5 Feb 2001 cmacd   » (Journeyer)

E-Clueless

I have been including a form on my various web pages for a service called Mind IT The idea is that a user can fill in their e-mail and get a note when the page changes.

Over the weekend, I get a note that they are "transitioning" to a fee-for-service model, and so they are only going to service sites that have signed up and paid a yearly fee of 800 bucks US.

Now ajh and sad's company charges me something like 175 bucks US a year for both 75 hours a month dial-up access and my web pages, although I think I still get a early customer discount. I am not making any money from my web presence, in fact the two skating - pages help keep commercial traffic off of rec.skate . (I personaly have not been on skates for three years since I sold the skates that were hurting my feet.)

Anyway, I now have to remove the form, and explain WHY I have removed it, as well as warning anyone who is using it that it will croak on April fools day.

Does anyone have or know of a (free) notification service that I can use. Because of the low price I pay to have my pages up, I am not allowed any dynamic stuff on the site itself. It strikes me that the bigest part of the overhead of the service that netmind has is they insist on using their button from their server, presumably to track who is looking at the page. I would prefer to not have any unneeded graphics. I would guess that the service would take about half a day for a scriptwizard to write, with far less resource use than a maillist. (assuming that the sites are spidered once a day at the most.)

Personal

My wife has returned from her mom's furneral.

It is snowing again, another 10 cm. My 45 minute commute extended itself to near 2 hours. I GOTTA find a job in Kanata... I Hate Working Downtown.

There was a picture of a cute little dog that is up for adoption in the print edition of the Signal on the weekend. A five year old Border Collie mix with an unusual white tail. If we did not have our own border collie mix, I would be planning a trip to the pound - I am afraid that our dog would never understand having to share us with another dog.

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