Cruzio/The Internet Store Newsletter - Number 31, February 22, 2000 1) At last. A shopping cart that's inexpensive and easy, for Cruzio customers 2) Brown bag event coming up: "ShopSite, a new E-commerce Solution" 3) March: still cold and rainy, why not take some evening classes? 4) Cruzio bills getting better 5) Tomorrow's Tech Fair (Feb 23, 2000) 6) DSL now available in Watsonville, Capitola 7) Cruzio Classroom Hosts The Humanities 8) About This Newsletter 9) How to Reach Cruzio (dial-in or tech support) 1) At last. A shopping cart that's inexpensive and easy, for Cruzio customers Cruzio searched and searched for an easy-to-use shopping cart that would allow our customers to put up an e-store in minutes. We found a great program called ShopSite which allows you to add e-commerce functionality to your current pages, or to build a site from scratch. It's infinitely customizable, so your site doesn't have to look like one of a million identical ones. ShopSite has all the features you want (that we could think of, anyway): secure transactions, database imports, all the quirky things like sales tax and shipping. The Manager and Pro versions have real-time credit card processing and unlimited items -- one of our sites is successfully selling thousands of items. Pricing of E-stores: We're selling ShopSite in three sizes: Lite, Manager and Pro. Each store has a license fee, to create a working store assigned just to you, and ongoing monthly fees. Currently, you must have a Cruzio Internet Office account to use ShopSite. For more information, and a feature list, please go to http://www.cruzio.com/support/shopsite/ Startup prices: List Cruzio Regular Special till 3/31/00 ---- -------------- -------------------- Lite $25.00 FREE license FREE license Manager $495.00 $349.00 $250.00 Pro $1195.00 $895.00 $795.00 Ongoing Fees: Lite $5.00/mo; Manager $25.00/mo; Pro $40.00/mo If you get Lite before March 31st, the first 3 months' fees are waived. When you purchase ShopSite, you'll be charged the license fee plus three months of service. If you research competing e-commerce sites, you'll find that Cruzio's prices are extremely low. Most other sites charge more than $100.00 per month and hefty startup fees for e-commerce solutions. Cruzio feels that the low prices we're offering are much more realistic for a small-to-medium size business. As usual, we're offering classes and workshops to explain the how's and why's of using ShopSite. See the schedules, below. We tested ShopSite and trained our staff by getting stores for each of our employees to try. These stores are very popular with staff, their families, and friends, who are clamoring for permanent versions. 2) Brown bag event coming up: "ShopSite, a new E-commerce Solution" Thursday, March 16th, 2000 12:30-2pm at Cruzio ShopSite offers everything you need to set up an online store to sell products and services. It's fast, easy, inexpensive, secure, and you can set up your store in minutes! Join Cruzio Senior Staff to learn more about using ShopSite to put your store online. 3) March: still cold and rainy, why not take some evening classes? March. Just the month to set aside some early evenings to improve your Internet knowledge. Cruzio has fine teachers and classes that are A) not too long (2.5 hours per class, the whole series completed in one month) B) conveniently scheduled, 6:30-9 pm on weekdays, and C) conveniently located in downtown Santa Cruz, so you have the choice of a dozen latte places to go afterward. In March, Cruzio is offering: Tuesdays, 6:30-9pm: "Using the Internet", packed with tips and tricks for wiser Internet usage. Taught by Amy. Wednesdays, 6:30-9pm: "Publishing on the Internet I", Terrific instructors John, and Kathy guide students through the process of creating Web sites for family, hobbies or businesses. Our most popular series. Thursdays, 6:30-9pm: "E-commerce", Three of our top-rated instructors explain how e-commerce works in a practical, real-world way, followed by an in-depth look at ShopSite, Cruzio's shopping cart solution, and plenty of hands-on practice. Every student creates a working shopping cart before the end of the series. Taught by Mark, Kathy, and John. Coming up in April: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, same as March. Thursdays, 6:30-9pm: "Publishing on the Internet II", A continuation of the first "Publishing" series, where Mark and John present more sophisticated and effective methods of creating web pages. 4) Cruzio bills getting better Thanks for your patience with Cruzio's new billing system. We do believe that bills going out now are both readable and correct. Let us know when that's not the case! We are still working out the late note system, and it's not sending late notes regularly yet. That's coming soon. Thanks to all the great Cruzio users for their thoughtful and helpful input. 5) Tomorrow's Tech Fair (Wednesday, Feb 23, 2000) Last year, when Cruzio had an Internet Business Fair, response was excellent and the Chamber of Commerce said, "Next time, let's do this together." So this year, Cruzio is one of four founding sponsors of the Chamber of Commerce/SCTA event called the Santa Cruz Technology Exhibition and Symposium. It will be held tomorrow, February 23, 2000, from 10 am to 8 pm. Tickets are $7.00, but free entrance is given to job-seekers who put their names in an on-line database. The site is the new University Town Center at 1101 Pacific Avenue (corner of Cathcart). Cruzio will be demonstrating ShopSite, our new e-commerce software. Many local technology companies will be showing off their wares. We're hoping that, like our own Business Fair, the Exhibition will be a great place for local techies to meet each other and see what's going on. We've been going to meetings and whatnot to help set up the Exhibition, and frankly we've learned about all sorts of tech companies in the area that we never knew existed. Some really nice people, too. Beyond the meeting and the greeting, the Exhibition is a job fair. So if you're a technical person, you can come in and check out the job listings, meet with local companies who are hiring, and perhaps avoid that commute over the hill. There's a Symposium at the Exhibition, too. Cruzio's CEO will be giving a talk on different ways of connecting to the Internet and how they really work, and Cruzio's President and CFO will talk about how to use the Internet to run a business. Both are excellent speakers (they are regulars on GeekSpeak, the KUSP radio show on Mondays 6:30-7 pm) and the presentations will be informative and fun. 6) DSL now available in Watsonville, Capitola Our DSL services are selling like hotcakes, and we have several hundred people connected now. We are adding another, extra-large Internet pipe to handle the increasing traffic. If you've been waiting for Internet access to get to your neighborhood, you'll be happy to hear that Watsonville and Capitola can now get Cruzio's excellent DSL service. For more information, check out http://www.cruzio.com/support/dsl.html 7) Cruzio Classroom Hosts The Humanities Starting March 6, the Cruzio classroom will be the scene of an unusual series of lectures by visiting scholars. Former UCSC professor Paul Lee starts with a 6 lecture series titled: 'The Core and the Canon of the Humanities: From Homer to Plato' March 6, 13,20, 27 and April 3, 10 -- $60.00 for the series Chaos Math pioneer and current UCSC professor Ralph Abraham presents 2 series of 5 lectures each titled: 'Math Musings I: Chaos and Divination', April 17, 24 and May 1, 8, 15 - $50.00 for the series and 'Math Musings II: Chaos and the Environment', June 12, 19, 26 and July 10, 17 -- $50.00 for the series (Neither class requires any "math" prerequisite. Ralph excels in explaining with words.) For more information about these series, please visit the web site at: http://www.invisiblecollege.com 8) Cruzio wins Goldies again -- Thanks! For the 5th year in a row, Cruzio has won Metro Santa Cruz' "Goldies" awards for Best Internet Service Provider and Best Web Site (www.cruzio.com). Awww gee! Thanks! We know a lot of our customers voted for us and we're glad. Thank you. 9) About This Newsletter Cruzio doesn't like to waste bandwidth with extra email, but we sometimes have events and announcements that users need to know about. This seems like the most efficient way to let people know what's happening. Hope it's helpful. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments or questions. By the way, we would love to have a regular, predictable schedule for this newsletter...but we simply do not send it unless there is real news enclosed. Thus the haphazard datelines. 10) How to Reach Cruzio (dial-in or tech support) To reach the Cruzio Information Center, for online technical and sales information: http://www.cruzio.com/support To dial in to Cruzio, set your software to dial one of the numbers below (note: we've expanded and joined modem pools, so you may be using another number. If so, don't worry, it still works just fine). DSL: no need to dial in, it's always on 56k: 459-9408 33.6 kbps and under: 459-6230 To call Cruzio: 459-6301............Use this number to check Cruzio's system status, pay your Cruzio bill, find out more about our hours and location, or to reach someone in customer service and technical support. To send email to Cruzio, use one of these addresses: email@example.com.......for technical support firstname.lastname@example.org........for billing and ordering information email@example.com.....for questions about Cruzio's World Wide Web service Thanks very much from Cruzio: Chris, Peggy, John, Julianne, Patton, Kathy, Mark, Martin, Georgette, Jay, Tapati, Hilary, Jessica, Amy, Temoc, Brittany, Will, Alec, Rachael, Barbara, Raelani, Priya and Melanie (the grownups); Jake, Annika and Carly (the kids) I was playing with 2 year old Carly. She put her hands over my face. "Stop that," I told her. "I can't breathe." "Mommy," she admonished me, "YOU stop BREATHING!"