A week or so ago, Don Lee tried to generate some online discussion
here in csa2 about Shareware Solutions II. He posted:
> If anyone who has emailed Joe Kohn knows, he
>laments the fact that he had been able to only attract
>about 1,000 subscribers to SSII, despite many efforts to
>get more. As a subscriber, I'd like to say that SSII is
>the best investment I have ever made. II Alive is ok, but
>SSII provides a lot of good articles (especially on the
>Internet), good for a modem less user like me. SSII is
>also able to get you deals on software, hardware, etc. that
>you wouldn't get from other magazines. SSII can also
>provide public domain software for a price, good for me
>again, but maybe for others too. I am telling you why I
>like SSII and maybe if you haven't subscribed, you should
> Also, if you have or you haven't, maybe this would
>be a good place to state what you like about SSII if you
>subscribe, or if you don't subscribe, tell us why, it would
>interesting to hear. If this sounds familiar, it does from
>what GS+ did a while back, I am just borrowing the idea.
>Please don't email me, as school is now over for me and it
>is very difficult for me to check my messages. Please post
>them so all II users can see. Thanks a lot and Apple II
As a Business Administration major, Don understands some of the many
problems those of us who create products for the Apple II face. One
of the major problems developers do encounter is that of advertising
and getting the word out to fellow Apple II owners.
To that end, Don posted the article asking for subscribers to tell the
world what they like (or hate) about Shareware Solutions II, and sure
enough, my absolute worst fear came true...not a single person on
csa2 responded. No one. Not a peep. Not even a flame.
From my perspective, in this day and age, "word of mouth advertising"
is the only effective way of making fellow Apple II owners aware of
new products. Quite frankly, I know that folks all over the world do
like Shareware Solutions II, and following are some of their
I consider the subscription fee to Shareware Solutions II to probably
be the best money I have ever spent on a subscription.
-- Pete Hann
Thank you, thank you, thank you for publishing Shareware Solutions
II. It's an answer for many issues: modems, games, Internet and lotsa
other stuff. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the issues and look
forward to the future issues.
-- Helen Youmans
Thank you again for putting together such a fine newsletter. Your
work is very much appreciated here in France, as you are the best
source of information for our beloved Apple IIs.
-- Philippe Manet
It is my feeling that Shareware Solutions II is one of the few
publications I receive that is worth far more than its subscription
price. I have learned so much from it. The Apple II community is
lucky to have you, Joe. Damn lucky. Thanks for all you do for us.
-- Karen Birk
I want to thank you for your magazine which, with each issue,
restores my enthusiasm for the Apple II.
-- George Krets
Received the April, 1995 edition of Shareware Solutions II the other
day, and read it from cover to cover. As usual, it was fantastic, and
I want to thank you for your continued committment to the Apple II.
Keep up the good work.
-- Steve Sanders
You amaze me with the great job and uplifting tact you take with
Shareware Solutions II.
-- Ron Louie
Since I am writing to renew my subscription, I may as well tell you
how much I enjoy your newsletter. It is outstanding! With people like
you and the remaining companies supporting the Apple II, it looks
like I'll be using my IIs well into the next century.
-- Mark Cianfichi
After reading the numerous testimonials, I remained a bit skeptical.
I had trouble believing that a simple newsletter could really be that
good. I now stand convinced--it's great! The information density is
incredible, and it's all presented very clearly.
-- Dan Brown
Please allow me to say that Shareware Solutions II, a very
informative and problem solving magazine, ought to be placed in the
Galaxy of the Best Information-Dissemination publications for the
-- Elias M. Koutoulakis
If I had been warned of A2-Central's demise in sufficient time, I
would have suggested that all subscribers who hadn't already done so
stampede toward Shareware Solutions II.
-- Doug Cuff
Whenever I need some good news about the state of the Apple II
community, I can turn to an issue of Shareware Solutions II. Joe's
newsletter focuses on the positive and exciting developments that
continue to occur in the Apple II world, much as the
fondly-remembered Apple magazines of "the good old days" used to do.
If you fancy yourself a citizen of the virtual community of Appleton,
you should certainly be reading the hometown newspaper.
-- Jim Merritt
You are doing a great job!
-- Richard Foley
Publisher, Shareware Solutions II
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