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Subject: Re: AOL: more trouble than they're worth?? (fwd)
From: Adam Bailey <adamb @ tezcat . com>
Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 13:07:31 -0500
To: "List Managers" <list-managers @ GreatCircle . COM>

On 5/28/98 11:44 AM, Mike Nolan <nolan @
 celery .
 tssi .
 com> wrote...

>Lazlo Nibble 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. :-)
>
>I think Adam's math skills need a refresher course.  -)
>
>250K * 12M * 1.2 = 3,600,000 MILLION bytes, or 3.6 terabytes.  Anybody 
>willing to sell me that for $200?

Ooops, you're right. I think I counted 250k as 250 bytes when I was doing 
the math.


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