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Re: Free E-mail

Nov 30, 1997 05:07 PM
by M K Ramadoss

At 05:22 PM 11/30/97 -0500, Bart Lidofsky wrote:
>M K Ramadoss wrote:
>> What free e-mail is going to do is to make e-mail accessible to everyone.
>	Everyone who has:
>	A) A computer that can run Mac OS or Microsoft Windows, with a modem
>capable of 9600 baud+ communications (currently, IF you know where to
>look, such a setup can be had for about $400-$500; but that is a lot of
>money to the overwhelming majority of people).
>	B) A place to PUT the computer system (more harder to find in urban
>than in non-urban environments).
>	C) A phone line accessible to the place where the computer is placed
>(for a non-technical person, that can run into 3 figures).
>	D) Technical knowledge or access to technical knowledge to set the
>whole thing up.
>	Bart Lidofsky

Couple of comments.

1. At this time the Juno software runs only on PCs and need Windows 3.1 or
Windows 95.

2. Whatever technology is available, there are going to be people who
cannot afford to have it in house or have difficulty in using it.

3. More and more efforts are on the way to provide free-mail access via
schools, libraries etc. In England there is a move in the Government to
provide  a e-mail address like the social security number is assigned in
the USA.

4. Technology is moving so fast, that no one can forsee what it going to be
the situation couple of years down the road. But one thing is clear. World
wide communication is going to be expanding and be cheaper than it is today.


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