|Volume 2: No. 34|
A Russian non-commercial scientific research network, RELARN (Russian Electronic Academic and Research Network), will be created by the Ministry of Science, Higher Education and Technical Policy of the Russian Federation, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Russian Scientific Centre "Kurchatov Institute." It will use the RELCOM transport infrastructure. RELCOM serves over 2,500 subscribers, including 300 Russian academic and research institutions. [Vladimir Shliemin (email@example.com), ReNews, 8/17.]
Software Tool & Die (world.std.com) has just received permission to connect to the NSFNet backbone, provided that users are told about NSF's Acceptable Use Policy. [Barry Shein (firstname.lastname@example.org), com-priv, 8/13.] ST&D is a commercial provider of internet access, similar to netcom or PSI. One really shouldn't send NSFNet-traversing commercial messages _to_ companies on world.std.com or the other CIX and commercial networks, but NSF has made little effort to educate net users in such matters.
The Knowbot Information Service can help you find net addresses on internet and MCI Mail, but not on Prodigy, GEnie, or CompuServe. It's free from the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (Reston, VA), a nonprofit AI developer. For instructions, send a "?" message body (without quotation marks) to email@example.com. (From MCI Mail, write to NRI Directory Services, on Internet, then enter the email address.) Knowbot looks for a flush-left name on the first line and optional service, country, and organization specifiers on succeeding lines: "Pete Jones |service mcimail |country FR |org INRIA." Case is important. [Judy Heim, PC World, 5/92.]
Recent advances in signal compression permit 100Mbps over conventional copper wiring. Expect renewed interest in video, fax, and information services to the home over existing phone lines. [Gil Amelio. David Needle, CC, 8/11.]
Connected Education (Connect Ed) is a distance education service run by Paul Levinson (firstname.lastname@example.org), (212) 549-6509. Courses are two months each, with about five offerings per term and ten students per class. A complete master's degree in Media Arts is available. $393 per undergraduate credit, $416 graduate, including communication charges to New York. Most students are business, government, or education professionals. They often form strong bonds, and keep in touch through Connect Ed's electronic "student union," the Cafe. [Kathleen Creighton, MicroTimes, 8/3.]
Jack Rickard suggests that publishers in the future will offer the full text of books online to entice people to order hardcopy. ("Books smell good. They feel good. ...") For now, you can come close with downloads or floppies from the PaperLess Readers Club, Advantage International (Houston, TX), (713) 977-1719, (713) 977- 9505 BBS. Prices are $4.95 to $9.95, with titles long available in paperback. You can download the reader software, reader25.zip, and try out a couple of free text collections. Special software is available for visually impaired users. [Boardwatch, 7/92.]
Certain jobs are particularly suitable for telecommuting: computer programming, writing and editing, telemarketing, administration, and executive decision-making. Successful employees need a stronger than average drive to succeed, as they must master their own natures and a considerable amount of technology. Companies may need to supply additional training in time management and goal orientation, but save in terms of improved communications and productivity, reduced office space and commute time, increased customer contact, flexible hours, and employee satisfaction. AT&T is very happy with its "virtual office" experiment. Telecommuting works best if employees come in a day or two per week for paperwork and team-building, though. For more info, contact the National Association for the Cottage Industry, (312) 472-8116. [Robert Moskowitz, MicroTimes, 8/3.]
SunSolutions (Mountain View, CA), a product-development venture within Sun Technology Enterprises, has introduced its ShowMe TCP/IP conferencing software. SPARC workstation users can hold online meetings and collaborate on graphic documents. About $250/user in quantity; (415) 336-6851. [Business Wire, 8/6. agentsee.]
Jim Carroll (email@example.com) has just published an article about executive use of online service. He may be willing to send a hardcopy if you give him your physical address. The journal, CAMagazine reaches about 40K chartered accountants in Canada. [online, 8/10.]
Sales Automation Success is an $87 newsletter for salesmen interested in contact software such as Telemagic and ACT! The editor, Rich Bohn, also runs the Sales Automation Success BBS at (206) 392-8943, Issaquah, WA. Call (206) 392-3514 for details. [Boardwatch, 7/92.]
AppleLink Personal is for Mac-based professionals and educators who need more than America Online (AOL) and less than the full AppleLink service for Apple developers, consultants, and retailers. AppleLink is especially good for reaching technical support professionals, accessing demos and updates, and opening documents written with applications you don't have. You can also tap Redgate's Macintosh Registry of products. Many schools participate in the Apple Global Forum (AGE), exchanging HyperCard stacks and graphics from around the world. Apple Online Services (AOS) is also encouraging free forums for information publishers. AppleLink Personal costs $70 to start (plus sales tax), $12/hour, and $0.045/KB (or $0.055 prime time), $12/month minimum. There's also a $.50 charge for each internet message sent or received. AOL is free to start, $5.95/month, and $4/hour ($8 prime time), with discounts for new members and certain services.