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A Ho, Ho, Homepage for the Holidays

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Building a ho, ho, homepage... for the holidays. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. It's sort of a holiday tradition with some families. Holiday cards with notes enclosed filling you in on all that has happened in the year gone by. The 21st century way to do all that... is with a family Web page... .and a site called Homestead.com helps you to create one... .free and easy...

"You can get a Web site up and running, whether it's for an invitation to a holiday party or a family newsletter that you want to build with a Web site, which is a great way to use a Web site, or even wanting to build a site for somebody else and give it to them as a gift."

CEO Justin Kitch started Homestead two years ago... at the age of 28... and this year it grew to over nine million members. It makes money from companies that offer add-on services like shopping carts for member Web sites. If you want to share your holiday celebrations with far away relatives in real time... a company called Inetcam... has software that simplifies personal Webcasting. CEO Mike Rivkin says all you need is a Web cam plugged into a Windows PC...

"One of the things that we provide the operator with is a Web cam address that allows the viewer from any Internet on-ramp from anywhere in the world, a means of locating this video stream and viewing it remotely."

All the viewer needs is a Java enabled browser. The basic version of the software is free from inetcam.com. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg Radio.