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Will Net Businesses Ever Make Money? 4 January 2001 Edition
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All over the Net there are companies spending huge amounts of (usually other people's) money in an attempt to discover the magic formula that will enable them to turn visitors into profit.

A few, such as eBay and Yahoo have managed to achieve this lofty goal -- but the vast majority are still scratching their heads.

The question that must be faced at this time is -- will the Net ever become a sensible place to try and make money?

Readers Say
(updated hourly)

Internet Business... - Peter

There are Profits Online... - Mike

Payment methods not appropriate... - David

Who needs a faster PC?... - Donald

Have Your Say

So far it's been found that there's no money in Web-based publishing, advertising, big-budget Net-only retailing, and a mass of other models which have simply failed in their attempts to draw money out of the wallets of scrooge-like Web-surfers.

Just how will business overcome the "its on the Web so it must be free" mindset that pervades the Internet community?

If you think you know -- why not share your thoughts with Aardvark readers.

Who Needs A Faster PC?
I see that PC sales are in a slump and there's growing concern about the reduction in demand for the new faster chips -- but is it any wonder?

The fastest machine in Aardvark's computer-room is running at a little more than 600 MHZ and it spends 99.9% of its time idling. Even the most heavily stressed machine here only ever feels slow when I'm encoding video footage into an MPEG or fractally compressed format -- so why would I want to spend money to buy a newer, faster computer?

This is a growing problem for PC makers -- the old ones are more than fast enough to keep everyone except the heaviest game-players and number-crunchers happy.

It strikes me that what the industry needs is a new "killer-app" that places huge demands on a computer's processing power, thus forcing an upgrade to a better, faster processor. But what will that killer-app be?

Request For Information
Okay, tomorrow's the first Friday edition of Aardvark Daily for 2001 and I'm in dire need of material for the Lighten Up section.

Trawl through your bookmarks (yes -- those hundreds of sites whose URLs you've filed away but never revisited) and send me the funniest, silliest or just plain worst stuff you've found during your surfing sessions.

Don't be selfish now -- learn to share! :-)

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