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ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Posted by Nick B. on 1 April 2002, 07:04 GMT

SOLLENTUNA, Sweden—Saying that ticalc.org was barely breaking even, editor-in-chief Magnus Hagander has announced a micro-payment scheme.

"Though we had success with our IPO three years ago, we've just had trouble making ends meet around here," Magnus was quoted as saying, "so we asked our staff members for some good ideas."

"[Our Security Chief] was the first to respond, and came up with a most brilliant solution. '$0.10 for every click and $0.25 for every file downloaded,' he said. So I'm currently working on the database implementations of it now."

For more details, we spoke personally to the Security Chief. "Well, with even Slashdot going to a subscription model, we realized that soon we may have to do the same. To stave off subscriptions, I felt this was the best way to go, especially since advertising didn't pan out. That being said, I think our users will enjoy being able to help out the site they love so much."

ticalc.org (TICO) went public three years ago, with an initial stock price of $5 per share. The stock quickly rose to over $250 per share, but recently hit its all-time low at $3 per share and is being threatened with delistment.

"With this new model, not only will we be able to finally pay our bandwidth bills, but also we'll be able to please our investors. Based on current numbers, we expect to turn a profit of around a nickel per share," Mr. Hagander said. For information on said bandwidth, we talked to Phil Genera, keeper of the ticalc.org statistics.

"Well, we transferred nearly 157 gigabytes of data last month alone. We still owe from a year ago, though, but we feel now with our increased revenue we can pay off our hosting provider," he said. "Hopefully, if enough people pay, we'll soon be able to scrap the system in favor of something else, like maybe volunteer donations."

 


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Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
SHEENmaster  Account Info
(Web Page)

I finally got first comment! Yeah!

Seriously though, happy April the 1st everyone. I miss last years HP ad!

     1 April 2002, 07:06 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
SMKnight  Account Info
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lol... they had me worried... it's still march 31 in California, so I didn't even think of that. hehe... good stuff; I wonder if TICO is a real stock.

     1 April 2002, 07:17 GMT

Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
MathJMendl  Account Info
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In other news, Patrick Davidson has been haxored at http://pad.calc.org and Google has unveiled the secrets of its search technology at http://www.google.com/ technology/pigeonrank.html

     1 April 2002, 08:15 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Arcades  Account Info
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In still yet other news, detached solutions has gone Dyslexic despite what the site says.

http://www.detacheds.com/main/

     1 April 2002, 14:19 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Ed Fry  Account Info
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other News

*Adam Berlinsky-Schine Leaves Calc.org (calc.org)
*TI Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter to Sites (tinews.net)
*Fryed Software Acquired by Hays Corporation (fryedsoft.calc.org)
*ti-files is back, unfortunatly it's not a joke but it's still funny (www.ti-files.org)
*Derrick Ward Takes over Void Productions (void.calc.org)

     1 April 2002, 20:40 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Shockwave  Account Info

thank you Jebus If you guys get an increasing revenue I can take extra's jk good plan though
This is my first post here
Shockwave
Has
Spoken
to all who get it

     1 April 2002, 20:58 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Ed Fry  Account Info
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ok. tinews.net just took their site offline claiming that Ti shut them down :)

     1 April 2002, 22:21 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
joelt  Account Info
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OK, here is my idea. If it is a joke, then we laugh. If it isn't a joke, we boycot all V200 sales. That ought to send a message to TI, because about 80% of the V200 sales are probably going to come from people here, and that will hurt them.

     2 April 2002, 01:06 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Arcades  Account Info
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tinews.net/index_old.php

=)

     2 April 2002, 02:56 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
MathJMendl  Account Info
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No, ti-files has been down for a while. I recommend not going there.

     1 April 2002, 23:09 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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heard it's an evil pr0n site

     1 April 2002, 23:27 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Chivo  Account Info

I went there once before. It is a pr0n site. I also recommend not going there. I was fully expecting some actual files for the calculators, but I was shocked when I went there. Oh well.

     1 April 2002, 23:46 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Ed Fry  Account Info
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unfortunatly yes, thats what it is now.

I suggest if anyone has an old ti-files.org link on their website that they remove it from their site.

     1 April 2002, 23:53 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Chickendude  Account Info

I thought that it was a joke...
I pressed the back button as soon as I saw the header... I was hoping it was a joke, but it ain't.

     6 April 2002, 18:38 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Drantin  Account Info

It's for sale now...

     31 July 2003, 18:02 GMT

Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Phreak139  Account Info

I have AOL, and there is a multiple stock quote checker and I serached for symbol TICO. Here is what I found: (These are the only exchanges that AOL offers quotes for)

U.S. Exchanges: "No quote information is available for TICO."
Montreal: "No quote information is available for TICO."
Toronto: "No quote information is available for TICO."
Venture: "No quote information is available for TICO."
Canadian Funds: "No quote information is available for TICO."
London: "No quote information is available for TICO."
Paris: "No quote information is available for TICO."
Frankfurt: "No quote information is available for TICO."
Munich: "No quote information is available for TICO."
Dusseldorf: "No quote information is available for TICO."
Berlin: "No quote information is available for TICO."
Hamburg: "No quote information is available for TICO."

Too bad...It would have been funny if they actually had used a real stock symbol.

     1 April 2002, 16:13 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
jtjdt  Account Info
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http://pfquotes.netscape.com/finance/
quotes/myquotes.tmpl?symbol=TICO&

     1 April 2002, 19:26 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
jtjdt  Account Info
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I thought that was frekin real!!! I was about to download every 89 asm game that they had lol/

     2 April 2002, 01:42 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
kEvinwElls  Account Info
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it is, it just isnt worth anything. lol

     2 April 2002, 06:58 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
kEvinwElls  Account Info
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probably not (visit my webpage)

     2 April 2002, 06:54 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Drantin  Account Info
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woa... how many times does it happen that a "first post" comment is actually the first post?

     1 April 2002, 07:17 GMT

Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
MathJMendl  Account Info
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I was trying to make a first post comment that /didn't/ say "first post" in it but I guess I missed by a couple minutes.

     1 April 2002, 07:36 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
SHEENmaster  Account Info
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Sorry, I didn't mean to offend your "first post" honor, but I waited until midnight localtime for the post to come around. I was also at my computer at midnight gmt, when it was posted last year. For those wondering, I did save a copy of this page. It will be framed and placed on my wall, as well as made viewable through my website! Let's all go to my website and extort what's left of the furby market!

     1 April 2002, 18:06 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
kris_kringle

Your name wouldn't happen to be Sean, would it?

     1 April 2002, 18:37 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Chickendude  Account Info

Where is this page (on your site, I couldn't find it)?

     6 April 2002, 18:43 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
kEvinwElls  Account Info
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umm all the time, lol (visit my site)

     2 April 2002, 06:59 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Yeah, the Click part gave it away for me. How can you track the number of clicks on a site by a certain person, and people really aren't going to give their real adress so they can send you bills!

     1 April 2002, 17:55 GMT

Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
343GuiltySpark  Account Info
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Also the part about Magnus' quote gave it away. It reminded me of that anti-ticalc.org news item on lord_nightrose's website.

     1 April 2002, 21:00 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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LOL what did it say? (If it's something bad, don't write it)

     1 April 2002, 23:28 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
343GuiltySpark  Account Info
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I won't post it; it's too bad. I don't wish to have my posting rights revoked just because I posted on here some opinion of lord_nightrose, even if I don't agree with it. Sorry no_one_2000_. Oh, and by the way, I want you to clean the dust of those TI-81s and TI-82s that happen to also be in the closet.

     2 April 2002, 00:15 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Okay! Hey, look at this old TI-81!... *dust, dust*

     3 April 2002, 02:05 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Chickendude  Account Info

Hey, look at this old V200 *dust, dust*

     6 April 2002, 18:44 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Old? V200?

     9 April 2002, 01:42 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
rmohr02 Account Info
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As the article states, Slashdot (see link) does it, but they only charge to take ads off of a page, and you buy 1000 of these pages for $5. They're prepaid (using Paypal), and if you don't pay you just get to see ads on the page.

Note: this is not an April Fool's Day joke--the article linked to was posted much earlier.

     1 April 2002, 23:55 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Toad

last years HP ad was funnier.. lol

     1 April 2002, 20:50 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
no_one_2000_  Account Info
(Web Page)

now, I think I'll go and check it out!

     1 April 2002, 23:28 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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yeah, that looked a lot funnier! I can't believe they actually put banner ads up!

     3 April 2002, 02:05 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Does anyone have any ROM images they can legally give me? I'm pretty sure it's legal if I own the calculator, so could someone PLEASE send me one?

     1 April 2002, 23:25 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Boggy_B
(Web Page)

Why don't you dump your own ROM Image? the software is available somewhere on this site...wait, doesn't VTI have ROM dumping software?

     2 April 2002, 03:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Yes, and it doesn't work for the 82. Then, I downloaded and followed the instructions with a DOS rom dump and it locked up the computer. I tried it more than once. Each time, it totally locked up.

     3 April 2002, 02:06 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
Collin Anderson  Account Info
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i have a 82 too. i dumped it, but it stoped at the end so it doesent have the ti82 info on it

     13 April 2002, 00:37 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
kEvinwElls  Account Info
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fake news???

     2 April 2002, 02:07 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
kEvinwElls  Account Info
(Web Page)

this article is an april fools day joke!

     2 April 2002, 02:08 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Micro-Payments
kris_kringle

doiiiiiii...

     2 April 2002, 08:55 GMT

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