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Civic Hookups Put Locals on The Internet; Community Networks Offering Free Access
August 1, 1994

Students, researchers and other professionals have long had no-cost access to the global computer network called the Internet. But for everyone else, getting in meant getting out the wallet.

Now a growing number of "community" or "civic" computer networks are springing up around the country to tie local people together and hook them into the Internet for free.

Last week, Maryland’s planned state-wide "Sailor" system, which makes the Internet’s so-called gopher services available at no cost, began limited operation in the Baltimore area. Officials hope to start making it available in Washington’s Maryland suburbs in September.

Sailor also will offer subsidized rates — …

Address for Success: Internet Name Game; Individuals Snap Up Potentially Valuable Corporate E-Mail IDs
August 11, 1994

To reach Jim Cashel on the Internet, just drop him a line at his e-mail address "cashel@esquire.com."

You can’t call him at Esquire magazine, though. He doesn’t work there and never has, according to the company. Try some of his other 17 e-mail addresses, including "hertz.com" and "trump.com," and you’ll get the same result. He doesn’t work for those companies either, spokesmen said.

But Cashel does own the words they might want to use in their cyberspace addresses.

Cashel — a Kalorama resident who works at the government-funded Eurasia Foundation here — declined to be interviewed for this article. He is among a …

Business edges into the Brave new cyberworld
August 20, 1995

The Internet could be the newest commercial frontier, where pioneers strike gold every place they tread.

Or it could be a treacherous and deadly landscape, swallowing up trailblazers and setting in motion costly financial flops.

Welcome to the world of cyberbusiness.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of the Internet as companies in the Triangle rush to go on-line. But, so far, success stories are few and far between as companies tentatively explore the intricacies of Internet commerce.

In fact, many companies have found they are more likely to use the Internet to save money rather than to make money.

"I don’t …

Home work has special benefits
August 22, 1995

When Paul Jones has a particularly thorny matter on his mind, he leaves his Durham office and plays a few holes of golf across the street.

He doesn’t have to worry about what his co-workers might think. Since July, he’s worked by himself, in an office above his garage.

When Jones agreed to leave his job at a Raleigh law firm to join a Columbia, S.C., company as vice president for business development, he insisted that he be allowed to remain in the Triangle.

"I didn’t want to move to Columbia," Jones says. "I can make an argument that, with the type of …

Computer users clamor to open new Windows
August 24, 1995

The longest waiting game in software history comes to an end today. But the frenzy has just begun.

Microsoft Windows 95, possibly the most heavily promoted computer product ever, officially went on sale throughout the Triangle at midnight.

The newest version of Microsoft’s highly successful operating system should make personal computers easier to set up and use. Windows 95 will include better audio and video capabilities, and offer easy access to the Internet through the Microsoft Network, the company’s new online service.

Seven to nine million copies are expected to be sold this week alone, according to market research firm Dataquest Inc. Another …

Is tobacco in line for on-line?
September 3, 1995

The battle is on to see if there will ever be a tobacco road in cyberspace.

As the White House leads a campaign to lower underage smoking rates by placing sweeping restrictions on cigarette advertising, giddy anti-smoking activists hope to stub out the tobacco industry’s on-line efforts before they can take root. But tobacco companies have started to claim their little acre of the Internet.

Nearly 37 percent of on-line Americans are under the age of 18, according to a study commissioned by HotWired, the on-line version of Wired magazine. That’s the same age group that President Clinton said on Aug. 10 …

Spring Internet World 1997: 21st Century Publishing Strategies
March 12, 1997

Issues of content selection, content creation and production aspects.

Editor & Publisher Interactive Newspapers 1998: Young Entrepreneurs
February 7, 1998

There's a saying in many of the newsrooms that I've worked in: "Every time we run an obituary, we've lost a subscriber."

The New York Times: You've Got (Too Much) Mail
July 12, 1998

Stewart Ugelow, the 22-year-old co-founder of the Web site Student.net, could win the “most unwired” award.