T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume III Number VI August 2009 +--------------------------+------------------------------------------+ | .----------------------. | dr.debug: dr.debug @ filegate.net | | | A monthly E-Zine | | bbslists: bbslists @ filegate.net | | | published by Fidonet | | articles: fidogazette @ filegate.net| | | to promote BBSing | +------------------------------------------+ | | ____________. | | | | / __ | "Anyone who has never made a mistake | | | / / \ | has never tried anything new." | | | WOOF! ( /|oo \ | Albert Einstein | | \_______\(_| /_) | | | \@/ \ | Got Something To Say? | | .---.\ _ | Say it in the | | (jk) _ |usb| \ \\ | =The FidoGazette= | | / | .___. \ ))| | | / | /_ | / \// | Editor: Janis Kracht | | |___| // || _\ / | janis @ filegate . net | | .--`-. (_|(_|(____/ | janis kracht 1:261/38 | | |____| (jm) | | +--------------------------+------------------------------------------+ ======================================================================= ==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=Contents=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume III Number VI August 2009 ======================================================================= Important Region 11 News!..................................(1) New SysOps!................................................(2) FidoGazette BBSList........................................(2) Dr.Debug...................................................(3) Food.......................................................(4) The Slightly Crusty Sysop..................................(5) The Old School Toolbox: Mailers ...........................(6) [ARTICLES] D'Bridge EMAIL System......................................(7) FidoGazette: ..............................(9) ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume III Number VI August 2009 ======================================================================= ================================================================= Important Region 11 News! By Janis Kracht, Z1C, 1:1/0 The following email was sent out to each NC in Region 11 that I could connect with. Unfortunately I was not able to connect with a great number of them. See the results in the polling section of this article below. If you are in Region 11, please read the following, and contact me if you have not been able to reach your NC. You can email me at janis (at) filegate.net or netmail via binkp at filegate.net on port 24554 (standard port). No password is necessary, I'll get you netmail :) If you are an NC, I'll have mail waiting for you here :) This is the post: === cut here === start post === As I was informed last evening by R11C Don Plesky, he is unable to continue as RC of Region 11 at this point. Since it has been so long since Don was appointed RC and I did ask him then to hold an election, I think now would be a good time for one, however I look at the Regional segment and I see a number of the network coordinators in Region are MIA... I would like the "living" NCs and RINs to contact me in reply to this message asap so we can see if an election is feasible. I'll wait a week or so for a reply given vacations, etc. If you know one of the NCs or RINs is "live" but out of town, please let me know!
. Failing a response from people, I will appoint another RC as I have done in the past. Take care, Janis ====== cut here ==== end post === I also posted a message in Z1_SYSOP and Z1C to all members of Region 11 regarding this issue today, July 31st, 2009: =======cut here===start of echomail post===== fido.Z1_SYSOP message #740 from Janis Kracht to All. Entered on 31st July, 2009 at 16:56, 8 lines. Subject: R11 NCs and RINs ========================= If you are one of the above in the Subj., I am trying to poll your systems to send some important netmail. Please try to connect to my system with no password enabled if we've never set one up here before. Thanks :) Janis Z1C =====cut here====end of echomail post=== Saturday Morning/Afternoon Polling Results: July 31st, 2009 ============================================================ This is the result of some of the polling from earlier today for RINs and NCs, Bad Poll counts exceeded due to 'No Carrier'. Keep in mind if your system is one of these, that this may be due to systems only allowing passworded accounts to connect (something I don't have a big problem with, but if you do, you should contact me in netmail (1:261/38 or 1:261/100) or email, please. No password is necessary. Warning: Bad poll count exceeded for 1:11/600.0 Warning: Bad poll count exceeded for 1:11/2202.0 Warning: Bad poll count exceeded for 1:11/229.0 Warning: Bad poll count exceeded for 1:11/340.0 Warning: Bad poll count exceeded for 1:11/304.0 Warning: Bad poll count exceeded for 1:11/202.0 Warning: Bad poll count exceeded for 1:2320/0.0 Warning: Bad poll count exceeded for 1:220/0.0 -#- Page 1 ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume III Number VI August 2009 ======================================================================= New & Returning Members ============================ By Janis Kracht In the Works: ===================== Brian McSweeney Florida, Region 18 Allen Snodgrass, Region 18 Z3: New Zealand James Kelly Returning SysOps: ================ Welcome Back! Mike Miller Wisconsin, Region 11 Page 2 ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume III Number VI August 2009 ======================================================================= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= !!! 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.......< I'm still not sure /why/ I run a BBS. I get my regular callers and such but I know there's other things I could be doing with my time. I think it's because BBSing still gives me a special satisfaction that very few other things in life seem to give me. I have an understanding wife that allows me to spend a little more time on the computer than I do with her, but I try to make up for it. I really don't spend much time on the BBS any more due to my work schedule and health but I'm trying to fix up the board and actually get some new BBS doors out (much to my very patient and very bored beta team's relief). How about you? What's your first memory of BBSing? Do you even remember this joyful event? I'd like to hear from you and if it's a good story, I might even put it in my next column. You can contact me via netmail at 1:18/200 - if you do send me a story, please put it inline with the netmail message and do not attach it as attachments with routed netmail don't mix. If you prefer, you can email it to me at email@example.com with the subject line of "Favorite BBS Memories". As always, comments, suggestions, kudos and such are welcome. Flames will go immediately into the bit bucket. See you next month. Page 5 ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume III Number VI August 2009 ======================================================================= ====================================================================== The old school TOolbox By RIchard Webb, 1:116/901 Improving wireless network performance "Setting up a network of machines has never been easier," says the salesman and the glossy advertisements. THE salesman at the local electronics and computer imporium has "just what you need" to do it. IT sure seems to you that he's giving you the straight dope. After all, pulling that cable through walls ceilings and crawlspaces wouldn't be much fun, and this is simple, probably cheaper than all that cable too. "Hey I can even use it out on the patio sipping a margarita," you think to yourself. Pictures of doing spreadsheets on the patio listening to the crickets and sipping that cool libation on a summer evening dance in your head. son's pc in the bedroom is wireless networked, your laptop connects to your printer from anywhere, no cumbersome umbilicals. What's not to like? Or, like many, you bought a new laptop and it had this capability built in and you suddenly want to use it. SO you went to the store, bought the requisite hardware to make your server(s) wirelessly accessible. But, things didn't quite turn out as you'd planned. THat envisioned relaxation on the patio with your laptop and a cool beverage isn't so great, because your laptop loses its connection with the server, and your daughter can't access it from the family room in the basement. What's wrong with this picture? YOur laptop on the patio is only a few feet from your wireless router. WHat's the matter here? Worst of all, your neighbor next door has been hitchhiking a free ride on your internet connection. DOg gone it! Time to change some configuration to lock him out. But still range isn't quite what you've been told you can expect. FUnny though that your freeloading neighbor was able to get in before you changed some passwords and rights. YEs VIrginia you can increase your range, you can install a better antenna at the router. some strategies to do this are even available at the same friendly merchandiser that sold you the gear. SHould you do this? Maybe you should, and maybe you don't need to spend the money. IF you should decide to do some modification to increase your range you might find yourself not reaping as much benefit as you thought you might. Hmmm, think I just mentioned that when talking about your original wireless installation. First, change the channel! YOur wireless network can operate on more than one channel. shut down your system, use your laptop's wireless connection facilities to look at other channels near your home and see what's in use. FInd one that isn't. HEy, that's how your freeloading neighbor found yours! I'd bet you dollars to doughnuts that when you switch off that default main channel your range might improve a bit. Hmmm, no upgrade dollars spent, just a bit of time. FUnny how those things work. OFten they're the best performance increases whatever your endeavor I find. At this point maybe you've gotten all you expect from your wireless network, and you can go on to other activities and cease reading this bit of dry text. But, before you decide to exit this text view and go back to exciting stuff offering 3d graphics and markup stuff stay with me a bit longer, because tomorrow your mileage may vary, quite literally. AFter all, another neighbor might switch from 2.4 to 5 ghz just as you did to get more range. All this data that you ship around on your wireless network goes by microwave instead of by cat-5 cable or coaxial cables. THat's right, microwaves, just like those that baked the casserole you had for dinner or warmed up your sandwich or soup for lunch. Microwaves don't act like other radio frequencies you're accustomed to thinking of. You're used to thinking about that long drive home and spinning the dial on your car radio to keep awake, signals from all over bouncing into your car. YOu might be listening to a radio drama from a station in CAlifornia, or KAAY in LIttle ROck ARkansas playing the best progressive rock, or the Road gang from WWL New ORleans. OR, you'll remember spinning the tuner on that old television set and seeing a TV channel from a distant city coming in like a local. YEs, TV is vhf and uhf, but the lower TV channels still were subject to phenomena that enabled transmission further than line of sight. Microwaves, on the other hand are limited in most instances to line of sight, especially with the small compromise antenna systems provided with your laptop or wireless router. Microwaves in fact have some very strange characteristics compared to the radio waves you're used to thinking about. Just the human body between the transmitting antenna and the receiving antenna can attenuate that signal to the point of rendering it unusable. this is why microwave relays using terrestrial paths use big dish antennas and lots of brute force in the form of power. A terrestrial microwave relay system operated by your telephone company might employ transmitters transmitting at several thousand watts, and high gain antennas giving that 5000 watts the relative power of 20,000 watts in its direction of travel. Remember a bit ago we told you that even bodies can mess with microwave paths. INdeed meat isn't good for propagating microwaves. MEat, and most foodstuffs contain some moisture, and this water content is what enables the microwaves in your microwave oven to cook your food. the microwaves vibrate the water molecules in your bowl of soup or cup of coffee. AS the water molecules vibrate they create friction as they bump against each other, and friction, as you know from rubbing your hands together to warm them creates heat. THere are many urban legends about the microwave facility techs who cooked themselves by sitting inside the big microwave dish. This still isn't telling you why you can't get into the darned thing reliably from the patio but your freeloading neighbor could access it. YOu'd have never known he could if you'd taken the time to configure your wireless network for proper security. But, hey, you're a fidonet sysop, you knew this part (I hope.) BUt, you didn't, and your neighbor has sure been enjoying your wireless internet and it's sure a bummer that you can't kick back where you'd like and use your system you paid for. THink about what stands between your freeloading neighbor and your router's antenna, and then consider what might be between your router and your favorite spot on the back patio. Remember how they're always telling you not to use metal dishes or certain stoneware in your microwave oven? OF course you do. MIcrowaves don't pass through metal very well. SO, if those microwaves can't get inside they can't vibrate those water molecules and your casserole won't get hot. So, what's between your router and that favorite spot on the patio? YOur kitchen appliances maybe? A wall with lots of wiring and copper plumbing? Ah yes, and between your router and farney Freeloader there's a window and the usual outer wall construction materials. Hmmmm, so he's got a better signal than you have. Vhf and uhf, as well as the microwave frequencies only travel line of sight as we noted earlier. so, you might gain some benefit by getting that router and its antenna up higher, say on a shelf or cabinet. Maybe then it can look over the top of your refrigerator and reach your patio. AFter changing frequencies this might be all you need to do. MOst of us who work with this radio stuff every day are accustomed to thinking of height as our friend when it comes to signal improvements on vhf and uhf. but, there are a few problems with getting more skyhook for your router's antenna. FIrst and foremost, separating the antenna from the hardware itself is a bit of a daunting task. regular coaxial cable isn't that efficient at the frequencies you'll be using, in fact, its losses would probably offset any gains you'd make with more height. Therefore, you've got to move the whole thing higher. MIcrowave relay systems and many others who utilize vhf and uhf utilize "hard line" as a feed instead of a cable. ONe of the most common varieties of hard line is 7/8 inch in diameter, and not easy to work with. But moving that whole server up high might not be real practical either. Even though you've locked out Farney Freeloader next door you'll still possibly hear his signals, and the signals of other neighbors using their wireless network systems, even if they can't access yours. WHen you raised that antenna you increased its range, both for its receiver and its transmitter. YOur laptop and other computers still have the same range for transmit and receive, but your router's antenna is now higher, reaches out farther, and receives more signals. THat clear channel now isn't so clear. But, a little bit of height might just be the solution you need, and if it can be done without having to go buy some more hardware or reroute a bunch of cables it's sure worth a try. But, those few feet might not make a difference. IF your router only has one whip antenna you might think about an upgrade to a router using what is called a diversity system for its receiver. IF it does the label will usually tell you this. A good indicator of this is a router with multiple antennas. A diversity receiver system is one that uses these multiple antennas, and possibly receivers to listen for signals on its frequency, and routes the best signal to the rest of the system. the technology was popularized by broadcasters and live productions using wireless microphones. THese microphones were often deployed by performers and presenters who move about quite a bit, and even in theaters and auditoriums the wireless microphone receiver deployed couldn't reliably pick them up consistently. Hence, diversity receivers were employed to solve the problem. THe ubiquitous cellular phone uses diversity reception on a large scale to keep you connected with the network. Still not enough improvement? well my friend, you're on your own, but there are resources out there. Start doing some hunting around on google and specialty ham radio web sites, especially those for weak signal vhf uhf and microwave enthusiasts. YOu can find numerous plans for directional antennas which will cover your bands of interest, many which would appear to be simple to fabricate. IF you go with one of these plans from the web or the books, remember that these are very small wavelengths, this is why they call them "microwaves" and tolerances are very fine. A small error in measurement will render your antenna useless, and you'd do better then to go back to your stock router with its stock antenna. Then, when rolling your own there's the matter of connecting the antenna to your router. Unless the cable run is extremely short remember that standard coaxial cable presents a high degree of loss, and must be carefully terminated with the proper connectors. But, if you must proceed, and don't have the technical skills necessary then make nice with a local ham radio afficionado who is really into antenna building for the uhf and microwave bands. To recap, small changes make big differences. Don't just think higher, think left or right. Draw some imaginary lines from your router's antenna to your favorite kick back and use your laptop spot which gives you trouble currently. COnsider where the wiring and pipes travel through the walls; dad's favorite spot at the dining room table to sit and read the paper, etc. THat slight shift to the left a few inches might just allow you to get a clear microwave path from your router to that laptop on the patio that avoids dad's head. All that meat in your dad's body doesn't do great things for microwaves remember. IF you must upgrade, try a diversity receive system before you go the home brew antenna route. Finally, remember that old proverb? IT went something like this. "Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it." YOu could even maybe move the main antenna for your server, along with the server itself up high, say in your attic, and just run your broadband hard wired connection up there, power it up and you're ready to go, instant improved range. But, remember, you're working with frequency bands where no license is required. Sure this limits you to low power levels, but it almost means that you're going to encounter more interference as you improve your receive range. But, try some experiments before you throw money at the problem. Page 6 ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume III Number VI August 2009 ======================================================================= [ARTICLES] D'Bridge EMAIL System (c) by Nick J. Andre, Ltd. VERSION 3.32 - JULY 22 2009 --------------------------- This is a major release and it has significant and fundimental changes done internally to the source code. A lot of work was done to simplify or improve the functionality of several elements of D'Bridge. Please try only to report any problems once 3.32 has been installed. The source code for 3.31 and prior versions has been archived/moved off the workstation. I will not be able to quickly diagnose any problems in 3.31 and prior versions. Thats not to say I can't do it; its just going to take more time if you are reporting stuff from 3.31. WARNING: If thats not possible or if this release does not perform as desired, then rollback to 3.31 or prior releases and send a report accordingly, ASAP to my attention via Internet Email. DO NOT send regular Fido NETmail. The release notes for this version are lengthly; so I've broken it up into several sections, and for posting in the Fidonet DBRIDGE echo: REDESIGNED SETUP WIZARD - Explains the install/upgrade improvements. FIDO PLUG AND PLAY - Allows new users to automatically obtain addresses. UPDATES NOTIFICATION - Explains the new auto-updates notification feature. CORRECTIONS/FIXES/ETC - The largest section; outlining the obvious. REDESIGNED SETUP WIZARD ----------------------- The Setup Wizard has been rewritten from scratch; functioning exactly as it did in the version 1.xx series. This was done for a few reasons, but the end result is a more simplified procedure. And most important: Less code used. The Setup Wizard will do a fair amount of "cleanup" of your DB directory when you upgrade from 3.31 or prior versions. There may be a considerable amount of disk-activity during this process. A fair amount of files will be permanently DELETED from your directory. These are: - ANY and ALL "leftovers" from terminated Soupgate/VSOUP sessions. - DB07*.3 and DB08*.3; obsolete/retired code from 3.31 and prior versions. - COMM.CFG, obsolete from version 1 and version 2 series. - DBRIDGE.MSG, obsolete from version 2. - DBRIDGE.NRN, DBRIDGE.NMW, DBRIDGE.EMW, DBRIDGE.BXS, DBRIDGE.RSN, DBRIDGE.RSE, DBRIDGE.MSR, DBUTIL.DAT, DBUTIL.NRN, DATA\*.DB?, DB06.DAT, AMERICA.COS, DBUTIL.C1, DBUTIL.C2, DBRIDGE.QSD, DBRIDGE.NMS are removed either for obsolescence or because of possible conflicts after upgrading to 3.32. - The infamous empty "Queu" directory. There may be a problem if you decide to rollback to 3.31 or prior versions when these files are missing, however it would (theoretically) be more of a cosmetic/minor problem than major. FIDO PLUG AND PLAY ------------------ This was a past topic you may remember discussion on in the Fidonet DBRIDGE echo. A completely redesigned Wizard in 3.32 now gives the end-user the option of either manually configuring their address, uplink and routing information or to have that automatically-obtained. This is done via Fido Plug and Play, or FPNP for short. FPNP is a way to dynamically-assign Fidonet/FTN addresses to systems who connect to you for the first time. When prior versions of D'Bridge were installed for the first time, a Wizard would appear, asking the user to enter in their network address and that of their Fidonet uplink/provider. And of course DB would configure itself accordingly. FPNP is now fully functional, works properly across "othernets", and is a major step in allowing newcomers to join our hobby. WARNING: This is an advanced feature. You should not enable FPNP unless you are an experienced administrator with a very thorough knowledge of how Fido/FTN addressing, routing and hubbing works. When a remote system is assigned an address by you, they are given a POINT ADDRESS and can optionally be connected to Echomail areas of your choice. All of the complicated routing, scheduling and packet/mail settings are automatically configured on both your side and the user's. The Wizard will ask if the user already has a Fido/FTN address. If so, then the system will be auto-configured with their address and uplink info, the same way it worked in prior versions. However, if not, then FPNP works to obtain the address. The way it works is a new installation of 3.32 (and higher) connects first with nickandre.com (1:1/130). The 1:1/130 address on Fidonet is a "primary directory" of all known D'Bridge installations worldwide that are offering FPNP services to end-users; along with which networks (ie. Fidonet, DBNET, etc) and their corrosponding geographical locations. The data exchanged with nickandre.com is your address and FPNP information as configured in this screen. No other information is sent to that site. WARNING: Systems who do not refresh themselves within a one-week period are automatically purged from the database at 1:1/130; to help present a most-recent list of available systems that an end-user can exchange mail with. By carefully manipulating BinkD on the end-user side, a short query is done and a list of available "hubs" is downloaded from 1:1/130 and presented to choose from. The user can then choose one (usually whoever is closest geographically) and optionally choose which networks to connect to. A request is then sent to your system to obtain an address. D'Bridge then computes and sends back the address along with special commands that automatically configure that remote end-user with the proper address, routing, Echomail areas and so forth. The questions in the new FPNP SETUP screen control how it works: ZONE:NET This is where you specify the network Zone and Net where the addressing should start. For example, 1:229 means that I will auto-assign addresses in Zone 1, Net 229. The ZONE:NET must match at least one of your network addresses specified in the BASIC CONFIGURATION screen. The first matching ZONE:NET will be the one that addresses are auto-assigned from. WARNING: Be very careful with the deligation of Fidonet ZONE and NET properties. If you are not the Network Co-Ordinator (NC) of your local "net", you should ask permission to use FPNP first. NETWORK ID A unique ID to assign for this network. Up to 8 letters and numbers only. For example, FIDONET or DBNET. The network ID is presented to the remote system. NODELIST D'Bridge will send the specified nodelist to the remote system. Do not enter an extension; it will send whatever matches. DEFAULT Specifies the default security criteria to apply for new systems SECURITY and this should match the criteria in the PACKET/MAIL CONTROL screen. For example: A,50 means assign group A, security 50. START The starting "scope" for address assignment. For example, if you enter 50 and your network address is 1:229/426, then D'Bridge will assign addresses from 1:229/426.50 and onward. END The ending "scope", as per above, D'Bridge will assign addresses up to this criteria. OPTIONAL You may send an optional "infopack", usually a ZIP file that INFOPACK would contain an official application, rules and list of areas. Specify that name of the file here (*with* an extension) FPNP updates and controls the points via the POINTS.LST control file. D'Bridge is smart enough to figure out if the POINTS.LST already exists and if its in that "Boss-node" format as discussed recently (as of this writing) in the FIDOGAZETTE echo. Originally it was my intention to provide NODE addressing and full support for MakeNL-compliant segments, however, there are a few "political" drawbacks of offering this service. Internally however, the code can be adjusted fairly easily to provide NODE addressing. AUTOMATIC UPDATES NOTIFICATION ------------------------------ When D'Bridge 3.32 is installed for the first time, a Wizard appears, asking you if you wish to be automatically notified when new updates are available. If you answer YES to this question, D'Bridge will check with nickandre.com approximately once per week, to see if a new version is available. If so, then a message is flashed on the MAILER screen accordingly. CORRECTIONS/FIXES/ETC --------------------- As explained earlier, a significant amount of work was done behind the scenes to help improve the way certain fundimental components operate. In addition: - The overall installation/upgrade process should be several times faster than before. - The overall operation of the mailer should be anywhere from 5% to 25% faster now. - The overall operation of the BinkD subsystem should be anywhere from 10% to 75% faster now and use less disk access/swapping. - D'Bridge will unpack any received mail immediately after a BinkD transaction if running in "client only" mode. - D'Bridge uses slightly less memory when running now. - A serious stability/reliability problem with the way D'Bridge handles COM ports has been resolved. - A serious stability problem with Error 23 relating to COMM/MODEM setup should be resolved. The problem is in the length of the MCF files. - A serious problem with the way BinkD stopped polling remote systems upon installation of some recent versions of D'Bridge should be resolved now. This version underwent serious testing to ensure that problem did not happen again.... but if it does, let me know. - A serious problem with DBUTIL SORT AREAS has been resolved. - A serious longstanding problem with DBUTIL CHANGE on alias-addresses (non-Fidonet) has been resolved. - A minor improvement was done to the code of DBUTIL PURGE. - The nightly "cleaning" of the system log files is now done internally in D'Bridge. - A problem with a malfunctioning COM port-status in the menu system has been fixed, and no, it wasn't something I botched before... it was a new thing I botched. - The internal editor should no longer duplicate the MSGID kludge on NETmail destined for multiple recipients. - The internal editor's "Custom tear line" is no longer Wildcat. - DBUAFIXI is no longer included in D'Bridge, I rewrote that entire program and all the code to function during the tossing of mail; internally. - USENET.BBS is properly auto-generated on all transactions from the NNTP SOUP gateway that update the NEWSRC source file. - AUTORUN.INF is no longer included in D'Bridge; for security reasons, and Microsoft has recently released a series of "patches" to their OS's to change the behavior of AUTORUN.INF. It is fairly simple to create your own if you decide to burn D'Bridge to CD-R to share with others. I also rewrote a few sections of code to be less dependant on Assembler and be a bit more compiler-friendly instead of just hammering the DOS session with assembler calls. After working on 3.32, I am inspired to start work on eliminating ALL of the assembly-language calls out of D'Bridge entirely. There are two fundimental problems in the code that I may need help on. Those are ZMODEM and the B- Tree database system used by the Nodelist, Costbase and system Queue. Eliminating the assembler code means that I can compile cross-platform DB that will work natively in Linux, OS/2, Unix, FreeBSD, Win32/Win64, etc etc. Depending on what feedback I get from that, I may just release that as the version 4 series. Nick Andre www.nickandre.com -#- Page 7 ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume III Number VI August 2009 ======================================================================= 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" 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 , feel free to drop your article off at: By email attach to address: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 . Spell checking your own work will help though (something I'm typically guilty of ). More specifics with this issue :) To send a question to Dr. Debug, email a question to email@example.com or post in the fidogazette echo! :) To send a listing to the fidogazette internet bbs list, send your bbs listing to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it in the fidogazette echo! :) Page 8 ======================================================================= T h e F i d o G a z e t t e! Volume III Number VI August 2009 =======================================================================