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COMMUNET April 1996, Week 5

Subject:

Re: Software Inquiry

From:

Andrew Taubman <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Mon, 29 Apr 1996 13:40:07 -0400

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Gary,

Depending on the clients you use (netscape navigator,Eudora, etc.) there is
a simple low tech solution. Most clients allow multiple address and
bookmark files. Have them save their email addresses and bookmarks to a
floppy. When they fire up the clients, point the clients to the files on
the floppy.

There are other solutions but that discussion requires a conversation to be
useful. Feel free to call.

Drew Taubman



At 11:41 AM  -0400 4/29/96, Gary Chapman wrote:
>I'm part of a team that is working on public access to the net in a
>low-income community. I have a question that perhaps someone on the
>Communet list can help answer.
>
>Austin Free-Net has put some public access terminals in libraries in
>Austin, Texas. These are being used by people who don't have any other
>means to access the Internet and the World-Wide Web. In one of the
>libraries, demand is high enough that the library has imposed a time limit
>of half an hour per user.
>
>We have learned that one complaint of users is that when they come in to
>use the machine, they have a hard time figuring out how to get back to
>where they left off in their previous session. They have no way of storing
>URLs or e-mail addresses. Apparently some users spend most of their
>half-hour trying to get back to Web pages they saw before. This is
>frustrating, to say the least.
>
>We're wondering whether anyone has heard of, or is using, any software that
>lets casual users of public access machines store a personal database of
>URLs and e-mail addresses.
>
>We're aware of a commercial program called Cyberfinder, which, from what
>we've heard about it, does what we need. It apparently gives users a
>floating window that contains a small database of URLs and e-mail
>addresses, compiled by the user. When the user double-clicks on one of
>these items, the program reportedly opens the correct application and
>either takes the user to that URL or else addresses an e-mail message with
>the correct address. It also allows users to easily store URLs and e-mail
>addresses that they find, and to organize them by subject, etc.
>
>I assume that Cyberfinder can be mounted on a hard disk and access
>individual files from a floppy, which is what we need. We'd like users to
>be able to bring in a floppy and have their own personal URL and e-mail
>address database available. However, Cyberfinder is not a public domain
>program -- although it's inexpensive, at $30 -- and it works only with the
>Mac. A demo of this program can be downloaded from:
>
>ftp://ftp.scruz.net//users/aladdin/public/CyberFinder20.hqx
>
>Does anyone know of any similar program that could serve the same purpose,
>that is public domain, that can store data files on a floppy, and which
>works on Windows or DOS machines, as well as Macs? Or can anyone tell us
>how they solve this problem on public access terminals?
>
>I appreciate any pointers anyone can provide. If something like this is not
>available, we're interested in asking some software programmers to consider
>writing a program like this that can help serve people who can't afford a
>computer but who are interested in using public access computers regularly.
>
>-- Gary
>
>Gary Chapman
>Director
>The 21st Century Project
>LBJ School of Public Affairs
>Drawer Y
>University Station
>University of Texas
>Austin, TX  78713
>(512) 471-8326
>(512) 471-1835 (fax)
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