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CompuServe adds new Web browser to its operating software
Feb 18, 1996
By JIM BROOKS
On-line services are in competition with not just each
other, but also the Internet for customers these days. And CompuServe
recently has upped the ante in the battle to keep its subscribers
happy and attract new ones.
CompuServe's latest software upgrade for Windows --
WinCIM 2.01 -- is a substantial improvement in the service's
interface software package.
The biggest change is that the software includes an
integrated World-Wide Web browser -- Spry's Air Mosaic browser. For
the first time, CompuServe users have a seamless interface to go from
the on-line service to the Internet and back.
While using CompuServe, highlighted links for
information found on Web sites on the Internet automatically activate
the browser software. From that site on the Internet, you can return
to CompuServe with a click of a button.
The new software is a two-disk package, and it is
available free by calling 1-800-368-3343.
If you've been dealing with the free computer disks bundled with so
many of the current computer magazines, you may have noticed a
newcomer -- GNN.
Global Network Navigator, an Internet-access business
launched last year by America Online Inc., is the company's foray
into the Internet Service Provider business. And like AOL, GNN has
numbers in most metropolitan areas, including Louisville, Bowling
Green and Lexington in Kentucky.
GNN's software is an Internet suite --meaning
World-Wide Web, e-mail, IRC and Usenet newsgroup software all rolled
neatly into one package.
I was impressed with its ease of use. The software
detected my modem, configured itself, and connected with no problem.
In minutes I was surfing the Internet.
The Web browser includes buttons to switch to other
Net offerings, such as e-mail, IRC or newsgroups. Its simply point-and-click.
Pricing isn't too bad, either, though local providers
have still have an edge over GNN's pricing, due primarily to the fact
its a long-distance call.
HARDIN COUNTIANS ON THE WEB.
A growing number of Hardin County residents are getting on-line, and
many groups and individuals are creating Web pages for personal and
business purposes. These are just a few of the sites I've been able
to find on the World-Wide Web; if you or your company has a Web site,
let me know for inclusion in a future column.
Military and outdoor equipment outfitter U.S.
Cavalry has a Web site that offers
information on the company, some sample items from their catalog, and
an email address for receiving one of their catalogs.
Community College also has a home page.
ECC webmaster Rene Guarneros-Mata has a nicely prepared site,
complete with a good deal of information on the college, including
financial aid, transferring college credit, and links to other Web
sites on the Internet.
the local non-profit organization dedicated to computer
communication, has its own Web site.
KVN offers a nicely prepared home page that while
light on information, it does offer some history of KVN and their
mission. Many of the menu selections are still under construction,
but show promise once the site is filled out.
The group also operates a computer bulletin board.
- Local State Farm Insurance agent Jim
Skees has a personal home page on the Web.
His page has information on his business, and links to
other State Farm agents on the Web.
Another local personal home page is one by Wayne
Like many folks, Wayne is still working on his site,
and two ``Webworkers'' appear to be studying blueprints for future improvements.
Matt Hawkins has created his own Kentucky
Trout Fishing Page.
He has links to a number of his favorite fishing
sites, and plans for 10-year class reunion set for later this year.
Waterfowl and Fish Decoy page displays the
handsome hand-carved decoys created by Glendale's Tony Vance.
In addition to his selection of decoys, Vance's page
also features a list of Glendale attractions.
Crain Auctioneers of Elizabethtown's Web
page includes information on how an auction works, as well as a list
of upcoming auctions.
is a personal/business Web page created by Dan Brandenburg. His page
has information on free pagers, discount long distance service and
New World Horizons
is an Elizabethtown home-based business on the Web.
The company offers a supply of gift items for resale.
is another Elizabethtown business on the web, selling pagers and a
variety of custom paging packages.
also has a home page, and again, pagers and associated air time are
the product. It too is located in Elizabethtown.
is another Elizabethtown business Web site dealing with pagers and
discount air time.
Though its headquarters are elsewhere, Republic
Bank has a Web site on the Internet.
The site offers locations of its branch banks, its
history and a rundown on the banks' services.
Comments and questions about this column may be
sent to email@example.com,
or visit www.myoldkentuckyhome.com
on the World Wide Web.
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