One of the mailing lists I'm on mentioned that the company that makes the
Web Surfer made the same mistake as the Netpliance and neglected to make the
purchase of the device conditional on the purchase of Internet service.
It's cheaper than the IOpener, but it lacks the LCD display that made the
IOpener such a deal, but at US$50 it wasn't a bad deal.
Kelly (who had
taken the day off) and I (who consults so I don't have an office to go to
per say) headed off to CompUSA to see if we could procure some
The CompUSA near had no units left. We asked at the customer desk to check
some other stores and we found another store that had eight units left.
Half an hour and 20 miles later we arrived at the other CompUSA.
I wish I had checked Slashdot first, because it seems that the Internet
service may or may not be enforced and it depends upon the store. The store
we went to I think might have enforced the service. So we are WebSurfless.
Hanging out with
discussing ways to make money on the web, or more specifically, with
Mark and I are both programmers but with the upswell of the Open Source
movement, it's getting hard to actually sell software. The only way to
really make money in Open Source is service. Both Mark and I write
software, and even make it
But since we give the software away, how to we make money from it? Well,
hire us to install, or adapt the code for your particular project. Sure,
if you have the time or the expertise you don't have to hire us, but with a
shortage of time or expertise, we're available.
Or by making this available I can become a well known webcelebrity and get
asked for talks and seminars (yea, right).
But making money off a website isn't straightforward, nor easy. And I'm not
expecting to make money (at least, directly) off this site. Indirectly,
yes. But not directly.
You have my permission to link freely to any entry here. Go
ahead, I won't bite. I promise.
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