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Electronic Bandolier

More & faster
Electronic to paper
You are not alone
 
Not everyone has access to the Internet, but increasingly we will be dependent upon electronic rather than paper sources of information. The reason is simple - there will be more of it, it will be easier to access, and it will be up-to-date. Let's face it, even if we have the most recent edition of some whizzo textbook, the chances are that the articles were written two years ago. Two years hence, and long before the next edition is available, the information will be antediluvian.

More & faster


In Bandolier on the Internet, we hope to try to gather together large amounts of content (a commodity in short supply in most Internet health sites).

Bandolier's webmaster is concerned about download times - some techno-speak for how fast it takes information to appear on your computer. Bandolier pages are designed and monitored so that they should take no more than 10 seconds on the slowest modem. Any more than that and it's your computer or telecom, or the sheer volume of traffic that is slowing things down (and we are pretty sure the slowdown is not at our end).

The Bandolier home page - what you get by dialling this address - is shown here. The site won the award for the best NHS website of 1999.


Electronic to paper


On the home page you will find on the left a back issue and a subject index , a direct link to ImpAct , a link to a NNT calculation sheet, and Bandolier 's Internet publications . On the right you find the contents of the current issue. Bandolier is also available now in Spanish (as Bandolera ) since issue 65. There is also the Knowledge Bazaar , a search engine for the whole site, and the Oxford Pain Internet Site .

New from this month on the bottom left is a link to a page (see below) which allows you to download onto your computer a PDF file of every Bandolier and ImpAct ever produced. All you need is a copy of Acrobat 3.1 (free of charge, and instructions on how to get and do it). Then you can have any issue of Bandolier printed out on your desk whenever you want or need it.


 

Bandolier is produced exclusively on Apple equipment, which is apparently Millennium bug-free, or at least until the year 46,000 or so. So if you have any problems with accessing electronic Bandolier in the new year, it is your problem, not ours.

You are not alone

In Bandolier 32 (Oct 1996) we talked about our excitement over the hit rate on the Bandolier web site (nearly 7,000 a week in August 1996). Three years later the hit rate is over 50,000 per day, and each visitor, about 1,500 of you each day, reads nearly 40 pages per visit. The exponential growth is captured in the picture.

 

Hits each day


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