Message #193: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Inexpensive Internet Access for Archaeology Volunteers Date: Mon, 10 Jun 96 07:50:00 MST Encoding: 64 TEXT A list of freenets can be found at http://www.nptn.org:80/about.fn/By_State.txt.html. For those interested in getting on line inexpensively, try these freenets around the greater Southwest: ARIZONA AzTeC - Tempe CALIFORNIA Los Angeles Free-Net - Los Angeles San Diego Community Free-Net - San Diego Orange County Free-Net - Orange County COLORADO Denver Free-Net - Denver NEVADA Free-Net Nevada - Las Vegas NEW MEXICO Santa Fe Free-Net - Santa Fe TEXAS Rio Grande Free-Net - El Paso (more) For volunteers and volunteer organizations, freenets are a great way to communicate and gain access to the World Wide Web. Most freenets provide a free e-mail address and text-only access [no graphics] to the full Internet. Also, as a member of a freenet, one often can link to any other freenet's usegroups (special interest groups) and obtain regional information. Freenets usually charge nothing (or a modest $10/yr) for membership. Any organization can get their volunteers on line very inexpensively! I regularly access the Internet via a freenet using an old 286-based pc with a 2400 baud modem and a shareware dialler. Access is fast. The entire system cost $120. Often, friends and relatives, and agencies have old 286s hidden away in closets. With a little digging about, one might actually obtain a free machine! [ A Wall Street Journal article (Monday June 10, 1996, Page B1) describes the market for used PC's and average used-computer prices. According to the article, a 386/33 with 4mbRAM and 130mbHD runs approximately $350 ]. For those without a machine, many public libraries now provide access. A volunteer with a freenet e-mail account and library access could be on line tommorrow for $0. I recommend the freenet approach for all archaeologists who need to find an inexpensive way to organize their volunteers on-line and obtain for themselves free access to e-mail and the diverse information found on the Internet. If you happen to be an itinerant CRM or agency archaeologist with a laptop, you can access the local freenet, sign-in to your freenet and retreive your e-mail (no long distance phone charges!) PS -- AzTeC Freenet (Arizona) -- Phoenix Metro Area -- Anyone can visit the FreePort (text-based) menu system with a 9.6 baud, 14.4 baud, or 28.8 baud modem by dialing 965-6699. Your modem will negotiate with the AzTeC 9600 baud modems. If you get a busy signal, try the 2400 modems. If you have a 300, 1200, or 2400 baud modem can access our text-based system by dialing 965-4151. Your modem will only work with the AzTeC 2400 baud modems. Tucson Metro Area -- Anyone can visit our text-based menu system with a modem up to 14400 baud by dialing (520) 621-9600. After connecting, type the following: telnet econ.tucson.az.us . Then login with the ID of econ and next select AzTeC Computing on the menu. Prescott -- Dial (520)771-9775. After connecting, login with the ID of yavacat and next select Other databases and Internet Access. Then select AzTeC Computing on the menu. If you have "telnet" access, please telnet to aztec.asu.edu to use this system and save the use of the limited modem pool. Arizona residents can become registered users of AzTeC free of charge. A free e-mail address is among the benefits of registration. Log in to our FreePort system (see above) as a guest and follow the instructions.