Slashdot posted a link to a story by Gary Rivlin on the success of NetFlex, a mailorder DVD rental company.

Today, the company operates 30 distribution centers around the country, but in the late 1990's, it operated a single facility near San Francisco, so DVD's could spend days in the postal system traveling cross-country. "It wasn't a very consumer-satisfying experience, except in the San Francisco Bay Area," Mr. Hastings said. Now, one of every nine residents of San Francisco is a Netflix subscriber, he added.

I'm still an ardent fan of Netflix, even though I have trouble finding the time to watch all my movies.