to July's edition of the Village News.
Silicon Village is
delighted to announce that, due to the purchasing
power of Saturn Network Services, we are now able
to offer 9600 baud local call connection to the
Village using the new Imminus FastDial service at
the same timecharge that has been unchanged since
Silicon Village started in October 1991.
FastDial replaces the
previous 2400 MIDAC service and provides local
call access to Silicon Village from the following
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numbers will be available by the end of August.
scripts should be changed as follows:-
On initial connection,
you must wait 2 seconds then type @ D and then
press the ENTER key.
At the TERMINAL= prompt press the ENTER key.
When you see the @ prompt, type SVL and then
press the ENTER key to connect to the Village
If you have any
difficulty, or wish advice on connecting at 2400
baud, then please mailbox 100100111.
We are also giving notice that access to Silicon
Village via the Mercury 5000 service will be
withdrawn from 1st September 1996.
We recognise that the
coverage is not as extensive as that previously
provided by Mercury and MIDAC, and may result in
some 'a' rate calls. However, there IS full
national coverage on the 12/75 Imminus FastTrak
network - please mailbox 100100111 for your local
You will also find that
connecting to the Village at a fourfold increase
in speed will enable you to read your favourite
areas faster, and hence probably incur very
little extra telecomms cost. May we also remind
you that BT are offering a 25% discount on call
costs over 10 minutes during August and that the
weekend National Call rate is only £2 per hour.
Furthermore, we are
developing software to allow you to dial your
local Internet Provider and access viewdata
Silicon Village across the Net.
However, in recognition
of this slight inconvenience and that Villagers
may wish to convert to our Village Direct scheme,
we are waiving the account conversion charge of
£10 plus VAT for all requests received during
To remind you of the comparison between the
Village Standard Account and Village Direct
Account (costs include VAT) :-
* unlimited connection
without timecharges ** includes two free hours
If you are on local call
to Reading or London already, then Village Direct
is cheaper for a monthly usage of 6 hours or
Key *DIRECT for
FREE WEB SPACE
During August, we plan
to launch the Silicon Village Web Site, which can
be found at www.silicon.village.co.uk. We are
setting up all your favourite areas on SVWeb, and
plan some brand-new ones too. We are also
upgrading the connection to the Internet.
The well-known Zara of
Avatar fame has now been appointed as SVWeb
Administrator; she took up her role on 1st July
and has been nagging IPs ever since!
As a big thank you to
all our Villagers who have continued to support
us, for those with Internet accounts and able to
edit in HTML, we are offering 1 megabyte of free
Web Space in the Gallery area of SVWeb to all
existing Villagers. The SV Web Gallery is
intended to be run in the same way as the
existing Gallery on SV Viewdata.
You will need a Web
Browser, HTML Editor (Hotdog or HotMetal
recommended) and FTP facilities. These are
readily obtainable on the WWW as freeware or
shareware and we can advise you where to find
If you are interested,
then please mailbox Zara on 219998704, e-mail:
A directory will be set
up in your name, with a route from:
www.silicon.village.co.uk/gallery and you will be
provided with a username and password to enable
secure FTP transfer of your pages to SVWeb.
We will publish any
other relevant information in Cyber Beach.
Key *GALLERY for Village
Gallery Key *BEACH for Cyber Beach
Don't forget to put
August 31st in your diaries for the Northern
SummerFest to be held in Blackpool - being ably
organised by David Walker.
Let's make this a meet
to remember and we hope to see many of you there.
Key *SVMEET for full
details of the Blackpool SummerFest.
DEMO A/C WINNER
We are pleased to
announce that Simon Simpson of London has been
selected from visitors to our SVDEMO database as
the august winner of a free month full
subscription to SV. You can earn yourself a fiver
if you recommend a friend and they subsequently
Key *ENROL for
Enrol-A-Friend and earn a fiver.
It is with great sadness
that SV has to announce the death of Paddy Harris
at the age of 92. You may recall the Moonpie
poems donated by Paddys wife and a short piece
about his life in a recent newsletter. SV has
passed their condolences to Paddy's family and we
hope his poems will live on for ever.
I heard a blackbird sing
but I didn't know the song.
He reminded me of times long past
on the river banks along.
A thrush piped out on a
far off tree over on the moor.
And a baaing lamb frisked and played about
that I never saw before.
Wild ducks quacked and flapped their wings
below the waterfall.
Where snowdrops bloomed and drooped their heads
along the old stone wall.