Time, Cost and Resources Required?
Assuming you already have a PCI Bus Pentium 75 PC (or better) Available. Though it is best to buy a dedicated PC for less than A$2,000 dollars that does nothing other than collate data and write CDs. (Can't afford this myself).
|Equipment||June 1996||June 1997|
|less than $700 (preferable to now have a non-thermal recalibrating hard-disk to work with 4x CD-writers - using Short SCSI cable on separate SCSI card)|
|Time||June 1996||June 1997|
|~1 week (part time) - with a 28,000 modem (mis)using commercially available Get-a-Site software for Win95|
|Depends on how often you wish to update - usually a few hours a week|
|Production Time/Cost||June 1996||June 1997|
|Obviously at a good Research institute or University Internet link, things would go much faster and easier. But this type of project can be done from a home PC using 28,800 serial modem and telephone system. The limiting factor for downloading files off the internet is usually the international/national links, not the local modem. Also, Writable CDs can be a bit finicky to use and the present generation of CD-writers can be a worry.|
CD-ROMs can be manufactured for <$1 -> but only if done in volume
In small volume -> Commercial Cost ~$20 - $70