The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4648   Message #25634
Posted By: judy
11-Apr-98 - 04:38 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers
For text only, Los Angeles Freenet charges something less (maybe $20/yr). They went full graphics maybe 3 years ago. The disadvantages are:

1. You get kicked off after 1 hour of use. You can immediately go back on. The idea was to let the most amount of users on without having busy signals.

I have been on extensively for the past two years (read that as 1-3hr/day) and can count on one hand the number of times I've gotten a busy signal. (Better than some mainstream ISPs I've heard of that start with A and end with L). Usually it's been when they're upgrading. It is a problem to me once in a while when I need to download a large file. But I hear Netscape is going to let you continue a download (like I can on my BBS. Only get 1hr/day there)

2. You cannot get RealAudio or some kinds of chat through their firewall.

That is again to avoid the jam of constant downloading. The lack of RealAudio is annoying because it means I cannot listen to some archived radio shows I'd like. Probably other things I haven't been able to explore for lack of having it as well. I have been on a couple of chats so I don't really know which ones are not allowed. It's no biggy to me anyway.

3. I don't believe LAFN provides member webspace. But as you can see Eugene Freenet does.

Other than those three restrictictions, I have found LAFN to be terrific. Your price sounds a heck of a lot better than the $20/mo. fee most places charge but when it's up you may want to look into your nearest freenet.

Thanks for the offer to tape (with permission). I'll check with a bunch of people around here if no one posts.