The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0324  Monday, 22 June 2009

From:       Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Monday, June 22, 2009
Subject:    Announcements: Upcoming SHAKSPER Changes

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

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
Hardy M. Cook, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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DISCLAIMER: Although SHAKSPER is a moderated discussion list, the 
opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the 
editor assumes no responsibility for them.

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