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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!    Volume III Number  V     July   2009
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    New SysOps!................................................(1)
    Positronium Back Online................................... (1)
    Region13 Elects R13C.......................................(1)
    FidoGazette BBSList........................................(2)   	 
    Dr.Debug...................................................(3)
    Food.......................................................(4)
    The Slightly Crusty Sysop..................................(5)
    The Old School Toolbox: Mailers ...........................(6)                              
    BBS GameCorner.............................................(7)
    [ARTICLES]
    FidoGazette: Where it started..............................(9) 
    Some Things Never Change..................................(10)
    
        


    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!    Volume III Number V     July   2009
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     New & Returning Members
     ============================
     By Janis Kracht

     In the Works:
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     David Lane, Region 14    
         
      









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    Region 13 Elects R13C:
    =====================

    fido.Z1C  from Janis Kracht to All.
       Entered on 24th June, 2009 at 16:20, 16 lines.

    Hello All,

    Election results are in, and Michael Luko has won the election as
    R13C with 7  votes, to Nick Kill's 2 votes. Thanks _very_ much to _both_ of you
    for running in the election, it is important to each of us in fidonet when
    people volunteer to run for election for these positions.  They are not
    always the easiest positions to fill.

    Congratulations to Michael Luko on his re-election as R13C, I am
    happy to reappoint him this week!

    Thank you to Robert Wolfe for taking care of election details
    throughout your move!

    Janis Kracht
    Z1C
      
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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!    Volume III Number  V     July   2009
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	!!!        G A Z E T T E   B B S   L I S T        !!!
	=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=--=-=-=-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
	By bbslist @ filegate.net    
    	
	Send updates, changes to address above or to janis @
	filegate.net.
    	      
	System.......Prism BBS
	FidoAddress..1:261/38
	Phone........607-655-5652
	Software.....BBBS LiI v4.01 Flag #
	OS...........Linux (Gentoo)
	C/B Verify...None
	Access.......First Call access to Msg bases, 
	             and file areas.            
	Telnet.......filegate.net
	             telnet access offers full features 
	             of the standard bbs such as doors,
	             qwkmail, BWmail,Files, etc.       
	www:.........http:/www.filegate.net:8080/bbbs
	             [web interface is limited really 
	             to reading messages and replying 
	             online, or downloading messages  
        	     in qwk packets, but not uploading
	             them], and file download access. 
	=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
      
	System.......Time Warp of the Future BBS
	FidoAddress..1:14/400
	Phone........none
	Software.....sbbs 3.15a (very beta)
	OS...........win. (xp pro. sp3)
	C/B Verify...None
	Access.......First Call access to Msg bases, and file areas.
	Telnet.......time.synchro.net:24 or time.darktech.org:24
	             or timewarpfuture.dyndns.org:24
	             telnet access offers full features
        	     of the standard bbs such as doors,
	             messages or file area etc.
	www:.........http://time.synchro.net:81
        	     Web interface is limited really
	             to reading messages and replying online, or 
        	     downloading messages in qwk packets, but not 
	             uploading them, and file download access.  
	 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
      
	System.......Lionsden BBS
	FidoAddress..1:224/303
	Phone........613-392-8896
	Software.....Sunchronet
	OS...........Windows XP
	C/B Verify...None
	Access.......First Call access to Msg bases, and file areas.
	Telnet.......lionsden.darktech.org
		     telnet access offers full features
    		     of the standard bbs such as doors,
    		     qwkmail, Files, etc.
        www:.........http:/www.lionsden.darktech.org
                     You will redirected to a menu where you can 
                     choose one of three sites.  The first one is 
                     private and requires PW to get into.
        FTP..........FTP://lionsden.darktech.org Files only

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	System.......Christian Fellowship
	FidoAddress..1:266/512
	Phone........1-856-933-7096
	Software.....PCBoard 15.3
        OS...........Windows XP pro
	C/B Verify...Manually via email or voice 
	             usually within 24 hours.
        Access.......Read only
                     until verified. Once
                     verified write access
                     to Msg bases, file
                     areas, chat and
                     doors/games.
                     Telnet.......cfbbs.dtdns.net
                     or cfbbs.no-ip.com

	 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

	System.......Lightning BBS
	FidoAddress..1:311/2
	Software.....Virtual Advanced
	OS...........Windows XP
	C/B Verify...None
	Access.......First call access to doors, files and
        	     message reading.  Message posting requires
		     validation.
	Telnet.......lightningbbs.com
	www:.........http:/www.lightningbbs.com/index.php
        	     Thanks to VADV-PHP you can access almost
		     everything the BBS has to offer from the
		     web, with the exception of door games.

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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!    Volume III Number  V   July    2009
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    Dr. DeBug Answers Your Questions!
    =================================        	 
    By dr.debug @ filegate.net
     
    How do I make a point list for my nodelist?
    
    You'd just create a file with your node listed as the Boss at
    the top of the file, and list your points underneath your
    listing.  Each entry in the list should be in the normal format
    of a nodelist line:

    ,,,,,-Unpublished-,,

    File: 

    // Begin POINTS.LST
    Boss,1:261/38,
    Point,1,Prism's_point,Windsor_NY,Janis_Kracht,-Unpublished-,9600
    Point,2,list-node,Windsor_NY,Janis_Kracht,-Unpublished-,9600
    // End POINTS.LST
       
    With BBBS you include the name of the file in external.bbb in the
    [nodelist] section, and bbbs will compile the file along with
    your nodediff each week.  With Binkley-term, you'd probably use
    something like Xlaxdiff or Parselist, etc. to compile the
    nodelist and diff. and point list. With BinkD, just include the
    list in your list of nodes.

    
    Regards,
    Doc
    
       	 
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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!    Volume III Number  V   July    2009
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    F  O  O  D      Even sysops have to eat!
    -=-=-=-=-=-
    By Janis Kracht, 1:261/38
       
    My Mom is staying with Ron and I until October, and it's great
    having her here! We always got along very well.  I am the #3
    "child" of 6 so I suppose she had more time to fuss over me (g)
    and she did indeed fuss over me as I was growing up.. Modeling lessons,
    horse-backriding lessons ....you know all the important things (bg).

    
    Seriously, she made sure anything I wanted to try was available
    to me. We cooked together a lot and enjoyed writing a cookbook
    together years ago.  It was my mom who introduced me to my
    favorite cookbook, "The Joy Of Cooking" when I was very very
    young.  It was first written by Irma Rombauer, then
    continued by every generation of the Rombauer family afterward.

    
    "The Joy of Cooking" was first published in 1932 - this is the
    original brownie recipe that still remains in the current version
    :)  Irma and her daughter and all in the family were quite amazing
    but down to earth cooks.  Her grandson now carries on the tradition.  

    Our cookbook is nowhere as all-inclusive as the Joy is, the Joy
    being encyclopedic in it's content concerning cooking, canning,
    preparation and serving of food, but ours is very authentic and
    good if you want to know about Italian cooking in North America. An
    interesting note about the Joy.. when Irma's grandson took over
    production of the cookbook and released his version with a great
    deal of changes, 'Joy of Cooking''s readership essentially
    rebelled!  He'd taken out some of people's most treasured portions,
    and recipes and helpful sections.  Well you can imagine that a new
    version was soon but out that included all of that again (grin).



    
    Brownies Cockaigne
    
    1/2 c. unsalted butter (1 stick)
    4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
    
    
    Melt the butter and chocolate together in a saucepan over low
    heat (best over water). Once completely melted, take it off the
    burner and cool.

    
    4 eggs
    1/4 tsp. salt
    2 c. sugar
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1 c. flour
    1 c. chopped nuts (optional)
    
    Beat until eggs and salt until light and fluffy. Gradually add
    the sugar and vanilla while continuing to beat until thick.
    Switch to a wood spoon or rubber spatula and stir in cooled
    chocolate until just combined. Stir in flour and chopped nuts
    
    Pour batter into a greased baking pan lined with foil (913 pan
    for chewy brownies and 99 pan for cakey brownies) and bake at
    350 F for 25 minutes. 
       
   
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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!    Volume III Number  V   July    2009
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    The Slightly Crusty Sysop
    by Sean Dennis, 1:18/200

    July 2009
    -=-=-=-=-
   
   
    After last month's column and the aftermath I suffered through
    because of it, I'll take a decidedly lighter tone with this
    month's column and not because I'm capitulating really -- just
    trying to be a nicer guy.



    Speaking of nicer, I can tell I'm getting older.  I finally broke
    down and bought me a pair of reading glasses.  Nothing expensive
    of course; I paid $10 for a pair at the Walgreens three blocks
    from my house.  I guess it's just admitting to myself I'm not
    getting any younger, but I find that my skin fits more
    comfortably these days and I tend to find enjoyment in life's
    little pleasures such as a early morning cup of tea out on my
    front porch.


    My front porch faces south and there are plenty of lovely
    mountains to look at.  It's a little noisy though as the American
    Water Heater Company is about a quarter-mile south of me and when
    they're busy doing what they do, there's a loud din of machinery
    and fans on through the night.  But it's good to see people are
    still working in this rough economy and it makes me think that my
    wife and I are lucky because we both have full-time jobs.  We
    certainly couldn't make it on what I make alone, so I try not to
    complain too much about my work.


    On to this month's main subject: finding the positive things in
    Fidonet.  They're there, buried under all the backbiting, apathy,
    racism, inanity, pedantantry and the other "pleasant" things that
    run amok in certain corners of Fidonet.  But, if you look, there
    are plenty of good places in Fidonet . . . they tend to go
    undiscovered due to the bad signal-to-noise ratio Fight-O tends
    to generate.


    There's echoes that are useful and entertaining, such as one I've
    been in a while: COOKING (National Cooking Echo).  While there
    are disagreements and an occasional flare-up (I've caused one
    myself, go figure), it's a pleasant place to be.  Lots of good
    chit-chat and knowledge about places far away from home from the
    many travelogues posted by the world travelers in the echo and
    their culinary adventures.  Of course, there's plenty of recipes
    to be had.  However, from what I understand, there is a paticular
    fruit, the durian, that is terribly infamous in the echo. 


    Two that I carry for one of my users and lurk in are ASIAN_LINK
    and MEMORIES.  There are many interesting discourses and tangents
    to be had in both echoes about things sundry and unusual.


    I quit participating in some of the political echoes I used to be
    in and was in for a very long time due to the tone the echoes
    were taking.  Sadly, when it comes to the three "no-nos" of sex,
    religion and politics, those three are the most divisive subjects
    that cause the most problems in Fidonet (leaving out egos and
    pure idiocy).  With the way my life's been turning, I've tried to
    turn a new leaf and be a nicer person although with my last
    column you'd not think that.  I still am very strongly
    opinionated and don't have a problem telling people what I think.


    Okay, back to the suject at hand.  Another good thing in Fidonet
    is the friendships that have been made.  Some of these people
    I've talked with have known each other for two decades or more
    because of Fidonet. Fidonet played a very important part in my
    meeting my future wife (we'd met online).  I have made life-long
    friends in Fidonet and the BBS scene in general.  Even though
    it's difficult to put vocal inflection into text, after you've
    been talking to someone for a decade, you tend to get what
    they're saying.


    There's something to be said of the technology also.  After
    twenty-five years, the technology still works quite well even
    though there's no real "standards" in Fidonet, just a group
    consensus (which would make it a pseudo-standard I guess?).  Yet
    we, as a group, have adapted to the Internet and have used it to
    our advantage.  It is quite easy to telnet to a BBS now instead
    of calling one over dialup although I have seen a comeback to the
    good ol' POTS (Plain Old Telephone System) days. I now feed a few
    BBS systems via POTS for my own FTN network and I am considering
    getting my Fidonet mail via POTS!  I know, I'm a crazy coot, but
    you know, if it ain't broke . . .


    That brings me to my next point of Fidonet's vitality and reason
    to exist: community.  I don't give a damn what these Internet
    gurus think but a web-based community just does not have the same
    warmth that a long-visited Fidonet echo (conference) has.  Even
    though people are trying to gate Fidonet to the Internet --
    something I vehemently oppose -- there is still a real sense of
    community.  I know that if I need help on something that there is
    someone I know in Fidonet who can help me directly.  If I know
    them well enough, I can even call them voice if it's a real
    emergency.


    There are a lot of smart people in Fidonet still that can
    contribute in ways that still are unheard of out in the "wild
    blue yonder" of the World Wide Web (Wait?).  There's also not all
    the trash the Web washes up -- mainly because most of those
    idiots couldn't figure out how to use a text menu if their life
    depended on it . . . which I think is a good thing for our
    community in general.  God forbid that because we're a text-based
    community that we're not thriving in this day and age.



    In closing, there are a lot of good things that Fidonet can
    provide.  I see the problem is putting aside our cultural
    differences and our fore- gone conclusions about Zone 1 and Zone
    2 sysops and try to forge on to let Fidonet live another
    twenty-five years.  Wishful thinking, yes, but it's a goal we
    could all work towards.


    As always, comments about my comments are welcome.  You can send
    them to me via routed netmail to 1:18/200 (preferred) or email
    them to me at sean@nsbbs.info (please put "Crusty Comments" as
    the subject line to get my attention).  If you want to send a
    rebuttal, do so and I will publish it under my byline in the next
    issue of the 'Gazette.




    
    
    
    
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                                  The Old School Toolbox

                       By Richard Webb, 1:116/901


    As  promised,  we're  going  to have a look at how fidonet
    mailers get their work done in this column. so, if you've been
    wondering about some of those little arcane details of your
    mailer's operation we'll help you understand what's happening
    behind the curtain, at least when it comes to mail routing and
    trafic control.


    FIdonet  mailers  have  come in two basic flavors as far back as
    I can remember. The binkleyterm docs call them static and dynamic
    mailers. A friend back in central Iowa called them smart and
    brain dead. He referred to the dynamic mailers as smart mailers,
    and the static mailers as brain dead.  I'm not sure the analogy
    fits, but in some aspect it was apropos.


    Often documentation for software that handles ftn style mail
    refers to them in somewhat different terminology.  Mail
    processing software documentation often refers to them as arcmail
    attach mailers, or binkley style mailers.  Just to keep our
    terminology clear when referring to them I'll always refer to the
    arcmail attach mailer as the dynamic mailer, and the binkley
    style as the static. So, now that we've got the terminology usage
    straight, at least for purposes of my writing we're ready to
    delve into how they operate.


    Dynamic  mailers  are called arcmail attach mailers because every
    file that is to be sent will be accompanied by a message. THat
    message may not have any text in the body, but the subject line
    will contain the name of the file to be sent, and the path to it,
    i.e. f:\files\pascal\mycode.zip etc.


    When a connection is established with the system for which the
    file is destined it will be sent.  If the system receiving the
    file is configured accordingly the empty netmail will be deleted
    before the sysop ever encounters it, but the file the empty mail
    referenced will be in his inbound waiting for him.


    Why  are  they  called dynamic mailers? Dynamic mailers get this
    label because they are designed to handle all aspects of mail
    handling.  You define how mail is routed via the mailer itself.  


    The  dynamic  mailer  needs  to  be configured for all aspects of
    your system's operation. IT needs to know to whom you connect,
    and how mail should be routed through those connections. IT needs
    to know whether those connections will initiate the connection to
    pick up waiting mail, or whether it should initiate the
    connection. It handles all aspects of scheduling and mail
    routing.


    A dynamic mailer requires only one outbound  for  all  zones,
    and of course access to your primary netmail directory. When your
    echomail processor packs echomail to be sent an empty netmail
    will be placed in your primary netmail directory pointing to the
    bundle name, and the path to it as in the earlier example. Even
    if you use other message storage formats, i.e.  squish or jam
    format message bases for your other areas your primary netmail
    area *must* be a *.msg format area.


    When using a dynamic mailer you may see packets rebuilt multiple
    times as they will be rebuilt at every new mail schedule event to
    account for any differences in routing that may be required.


    Examples of dynamic mailers in use in today's FIdonet  are
    Frontdoor, intermail, and the mailer functions of bbbs. FrontDoor
    and BBBS are quite popular, and are configured using a menu
    driven interface.


    Only one mailer I'm aware of doesn't fit either category.
    D'Bridge uses a proprietary method of handling mail which is
    neither arcmail attach nor binkley style static mailer.  It
    offers built in tosser and other echomail processing features, a
    reader/editor and more. Nick Andre its current author provided me
    the following:


    D'Bridge is an  "all-in-one"  product.  The  mailer,  tosser,
    message editor, BinKD and Internet Email/Usenet gating features
    are all internally tied-in together. Nothing is seperate. 
    D'Bridge supports for SMS, so Apple Iphone and BlackBerry users
    can send/receive Fido Netmail and Echomail using their devices.
    All this capability and ease of setup make it a good choice for
    the fidonet novice, and many old hands seem to prefer it as well.
    It will handle mail transfers using popular internet transfer
    protocols as well as supports regular modems. If writing batch
    files and the other fidonet arcana aren't your bag but you'd like
    to offer fidonet echomail on your web site it's a good choice for
    a mailer as well. Newcomers who wish to merge their web-based
    forums with a fidonet echo should make contact with the author
    and discuss their needs with him.  for more information contact
    Nick Andre at 1:229/426.


    The  static  mailer  uses file names and subdirectories to
    control all traffic. It might know about systems with which you
    connect, but does nothing with the mail sent and received. All
    other aspects of mail management such as routing are handled by
    other software.  All your static mailer needs to know about are
    your nodelist, and scheduling. Define your schedules and give it
    a usable version of the nodelist and it's ready to go. We'll look
    at an example shortly. so, if you've been wondering about all the
    arcane workings of your static mailer don't jump to that next
    article just yet, because we're going to endeavor to explain what
    all those directories and strange files you see are about.


    Here's  a  simple  routing  example for you. You connect with a
    system which only accepts mail during zmh. The rest of the day
    you place mail for that node on hold, there for the other system
    to pick up if it connects with yours. During zmh however you
    change mail for that system from hold to crash so that your
    system will initiate a connect with it. Your dynamic mailer will
    handle this internally. The static mailer will require other
    software to perform this task for you. Using a dynamic mailer
    affords you more choices when it comes to echomail processors. 
    The mailer after all has facilities to handle all aspects of mail
    handling for you. If you wish to use some echomail processors
    with static mailers you'll need to use additional software to
    bridge the capability gap. We'll get back to this point later.


    Static mailers, as noted utilize  file  names  and
    subdirectories to control traffic.  All the horsepower for
    defining how mail is handled is in the mail processor you employ.
    Unlike your dynamic mailer your static mailer doesn't use those
    empty mails to indicate that a file should be sent. Except for
    some convenience features offered by your mailer the static
    mailer does nothing with your primary netmail area directly.
    However, you may need to create more than one outbound directory
    if you exchange mail with multiple zones. IF you serve 4d points
    you'll also want subdirectories for these.


    Now it's time to look at an example. Let us say that you are a
    member of fidonet zone 1, but you belong to another net which
    uses zone 73 addresses. LEt us say that your primary outbound is
    d:\mailer\out for your zone 1 mail.


    When  you  first  start  transacting  sessions  with zone 73
    addresses you'll want to see that a directory is created off your
    mailer directory with a name of out.049 because 49 is the
    hexidecimal representation of 73. NOte the leading zero. SO, you
    would have two outbounds off your mailer directory. YOu'd have
    just plain out for your primary address, and out.049 for your
    zone 73 mail.  Many mail processors that fully support static
    mailers will create needed subdirectories for you, and manage
    them.  In most cases, no human intervention will be required.
    Note that static mailers can transact mail with zones up to 4095.


    Now to make things more  interesting  let's  say  that  your
    zone 73 address is 73:216/45.  You serve a few 4d points for your
    zone 73 network. THis means that below out.049 you would have a
    subdirectory 00d8002d.pnt, so the path to it would be
    d:\mailer\out.049\00d8002d.pnt and this would contain mail
    archives and flo files destined for your points. Oops, did I
    confuse you? we'll talk about flo files shortly.


    File naming conventions tell you the flavor of the mail  to  be
    sent. LEt's first look at raw pkt files. THese will be named
    *.out for normal flavored pkts. A packet which has the hold bit
    set will be *.hut, *.cut for crash flavored. these files will be
    converted by the mailer to *.pkt files which the mail tosser on
    the receiving end will recognize.  so, let us say that in your
    outbound directory you have a regular mail packet with a crash
    message for our good editor.  THis file would be in your zone 1
    outbound and named 01050026.cut which indicates this is a crash
    flavored packet.  Mail archives, file attaches and requests are
    handled in a different manner.


    Going  with  the flo: Instead of the empty netmail file attach to
    send your echomail bundle and other files the static mailer uses
    what we'll call flo files.  You'll see these in all your outbound
    directories. they may be named *.clo for crash flavored sends,
    *.flo for normal, and *.hlo for files and mail which is placed on
    hold. I've been told you might see *.dlo for direct, but as I
    understand it direct isn't widely used or understood as well by
    many mail processors designed with functionality for static
    mailers. At least this seems true of squish when run in this
    manner.


    These  flow  files are named by hexidecimal representations of
    net and node with leading zeroes. A flo file destined for my
    system would be in your directory for zone 1 if your primary
    address were in a different zone and would be named 00740385 74
    being hexidecimal representation of 116 and 385 representing 901
    in hex.


    If you were to open one of these flo files with your text editor
    you'd find path and file names to be sent on the next connection
    with the designated system. You'll also note some additional
    characters, the ^ and # character. The # will precede mail
    bundles, and indicates to your mailer that the file marked thus
    will be truncated to zero bytes when transmission completed. this
    helps your mail processing software with its housekeeping.  The ^
    indicates to the mailer that the file should be deleted after
    transmission. YOu might see this indicator on a .tic file if you
    have file echo downlinks or submit files to file distribution
    echoes.


    More about those mail bundles: Your mail processor will  name
    archive bundles of echomail and routed netmail where appropriate
    utilizing extensions for days of the week, i.e. .su* .mo* .tu*
    .we* .th* .fr* .sa* with the asterisk being a digit 0 through 9.
    NOw you know why your mailer will wish to truncate those archives
    to zero byte files. Back in the days of pots and rigid mail
    schedules some systems might only process incoming mail at
    certain times of the day. IF your mail processor sent to a system
    which did this and duplicated a file name some mail would by
    necessity be destroyed. HEnce your mailer truncates these mail
    bundles to zero bytes, the entry remains in the directory and
    your mail processor will increment the archive name by one if it
    exports mail to that system again today. IF you use a static
    mailer and would like further explanation of all this traffic and
    file management and your mailer download the binkleyterm
    documentation from your favorite source. THe binkleyterm docs do
    a very good job of explaning all this arcana in a fairly readable
    manner.


    BinkD acts in a similar manner to static mailers, except for
    "mailbox" subdirectories for systems that it regularly connects
    with.  Binkd protocol is widely supported in many modern dynamic
    mailers however. This offers choices for those who prefer
    software with menu driven configuration and setup over text
    files.  



    OUR discussion of housekeeping for static mailers is not yet
    complete. We still must discuss inbound subdirectories and their
    functions.


    Most modern  mailers  offer  a  three  tiered  approach  for
    handling incoming mail. when coupled with the security features
    of a compatible mail processor a very secure system would result.
    The three categories your mailer used to decide which directory
    should receive incoming mail and files is quite simple.  AT the
    lowest security level are systems unknown to yours, i.e. not
    listed in your nodelist. THIs might include points of other
    systems or a new system who had not yet made it into the
    distribution nodelist.


    The second level is the known level, or systems that your mailer
    could find in its nodelist. Hopefully this didn't include your
    points and other regular links because if implemented correctly
    your points would be in the highest level, which is protected.
    Systems in the protected group ar those with which you've
    established session passwords.


    When  coupled  with  a  mail  processor  that  properly  supports
    this security scheme the sysop can define rules such as allowing
    no archives to be imported from the lowest security class, or no
    echomail from either the lowest or the middle level, etc.


    The only time when this security scheme might not work as
    expected is when your mailer falls back to fts-001 sessions from
    emsi, as session password information is not exchanged during the
    handshake. DUring an fts-001 session no password information is
    received until the first packet is received. some static mailers
    will however move that packet to the proper inbound when
    completely received.


    This writer drew heavily from documentation for binkleyterm and
    squish to describe the operation of static mailers.  Nick Andre
    provided information on d'Bridge.  Janis provided info on bbbs,
    and my good friend and uplink Mark LEwis provided information on
    a variety of mailers I'm not familiar with. Thanks all for your
    assistance.


    Coming  in  the  next column: A slight departure from old school
    tools but old school radio. Various strategies for improving your
    wireless net range, and why you might not see the benefit you
    expect.




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      BBS GAMECORNER: Original BackBone/FDN Coordinator CROSSWORD

      By Janis Kracht

      Answers that are two names will have no space, like "JANISKRACHT", etc.


   
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     4 WIN-Net				  3 SDS Daddy
     5 Northern Star			  4 HAM FDN
     8 Programmer's Distribution Network  6 Util*Net
     9 ANSI Club			  7 PASCAL-Net
    10 DVNet				  12 FLEA
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    FidoGazette: Where it started... and where we might be going
    By Janis Kracht 
     
   
    The FidoGazette started a while ago when Nick Kill and I were
    discusing the idea of starting a journal for Fidonet that would
    be of interest to SysOps new and old, something that might even
    attract new users to our network.  We had plans to create one
    with Nick as Editor and publisher with lots of bells and
    whistles, not your typical ascii text file in other words
    (smile).  We were going to create a journal with one of those
    tools like Drupal, etc.  which can be pretty nice.

    
    While that didn't work out due to time constraints back then,
    Nick is still planning on helping out by hosting a web page as
    soon as I get him some more info ... should be a really neat
    site.  From there, I think going to production to something like
    an additional type graphical online, etc. copy would be interesting.  
    
    We'd keep the ascii text file as well, but add an additional
    version to distribution.  

    
    That would be distributed a different file echo I think to allow
    people to select which version they wanted, though file sizes are
    so minimal, I don't think that would really be a big concern
    these days.  

    
    Your comments are welcome, and important btw, so feel free to
    send a post to fidogazette@filegate.net or post in the fidogazette
    echo and let me know what you think about that idea.

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               Some Things Never Change
               By Michael Aurelio, 1:116/19




    Have you ever been in a room of your peers and found that most of
    the conversations are being dominated by a select few?


    Is that because they are the only ones that are correct on their
    assessment of world events and theology, or is it that they are
    the only ones not willing to accept that other opinions might
    have merit?


    To these select few, having the last word far outweighs any other
    aspect of conversation because it gives them closure. Somehow the
    fact that they were the last one to speak on a subject gives them
    a feeling of self-worth, regardless of the fact that their boasts
    contain little or no truth.


    A common thread in history has always been that the most dominant
    dictator is the one that screams the loudest, longest and repeats
    their propaganda to the masses adnauseam, regardless of the fact
    that their boasts contain little or no truth.


    They promote equal rights and tolerance to all groups and
    opinions, as long as theirs is dominant and the moment it appears that their
    theology has taken a back seat to someone else's, they scream loud
    and long until their voice is the last one heard. After all, if they were the last person
    to speak on a subject regardless of truthful content or the lack thereof,
    they must be correct, right?


    No names have been mentioned in this brief article because it
    applies to every one of us, myself included. Many of us need to
    come down off of our self-righteous soap boxes and admit that
    other opinions matter, even if those opinions have a different
    flavour.  


    If anyone is offended by this article, perhaps they
    should take a moment to examine their own motives before speaking
    or writing an opposing view. Sometimes, it is better to be silent
    and to be thought of as a fool, than to open your mouth and
    remove all doubt.  


    In the end only one truth will remain, and those who see the
    truth, understand it and accept it, will be set free by it.



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    BBS GameCorner BACKBONE/FDN Coordinator CrossWord Puzzle Solution
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    INFO:
    Where to Send Your Articles

    Unlike most editors, I surely do not  mind running my mouth when
    there is a sparcity of articles for the 'zine.  I'd MUCH rather
    you sent in material but I think until someone starts a
    discussion you feel like commenting about, you evil dullards
    (just kidding!!!) will no doubt complain about "no issues" (grin)
    So I will fill these issues with my meanderings and thoughts and
    hopefully we will grow into something of consequence here :)
    Don't be offended.. write an article!

    If you WOULD like to submit an article and prove me wrong about
    the dullard aspect of you guys and gals (bg), feel free to drop
    your article off at:

    By email attach to address: janis@filegate.net
    Fidonet attach: Janis Kracht 1:261/38 Modem: 607-655-5652


                   1:261/100 filegate.net via telnet mailer
                   filegate.net via binkp mailer (don't send 
                   articles as routed attaches, send them
                   direct to filegate.net).

    Give it a title, sign your name and network address if you have
    one and send it along!

    Don't worry about the format, I can take anything you send me
    and mutilate it further as you can see above.  Linux is nice
    that way (g).  Spell checking your own work will help though
    (something I'm typically guilty of (g)).


     More specifics with this issue :)

     To send a question to Dr. Debug, email a question to
     dr.debug@filegate.net or post in the fidogazette echo! :)

     To send a listing to the fidogazette internet bbs list, send your
     bbs listing to bbslist@filegate.net or post it in the fidogazette
     echo!  :)


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