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TechNomads - a guy who has a satellite uplink on his bicycle!

This is an archive of a few files relating to Steven Roberts 
and 'technomads' in general:

Subject: Re: Looking for man on $1.2M bike...
Summary: technomads
Date: 28 Jul 92 03:11:18 GMT

crb2@Ra.MsState.Edu (Chad R. Berthelson) writes:
 > Hey, I saw about 5 minutes of Donahue the other day (friday I
 > think), and he had a man on that travels around on a bicycle
 > that has alot of computer stuff, satalite trackers, hamm radio,
 > costs somethinge like 1.2 million dollars, and he
 > said that he was 'on internet' and one of the other public
 > bulliten boards (I can't rememeber which one, not compuserve).

If you're interested in the high-tech nomadic lifestyle, Steve
Roberts contributes to a "technomads" mailing list.  Send mail to
"" to be added to the list.

From: From: (Laurel Hellerstein)
Subject: Re: Looking for man on $1.2M bike...
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 1992 22:05:58 GMT

I made a query about this guy on another newsgroup and among other
reponses.. received this one... no address however!
If any one comes up with his address I'd appreciate hearing about it
(he is probably reading this now!!!!)

From: (Ron Dippold)
Subject: Re: Computing Across America
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 1992 03:46:15 GMT (Kathleen Creighton) writes:
>Leonard, unfortunately you didn't see the program with Steve Roberts.  He
>stated *repeatedly* that he's on the Internet and he also mentioned that
>he has an account and frequently uploads his writing to GEnie.  You simply
>don't know what you're talking about.

In fact, we're his San Diego connection - he uses our satellite
communications system as his Internet connection.  That little white
dome at the back of the bike (if they showed the bike) contains our
little satellite dish.  We hooked him up about a year or two, I
believe.  He can get messages from anywhere, and with the recent
addition to America Online of an internet Gateway, there as well.
Compuserve has had one for a long time, and plenty of other places.
MCI mail, sprint mail, BIX, heck, you name it, except prodigy, and
that's not a huge loss.

It's slick as hell.  Wherever he is in the US (or much of Europe, for
that matter, but it's hard to bicycle across the ocean), he can just
turn on the satellite link and he's hooked up, even if he's miles from
a telephone line.


From: crb2@Ra.MsState.Edu (Chad R. Berthelson)
Subject: Re: Looking for man on $1.2M bike...
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1992 02:48:03 GMT

crb2@Ra.MsState.Edu (Chad R. Berthelson) writes:

>He has been found, thanks to all the people who responded...


In the interest of time (had several people who wanted this address 
forwarded) the person in question's name is 
Steven K. Roberts 
and his email address is

that's all I have, thanks

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