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Advertising on ticalc.org
Posted by Chris on 1 April 2001, 02:00 GMT

Although our policy always has been to avoid putting advertisements on the site, we were recently forced to decide between closing ticalc.org or finding immediate ways to cover what has become a very large monthly bandwidth bill. The site's level of traffic has attracted the interest of some large advertisers, and we are pleased to announce that we will be able to continue operating the site with their generous sponsorship in the form of banner advertisements at the top and bottom of our front page.

We realize our visitors have come to appreciate the lack of ads on our pages, while nearly every other large web site blinks and flashes like a two-dimensional Las Vegas. We hope to return to an ad-free policy in the near future once we have secured alternative sources of funding. But for the time being, we plan to use our banner ads to benefit the community as well. In addition to commercial banners, we will also be accepting banners advertising other TI-related web sites and displaying these in our ad rotation at the bottom of the home page. If you would like to participate, please send your site's banner as a static or animated GIF file (dimensions 468x60, under 30k please) along with your site's URL to ads@ticalc.org. We hope this will make the presence of banners advantageous for both the site and for you, our visitors. Thank you for your understanding.

Update (Chris): Of course we're kidding. Our regular visitors should know better than to believe anything we post on 1 April. If you missed the gag, here are the banners we concocted for the event:

Incidentally, the TI-81 web site is not fabricated, as some have insinuated. Our apologies to the author; it's nothing personal. :)

We also received at least one earnest banner submission for a TI web site. Since we feel bad having the sender spend his time for nothing, here's a free plug.

Update (Eric): The newsletter, which was encoded in ROT13, can be read (in English) here.

Update (Henrik): Don't forget to take the survey and tell us if you fell for it or not.


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april fools
usaar33  Account Info
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I hope...

     1 April 2001, 02:56 GMT

Re: april fools

yea.. This better be April fools... lol

     1 April 2001, 03:01 GMT

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Robert Mohr  Account Info

It's not a fake news item and the ads are already showing up.

     1 April 2001, 03:12 GMT

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They could've added the ad as part of an April fools also...

     1 April 2001, 03:28 GMT

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Don Quixote Account Info
(Web Page)

Yeah..... Seeing as one of the ads is for AN HP 49G
That would make a lot of sense. If this isn't an April Fool's, I at least hope that the HP banner is

     1 April 2001, 04:09 GMT

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Don Quixote Account Info

Hmm... just notice something, look when the article was posted....
1 April 2001, 00:00 GMT

If that's not an April Fool's, I don't know what is.
It is rather funny though

     1 April 2001, 04:11 GMT

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Don Quixote Account Info

Last chain post (promise)

These (err... This single ad) couldn't possibly be real. It links dirrectly to the HP site, not travelling through any of the ad services, banner ad's usually pay per click. and clicks are counted by some company like adexchange.com or doubleclick.com. This ad passes through no such counting service. So Either TICALC is posting this ad out of the goodness of their heart (which they say is not the case) or it's a hoax.

---------------D. Quixote

     1 April 2001, 04:20 GMT

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Watch how Ticalc receives all this money because everyone keeps clicking the ad to test it, and decides to keep the ads there because of all the money they get...

     1 April 2001, 04:34 GMT

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kog kog  Account Info
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If this news is real I gotta say that it is a bad time to post it (April 1st). And why do ticalc.org need some money for, 35 dollars a year for the domain name isn't that much. or even the servers and stuff like that isn't too expansive. Even so they got jobs right?

     1 April 2001, 08:14 GMT

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MathJMendl  Account Info
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After NSI was forced to let other domain name registrars into their registry, there have been ones such as gandi.net with only ~$10 per year instead of $35.

     1 April 2001, 08:52 GMT

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Phil Genera  Account Info
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Servers are cheap. This one cost us $10 US or so.
Bandwidth is not. We put out several gigabytes of data _per_day_.

     1 April 2001, 09:35 GMT

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Will Roche  Account Info

actually, it seems like a pretty good time to post it, since everyone is checking to make sure it isn't just an april fools' day joke. $$$

     1 April 2001, 21:28 GMT

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Well, now it is for Bacon Bits.

     1 April 2001, 22:14 GMT

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rgdtad  Account Info

Note the red border.

     2 April 2001, 02:32 GMT

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Robert Mohr  Account Info

The red border wasn't there when I posted.

     2 April 2001, 04:04 GMT

Is your name boB noroM?
Don Quixote Account Info

Notice your post date: April second,
Don't you think you may have missed the gag. Perhaps check your sources before speaking for your rear end, Mr. Dumas

-----------D. Quixote

     4 April 2001, 01:07 GMT

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Visit GAMER321's TI-81 page. I'm not dissing the page, but I think that it's kind of futile to do a web page on a calc that is very unpopular at this age, and plus, it's out of production. The only commercial ad that I saw is the thing about the HP-49g. This better be an april fools thing.
On a totally unrelated topic, a few years in 1999, some guy released something called Newton Quake for the Apple Newton device, it was amazing. But the screenshots were doctored, and the downloadable file was a corrupt zip. It was an april fools joke, and people finally found it out on the bottom of his FAQ page. If this is an april fools joke, there has got to be some kind of update within the next few days, or it has to be written somewhere on Ticalc.
Although, I probably am wrong about the second part.

     1 April 2001, 19:34 GMT

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Konstantin Beliakov  Account Info
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money don't smell

     1 April 2001, 23:51 GMT

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blitter Account Info

I remember NewtonQuake! Here's the link:


This was one joke I got suckered into long ago

     2 April 2001, 01:31 GMT

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gamer321  Account Info

(see my post near the end of the comments)


     18 April 2001, 03:30 GMT

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(Web Page)

Anyone read the "newsletter" today? :)

     2 April 2001, 03:26 GMT

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(Web Page)

Anyone access calc.org today? Check it out.I am not knocking anyone when I say this, but if you thought calc.org's joke was funny(I did) you need a life or something.You apparently don't if you got the joke.(on calc.org)

     2 April 2001, 03:59 GMT

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Robert Mohr  Account Info

That was pretty good.

     2 April 2001, 21:39 GMT

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Nathan Buda  Account Info
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Arg! I didn't get to see ANY of the ticalc.org or calc.org humor! :P I was away. :P Besides that, I don't know how to sign up for the news letter. Whenever I try, ticalc.org replies and says there was something wrong with the e-mail. :P

--Nathan Buda

     2 April 2001, 17:33 GMT

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TheRevengingO  Account Info

The Calc.org april fool page is available at http://www.calc.org/apr1/
Have Fun!

     3 April 2001, 07:23 GMT

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Tom DuPont  Account Info
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dude..this isnt april fools...as of late websites have been dropping like flies because their serves have cranked up the price or have gone out of buisness. I had to change my website's url because the provider I was using went out of buisness. If the amount of websites going down continues, there isnt going ot be a whole lot of internet left. TI-Calc could be in trouble even with the banners...so I say it's a small price to pay for keeping the site up.

     2 April 2001, 01:39 GMT

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