Which Internet Connection Is Best for Rec.WS?

Which Internet Connection Is Best for Rec.WS?

Post by Gr8Ji » Mon, 21 Nov 1994 18:25:21


I'm tired of wearing waterwings and want to cruise without the hindrances
of AOL.
My primary use of the net, however, may be rec.ws even after I explore a
few  other spots.  Any recommendations about which internet connection and
which software to use (Netscape?) would be appreciated.

Bill  

 
 
 

Which Internet Connection Is Best for Rec.WS?

Post by Greg Farma » Tue, 22 Nov 1994 12:12:28

Quote:
> I'm tired of wearing waterwings and want to cruise without the hindrances
> of AOL.
> My primary use of the net, however, may be rec.ws even after I explore a
> few  other spots.  Any recommendations about which internet connection and
> which software to use (Netscape?) would be appreciated.

> Bill  

I've had good luck with a local internet service, which costs about $30
per month. I bought the Internet Chameleon package to get SLIP/PPP
capability, and the local service (in my case, Zilker Internet Park in
Austin) helped answer questions until I got the connection right.
From there you have access to lots of public domain packages for Mosaic,
Gopher, etc.

Good luck!

 
 
 

Which Internet Connection Is Best for Rec.WS?

Post by Alan Keist » Wed, 23 Nov 1994 00:14:23

Quote:

> I'm tired of wearing waterwings and want to cruise without the hindrances
> of AOL.
> My primary use of the net, however, may be rec.ws even after I explore a
> few  other spots.  Any recommendations about which internet connection and
> which software to use (Netscape?) would be appreciated.
> Bill  

Bill,

Netcom seems to be the most popular provider around.  You get a UNIX shell
account for about $30/month.  Your hours are limited though.  Prodigy
and Compuserve both have newsgroups now but I don't have experience with
either of them.  I suggest you pick up a copy of a local free computer
paper and check the ads.  I have seen providers in the Wash. D.C. area
for $15/month.

Let me know how they compare in price and usability to AOL.

- Alan

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Which Internet Connection Is Best for Rec.WS?

Post by roba.. » Wed, 23 Nov 1994 05:54:32

I use the IBM network and that seems to work find.

$12/month for 6 hours of connect plust $4/hr over that for full CLIP connection

Rob Alexander

 
 
 

Which Internet Connection Is Best for Rec.WS?

Post by Jaime Corde » Wed, 23 Nov 1994 08:19:18

Quote:

>I'm tired of wearing waterwings and want to cruise without the hindrances
>of AOL.
>My primary use of the net, however, may be rec.ws even after I explore a
>few  other spots.  Any recommendations about which internet connection and
>which software to use (Netscape?) would be appreciated.

>Bill  

Try netcom. Their fee is $17.5/month(with direct payment), unlimited
off-peak access. There is something like 80 hours peak access included.
If you can read news 80 hours a month, you have a lot of time on your hands.

I use the unix program trn, but they have something called "Netcruiser",
which I don't know much about. Netcom is headquartered in San Jose,CA (in
or next to Silicon Valley, depending on your perspective) The
area code is 408, you'll have to call them for details. You can
sign up on-line with a credit card and modem, they'll give you the
number when you call the voice line. Don't let the San Jose
address fool you, they have local numbers from Seattle to Los Angeles,
at least.

Jaime
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Post by Guy Montgomer » Wed, 23 Nov 1994 11:27:58

Quote:
> I'm tired of wearing waterwings and want to cruise without the hindrances
> of AOL.
> My primary use of the net, however, may be rec.ws even after I explore a
> few  other spots.  Any recommendations about which internet connection and
> which software to use (Netscape?) would be appreciated.

> Bill  

If you really want it to be easy, I'd get yourself a SLIP or PPP
connection, and use Netscape. It is a www browser with USENET News
capabilities built in. It may be a bit of a pain to get your SLIP/PPP
and TCP connection set up at first, but providing your connection
provider is helpful you'll work through it, and from then on you
don't even need to worry about it.

Guy

 
 
 

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Post by Ed Fost » Thu, 24 Nov 1994 01:57:08


Quote:



> >I'm tired of wearing waterwings and want to cruise without the hindrances
> >of AOL.
> >My primary use of the net, however, may be rec.ws even after I explore a
> >few  other spots.  Any recommendations about which internet connection and
> >which software to use (Netscape?) would be appreciated.

> >Bill  

> Try netcom. Their fee is $17.5/month(with direct payment), unlimited
> off-peak access. There is something like 80 hours peak access included.
> If you can read news 80 hours a month, you have a lot of time on your hands.


email response outlining their service.  I use it at home and am
reasonably satisfied.  It's by far the cheapest access to the internet for
me since they have local phone access all over the country so there are
not extra phone charges for access.  On the downside, some areas find
their phone access lines busy much of the time but that hasen't been a
problem for me in the Boston, MA, area yet.  Also some complaints about
the Netcruiser (called derisively Netloser, Netbruiser, etc.) software but
they are continuing to upgrade it.  I'd say give it a try.
 
 
 

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Post by Jaime Corde » Thu, 24 Nov 1994 09:42:16


Quote:


>> I'm tired of wearing waterwings and want to cruise without the hindrances
>> of AOL.
>> My primary use of the net, however, may be rec.ws even after I explore a
>> few  other spots.  Any recommendations about which internet connection and
>> which software to use (Netscape?) would be appreciated.

>> Bill  

>Bill,

>Netcom seems to be the most popular provider around.  You get a UNIX shell
>account for about $30/month.  Your hours are limited though.  Prodigy
>and Compuserve both have newsgroups now but I don't have experience with
>either of them.  I suggest you pick up a copy of a local free computer
>paper and check the ads.  I have seen providers in the Wash. D.C. area
>for $15/month.

>Let me know how they compare in price and usability to AOL.

Sorry, this is simply incorrect. netcom is $17.50/month with
direct billing, $19.50 if you want a paper bill in the mail
every month.

The hours are "limited" only because a few people chose to abuse
the formerly unlimited time, by staying online for hours while
they went to dinner, visted friends in another city, etc.

The "limitation" is 80 hours of prime time per month, and UNLIMITED
off-peak time. As I said before, if you can spend 80 hours/month
on-line after work, you need to spend more time windsurfing. There are
other types of accounts (commercial,etc) as well, but this seems to
fit your needs.

This compares extremely favorably with most of the other providers
I have investigated. For example, MCI rolled out their new Internet
service today, and felt that *7* free hours/month($20) were
sufficient to be competitive.

I would consider skipping the extra cost stuff that aol, prodigy,
compuserve, etc, offer. Many of these services will be offered soon
via Mosaic, or are offered currently through alternate means
(such as direct bill payment) in better/cheaper form.

Get a bare bones account with Mosaic/Netscape access. Netcom is only
one provider of these. Check out also BBN Internet Service (BARRnet).

Jaime

Quote:

>- Alan

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>_/  America Online, Inc          _/                       _/
>_/  8619 Westwood Center Drive   _/  Phone: 703-883-1609  _/
>_/  Vienna, Va  22018  USA       _/                       _/
>_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/

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Jaime Cordera

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Post by Cliff Nail US-2 » Thu, 24 Nov 1994 12:09:34

Quote:

> I'm tired of wearing waterwings and want to cruise without the hindrances
> of AOL.
> My primary use of the net, however, may be rec.ws even after I explore a
> few  other spots.  Any recommendations about which internet connection and
> which software to use (Netscape?) would be appreciated.

> Bill  

Bill,

I have had AOL, Compuserve and delphi! In comparison to what I have now, (true a internet account) I am glad I made
the leap! I pay 30.00/per month for SLIP/PPP account but for the kindness, service, and responce out of the staff of the
company I go through, It is worth it! Also my company that has the policy of no busy lines, and if there is a busy signal
for more than 10 minutes, they add another line to the rotory phone! Needless to say I have never had a busy signal more than
a minute or two!

Bottom Line you pay for what you get! Buy a porche and get service!

I still have my compuserve service because there are some software manufactures that I need to stay in contact with!
As soon as they go to the internet though I am out of there!

___________________________________________________________________________
Cliff Nail
US - 227   USWA!!!!
KB5RTK - Windsurfing .....  There is no faster Ham on the water!

Ham internet 44.30.0.54 (KB5RTK on 446.8 MHz - Albuquerque NM)

 
 
 

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Post by Trevor Pretty - SolNet Technologies - Sun NZ I » Tue, 29 Nov 1994 14:08:02

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Sorry couldn't resist this:

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