From the HBD Archive
From: rdg@hpfcmi
Subject: Duplicates, Compuserve, etc
Date: 1989-04-11 21:59:42 GMT

I'd like to thank everyone for putting up with both the duplicate
problem and the blank message problem. I predict that these maladies
will still be eradicated in our lifetimes. Be patient.

> to future editions of our digest. Oh! a piece of adminstrivia to the kind
> person who manages the digest:
> a suggestion: would it be possible to include the edition as part of the
> "End" message", something like:
> End of HOMEBREW Digest 199, 5/4/89
> **********************************
> Thanks again to all who are contributing to this fine publication. I
> look forward to reading the digest every time it comes.

Well, with all those compliments, how can I refuse?

OK, now on to our regularly scheduled program.

Warning: Famous Gardner-style Diatribe begins here...

> Charlie Papazian tells me that the homebrew forum on CompuServe is set up
> and there is some activity.

> AHA members can get a free subscription and initial time on CompuServe.
> Call or write the AHA.

Wow, that's sounds good. But here's my personal, biased, opinion on
how successful homebrew will be on CompuServe. Consider that out of
the tens (or perhaps hundreds) of thousands of people who have access
to Usenet/BitNet/CSnet/Arpanet/etcnet, only about 350 have elected to
subscribe to the Homebrew Digest. Out of those 350, there are only
around 5 or 10 people who contribute articles regularly, and only
about 30 or 40 who ever contribute. (Diclaimer: these numbers are the
purest shimmering wild assed guesses.) The obvious reason for the
small number of subscribers (as opposed to say, Zymurgy circulation),
is that we are homebrewers with an interest in computers, and who work
with them on a daily basis, and happen to be lucky enough to have
access to the net.

Now, let's look at the people who will subscribe to the compuserve
homebrewing discussion. They are a similar group, but with one
important difference: they will have to be loaded with money. For in
order to access compuserve, you must own a modem, and a terminal or a
personal computer! You must also have bags of money to pay the connect
charges. Now, it is true that lots of people brew beer, and lots of
people have PC's, but how many people are interested in both? I
predict it will be a pretty small number of people who are willing to
spend the extra time and money.

For most of you out there, the time and money you spend on the Homebrew
Digest is close to nothing. How many of you would even bother if it
meant you had to go through a whole electronic ritual just to log in?

Well, that's just my opinion.


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