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Subject: Re: AOL: more trouble than they're worth??
From: Adam Bailey <adamb @ tezcat . com>
Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 11:27:04 -0500
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On 5/28/98 11:07 AM, Lazlo Nibble <lazlo @
 swcp .
 com> wrote...

>On Thu, May 28, 1998 at 10:23:12AM -0500, Adam Bailey wrote:
>
>> Let's say the average email is 5k. I did a random sampling in my AOL 
>> mailbox, and it seemed to work out to that. And let's say we want to 
>> increase that absurdly small 550 to 600, a minor improvement. 50 messages 
>> X 5k = 250k * (12,000,000 members * 1.2 average screen names per members 
>> (1997) = 14,400,000) = 3,525,000,000. That's 3.5 gigabytes for just an 
>> extra 50 5k messages.
>
>Wow, a whole $200 worth of disk.  I can see why AOL wouldn't want to make 
>that kind of investment. :-)

1. I was just pointing out how a relatively small change can add up. 600 
messages is no better than 550 messages (if you have a problem with 550, 
which I don't).
2. You're assuming that AOL can just hook any old IDE/SCSI drive into one 
of their stratus mainframes.



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