The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0324 Monday, 22 June 2009
Date: Monday, June 22, 2009
Subject: Announcements: Upcoming SHAKSPER Changes
During the next few months, several significant changes in SHAKSPER will
First, the SHAKSPER list and Web site will be migrating from commercial
DSL running at 756 Mbps (upload and download) to commercial fiber optics
running at 20 Gbps (up and down) --
1. Translation: Wow, that Internet connection speed is appreciably
faster [Most recent Speakeasy Speed Test = Download Speed: 19557 kbps
(2444.6 KB/sec transfer rate), Upload Speed: 20283 kbps (2535.4 KB/sec
transfer rate) -- Oh, sorry, again, WOOOH, that is fast].
2. I have to purchase business service to operate the SHAKSPER server;
calling the provider about a billing or technical matter often results
in interesting conversations -- "Name of the business, sir." "Well, I'm
not actually a business . . ." --
Back to the matter at hand, what this change in my ISP principally means
is that depending upon your connection speed and transfer rate downloads
from the SHAKSPER server will be noticeably faster. Further, the
considerably faster connection will enable the possibility of providing
different types of content. Since the improvement is a result of mine
changing Internet Service Providers (ISPs), SHAKSPER will also have a
different static IP address, a change that will be transparent to all
but the most technically minded members and Web site visitors. I am
hoping the IP address change will cut reduce the amount of non list
related mail that clutters my SHAKSPER Inbox and that, at times, has
caused me unintentionally to overlook some legitimate list mail. I am
also hopeful that the address change will result in SHAKSPER's not being
"blacklisted" so often with all the subsequent benefits.
Second, Eric is undertaking a redesign of the Web site, a redesign that
will enable me to add and remove content without having to go through
him. The benefits of this change are enormous and I will enumerate them
in the future.
I am contemplating other changes, but it is too precipitous for me to
announce them now. I will report, however, that the SHAKSPER Book Review
Panel (SBRP) continues to work behind the scenes; list members can
anticipate further reviews in the upcoming quarters. Members should feel
free to send suggestions for the Panel to consider, but be sure to
identify the message by including "SHAKSPER Book Review Panel"
(SBRPanel) or "SBReviews" in the Subject line so I can easily recognize it.
I am optimistic about SHAKSPER's future and welcome suggestions or
critiques; but again be sure these are clearly labeled.
To make my job as editor easier, I am requesting members follow the
formatting suggestions I discuss in my next message.
Hardy M. Cook
Editor of SHAKSPER
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
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opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the
editor assumes no responsibility for them.