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A few years ago, whenever we traveled around the country making presentations and giving seminars, we would often comment that the WNY area was at least 5 years behind the rest of the country when it came to the number of sites on the Internet. This past year, however, many WNY schools and businesses have come on board the Internet. We are especially proud that our years of being "Internet Johnny Appleseeds" has now begun to bear fruit. All the sites mentioned in this column are accessible through the Buffalo Free-Net or commercial on-line services.
The first local institution to offer large scale support of the Internet was the University at Buffalo. UB has been supporting Internet us on campus for nearly 10 years, including their library card catalog, BISON. Similarly, Buffalo State and Canisius College are now making their campus information and library card catalogs, Sherlock and Cando, available via the Internet.
As we mentioned in a previous column, the Buffalo Free-Net has been on the Internet for over 2 years, and has brought a lot of worldwide attention to WNY. Bill Rappaport, a Professor in the Computer Science Department at UB, has also brought a lot of good will to WNY by publishing his "Buffalo Restaurant Guide" on the Internet, an excellent starting point if you're looking for somewhere to dine. Also, the Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau is now on the Internet, and it, too, is a good starting point if you're looking to find out what's happening around WNY.
The largest growth in Internet presence around WNY and the nation has been in the business arena. Two of WNY's corporate giants, Dunlop Tire Corporation and Rich Products, also have sites on the Internet. At Dunlop's site you can learn how to read the sidewall of your tires or search their tire database to find out which tires are right for your car. If you're in the market for insurance, you can find Briceland Agency and Ruh Insurance Agency on the Internet in the Harbor Point Mall. Looking for a house? MJ Peterson publishes real estate property listings in the Harbor Point Mall.
Even the radio and TV stations around WNY are using the Internet. WBFO FM 88.7, NPR News and Jazz at the University at Buffalo, has been on the Internet for over 2 years providing programming information and schedules. Recently, WBEN AM 930 and WGR Newsradio 55 have jumped on the Internet. At the WBEN site you can find information about each of their on-air personalities, check out the 5 day weather forecast for WNY, or about all the NFL teams. The WGR site provides daily updates and a forum for the the "Voice of the Bills Fan". On the TV side, you can visit WKBW TV to keep up to date with Irv and find some great Mr. Food recipes. While not yet on the Internet, you can also send email to the disc jockeys at WGRF FM 97 Rock and to the editors of the Click section of the Buffalo News with your comments or questions.
To make it easy for you to find all of the Internet sites mentioned in this column, clip out the table of electronic addresses and keep it near your computer for that late night stroll around Western New York.
Remember, we'd like to make this column interesting and useful for you. Feel free to contact us and let us know how we're doing. You can email us, email@example.com , or fax us, (716) 853-1350 and let us know what's happening on the Internet in WNY or any computing related activities you're involved with.
Note: In our last article on the Buffalo Free-Net we forgot to mention that you can get help in connecting by calling (716) 645-3069 or by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internet addresses for the sites mentioned in this article: