Issue # 1 Monday, May 25, 1998

About the Author:

Internet e-zine guru Todd Kuipers

Todd Kuipers is a software designer/Internet consultant, living and breathing, with his wife Susanna, in Calgary, Alberta. He is resident at Merak Projects currently working on Web based implementations of their petroleum software. He spends his spare time reading, writing, reading and writing about beer, tasting beer, reviewing anything that he comes across and providing pure research skills to paying customers. All, mostly current, things Todd and Internet can be seen at or through http://propagandist.com/.

Todd's experience with e-mail strays back to 1990 with his first BBS based Internet account. One time proprietor of the currently defunct "E-mail-zines list", a listing of e-zines available via e-mail, he kept his interest in "low-bandwidth active delivery content" and currently subscribes to 40+ e-mail publications on a wide variety of topics.



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Review of Edupage

This week I'd like to review Edupage, one of my favorite e-mail publications (though it's a bit of a stretch to call it an e-zine).

E-zine Description: Edupage, a regular summary of news items on information technology is provided three times each week as a service by Educom -- a Washington, D.C.-based consortium of leading colleges and universities seeking to transform education through the use of information technology.

Frequency of Publication: 3 times weekly

Subscription Instructions:

Address: listproc@educom.unc.edu

Subject: none

Body Text: subscribe edupage Todd Kuipers (assuming that your name is Todd Kuipers; if it isn't, substitute your own name)

WWW location: http://www.educom.edu/

Contact Information:

Edupage is written by: John Gehl (gehl@educom.edu) & Suzanne Douglas (douglas@educom.edu). Telephone: 770-590-1017. [Don't miss their excellent weekly newsletter Innovation - http://www.newsscan.com.]

Cost: None

Review:

John Gehl and Suzanne Douglas have been producing this award winning newsletter for almost 7 years now. Very professionally done, it is an excellent consolidation of recent technology focused business, political and educational news.

Typically 8-12 of the most important and topical items from the past couple of days are summarized and shipped out to subscribers three times per week (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday). It is primarily US focused but regularly features big international stories. I find that it is one of my primary sources for tech news and generally read it as soon as it shows up in my inbox. If you want to subscribe to just one tech newsletter this is the one.

In addition to the English language publication there are translated versions in French, Estonian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. The regular Honorary Subscriber section introduces readers to a different technical/social innovator every issue and provides background on their accomplishments.

More information can be had on the Educom Publications page at:
http://www.educom.edu/web/pubs/pubHomeFrame.html.

Rating:

Content - 5

- Packed full of great stories and tidbits, the kind of information you may miss if you're just skimming the business or computer section of your local paper. The table of contents shows right away what articles are in the current issue. The 8-12 articles per issue are well condensed allowing you to read this newsletter in under 5 minutes if that's all you have time for.

Information is drawn from dozens of publications, services and online sources including: Dow Jones, Associated Press, Reuters, Business Week, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Business Week, Washington Post, Total Telecom, Information Week etc. etc. etc.

Every source is properly cited, allowing you to look up the originating article for further information.

Writing Quality/Style - 5

- professional, clear, concise and well edited. John Gehl and Suzanne Douglas are seasoned professionals as can be seen in the Edupage and their excellent weekly newsletter Innovation.

Regularity - 5

- Always on time and never misses an issue. Excellent Monday morning read. I wish my sleep was this regular.

Extras - 5

- Full subscribe and unsubscribe information in every issue, as well as instructions on how to obtain a subscription to the non-English translations. Contact information easy to find. Requests I've had of the authors have always been responded to personally and promptly.

Overall - 5

- Can these guys do anything wrong? Not much from what I can see. If you want the standard in business technology summaries via e-mail, this is the one to get. Use the instructions above to subscribe directly from this page.

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