online/current/columns/seidman/online_insider (put that all on one line)
[exhale]. The neat think about this Web page is that it has links to both Siedman's current and previous articles, although the previous articles only go back to July 19, 1996. If you want to see some of Seidman's *really* old articles, point your Web browser to http://www.clark.net/pub/robert/back.html
Mr. Seidman has also written some articles for our friends at C|Net, and those articles can be found at http://www.cnet.com/Content/Voices/Seidman/index.html
Even if you do not subscribe to Seidman's Online Insider, I really recommend that you check out some of Seidman's articles at C|Net (especially his article "kicking and screaming into the information age").
That's about it for this week. Your fearless bus driver is heading to the Great White North next week -- I have to speak at a conference in Toronto -- but I promise to send you another TOURBUS post before I trek into the frozen tundra of Canada. After all, what is a week without your weekly Southern Word?-------------------------------- TODAY'S SOUTHERN WORD OF THE DAY -------------------------------- BAGEL - adjective. Quite Large. USAGE: "That's a bagel bowl of grits you got there." (Special thanks goes to Lisa Ward for today's wurd) YOU CAN FIND ALL OF THE OLD SOUTHERN WORDS OF THE DAY ON THE SOUTHERN WORD HOMEPAGE AT http://ua1vm.ua.edu/~crispen/word.html