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Small is beautiful?
Nice to see a UK-based magazine dealing with the business end of the Web - up until now I have had to rely on US imports. But I must take issue your editorial that appeared in Issue 1; the one-man Web weaver is alive and well (and living in Chesterfield).
When it comes to sheer numbers, there are exponentially more small businesses than large businesses, and huge numbers of single traders in the UK economy. Small companies tend to look to other small companies for their services. Thus, there are plenty of one-person marketing and PR companies that cater for clients who need the kind of small-scale services they provide.
The same is true of Web site design where sole traders are able to offer initial sites costing less than four figures and are happy to maintain the sites on just a few hours a month. There's no reason why these designers shouldn't continue to thrive, as they do in the States, as small companies often have proportionally more to gain from a Web presence than large ones.
The ongoing cable fable
In response to your cable article (Internet World, March 97), I would like to make a point about the free calls at weekends to other cable users. In the article it claimed this was initially an oversight, and that it would not continue for long. Are we being misrepresented globally or indeed being outdone by the US once again. In the US, everyone gets free local calls. Surely the cost of doing this in the UK, if only between cable users is not great.
The cable companies would still generate their income from entertainment. As for the bandwidth used, it should not affect the network because the only other thing on the network is TV. If the companies are worried about people logging on to the Internet and staying there, they should disconnect them after two hours, or only allow them two free hours in any 24-hour period.
There are some very clear ways to generate customers, and, thanks to the fibre optics that they use, increase the bandwidth of the Internet. My only hope is that they consider the technological advantages, and the long-term financial implications of this for the consumer.
Staff writer Nick Gilbert replies: Videotron seems to be leading the field with free off-peak access. That's probably the way it'll stay.
Is Virgin any good?
I have just connected to the Internet via Virgin Net as it appears to be offering a good deal per month - free service for three months.
Have you any comments on the strength or weakness of Virgin Net? Your comments will be helpful as to whether I stay with Virgin Net at the end of the freebie period.
Group Editor Ken Young replies: We have not tested Virgin's service but are very interested in hearing how people are getting on with Virgin, or any other provider. If you have any problems or comments let us know and we will take it up with the ISP directly.
I don't like your CD-ROM
I find Internet World an interesting read. Imagine my excitement when I picked Issue 2 up from the doormat, especially as my fingers recognised the distinctive CD-ROM feel of it. I pondered - would I be able to try some copies of email or news software, or something unusual, something other magazines haven't already tried? What about trial software for Web page design? Oh dear. I sighed. Just the job for the budding xenophobe - another AOL trial pack. The CD-ROM this month was as useful as including a free copy of "notepad". Don't get hijacked - aren't you supposed to be focussing on the business end?
Group Editor Ken Young replies: Thanks for your comments Alan. Internet World is gearing up to be a magazine with four key elements: The printed magazine; the CD-ROM; the Web site; and our sponsorship of the Internet World Show at Olympia, London, on May 20-22. We are now moving ahead with our CD-ROM offering and canvassing readers to find out what they want on a CD-ROM. Give us more input like this and we will gradually move beyond simple, but effective, online service deals.
Mosaic is the best
As a Net novice, I have some information on the best browsers to use. I have a modest 486 66MHz 8Mb RAM Windows 3.11, and have found Netscape Navigator, both 2.02 and 3.01, to be exceedingly slow when downloading either software or fresh pages off the Net. Internet Explorer 3 is much quicker, but the most efficient by far is Quarterdeck Mosaic. Presumably, the iExplorer and Netscape are more suited to Pentium PC's with Windows 95 and faster hard disk drives and motherboards. I have tried these combinations out from two Internet service providers, Softnet and Virgin, with the same conclusions. Is this a common finding? If so it would be good information to new Net surfers using older PC's.
Group Editor Ken Young replies: Fair point Stephen. Mosaic uses less RAM and is therefore faster than a larger browser. The downside is that you have fewer features present than with Internet Explorer or Navigator.
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