THE FREELANCER

 

  Pollux Communications LLC

Having used the Internet for several years as a way to commuicate and exchange files with military personnel and defense contractors - an extremely complicated process - I was among the early adopters of the new World Wide Web graphical interface when it was introduced in 1993.

The plan called for taking those areas in which I had the greatest expertise - aerospace, defense and personal computing - and creating electronic magazines (eZines) on those topics, enlisting some of the best writers in the world to provide copy. But the key to the Pollux concept was the business model, which called for the writers to receive the bulk of all net revenues.

Unfortunately, the technology of the time did not enable cost-effective copyright protection nor was it possible to accept micro-payments for individual articles, both of which were vital to the success of the effort. After a few years of attempting to find or create the necessary software, I was forced to put Pollux on the shelf.

Those problems have now been resolved and I am currently in the process of rebuilding Pollux, although there also is now considerable competition in those three markets - and all others.

Thanks to the Internet Archives and the "
WayBack Machine", it is possible to still see what those eZines were like during at least a portion of their original existence, using the links below. Unfortunately, the archive only goes back to the end of 1996, so the initial issues are lost forever.

Please note the then-unique approach I took to advertising, with creation of the "InfoPage" - what today is widely known as a "mini-site".

CompuWeb  
November 1996 
August 2000 

AeroWeb
November 1996 
August 2000 

DefenseWeb
November 1996 
August 2000