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/// Portal: A Great Place For Amiga Users
Portal Communications' Amiga Zone
The AFFORDABLE alternative for online Amiga information
The Portal Online System is the home of acclaimed Amiga Zone, which was
formerly on the People/Link System. Plink went out of business in May,
1991 and The Amiga Zone's staff moved to Portal the next day. The Zone has
just celebrated its second anniversary on Portal. The Amiga press raves
about The Amiga Zone, when compared to its competition.
If you live in the San Jose, CA area, then you can dial Portal directly. If
you live elsewhere, you can reach Portal through any SprintNet (formerly
Telenet) indial anywhere in the USA or through Tymnet from anywhere in
North America. If you have an account on another Internet-connected
system, you can connect to Portal using the UNIX Telnet programs, from
anywhere in the industrialized world. Delphi and BIX users can now Telnet
into Portal for a flat $19.95 a month, with *unlimited* use.
Some of Portal/Amiga Zone's amazing features include:
- Over 1.5 GIGabytes of Amiga-specific files, online, 24 hours a day.
Portal has dedicated a 2.5 GIGabyte disk drive to the Amiga Zone.
We have virtually unlimited space for files and new uploads.
- The *entire* Fred Fish collection of freely distributable
software, online. All of it. Every disk. Well-organized so
it's easy to find exactly what you're after.
- Fast, Batch Zmodem file transfer protocol. Download up to 100 files at
once, of any size, with one command.
- Twenty Amiga vendor areas with participants like AmigaWorld, ASDG,
Soft-Logik, Black Belt, Apex Publishing, Stylus, Prolific, NES,
and many others including Compute's Amiga Resource with over
4 Megabytes of exclusive Compute magazine disk stuff you won't find
- 35 "regular" Amiga libraries with thousands of files. Hot new
stuff arrives daily. Since Portal has FTP connections we can get
new freely-distributable software online within MINUTES of its
being announced on Usenet.
- No upload/download "ratios" EVER. Download as much as you want, as
often as you want, and never feel pressued doing it. Start downloading
files with your first session on Portal.
- Live, interactive nightly chats with Amiga folks whose names you
will recognize. Special conferences. Random chance prize contests.
Famous Amiga folks aren't the exception on Portal, they're the norm.
Instead of stumbling around in frustration you can talk to the
people who design your hardware, who write your software.
- Vast Message bases where you can ask questions about *anything*
Amiga related and get quick replies from the experts.
- Amiga Internet mailing lists for Imagine, DCTV, LightWave, HyperAmi,
Director and Landscapes are fed right into the Zone message bases.
Read months worth of postings. They don't scroll off, ever!
No need to clutter your mailbox with them.
- FREE unlimited Internet Email. Your Portal account gets you a
mailbox that's connected to the world. Send letters of any length to
computer users in the entire industrialized world. No limits.
No extra charges. No kidding!
- Portal has the Usenet. Thousands of "newsgroups" in which
you can read and post articles about virtually any subject you can
possibly imagine. Usenet feeds into Portal many times each hour.
There are 14 Amiga-specific Usenet newsgroups with hundreds of
articles posted every day, including postings by Commodore
personnel. Since Usenet is distributed worldwide, your questions
and answers can be seen by literally hundreds of thousands of
people the same day you post them.
- Other Portal SIGs (Special Interest Groups) online for Mac, IBM, Sun,
NeXT, UNIX, Science Fiction, Writers, amateur radio, and a graphics
SIG with thousands of GIF files to name just a few. ALL Portal SIGs
are accessible to ALL Portal customers with NO surcharges ever.
- The entire UPI/Clarinet/Newsbytes news hierarchy ($4/month extra)
An entire general interest newspaper and computer news magazine.
- Portal featues an exciting package of Internet features: IRC, FTP,
TELNET, MUDS, LIBS. Free to all Portal customers with your account.
Internet Services is a menu driven version of the same kinds of
utilities you can also use from your Portal UNIX shell account.
- All the files you can FTP. All the chatting you can stand on the IRC.
And on IRC (Internet Relay Chat) you can talk live, in real time
with Amiga users in the U.K., Europe, Australia, the Far East,
24 hours a day.
- Our exclusive PortalX by Steve Tibbett, the graphical "front end"
for Portal which will let you automatically click'n'download your
waiting email, messages, Usenet groups and binary files! Reply to mail
and messages offline using your favorite editor and your replies are
sent automatically the next time you log into Portal.
(PortalX requires Workbench 2.04 or higher)
- And Portal does NOT stick it to high speed modem users. Whether
you log in at 1200 or 2400 or 9600 or 14.4K you pay the same low
How does all that sound? Probably too good to be true. Well, it IS true.
Portal Signup or for more information:
1-408-973-9111 (voice) 9a.m.-5p.m. Mon-Fri, Pacific Time
1-408-725-0561 (modem 3/12/2400) 24 hours every day
1-408-973-8091 (modem 9600/14400) 24 hours every day
or enter "C PORTAL" from any Sprintnet dial-in in the USA,
or enter "portal" from any Tymnet "please log in:" prompt, USA & Canada
or telnet to "portal.com" from anywhere.
PORTAL'S CURRENT RATES:
All prices shown are in U.S. Dollars
Total Total Total Total
Cost Cost Cost Cost
Fee 1 hr. 5 hrs. 10 hrs.30 hrs.
Startup Monthly Per Per per per per
Fee Fee Hour month month month month
$ $ $ $ $ $ $
Portal 19.95 19.95
2400/9600/14.4Kbps, *direct 24 hrs 0.00 19.95 19.95 19.95 19.95
2400/9600bps nonprime Sprint or Tymnet 2.50 22.95 32.45 44.95 94.95
2400/9600bps prime Sprint +% or Tymnet 5.50-10 29.95 69.95 119.95 varies
2400/9600bps non prime # PCPursuit 1.00 20.95 24.95 29.95 49.95
* plus cost of phone call if out of Portal's local dialing area
Direct rates also apply to connections made to Portal using the
UNIX "telnet" program from an account you may already
have on an Internet-connected system.
% 9600 bps Sprintnet and Tymnet available in over 300 cities areas
+ $10 rate prevails at smaller US Cities
# PCPursuit is a service of US Sprint. Portal is a PCPursuit
"Direct Access Facility" thus connection to Portal with a PCP account
is simply a matter of entering C PORTAL,PCP-ID,PCP-PASSWORD at the
SprintNet login prompt instead of C PORTAL.
Portal Direct 9600/14400 bps service is availble for both USR HST
modems, and any V32/V32.bis modems. There are dozens of direct-dial
high speed lines into Portal. No busy signals!
SprintNet 9600bps service is V.32 modem protocol only.
Tymnet 9600bps services is V.32 modem protocol only.
Again, Portal does NOT surcharge high speed modem users!
Portal subscribers who already have an account on an Internet-capable
system elsewhere, can use that system's "telnet" program
to connect to Portal for $0.00 an hour. That's right ZERO. From anywhere
in the world. If you're in this category, be sure to ask the Portal
reps, when you signup, how to login to Portal from your existing
Call and join today. Tell the friendly Portal Customer Service
representative, "The Amiga Zone and Amiga Report sent me!"
[Editor's Note: Be sure to tell them that you are an Amiga user, so
they can notify the AmigaZone sysops to send their Welcome Letter and
That number again: 408-973-9111.
Portal Communications accepts MasterCard, Visa, or you can pre-pay any
amount by personal check or money order. The Portal Online System is
a trademark of Portal Communications.