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May 17, 2000, 19:58 (0 Talkback[s])
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"You've got a small business and are looking to increase your productivity. One of the things you know you've got to have is Internet access for all your computers. Until now you've been tying up the fax phone line to dial up one computer at a time, but with your business expanding and potential customers emailing you all the time, you know there's got to be a better way."

"Back on the corner table in your office is that old computer you shoved aside to make room for the Shiny New Computer that's So Fast You'll Never Need To Upgrade Again (didn't you say that about the last one?). You've been wondering what to do with it... Give it away? Take it home for your kids to take apart? Paperweight? Doorstop? Considering it cost three times what you laid out for the current one, you've been loath to part with it. The little 'Don't throw away anything that cost more than $2000' voice has been telling you that you'll find something you can do with it someday."

"That day is today. Today, you've gotten your high-speed Internet connection installed (yes, it really was worth the six-week wait for the telephone company to insert that little piece of copper). Today, you're determined to network all the computers in your office so that your secretary can check the company email while you file your taxes online with your accountant and your contract marketing person can update your web page. Today, that poor neglected computer finds new life."

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