More online shopping
I was pleased to see this useful and positive roundup of high-profile electronic commerce sites. Security issues always receive much more publicity and hype, and this area is usually ignored. It would be interesting, should you make this a regular feature, to get consumers' comments on their online shopping habits, how much revenue is being taken in and how these compare to the usual reports of shoppers only buying wine and flowers on the Net. I subscribe to a number of Net magazines and find Internet World the most accessible and readable with a design that doesn't make it look like a games magazine. Well done!
Group Editor Ken Young replies: Good point Diane. We are looking into doing some real user tests (when we find some real users) and online shopping is high on the list of areas to investigate.
Closet punks unite!
I read, with interest, "Recorded delivery" in the March issue of Internet World, but that's not the reason for this email. Limited edition green vinyl The Undertones' Jimmy Jimmy? Ruts' Babylon's Burning? The Clash's (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais? Buzzcocks' Everybody's Happy Nowadays? PIL's Public Image? And a host of other notable new wave hits.
Is there a connection here? Is the author, Liz Morrel, the archetypal cyberpunk or does she just have a super cool record collection? Julie Burchall sprang out of the punk movement and I'm glad to see that you are injecting anger into your publications - well done! Viva la revolution and all that.
If ever you run another feature in a similar vein, I'll be happy to lend you some real collectors items like the Sex Pistols' Anarchy in the UK on EMI, clear vinyl Members' Sound of the Suburbs and Damned's New Rose on Stiff.
Ex-punks in media!
Geoff Richards Advertisement Manager Redwood Publishing
Internet World replies: Great. Have you got Mad Dogs Lick Forks starring Richard Todd (vocals) and Louise Greenwood (bass)?
AOL told me so
I recently joined AOL and was told by an enthusiastic support man that in the very near future AOL will offer unlimited access. My sister then phoned as she was about to cancel her account with them only to be told that no plans had yet been made.
Can you enlighten us at all, we seem to get no feedback from AOL and the information from them is confusing, to say the least. They disagree over everything and anything. Where can I get the info I need to find out about this?
AOL replies: There are still no plans to introduce flat-rate pricing. The person you spoke to must have got confused with an unlimited access trial we ran in December and January. It seems he wasn't told the scheme might not be officially adopted. We apologise for any inconvenience it might have caused you.
Virgin Net - a user tells all
In your April 97 issue, you asked for readers' views and comments about the Virgin Net service. I was a CompuServe member, and increasing cost, network response and incompatible software finally won the day over the exclusive content CompuServe provides for its members.
I researched other ISPs and the major attraction to Virgin was the free three-month trial. I must say, I highly recommend the service. I can log on and check my mail within 20 seconds. The software is a breeze to install and use. There is 24-hour free phone support. The cost is a set u10 with unlimited usage, and this month members will receive 10Mb of free server space for their own personal pages. The only small down side is that at present Netscape 2.02 is the default browser (hopefully Virgin will upgrade straight to 4.0) and that email is catered for through Netscape's limited email client.
That aside, the fact that Virgin Net subscribes will also be entitled to discounts on other Virgin services only adds to the quality feel of the service.
I love my Pilot
I have a Pilot Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) running Handstamp version 2. This lets me send and receive email across the Internet. The only problem I have is that there are no battery powered modems around these days - unless you know of any.
Why don't you run a story on email on the move? I know of many PDA users that would like to know more about this subject?
By the way this mail message was sent to you on my Pilot.
P.S. Good magazine.
Internet World replies: We have an article on mobile users coming up in the next issue. Any readers with mobile Internet experiences to share please get emailing.
The end of the world is nigh
In terms of sales, marketing and distribution becomes an integral function of global cross-platform concerns. I will not be interested in your journal, Internet booklets or CD-ROMs.
Anything seeking to service uniform personality globally should be trashing mono archichal pursuits.
P.O. Box 450
Internet World replies: That's a good point, and one well put.
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