July 24, 1996
The Future of Hokie Central
Since things are so damn slow these days (see the following article), I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about what's going to go on with Hokie Central this fall.
Hokie Central debuted March 12, 1996, so I haven't yet carried it through a football season. As I've stated before, my mission is not to just regurgitate the news and numbers that you can get anywhere else, but to go beyond the news, explain what it all means, and especially, to give you .... My Opinion. Having said that, I will attempt to update HC at least once a week during the football season. I'll try to pass on some of the news I hear on the TV that you remote Hokies might not hear, as well as anything I hear people whispering from the bushes. And I'll try to update "My Opinion" after each game and tell you what I thought, because for me, that's the most fun part about Hokie Central (in addition to the Mailbag).
But, like all of you, I've also got a job and a whole other life, so I can't promise you that I'll be able to stay on top of things like I'd like to. This fall is compounded by the fact that I'm getting married in October, so you can imagine the chaos that's going to cause, time-wise. I'll have to deal with getting married, going on my honeymoon, moving my fiancee into the house with me, blah, blah, blah, etc.
On a more ominous note, simply gaining access to the Internet could be hell come this fall. I've read reports from experts who think there are going to be "brownouts" on the Internet this fall, especially when the students come back. As for my own personal situation, I've got two Internet Service Providers (ISP's). NRVNet is the server where I store my pages, but I also still have my old Virginia Tech/Blacksburg Electronic Village account.
Lately, NRVNet has been busy nearly all the time, due to the fact that they have about 3000 customers and only about 130-150 modems. Tech has been kicking people off their server, and most of them have been migrating to NRVNet, which has received a crush of new customers that they're not ready for. So I've been dialing in through my Tech account.
Well, you can imagine what's going to happen to Tech's server when the students come back in August - more overload. Folks, I may not be able to log in on either account!
So, given the time constraints and possible access problems, Hokie Central might not be updated as much as I'd like this fall. But hang with me. I love doing this stuff (I'm getting 30-50 hits a day, which really feeds my ego), so I'll do the best I can. Go Hokies! - Will
Boy, is it SLOW Around Here...
Geez, I hate this time of year. There is nothing going on with college sports right now, except for endless stories about what athletes are going to jail and why. So, it's a tough time of the year for Miami, ha-ha. I do have a couple of items to pass on, though: