Bill Gates probably didn’t mean it exactly the way it sounded, but he did say on The Charlie Rose Show that “Everything is web-based.”
Everything is not web-based yet, and here’s one example that relates to cousin Bill personally, and quite possibly professionally.
Bill can give his children an enriching digital edutainment gift of potentially limitless value for just $50, and he cannot acquire anything similar to it now from Microsoft, or Google, at any price. This gift cannot be explored online – yet.
But offline, with just a few mouse-clicks in the Family Forest® Bill and Melinda Gates’ children can summon maps of their own ancestral pathways that lead directly from them and travel generation-by-generation to countless ancestral homes from many centuries ago, including some very prominent ones within the Gates family’s summer vacation destination, France.
Even with the basically unlimited resources of Microsoft, or Google, it seems that it will still be years before anyone can deliver the full functionality of even yesterday’s Family Forest® online (and that edition is basically only a concept sketch of the National Treasure Edition we are preparing to release next).
Two leading edge digital delivery companies have been trying to bring tiny slivers of Family Forest® output online.
Google has been working at it for over four months now, and they are not quite there yet (in fairness to Google, one is believed to be the world’s longest ebook). After having the same digital content for six months, in June 2008 ebrary estimated that it might be able to successfully make our rich content fully functional online within their system in the second half of 2009. And we’re only talking about slivers of stage-two digital content from where we were in 2005.
Some digital property, such as the Family Forest®, is beyond the capabilities of today’s Internet, but will be an integral part of the exciting future Internet that Bill talks about with Charlie Rose.
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It seems that some people are missing out on plenty of delight and enrichment simply because our offer appears to be too good to be true.
A prospective customer (now a customer) emailed us earlier this week to ask us about it. It didn’t make sense. Why is it so cheap? Why is it more than $200 less than the previous edition? What’s wrong with it? Is it a stripped-down edition? Or what?
Actually, this is one of those rare examples of when something that sounds too good to be true, really is true.
The $20 Family Forest® New World Edition is truly light years ahead of the $249 Family Forest® Leadership Edition, which was already quite a bargain considering all that it could do (like generating thousands of dollars of reasonably priced ancestral history eBooks).
The Family Forest® New World Edition contains everything that was in the Family Forest® Leadership Edition, plus much much more.
The reason the New World Edition is currently so cheap is simply because we want to create demand for the pricier Family Forest® National Treasure Edition while it is still in development.
When people try the introductory tour we expect them to be so blown away with what was there almost three years ago, that they will absolutely have to have the next edition the moment it becomes available.
While the New World Edition can still do a great deal that no other ancestral history resource can yet match, and it can provide years of entertainment without upgrading, it is only a sneak peak, a preview, a concept sketch, of the very exciting Family Forest® Hollywood Edition coming soon.
In the mean time, the Family Forest® New World Edition is a truly outstanding bargain, and you can do your friends a great favor if you tell about this special offer while it is still available at this incredibly cheap price.
There is a great wealth of fascinating and enriching tidbits and historical trivia that has been squirreled away in old books over the centuries, and we have been digitally indexing as much of it as possible into the Family Forest®, to make those nuggets easy to discover. We thought it might be fun to point out a few of them for President’s Day.
For instance, most people probably do not know that our first commander-in-chief,
President George Washington had a body double. For the rest of the story see
George Washington’s Lower Part.
Do you know that many of the United States Presidents have Hollywood Connections?
Do you know that your ancestors may also be Presidential ancestors?
Do you know that President Bush and Senator John Kerry are related?
Do you know why Hugh Hefner invited both Bush and Kerry to his Playboy mansion in 2004?
Do you know that when Prince Charles visited the White House in 2005 he was actually visiting his cousin?
Do you know why NPR did a story about FamilyForest.com, Barack Obama, Walt Disney, Brooke Shields, Humphrey Bogart, and President Bush?
If you follow these links, the next time someone asks “Do you know ……
Happy President’s Day!
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