Time : Sun Jun 15 04:06:01 1997
Name : Vincent Lee
Address : No.39, Jln. Dato Bandar Tunggal, MY-70000 Seremban, NSDK, West MALAYSIA
A:26m L: English E: diploma O: business consultant H:13 15 20 53 55
Signal is : Very interesting & Great !!
Greetings to others : Feelfree to drop me a line or 2 ..... Best wishes to ALL !!
Time : Sun Jun 15 00:47:05 1997
Name : A. Ebrahim
Address : 5800 Alventura Rd.#5833, Wallington, NJ 07057, USA
A:33m L:e E:3 O: store manager H: languages, soft music, Japanese culture, sport, travel
Signal is : great
Greetings to others : hello to everyone.
Time : Sat Jun 14 16:38:17 1997
Name : Kazhiro Hara
Address : 806-1 Hozumi, JP-501-02 Gifu, JAPAN
A:21 L: English E: college O: student H: movie, e-mail, music, travel
Time : Sat Jun 14 16:36:34 1997
Name : Zali
Address : Blk 427, Yishun Ave 11, #02-604, SINGAPORE 760427
Email email@example.com sg
A:26m L: English , Malay, Japanese E: high school O: broadcast controller H:17 70 73 74
Signal is : Great
Greetings to others : Nice to meet new friends and reply / response immediately by e-mail or mail.
Time : Sat Jun 14 13:45:03 1997
Name : Mari Address : FINLAND
Time : Sat Jun 14 10:39:00 1997
Name : Vishwajeet Singh
Address : 211 Sugar's Road, Bellbowrie, AU-4070 Brisbane QLD, AUSTRALIA
A:24m L:e E: university O: advertising H:45 48 30 34 35 26 21
Signal is : Excellent
Greetings to others : Hi, looking forward to hear from you
Time : Sat Jun 14 03:29:20 1997
Name : Ben Matem
Address : Berea, KY, USA
A:24m L:e E: college junior O: student H: soccer, hiking, camping, meeting people
Signal is : Great stuff ya got going !!!
Greetings to others : Give me a yack and I'll give you a dang.
Time : Sat Jun 14 02:09:41 1997
Name : Princess Leia
Address : AUSTRALIA ?
A:10 girl H: like to watch movies and have pen pals
Time : Fri Jun 13 23:41:26 1997
Name : Mohamad Rashid Zahiruddin
Address : Blk 220, Petir Road, #04-347, SINGAPORE 670220
A:26m L: English, Malay, Hindi, Japanese E: high school O: broadcast controller H: seasport activities
Signal is : Well, yet to find out
Greetings to others : Hope you guys having a great time and feel free response to me
Time : Fri Jun 13 22:46:22 1997
Name : Nikos
Address : PO Box 1051, GR-45110 Ioannina, GREECE
A:41m L: English E: university O: civil engineer H: travel, music, reading, collections, SF, painting...
Signal is : Excellent
Greetings to others : Looking for open-minded female with sense of humor
Time : Fri Jun 13 21:36:47 1997
Name : Paul Leung Address : USA
A:35m L:e E:3 O:5 H:15 26 30
Signal is : excellent
Greetings to others : would like to meet anyone from Japan, Hong Kong
Time : Fri Jun 13 20:03:24 1997
Name : Ahmed Abdullahi
Address : 1, Chemin de Poussy, chez Foyer des Tattes Vernier, CH-1214 Geneva, SWITZERLAND
A:16m L:e a, little French E: high education O:4 H:13 14 19 33
Signal is : Is great page
Time : Fri Jun 13 18:35:55 1997
Name : Magdi El Badawi
Address : Wasserstr.40, DE-44803 Bochum NRW, GERMANY
A:41f L: Arabic, German, English E: Master O: Doktorand H: people, writing, love
Signal is : wunderbar
Greetings to others : Salam and have a nice time
Time : Fri Jun 13 16:12:47 1997
Name : Rashid
Address : SINGAPORE
A:26m L: English, Malay, Japanese E: some college O: broadcast controller H: sea sport activities
Signal is : Great and powerful.
Greetings to others : Have a nice day and feel free to responce to me.
Time : Fri Jun 13 13:07:36 1997
Name : Koffi Augustin Adjoumani
Address : 106 Henderson Rd, Forest-Gate, London E7 8EF, U.K.
A:32m L:f e O: security officer H: football, music, cinema
Signal is : BRILLIANT
Greetings to others : I am a black French speaker from the Ivory Coast & I lived in London for the last seven years. I would like to meet people within the range of my age to share some great time in the next future and also learn about their country.
Time : Fri Jun 13 12:52:49 1997
Name : Karma Dendup
Address : 3/3 Hillview Ave, AU-2500 Gwynneville NSW, AUSTRALIA
A:22m L:e hi E:3 O:4 H:13 15 16 34 51 68 75 48 49
Signal is : Great !
Greetings to others : Hi all, enjoy meeting people around the world. Good luck!
Time : Fri Jun 13 05:19:17 1997
Name : Katie Address : Indiana USA
A:13 female L: American English E: 7th grade O: none H: basketball shopping
Signal is : cool
Greetings to others : Please e-mail me... If you do I will be sure to e-mail you back
Time : Thu Jun 12 23:06:12 1997
Name : Patrick Van Dyk
Address : PO Box 30171, NL-6370 KD Landgraaf, NETHERLANDS
A:28m L: English, German, Dutch O: electronics H: traveling, volleyball, the outdoors
Greetings to others : Hi who dares to write or e-mail me
Time : Thu Jun 12 18:25:09 1997
Name : Raphael Dingli
Address : c/o 3 West Street, Naxxar, MALTA
A:41m L:e, i, Maltese E:2 O: consultant H:13 15 17 19 28 29 30 38 42 46 47 48 50 51 52
Signal is : testing it's communication power
Greetings to others : Hi all, I am looking for female friends & maybe more..!!
Time : Thu Jun 12 17:17:57 1997
Name : Sha Address : USA
A:35m L: English O: realtor H:17 18 68 73
Signal is : greatest
Greetings to others : welcome
Time : Thu Jun 12 17:03:43 1997
Name : Inbaraj David
Address : GEC-Marconi, 164 Totowa Road, Wayne, NJ 07470, USA
A:34m L:e E:3 O:9 H:15 21 30 32 34 52 63 65 68 73 75
Signal is : Great !
Greetings to others : Hi all ! I like to hear from interested girls/ladies who have similar interests ! Have a great day!
Time : Thu Jun 12 16:59:28 1997
Name : Elina Rytkönen
Address : FINLAND
A:17f L:e E:2 O:4 H: sports; taekwondo, hiking, floorball, nature and animals, travelling
Signal is : GREAT !
Greetings to others : I´m waiting for your letter
Time : Thu Jun 12 15:17:11 1997
Name : Lana Address : AUSTRALIA
A:21f L: English H: reading, music and having fun
Time : Thu Jun 12 14:21:35 1997
Name : Ajay Patel Address : Sagar Complex, K. G. Road, IN-560009 Bangalore, INDIA
A:41m L:e E:3 O:10 H:30 15
Signal is : very good
Greetings to others : hope to find someone soon
Time : Thu Jun 12 14:01:50 1997
Name : Piyush Tewari
Address : INDIA
A:34 L: English E:3 O: engineer H:14 33 38 47 48
Signal is : Just Great !
Greetings to others : Hi Everybody ! I would like to meet "interesting" folks.
Time : Thu Jun 12 04:15:40 1997
Name : Yupa Khanpetch
Address : 20/205 Moo 2 Paholyothin Road, Klongtanon, Bangkhen, TH-10220 Bangkok, THAILAND
A:34f L:e H: reading
Signal is : very good
Time : Thu Jun 12 02:20:44 1997
Name : David Johnson
Address : 170 Sackville Road, Hove, Sussex, ENGLAND
A:39m L:e E:3 O:7 H:15 32 30 33 68 69 74 female
Signal is : very good
Time : Thu Jun 12 01:04:39 1997
Name : Holly
Address : Abbotsford BC, CANADA
A:30f L:e E: grade 10 O: student H: dancing, camping, drawing
Time : Thu Jun 12 00:58:43 1997
Name : Maurizio Sabba
Address : vle d'Annunzio 4, Cinisello Balsamo, IT-20092 Milano, ITALY
A:21m L:e,i E:3 O:4 H:21 25 34
Signal is : it's a good service
Time : Thu Jun 12 00:54:00 1997
Name : Daniele Demichelis
Address : vle Marche, 21 Cinisello B., IT-20092 Milano, ITALY
A:22f L:e,i E:3 O:4 H:13 21 30 38 63
Signal is : it's the first time that I use it...
Time : Thu Jun 12 00:49:48 1997
Name : Tiit Lippmaa
Address : Pärnade pst. 21, EE-0009 Tallinn, ESTONIA
A:32m L:fi,r,e E:2 O:5 H:30 48 50 68 75
Signal is : Hyvä lehti !
Time : Wed Jun 11 23:12:42 1997
Name : Rick Eles Address : CANADA
A:48m H:18 19 21 40 52 74 75
Signal is : great
Greetings to others : Looking to write to MW for fun times could even get dirty
Time : Wed Jun 11 22:10:34 1997
Name : Sanjay
Address : T7 Green Park Extension, IN-110016 New Delhi, INDIA
A:35m L: English E: MBA O: travel agent H:46 68 69 72
Signal is : Good linkage
Time : Wed Jun 11 17:40:23 1997
Name : Millie Reeves
Address : Parkkajankuja 15, Rovaniemi, FINLAND
A:19f L:e E:3 O:4 H:13 15 17 20 23 25 26 27 28 29 30 32 33 34 36 39 40 46 47 48 50 51 53 58 67 68 73 75
Signal is : I think it is a great way to meet people all over the world.
Greetings to others : Hi ! I am an exchange student for 1 year in Finland. My home country is USA. I love to sing, dance and act and I love outdoor activities such as: hiking, fishing, camping, snow-skiing and water-skiing. I love to write letters and meet people from around the world. I promise to answer back. Hope to hear from you soon.
500 readers daily - 60.000 in all !
Even though "your Signal is one of the most confusing web pages I’ve ever seen !" as a reader writes...It’s a very hot summer day here in Lahti Finland now (June 9 1997), + 29 C in the shadow, + 34 Celsius in sun. Holiday season just started, the schools were closed for next three months, only a few people care to spend lots of time in front of the computer screens now after the long, dark and cold winter. I confess, I’m one of them anyhow. I even go to the summer university for one week course to learn some new tricks on home page making for the web. I wish I’ll be able to make the Signal easier-to-use and better looking, the construction MUST be simplified even though the number of ads and illustrations keeps increasing day by day ! Also my phone bills should be lowered, now some US$ 150,00 monthly.
A reader sent his comment a few days ago - the Signal is one of the worst and most confusing web sites he had ever seen !!!! That gave me something to think about ! I’ve visited thousands of web pages and have seen hundreds of worse pages than an average Signal page. But of course it’s in my interest to better this and over 50 other pages as soon as possible. Therefore some of my "long term plans" are revealed here now.
When I started the Signal in the web it contained 2-3 pages with 100-150 pen friend listings, just typewritten names & addresses with the hobbies. Links from page to page, it was really easy to do - gray background, default texts, 1-2 links, nothing more. Now the number of listings has grown to over 4.000, number of photos to 300, banners and logos and other illustrations to 100-200, pages to over 50. Some internal links on the older pages really don’t work - I'll correct them as time allows, also the photo pages will be renewed... New ads are added daily, new pages weekly, it seems that the Signal contains some 10.000 personal listings, 500 photos and 100 pages by the end of this year !
What should a typical Signal page be like? Can common template be used on all the pages, or is it boring, dull ? More illustrations, color and photos on every page mean longer loading time ? What about photos behind links, shorter loading time ? Numbered or unnumbered pages with links only to previous and next pages, or with links to all the 100 pages ? In the Signal those code numbers are nuisance to some readers but do you prefer 100 ads with really long description about the advertiser and her | his hobbies and wishes or do you like to select your friends from 10.000 listings with code numbers ?
If one thinks of these requirements just from graphical or artistic viewpoint it’s quite fascinating project to realize. Now it seems to be "in" to have white background | black basic texts | 3D shaded or color headings | lots of white space | 2-3 columns per page. Frames are out of fashion, animations, java scripts, cgi scripts slow down the loading time.
I regard The PointCast web pages as the best I've seen. They contain also bright neon colors, moving pictures, texts etc. Really professional work ! Take a look at what they have to offer and download the software...
Many illustrations and links to gif | jpg illustrations or forms on other sites are nuisance to most readers, they don’t have enough patience to wait a few minutes instead of 10-30 seconds for something which may or may not be worth seeing ! What about music ? Do you want music on every page ? If you visit the same page 4-5 times do you want to listen to the same background music every time ?
As to the printed Signal Penpal Magazine it’s getting "smaller" issue by issue at the same time as the web Signal is growing day by day and hour by hour. At present some 300-400 people write via snailmail MONTHLY and in the web Signal has some 500 readers EVERY DAY ! If I would send a printed Signal magazine to 500 readers daily the postage costs alone would be US$ 400 DAILY, in theory. Thanks to Internet my real postage expenses are decreasing now, they were over US$ 5.000 yearly earlier - last year about US$ 3.000 only. I print only as many Signal copies as are ordered and paid for, earlier the minimum print order was 10.000, later 5.000 on web offset, sheet fed offset printers accepted smaller amounts from 1.000 to 5.000. Nowadays I do the work myself with the digital duplicator and can print 1-2 pages at a time when ever they are needed. Can also print any amount of pages - the maximum speed is 110 sheet per minute, 6600 sheets per hour, over 50.000 sheets on a normal working day!
To save time the same page originals should be used both in the printed Signal and the web Signal. Possibly also the printed Signals should be "updated" just like the web magazine, as ads come - and printed always when ever one full page of material has been composed and the lay-out made ? Lately I’ve been lazy with the printed Signals and snail mail - the Signals are packed only 2-3 times monthly, 100-200 at a time, new pages have not yet been printed and the pile of unreplied personal letters keeps getting higher and higher day by day. Why ? I’ve been online all the time - ads are added to the updated Signal pages several times a day, I surf more and more and read the code to learn to better the quality of my own pages, search for java and cgi scripts and new useful links and good software for the Signal and for YOU !
Raimo Kaarna, the publisher
Million ???? singles and penpals via