6.0019 Networking Design for Information Access (1/20)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Mon, 18 May 1992 19:53:41 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 6, No. 0019. Monday, 18 May 1992.

Date: Mon, 18 May 92 12:05:26 EDT
From: ebt-inc!sjd@uunet.UU.NET (Steve DeRose)
Subject: International list subscriptions

A thought for Andrew Horn and other colleagues in locales hampered by
huge e-mail phone bills, in response to his recent posting.

What would it take for a site with free Internet access to collect
e-lists of interest, and mail a floppy/tape/something across the
water, to be re-posted there? I imagine a handful of 1.4M floppies
per week could cover the most wanted lists, or perhaps 2 of the 'exabyte'
cassette-sized wonders could criss-cross the water, carrying 2000 Mb each.

Granted that a 1-week delay in postings is obnoxious, it may still be better
than no postings, and far cheaper than any other method (perhaps about $1000
to $2000 per year in postage?).

I and some other Humanists will shortly be attending a workshop on the design
of a high-speed, wide-area networking environment which will affect these
issues of information access. Do Humanists have especial areas of concern
or issues that we should present or discuss at such a workshop?

Steve DeRose