Virtual Hosting

If you don’t care what address your web pages are at, there are a number of free web page providers such as Geocities, Yahoo, Netscape, MSN and 50Megs, to name but a few. Search for more at Yahoo

If you want your web pages to be located at, you’ll need a virtual hosting account. These tend to be more expensive, and the cost depends on the size of your site and the amount of traffic it produces. The following table lists sample rates of basic virtual hosting costs from a number of providers. They all have a selection of services with various options and limits.

Some options that might be worth paying extra for are FTP access, Telnet access, cgi scripts, Frontpage Server extensions, and if you’re thinking of starting an e-commerce site, you’ll more than likely need SSL Secure Server and SQL Database Server.

Provider Monthly
Advanced Web Creations $24.95      
OneStop $24.95      
Reiter Associates $19.95 50Mb 2.5Gb 10
Elosoft Canada $16.95      
AZC.COM $13.45 10Mb 1Gb  
Virtual Reality Domains $5.00
Interstyle Communications $19.95 10Mb    
Cyber Strategies $50 45Mb 1.2Gb  
Intellisys $9.95
Lexiconn $19.95 25Mb 500Mb  

Parti on Twics


Join the Parti Community on Twics


Many of your fellow Twicsters meet in a virtual hangout called “Parti”. Parti is mouse-free and lightning-fast, so more yen stays in your pocket instead of “GUI-ing” into NTT’s. You can download all your Parti notes in one batch and read them off-line. There are many “topics” in Parti. Here we help each other find answers to questions about computing, living in Japan, good places to eat, and other pressing matters. (Sometimes we even get together for real parties.)

But first, you may be wondering “how do I get there?”

If you are connected to Twics for Web surfing, then use your Telnet client to connect to (otherwise known as If you have ordinary dialup comms software like Crosstalk or Zterm or Microphone, then just set it to dial 03 5361 7270.

Either way, you log on with your Twics username and password (all lowercase), then choose PARTI from the menu.

Splash. You’re in! Welcome. Read the notes in your Inbox. Some instructions and a list of topics will be waiting there for you. Just keep pressing your Return or Enter key to continue. Then please join and read some notes in other topics. To join the “help” topic for example, you just type

  join "help"

To read the last 10 notes, you type

  read "help" -10

And so on.But the great thing about Parti is that once you’ve joined a few topics, everything else is automatic. The next time you visit, any new notes will be waiting in your inbox. (We’ll also reveal the yen-saving secrets of batch downloading/uploading notes instead of staying online as you read/write each one.)

But don’t worry about the details now. Just drop in and see what’s happening. You’ll soon discover why Parti is a big reason many of us choose Twics as our internet provider.

Oh yes, to quit, just type quit or q.

See you in Parti,

The Parti Community

More Information

  •  Pages 1-4 through 2-8 of “The Twics User’s Guide” give more details about connecting to Twics.
  •  For more help about using Parti, see the Parti Help Page
  •  The Parti FAQ answers many frequently asked questions.
  •  There’s lot’s of useful information and guides to Parti in the Parti Members Pages
  •  See what’s happening in Parti these days with Parti News

New Site Design

I got tired of the green background on my old pages. I reckon it was the reason I never updated them. I decided today to start again and make a sort of journal of projects I’m working on and interesting pages I find.

First I’m going to try organising my photo albums.

Photo Albums

I bought a Casio QV-700 about a year ago. The software that comes with it is in Japanese and is unreadable in English Windows 95 even with NJwin (why do Japanese software makers do this?). A quick search on the web revealed QV-Autocam from Beausoft. It’s a nice piece of software, with a good selection of functions for downloading pictures from the camera and formatting them for web pages. 

Internet Providers in Japan

Last updated: 3rd September 1995


Provider Initial Fee Monthly Fee Usage Fee
IIJ ï½¥30000 (ï½¥10000 online signup) ï½¥2000 ï½¥30/min
IFNET ï½¥9000 ï½¥18000/year none
IBM Internet Service ï½¥2000 ï½¥2000 (up to 4 hours) ï½¥6 per 36 secs
Asahi Net ï½¥3000 ï½¥1000 (up to 2 hours) ï½¥10/min after 2 hours
ASCII ï½¥1000 none ï½¥10/min
Internet WIN ï½¥5000 (students ï½¥3800) ï½¥1700 (students ï½¥1400) none
InfoWeb ï½¥5000 ï½¥2000 ï½¥20/min
HA Telecom ï½¥2500 ï½¥1500 none
NIS ï½¥3500 ï½¥900 ï½¥20/min (ï½¥10/min 9600 access)
Global Online ï½¥5000 ï½¥35000/year none
NEC C&C Internet Service ï½¥10000 ï½¥5000 ï½¥20/min
JETON Network ï½¥3000 none ï½¥10/min
Spin ï½¥50000 ï½¥150000 none
Tokyo Internet ï½¥30000 ï½¥19000 none
Twics none ï½¥5000 (up to 20 hours) none
Bekkoame ï½¥10000 ï½¥20000 none
Rimnet ï½¥8000 ï½¥1800/month ï½¥10 per 3 mins
BNN ï½¥13000 ï½¥1000 none

Download Parti Reader

A must for Twics users. PREAD is a DOS based offline mail reader for Parti on Twics. No more scrolling through long capture files. Flip easily from message to message, delete any you don’t want or save important ones to separate files. Write and edit replies – offline.Click one of the following to download the latest version. (If you are not using Netscape, don’t forget to set your browser for download)

Pread v3.2/V for reading Parti messages on the new Unix system. Works on DOS, DOS/V and in Windows. Includes D2U.EXE for converting DOS text files to Unix for ‘blinking’ into Parti. See the extensive documentation for more details.
Pread v1.9/V for MS-DOS and DOS/V. This version is for the older VMS based Parti on Twics.
Pread v1.8/N for NEC PC98 machines


JC.ZIP Converts JIS, Shift-JIS and EUC files to the format of your choice.
D2U.ZIP Converts DOS text files to Unix.
Useful for uploading reply files to Parti.