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Date: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 09:04:38 -1000 (HST)
Subject: newsletter for July 1998
Number 25 The HOL o' Gram July 1998
VOICE OF PLANET HAWAII
See the web version of the newsletter at http://www.aloha.net/ins/hol0798.html
IN THIS ISSUE...
1. NETWORKS AND SERVICES.
Update on the move
2. NEW AT GST
V.90, the new modem standard
3. ONE CUSTOMER'S COMMENTS ABOUT GST
Cathy Zadel gives GST a high mark for service.
4. ON THE PLANET
Classic Aloha Vacations - what a story!
5. ALOHA.NET THIS MONTH
Oahu Pictured at www.aloha.net/~weaver
Driving Psychology at www.aloha.net/~dyc (driving yourself crazy)
6. MAUI TURNING BACK THE SKY on Magic Island
7. SOME VERY GOOD REASONS
To have your web site hosted on Planet Hawaii
8. A TIP ABOUT BILLING
Could save you time.
9. TELL US YOUR STORY
We're looking for good content.
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.........Billing department hours: Mon - Fri 8 am to 4:30 pm.........
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Welcome to the GST Hawaii OnLine newsletter. Our goal is to keep you up to
date with our network/service improvements and to help you get the most out
of the Internet. We will feature web sites that are hosted on Planet Hawaii
and aloha.net that offer information of interest to our Internet
subscribers. Please email your comments to email@example.com. Thanks.
1. Adding to GST's network
On the weekend of June 6th and June 7th, GST moved all Internet servers to
the GST switching facility to provide increased reliability and performance
for GST's Internet services. Currently we've got 8 T-1s to the mainland
with plans for 2 ANS T-1s by August.
As you may have experienced, GST's news server was difficult to access for
a time following the move. It was necessary to reboot the news server, and
as a result, the news spool was erased. This is typical of a news server
reboot. The spool rebuilds its contents over the course of a day. Users may
need to remove and re-subscribe to the groups in their newsreaders in order
to view the new spool.
2. What's NEW at GST?:
GST Hawaii Online is now V.90 capable on four of Hawaii's islands (Hawaii,
Molokai, Maui, Oahu). GST's Kauai and Lanai facilities will be upgraded to
V.90 in the near future. The V.90 technology is a new modem standard that
allows 56K access using either X2 or Flex technology. If you already have
an X2 or Flex modem, it is possible to obtain a flash upgrade for your
modem. These flash upgrades can be found on your modem manufacturer's web
site. Here are some common manufacturers with information about V90 on
their web sites::
Practical Peripherals http://www.practinet.com/
3 COM, US Robotics http://www.3com.com/client/pcd/products/prod-modem.html
3. Classic Aloha Vacations about GST Hawaii Online
Cathy Zedel writes: "This is the first time I have told anybody "the
story" [See #4 On the Planet]-- I wanted to share it with you, GST Hawaii
OnLine because we have gone through growth and expansion problems together-
I would never even consider another provider because I get great service
from you- great Tech support too and I feel your rates are excellent. We
use GST's long distance service on all our phone lines and are ecstatic
over the incredible savings we enjoy....our former service charged over
twice as much! A "clink" of the champagne glass to you, HOL- for helping me
make my business grow."
4. On the Planet www.planet-hawaii.com
Be sure to check out what's new this month
Classic Aloha Vacations's Story
>From Cathy Zedel's story: "Don't buy into the "doom-and-gloom" economy
predictions for Kauai"
As we all know and remember, Hurricane Iniki blasted this beautiful island
apart on September 11, 1992. When the dust settled, so to speak, my husband
and I felt lucky because we had a house but-neither of us had jobs (like
almost everybody here!) Hmmm....what to do?? A travel client suggested I
become his wholesale travel supplier for Hawaii. Even though I knew
basically nothing about the wholesale travel business, I registered Classic
Aloha Vacations and on January 6, 1993, I started doing business manually
with one client and one resort on a spreadsheet. In 1998 Classic Aloha
Vacations representED 88 resorts on 5 islands and will do in excess of $1.5
million in sales.
When I started the business I really had no computer skills so I bought a
Mac and taught myself to use it (with a lot of help from patient friends).
A year went by and I bought a faster, more powerful Mac, new office
equipment and my first modem. I realized it was time to put up a web site.
GST Hawaii Online's Liz Hahn-Morin sold me a commercial account and the
site, built by designer Bill Britt, went up in July of 1996. Besides the
web site, we provide all Hawaii packages for one of the major travel areas
on America Online where there is a banner hyperlink to my site. Bill Britt
has just finished a totally revamped Classic Aloha Vacations page at
www.classic-aloha.com. Please take a look.
5. This Month on aloha.net
Oahu Pictured at www.aloha.net/~weaver
Sixteen year old sophomore (soon to be junior) at Damien High School,
Benjamin Weaver's web site is dedicated to the more unnoticed and
fascinating aspects of Oahu. Current articles include The Makapu'u
Lighthouse, The H-3 Tunnels (sure, everyone knows about the H-3, but do
they know about what goes on 2 miles below the mountain?), The Stairway to
Heaven, The upcoming Zipper Lane on the H-1, and the Maunawili
Demonstration Trail. There is also a weekly "Pic page" with a new picture
from somewhere on Oahu each week. You'll find TONS of pictures of the
different locations and all sorts of interesting and useful facts. Benjamin
says, "Tourists will benefit greatly by learning about places to visit when
they travel here, and an upcoming area entitled Tourist Track is currently
under work, but even those who have lived in Hawaii all their lives are
sure to find this page interesting."
Suffering from Road Rage?
Dr. Leon James, Prof. of Psychology, Univ. of Hawaii, offers useful and
entertaining information about driving psychology (www.aloha.net/~dyc)
that will keep you from Driving Yourself Crazy. According to Dr. James,
"About 100 people visit my site every day. About 1 in 10 leave an e-mail
message for DrDriving giving their reaction to the information or asking
some driving psychology questions. It's obvious that a lot of people are
very concerned about aggressive drivers and road rage. I put up a lot of
helpful materials to show people how to do a Driving Personality Makeover
using methods of self-modification which I know from my specialty field."
Over 15,000 visitors, many of whom are reporters and students writing
stories or reports about road rage, have visited, and Dr. James has
received over 100 interview calls during the past year.
Let us know your web site success story. If you have a site that you think
the GST Hawaii Online subscribers would like to know about, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about it.
6. Check out the Magic Island
Magic Island (www.planet-hawaii.com/magicisland) is Planet Hawaii's digital
learning center based on traditional Hawaiian Culture and focusing on the
famous Kumulipo Chant. Visit Magic Island's Black Hawk Gallery, 'IO, a
presentation of the Hale Nau III Society of Hawaiian Artists. Currently
on exhibit is MAUI Turning Back the Sky, a collection of art works that
toured extensively in the western region of the United States. Maui is an
ancestor to all the Polynesians of the vast Pacific Ocean.
7. Some Good Reasons to Host your Site on Planet-Hawaii
..Commercial web sites are hosted on a Sun UltraSparc II commercial
server using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) that allows for encrypted data
between the user and the server.
..Planet-Hawaii, rich in Hawaiiana and visited by over 60,000 people
monthly worldwide, lists your web site in three categories on the site's
..On the Planet, you may use your domain name as your URL (Universal
Record Locator), aka web address. For example: www.mycompany.com
..The Planet-Hawaii web server accommodates custom cgi (common gateway
interface) routines to facilitate special web capabilities.
..The Planet provides powerful web statistics to count visits to your site
and individual pages to measure your effectiveness. Reports also show where
in the world the visitors are coming from.
..The Planet offers steaming audio and video from RealMedia that improves
the delivery of multimedia files to your site's visitors..
..GST Hawaii Online's web team builds beautiful and effective web sites and
can provide the experience and know-how you need to launch your commercial
Some of our customers have asked why GST discourages commercial web site
hosting on the www.aloha.net web server. With only 5Mb of web space
available with every dialup account, no SSL, and limited cgi scripts, the
aloha.net server is meant for personal web pages only. Most companies today
also want a domain name as their web address (this is a permanent web
address, no matter where the site actually resides). Our commercial
customers pay $75 a month and receive a dialup account as well as 10 MB of
space on our dedicated web server and web stats. Our web servers are backed
up daily and monitored 24x7 to insure reliability and the best connectivity
to the Internet.
To talk to someone about your needs for hosting or our development
services, please email email@example.com or call 791-3000 from Oahu or
800-733-5638 from the neighbor islands.
8. A tip for our customers about BILLING
We've added an account number to your bill from GST. Our new billing system
insists on it, and we think it's a good idea, too! You'll see this number
on every bill you get from GST whether you receive the bill electronically
or via snail mail (post office). Would you please do us the favor of using
the account number when you make an inquiry about your bill. Putting the
account number on your check would be greatly appreciated as well. Mahalo.
9. Tell us your story.
If your web site is hosted on Planet Hawaii or aloha.net and has content
that you think would be of interest to GST Hawaii OnLine subscribers, we
invite you to send us an email. Just tell us a little bit about the site
and some background about your Internet experiences. Email our editor at
Let us know what you'd like to see in the GST Hawaii OnLine HOL o'
Mahalo for being a customer of GST Hawaii OnLine.