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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!   Volume III Number VII September   2009
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    Contents: .................................................(i)     
    Editorial..................................................(ii)
    Region 11 News!............................................(1)
    New SysOps!................................................(1)
    FidoGazette BBSList........................................(2)
    The Slightly Crusty Sysop..................................(3)   	 
    Food.......................................................(4,5)
    Dr.Debug...................................................(6)                              
    INFO:Where to Send Articles................................(7)   
    
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    Editorial:    Zone Meanderings
	==============================
    There has been some discussion of Zone activity/Inactivity in one
	particular echo where Z2 members hang out :)

    A South American ISP seems to cut out access to a ZC's site now and
    again to some Z2 members, meanwhile the site is able to poll my system
    consistenly and send and receive mail from my system in the U.S. more
    often than not.  


    So what does this mean?
    
    To some in the echo, because some router may be down between their
    system and Z4, Z4 therefore must be "MIA", or at least near to
    extinction (geez).

  
    I disagree, since I can see quite literally LIFE and connectivity
    here with Z4C's system, and with at least one other node from Zone 4
    who polls my system daily... hardly MIA.  Proof of Z4's
    "soon-to-be-demise" was also commented on since a returning node in
    Brazil is having a little trouble getting the attention of the Z4C,
    et. al. in order to get nodelisted.  Meanwhile, I was quickly able to
    crash Z4Cs system and ask him about that returning node.. which he
    already knew about, and said would be nodelisted 'shortly'.  That was
    all I needed to hear.
    
    Now does that mean that this node will be listed in this week's
    nodelist?  I don't know, as I don't know what complications Z4C and
    others in Z4 may have encountered with this returning node or with
    their own software that particular week ... which
    is the main point here :) WE don't live there.  WE don't know what is
    going on.  It's NONE of our business in Zone 1, nor is it the business
    of Zone 2 sysops.  [note: the node was listed that week (grin)]

    
    Some would be quick to say that a system that is Down, is always
    their business because it affects his system (meanwhile neither Z4C
    nor the returning node connect to these detractors for direct or
    routed mail, so I have to ask, why make such a stink ?  about a node
    who is at the mercy of his ISP..  about a node who can still receive
    mail that is routed, and crash mail from his uplink...  I understand
    that they do have a "thing" in Z2 about Direct mail... and I also know
    that is one of the differences between Z1 and Z2..  meanwhile NO where
    in policy 4 is Crash mail mentioned as a requirement for membership. 
    Netmail, yes.  Crash Mail, No.  As a matter of fact, there is no
    mention of having to receive mail from 'any' system in Fidonet in
    Policy 4, unless you have promised to route mail for a node.  Then we
    are talking something altogether different.. but that is not what
    these detractors had been speaking about.  


    This month I was helping another sysop to get reconnected to Fidonet.. 
    he's from New Zealand and his problems were not ISP related.. but the
    system he was trying to connect to might as well have been 'down' from
    the returning sysop's side of things... no response, week after week
    from the system he was polling (one of the RCs near to where he
    lives).  The problem was 'no one's fault' to speak of.. just a set of
    circumstances that existed "over there".. which people in Z2 (and
    people like those in this echo could know nothing about because they
    weren't involved... This node in Z3 was sent to me by some people who
    knew I ran Linux like he did.. He needed simply to be brought up to
    speed on current internet protocols, and he needed some information
    from his RC to connect there, which he obviously didn't know about. So
    I was kind of the 'middle-man' helping to pass information between the
    two systems until they could communicate directly.

    
    Which brings me to my final point... Yes, it is important to mark
    nodes/regions/nets down if they are MIA.. but if you don't live in an
    area, your knowledge of the problems in an area so large as Z4 must be
    _minimal_... unless you speak to someone from that zone directly..
    someone knowledgable yet (g).  Certainly, you cannot know all of the problems in an area
    unless you make a telephone voice call to that nodes' internet
    provider... which I doubt very much was done. AND certainly you can
    not know what is involved in problems with connections unless you are
    personally involved in a situation.
    
    Final great note.. this evening a young Chinese woman spent the better
    part of an hour with me helping her get set up as point over here...
    could it be the return of Zone 6 on the way??  I sure hope so!!!  
    What will those sourpusses in that echo say should Zone 6 return I
    wonder :) :) Ok, not getting my hopes up yet, really, but I'm really
    happy to have this point setting up here.
    
    Ed.

    
    
  

    
    
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    |Region 11 News|
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    Don Plesky, R11C, has resigned his position, but will be missed by all
    in the region.  Don was appointed to this position during some very
    rough times for R11, and Don agreed to help out when I asked him to
    take this on this job.  I appreciate his taking on the job when he
    did, and sticking with it as he did.  Thanks for your dedication to
    Fidonet, Don!
    
    Since Don had some serious hardware problems this summer, he found it
    necessary to retire as RC, and so I've appointed Jame Clay as the new
    R11C.  Again, many thanks to Don for persevering as long as he was
    able to, and to Jame for  agreeing to take over this position.  
    
    -#-
    
    
    =======================
    New & Returning Members
    =======================
     By Janis Kracht

    ==============
    In the Works:
    =====================
    Christopher Wilson, Missouri, Region 14
	Brian McSweeney, Florida, Region 18
    Daniel Roberts, Warwickshire, UK Z2

    ================     
    Returning SysOps:
    ================
    Welcome Back!
 
    Eric Oulashin, Oregon, Region 17
    Don Pezet, Florida, Region 18
    James Kelly,  New Zealand, Z3
                    
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	Send updates, changes to address above or to janis @
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	FidoAddress..1:261/38
	Phone........607-655-5652
	Software.....BBBS LiI v4.01 Flag #
	OS...........Linux (Gentoo)
	C/B Verify...None
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	Telnet.......filegate.net
	             telnet access offers full features 
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	www:.........http:/www.filegate.net:8080/bbbs
	             [web interface is limited really 
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	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.  
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	FidoAddress..1:224/303
	Phone........613-392-8896
	Software.....Sunchronet
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	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 
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                 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
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	FidoAddress..1:311/2
	Software.....Virtual Advanced
	OS...........Windows XP
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	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
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    The Slightly Crusty Sysop
	Sean Dennis
	1:18/200

	September 2009

	Wow, August flew by.  I certainly won't miss the heat and humidity we
	had to suffer from here as the days are turning cooler and the nights
	just a little crisper.  I turned 37 on the 27th and quite frankly, I
	don't feel any older.  Good things are afoot here at the Dennis
	household and it's nice to have something positive to look forward to,
	especially in today's socioeconomic climate.


	I do actually have something Fidonet-related to talk about in this
	column-the "deadwood" in the Fidonet nodelist.  By "deadwood", I mean:
	all of the systems that seem to be on auto-pilot and that don't
	actually contribute anything to Fidonet in the way of messages or
	activity; systems that no longer even answer when called; systems that
	are marked "down" with no real plans to come back online or sysops who
	have just killed their systems with no notice.


	Once, a long time ago, I was Region 11 Coordinator (RC11).  At the
	time I was starting to go through my section of the Fidonet nodelist
	and began to start pruning out the "deadwood".  I was suddenly being
	yelled at by other sysops in the region for doing my job and removing
	systems that were no longer around.  Unfortunately, I had to resign
	the position immediately before I had the chance to actually complete
	what I was doing.  A quick look in the current Fidonet nodelist seems
	to confirm that no one else has bothered removing the junk cluttering
	that region's section of the nodelist either.


	It's just not R11 of course.  I know of one BBS in my region that is
	still listed in the Fidonet nodelist that doesn't exist.  All it'd
	take is a simple edit job and one less non-existant system would be
	gone.  This problem seems to be all over Fidonet in each and every
	zone.  Zone 1 seems to have a lot of deadwood in it.  I can't speak
	about Zone 2 as I don't call Russia POTS as a matter of financial
	impunity. \ But let's all realize the truth of the matter is that
	Fidonet is not as big as that nodelist likes to make it.


	I think as part of Fidonet's survival, we need to get down to brass
	tacks and remove people who are no longer part of Fidonet.  What good
	is it to someone to send mail to a system that is no longer
	maintained? What good does it serve the active part of Fidonet to have
	all of this extra weight hanging around its neck (this can also go for
	the echo backbone, but that's for another column)?


	Alas, this is but a singular opinion, it seems, from discussing this
	with other "people of position" in Fidonet.  There are some who know
	this pruning needs to happen but there are more that can't let go of
	Fidonet's illustrious (or infamous, you pick) past with BBS systems
	that have long passed the point of just being a rotten, dying branch
	on the Fidonet tree trunk.


	That's all I have to say on the subject for now.  As always, your
	opinions, not your flames, are welcomed.  You may contact me via
	netmail (this is preferred) at 1:18/200 or via email at
	sean@nsbbs.info.

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    F  O  O  D      Even sysops have to eat!
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    Want to contribute something here?  Send your submission to
    fidogazette 'at' filegate.net or email janis at filegate.net, 
    and it will get published here in the next issue :)

    From: Dan Ceppa, 1:138/666
    Dan Ceppa sent in this contribution for the Food section this month.
    It's a great combination with the article I had prepared already for
    the Food Section :)   - Good timing Dan! :)

    
	I found this online and it sounded pretty good:

	Cinnamon-Cornbread Cobbler with Blueberries
	3 X 5
	4 X 6

	Active Time:  10 Minutes
	Total Time:  50 Minutes
	Yield:  Serves 12

    I love the way corn and blueberries taste together. This takes just
    minutes to make and is great with vanilla ice cream.

	RECIPE INGREDIENTS
	For the Filling:
	8 cups blueberries, rinsed
	1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar, depending on the sweetness of the fruit
	2 tablespoons lemon juice
	For the Topping:
	1 cup cornmeal
	3/4 cup all-purpose flour
	1/2 cup sugar
	2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
	1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
	1/4 teaspoon salt
	3/4 cup buttermilk
	6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
	1 egg, slightly beaten

	Cinnamon-Cornbread Cobbler with Blueberries Recipe at Cooking.com
	DIRECTIONS FOR THE FILLING:
	Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.

	Toss the blueberries with the sugar and lemon juice. Pour into a
	13-by-9-inch oval baking dish.


	FOR THE TOPPING:
    Combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt
    in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk,
    melted butter, and beaten egg. Stir with a wooden spoon to blend and
    then mix with a fork only until the batter comes together.

	Drop the batter by spoonfuls on top of the blueberries in the pan.
	Bake the cobbler for 40 to 45 min, or until the filling is bubbly and
	the topping is firm when pressed.

	Recipe reprinted by permission of Fine Cooking Magazine. All rights
	reserved. Date Added: 01/01/2008

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    More Food :)
    
	We All Scream for Ice Cream  by Janis Kracht
    ===========================
    
    It's the middle of August right now and as I'm preparing the September
    issue of FidoGazette, all I can think of is ICE CREAM since we're
    getting high temperatures of 90+F here this week!  So, using my
    ancient (well, pretty old.. I'd say it's over 20 years old) ice cream
    maker, I am planning on preparing some the following recipes below :)
    The Ice Cream maker is made by RICHMOND CEDAR WORKS (or RCW Co.) in
    Virginia, USA.  The Wooden bucket has an electric motor which rotates
    the metal can inside the wooden bucket, and of course in the metal can
    is a large beater which stays stationary in the can while the can
    revolves.  It makes a gallon of GREAT ice cream in about 25 minutes,
    and I'm sorry the company has gone out of business.  You just don't
    get great ice cream from some of the newer electric Ice Cream makers
    where you must freeze the bucket before operating ... yep, I have one
    of those as well, and that machine makes two quarts of a softer ice
    cream in about 20 minutes.

    
    I think you can still find RCW's ice cream maker on sites like EBay,
    but once the parts wear out, I doubt you'll be able to find them :(
    Luckily, my RCW ice cream maker and all of it's parts have held up
    really well all these years.  This ice cream maker uses the old
    fashioned way of making ice cream with ice and rock salt, in layers in
    the wooden bucket surrounding the can and beater.
    
    Instructions for the RCW Ice Cream maker:
    
      Use crushed ice cubes or crushed store-bought ice.  The finer the
      ice is crushed, the better it is since the machine is made to
      operate with crushed ice.
             
       A. In packing, put about three inches of ice in
       tub all around can, and sprinkle about 3 oz. of
       tablesalt. or 5 oz. of rock salt, evenly over ice.
    
       B. Continue adding ice and salt (in the above
       proportions) layer by layer, until tub is filled
       up to, but not over, top of can.

       C. When tub is half full, (approx. 2 layers of ice
       and salt) pour one cup of cold water over the ice
       and salt mixture. This will help the ice to melt
       and settle, which will shorten freezing time, and
       will help keep ice from jamming and causing
       stops. After tub is filled, pour another cup of cold
       water over the ice and salt.

					 -
                    /
	      =[                ]=
	     [                    ]    
	     [                    ] ---------- salt
    	 [                    ] --- ice
	     [                    ] ---------- salt
    	 [                    ] --- ice
	     [                    ] ---------- salt
    	 [                    ] --- ice
	     [                    ] ---------- salt
	   	  [                  ]  --- ice
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    [Cooking, Continued.]
     
    On to the Recipes!
    	
    These are from RCW's instruction book.. all great recipes.    

    LEMON SHERBET
    ============
    2 cups sugar 
    1 quart milk
    juice of 6 lemons 
    1 qt. light or table cream
    juice of 2 oranges 
    4 egg whites
    Chill the lemon and orange luice and sugar in the
    freezer. Add the milk and cream. Fold in the stiffly
    beaten egg whites. Churn in freezer per instructions.
    Makes approx. 3 quarts.
    
    VANILLA ICE CREAM (Philadelphia)
    =================
    No Cooking! 
    1 tablespoon vanilla
    1 quart thin cream 
    1 cup sugar
    4 cups thin cream (Half and Half) 
    l/8 teaspoon salt
    
    Mix all ingredients well, then churn in freezer per instructions.
    Makes approx. 4 quarts.
    
    
    
    ===
    These are some other ice cream recipes I've found and used over the
    years, great as well.
 
    Old-Fashioned Favorite Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe
    =================================================
     2 c Sugar
     2/3 c Hershey's Cocoa
     1/4 c All-purpose flour
     1/4 ts Salt
     2 c Milk
     2 Eggs, slightly beaten
     1 tb Vanilla extract
     1 qt Light cream
     1/2 pt Whipping cream
     
     In medium saucepan,  combine sugar,  cocoa, flour and  salt; stir in
     milk and eggs.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until
     mixture boils; boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in
     vanilla, light cream and whipping cream.  Refrigerate until cold. 
     Freeze in ice cream freezer according to manufacturer's directions.
     
    About 2-1/2 quarts ice cream. Courtesy of the Hershey Kitchens.
     
     
    Diabetic-Ice Cream Recipe
    =========================   
    8 oz Pet Lite Milk
	4 pk Sugar Substitute
    1 ts Vanilla
    
    ** ADD ONE OF THE FOLLOWING **
    2 ea Peach, peeled and diced
	1 ea Banana, mashed
    4 sl Pineapple with juice
    8 oz Orange Juice
	2 c Strawberries,  crushed
                                                  
      
    Mix all together and put in freezer of refrigerator
    until hardened. Remove - break up - put in blender and whip until
    creamy. Serve. Can also be made in one of the small electric
    machines, or one of those that goes in freezer. Calories: 75 cal.
    Exchanges: 1/2 Milk and 1/2 Fruit


    Low Fat Rum Raisin Ice Cream Recipe
    ===================================
	1 Very ripe banana
	1 ts Lowfat yogurt
    1/4 ts Rum extract
    1 tb Raisins
                                                             
    Peel banana, wrap in  plastic. Thaw slightly, combine in blender with
    remaining ingredients except raisins.  Blend until smooth. Stir in
    raisins. Serve.  

    Old Fashioned Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe
    =========================================
    1 pt Strawberries
	1 c Sugar
    1 Egg
	1 c Half and half
    1 t Vanilla
   	3 c Heavy cream
   
    Hull the berries and cut the  larger ones in half. Place the  berries
    in a double boiler and add 1/2 cup sugar. Heat for 10-15
    minutes,stirring occasionally, until thefruit is very soft. Puree the
    fruitin a blender. Transfer puree to a bowland cool in the
    refrigerator.Put the egg, half and half, remaining sugarand vanilla
    extract in the blender and blend on medium speed till mixture is
    smooth and thesugar is dissolved. Slowly add the cream and continue
    blending on low speed for 30 seconds. Transfer the mixture to your
    icecream freezer and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
    When the ice cream is about half frozen, add the strawberry puree to
    the mixture. Continue freezing. Makes Makes slightly more than 1
    quart. slightly more than 1 quart.
    
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    Dr. DeBug Answers Your Questions!
    =================================
     By drdebug @ filegate.net
     
    If you'd like your question to appear here, just send an email to
    drdebug at filegate.net, or netmail to drdebug at 1:261/38.100.
     
    How do I add my software to the FileGate Distribution?
    ======================================================
     
     
    The FileGate Distribution system feeds files to all of Fidonet's
    zones so that everyone in Fidonet can enjoy them.  If you have a
    hobby of collecting certain types of files, for instance, utilities
    for Windows, or utilities for DOS or utilities for Linux, photographs
    of horses, etc. etc ..  then perhaps some other people would also
    like to share your collection.  This is the basis of the IFDC
    Filegate Distribution network (sm). BTW, sm is an abbreviation of
    "service mark", not an abbreviation for a smile as I was once asked :) 

   
    One person collects files of interest most likely to them, such
    as programming files... For instance, I started my very first bbs in
    1981 or so, when I was teaching myself to program computers.
     
    Having a bbs let me share the files I created with others in the
    community (this was before I even heard of Fidonet) and it allowed me
    to collect programming files I found across the country.  It was
    rough doing that though back then, because at the time most of those
    other sites required you to UPLOAD a C source code file in order to
    DOWNLOAD one.. quite painful if you are just learning C (a
    programming language).  With my bbs running (it was some mono-colored
    Unix bbs software, who's name I'll never remember :) ), I was able to
    get some of my code online and offered it to the public ... 
    eventually people started coming to my site for code, tutorials, and
    the like.  

    And so if you have some files of interest to you, chances are they
    will be of interest to someone else.  As far as caveats, you must
    agree to the following:
     
     No XXX rated stuff, and no copyrighted material which you don't have
     permission to distribute from the matierial's authorized agent.

      
     All software or images you send should be tested with a good virus
     program.  My system uses f-prot for instance :)
           
     Anything which you send through your FDN must be "removable" by you..
     in other words, you should be willing to track it down (with our help
     of course) to remove any 'illegal' files which might find their way
     into the system which may happen now and again (not often!).  The way
     we take care of such problems is to release a file with the same name
     as the offending file, but with 0 length (no content) and with a
     file_id.diz that simply says, "Please remove this file". 
     
     And lastly, files that you send through your FDN should go through
     only your FDN, not also sent out to three other Photo or doornet
     FDN's for instance (g)  This is important because even though a lot
     of us use the internet these days, bandwidth is still bandwidth..and
     multiple instances of files wastes bandwidth no matter how you cut it
     (smile).

    We put an archive header on our files telling people where they came
    from, here's what it looks like:
     
    =====================================================================
        IFDC FileGate Project Archive (c) 1994-2009

        Distributed by The IFDC FileGate Project (sm)

    For more information about the Project please visit 
    http://www.filegate.net

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------     
     
           
    The last line wrapped in the archive comment due to the margins of
    this newsletter, but hopefully if you examine the archives that arrive
    from your filegate feed, you will see the entire header if you type
    unzip -v filename.zip on a command line.  From what I understand, some
    archivers like winzip don't display archive headers, though.  You may
    also notice that some FDN Coordinators append their own comment file
    to the IFDC FileGate comment file, and that's just fine as well..
    These archive comments just provide more information.  They are
    applied to common archivers like so:

    
    	zip:  
    
	    zip -z  filename.zip \< [\path\commentfile.txt]
    
    
    	rar:
    
	    rar c filename.rar -z[\path\commentfile.txt]
    
    	
    Now you just need to decide what files you will distribute.  Let's say
    you or a friend loves to make impressive digital designs and
    wants to get them "out there".  All you'd need to do is contact me at
    1:261/38 or email me and we set you up over here to start delivering
    files to FileGate HQ.  From 1:261/38, the files go to the FileGate
    HUBs and BACKBONE Stars (see filegate.zxx for the complete list). 

    IFDC FDN members use a "one way in" approach, rather than letting
    anyone in Fidonet release files because that offers the most
    protection from duplicate files going through our systems, and also
    keeps virus and trojans out.  
    
    The IFDC FileGate has a policy document you can download an read. 
    It's located here: http://www.filegate.net/info/FGPOL006.TXT 
    It essentially says about the same thing as above (g). 
    
    Processing HATCH:
    ================
    You'll need software to release your files as well.  There are a
    number of packages to do so.  BBBS includes a hatch with replace or
    just hatch command..
   
    BBBS
    ====
    You would set up the area in BBBS as normal:
    
    F PDNJAVA /home/ftp/pub/pdn/pdnjava/ 1:261/38 VA 1:10/3 1:123/500 1:140/1
    
    You'd make sure that your links (10/3, 123/500 and 140/1) had the F
    flag in external.bbb [nodes] section.
    
    [nodes]
    1:123/500 password password password password  F  C  2  
    [...]
    
    
    Put the file to release in the directory where you defined the
    area (here, home/ftp/pub/pdn/pdnjava).  Log into the bbs and import
    the file with des -a filename.zip.  Then you'd simply type:
    
    ./bbbs bhatch -oldfile.zip /home/ftp/pub/pdn/pdnjava/newfile.zip
    
    The - tells bbbs to hatch with replace.  If you don't need to replace
    a file, you can leave the -oldfile.zip out.
    
     
    TICK
    ====
    Tick v210 is still being used in fidonet today by
    a number of sysops (see http://www.filegate.net/mail/tick210.zip).

    Setting up tick to run under a DOS box is pretty easy.  Here's an
    example of a config file that should work for you  with just a few
    changes:
    
    ===================clip====TIC.CFG====
    IN c:\tick\inbound 
    ZONE 1 c:\tick\outbound
    NET 261
	NODE 38
	HOLD c:\tick\holdir
	QDIR c:\tick\qdir       
	ListFmt %3:-13 %1       
	ListName Files.Bbs      
	QUIET                   
	TEMP c:\tick\ramdisk 
	LOGPATH                 
	LOGSEEN                 
	CRC                     
	LogCRC                  
	Crc2Dup                 
	DupByCRC                
	NoWait                  
	Local                   
	MailerKills             
	REPLACE                 
	FDLog                   
	ForceINTL               
	FIDO                    

	AREA c:\tick\files\nodelist NODELIST
    	Local Listname c:\tick\files\nodelist\files.bbs
	    1:261/1 PASSWORD &*

	AREA c:\tick\files\lordfile LORDFILE
    	 Local Listname c:\tick\files\lordfile\files.bbs
	     1:261/1 PASSWORD &*

    =====Clip===End=TICK.CFG====================

    Make you sure you note the changes needed above:  Your node number,
    all paths/directories where you want files, etc., and downlinks and
    their passwords :)
    
    
    ALLFIX
    ======
  	Allfix is also still in use by a good number of people.
    	
    ALLFIX File Manager

	Allfix  file echo processor, is stand-alone shareware program and
	can be used with most BBS Systems.  AllFixuses a config program
	(ASETUP) that you run to make changes to the config file. ASETUP's
	interface is much like the FrontDoor mailer's config program - the set
	up cannot be done in an ASCII config file.
   
	The ASETUP main screen leads you to different manager  menus for
	different parts of the program, such as node manager, file echo
	manager, and group manager, etc. In each of these managers, you enter
	information for that manager.
 
    In Node manager, you enter the node numbers, passwords and mail flavor
    of those who will be calling your system.
  
	The  File Echo Manager allows you to view or change the actual tag
	names, add description of the tags and indicate where the files are to
	be stored.
  
	If you want to use them, the Groups manager will allow you to remove
	or change similar file echos, or groups of echos.
   
    Allfix saves all the    information in a  database. One thing  you
    might want to do often is backup your allfix directory...  after
    entering all of that information, you sure wouldn't want to lose it
    and have to re-enter it .
     
  
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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 \.  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  drdebug at
	filegate.net, or netmail drdebug at 1:261/38.100, 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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