T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!   Volume IV   Number III     March, 2010
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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!   Volume IV   Number III     March, 2010
    Notes from the Z1C.........................................(1)
    Notes from the IFDC FileGate Project.......................(1)
    New and Returning Members..................................(2)
    AllFix News................................................(3)
    The Old School Toolbox.....................................(5)
    FidoGazette BBS List.......................................(6
    Info (Where to Send Articles)..............................(7)
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    This month we have new releases of ALLFIX available - that is such
    great news.  Thanks to Bob Seaborn for helping make this possible.  I'm
    sure the folks in the allfix_help echo know more about this update than
    I do... but it's really great to see this piece of software being
    updated and not abandoned.  See related announcement in this issue. 
    Too bad Bob isn't sending new releases out via the filegate.. all those
    old versions are still sitting all over creation on every Fidonet
    sysop's hard drives.. (Bob?  You there?  (grin) )
    Notes from the Z1C:
    Region 14's RC, Jeff Smith has had a health setback which prevents him
    from participating in Fidonet for the time being.  His family is not
    sure whether he'll be back or not..  I know Jeff had mentioned retiring
    from the RC position as some point in the future to me, so at least I
    was somewhat mentally prepared for his leaving.  I hope his health
    improves in any case!  But we'll miss you Jeff!  Jeff was always there
    to help new nodes in his region, giving his time and knowledge whenever
    Region 14 nodes who are not connected to an echomail feed should
    contact myself at 1:261/38 ( janis @ filegate .  net) or Ross Cassell
    at 1:123/500, or Bob Seaborn at 1:140/1.  You should connect to the
    following regional echos:
     R14_POST                      -                             -

    Once you are connected either netmail me at 1:261/38, or say HELLO in
    the R14_CHAT echo.  Hopefully we'll get an election for a new RC going
    there soon.  If that doesn't work out, I'll be appointing the new RC.
    Thanks to all who are helping "lost" members get reconnected.. our
    usual suspects that I know are helping out are Ross Cassell, Bob
    Seaborn and Richard Webb.  Thanks again for providing links  to these

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    Notes from I.F.D.C FileGate Project:
    New FDN this month:

    The legion FDN just joined us in February and has started releaseing
    Here's the list of file echos from the latest filegate.zxx file:
      % FDN            Legion File Distribution Network
      % Coordinator    Jon Justvig 1:298/5 (jjustvig76@sbcglobal.net)
      % Internet       http://legion.steppingstonebbs.com
      % PATH: DIRECT
      % HUB: No
      % ------------------------------------------------------------------------
      % File Echo                   Description
      % ------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Area LEGION      0     !       FDN: Legion Beta Releases
      Area LEGOFF      0     !       FDN: Legion Offical Releases
      Area LEGNEWS     0     !       FDN: Legion News & Updates
      Area LEGUPS      0     !       FDN: Legion Uploads
     Thanks Jon!  
    New and Returning Members
    From http://www.filegate.net/zone1/ and other mirror sites such as

    Returning SysOps:    
    Eric Oulashin      Eugene, Oregon
    Welcome back!
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    AllFix News
    from the ALLFIX_HELP echo
    by Bob Seaborn

    19 Feb 10  10:28:00
    A new version of AllFix is now available.  Please visit www.allfix.com for

     Changelog 6.00 rel 19
     # Registration no longer required
     # All registration only features have been enabled
     # All nags removed
     # Patched to stop Divide by zero errors
     # No bug fixes or new features
     # Due to licensing issues, and inability to locate support files that are
       required, there will be no Universal or Wildcat releases at this time

    New native versions for DOS, Windows, OS/2 and Linux are being worked on and
    will be available when available.

    Any support will be addressed here in this echo.

    I do wish to thank Ken Johnson for his kind assistance.



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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!   Volume IV   Number III     March, 2010
    F  O  O  D      Even sysops have to eat!
    By Janis Kracht, 1:261/38
    Want to contribute something here?  Send your submission to fidogazette
    'at' filegate.net or email janis at filegate.net, or janis kracht at
    1:261/38 (binkp: filegate.net) and it will get published here in the
    next issue :)
    California Curry
    My favorite of 4 sisters has always been my oldest sister...She's about
    5 years older than I am.  She took off for California after college and
    as a result, I'd see her much too infrequently...But when she came
    home, boy did she bring great presents haha..  When she was still
    living in NYC, she brought me my first Dylan album (his first, still
    have it, thank goodness)..  Then once she was living in LA, she brought
    me my first Doors album..  (Jim Morrison hadn't made it to the east
    coast music charts yet) - one time she brought me dolls from Greece
    since the film she was working on was shot there..  When they were
    shooting in Australia, she brought me a boomerang :) When she'd come
    home, and she'd always insist on cooking for Mom and the rest of us. 
    She had to show us the new recipes she'd found - I've never forgotten
    this one.

    ===California Hamburger===
    1 lb. ground round or lean hamburger
    tomato, sliced
    lettuce, broken into leaves
    large onion, sliced
    garlic powder
    salt, pepper
    Make 1/4 lb hamburger patties.  Sprinkle lightly with garlic powder,
    then salt and pepper both sides lightly.  Place burgers in frying pan
    and cook for about 3-5 minutes per side depending on how thick your
    burger is.  In the hamburger roll, put mayonaisse on top inside of the
    bun.  Cover the mayonaisse with a few leaves of lettuce, then slices of
    tomato.  Put the burger in the roll, add the onion and but the
    hamburger roll bottom on it. You can slather more mayonaisse on the
    inside of the bottom of the roll :)
    ===California Curry===
    2 tablespoons butter
    1 1/2 pounds lamb, cut into 1" pieces
    1 tablespoon flour
    2 onions, chopped
    4 cloves of garlic, minced
    2 8oz. containers of plain yogurt or yogurt with mandarin orange fruit
    2 cans mandarin oranges in light syrup, drained (you can buy fresh
      oranges, but peeling the segments can be time  consuming.  All the
      pith needs to be removed (carefully (g))
    2-4 tablespoons curry powder according to how strong you like your
      curry.  Make sure you buy the freshest curry powder you can find, 
      or make your own.
    1 tablespoon paprika
    salt, pepper
    Melt the butter in a 10" saucepan.  Add the onion and garlic and
    cook until the onion is translucent and the garlic is golden.  Toss the
    lamb with the flour.  Add the meat to the onions and garlic.  Brown the
    meat for about 5 minutes.  Add the curry powder and paprika.  Salt and
    pepper generously.  When the meat is well coated and the spices are
    infused well, add about 1 cup of water.  Simmer covered for about an
    hour, stirring now and again.
    When the meat is tender, stir in the plain yogurt and reduce the heat
    to very very low (don't let the yogurt boil).  Add the mandarin orange
    segments and stir gently. Remove from heat.  Serve immediately.
    Have ready: rice.  
    Have on the table the following  condiments:
    grated sweetened Coconut
    bananas, sliced
    8 oz. can chunk pineapple, drained
    dried fruit like raisins
    chopped onion
    chopped walnuts
    Fresh chopped tomatoes
    Have guests place rice on serving dishes, cover with spoons of curry,
    and top with condiments (the more the better :) )                                                        
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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!   Volume IV   Number III     March, 2010
    The Old School Toolbox
    By Richard Webb, 1:116/901

            In defense of good ol' pots

	I  penned  this  piece  late  in the fall of 2009 just after hurricane
    Ida threatened the gulf coast.  However, with the winter we've been
    having here in Fidonet zone 1 I"m sure other folks are experiencing the
    intermittent connection blues as I was.

	THe  internet  has  changed  the way we move mail in fidonet over the
    years, and we all know that for the most part this has been an
    improvement for most of us.  But, there are times when good ol' pots
    might be the only solution.

	Back in late October I started having difficulties  with  my regular
    telephone system.  I pick up the handset and it sounds like a bowl of
    that famous Kelloggs cereal, snap crackle pop.  Modem connect speeds
    started suffering.  every time it rained I didn't get PEnnies from
    heaven as the old song says, but I got intermittent connections with
    the modem, such poor connections that sometimes I couldn't even talk to
    somebody on the phone.

    Yes  I have international communications here at the flip of a switch via
    ham radio, but that isn't going to get my lady timely help if the power
    goes out and she finds her supplies of bottled oxygen limited.  That
    isn't going to help her summon an ambulance in a timely fashion if she
    needs one.  So, I call the telco folks and tell them this is

    The  telco  folks don't come, and they don't come some more.  THe winds
    die down, conditions dry up and the line quality returns to somewhat
    acceptable.  Finally the telco tech comes out, after calling ten
    minutes before he's going to arrive.  I'm in a city 50 miles away on
    business at the time.

    Needless  to  say,  he  doesn't  find  or solve the problem.  Meanwhile
    another windy spell, another wet spell.  COnnection speeds suffer.  My
    dial-up internet connection is so flaky I can't even download my email.

    My connections with my fidonet links aren't much better, but the robust
    variant of zmodem and compressed mail provides something I can't get
    from my internet connection.  REliability.  My fidonet mail still comes
    through, although with multiple attempts necessary at times to download
    it all.  I became accustomed to seeing badwazoo.* in my protected
    inbound there for awhile.

    Binkd or binkp wouldn't have helped me stay connected during this
    problem.  Neither would email tunneling.  The extra layers required by
    the exchange of packets would have meant my connection bombed out, and
    I was now out of touch.  But people that really needed to make email
    contact with me could use my alternate email address via my fidonet
    links and reach me.

    After almost a month of this problem I got  extremely  tired of all
    this, and reminded the telco folks that I pay a good chunk of my
    limited income for my flat rate long distance, voicemail services,
    internet, the whole ball of wax.  I like my landline service.  IT's
    reliable when cell sites are overwhelmed with business.  IT gives me a
    dial tone when the power is out all around me.  MOst times it provides
    me reliable voice and data connections with the rest of the world.

    The poor technician who finally responded to  my  vociferous
    complaining went to my demarcation box outside my home and hooked up
    his test set.  I stood listening with him as the snap crackle pop was
    quite apparent.  I reminded him that retaining a satisfied customer was
    contingent upon his success at finding the problem.

    Up  the  line  a  half  mile or so he found a problem in the cabling. 
    I think he switched me to a pair which didn't have the problem. 
    Connections are once again good.

    An  internet  connection  couldn't  be  maintained  in  that
    environment, but the robust protocols and error correction provided by
    our tried and true fidonet schemes developed in the days when everybody
    was pots only, and that's all there was kept me connected.  Compressed
    mail bundles and good old zedzap kept me in touch with family and
    friends.  I might not have been able to hear mom on the phone, but I
    could at least read her email.  I may not have had regular internet
    email to continue my work of recruiting volunteers to man ham radio
    circuits if Hurricane Ida had done her worst on the gulf coast.  But,
    thanks to good ol' fidonet and pots I was able to muster stand by
    resources to help those folks if Ida had done damage on the gulf coast.

    Sometimes  the tried true and tested is the only tool you've got which
    is reliable enough to get the job done.  Thanks to FIdonet and those
    developers of yesteryear for helping me to remain productive and in


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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!   Volume IV   Number III     March, 2010
	!!!        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
	Software.....BBBS LiI v4.01 Flag #
	OS...........Linux (Gentoo)
	C/B Verify...None
	Access.......First Call access to Msg bases, 
	             and file areas.            
	             telnet access offers full features 
	             of the standard bbs such as doors,
	             qwkmail, BWmail,Files, etc.       
	             [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. 
	FTP:	     ftp.filegate.net, port 60721
    		     public access to file areas (please 
       		     note change of port for public access).
	System.......Time Warp of the Future BBS
	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.
	             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. 
           	     SBBS files available.

	System.......Lionsden BBS
	OS...........Windows XP
	C/B Verify...None
	Access.......First Call access to Msg bases, and file areas.
	             telnet access offers full features
     		     of the standard bbs such as doors, 
     		     qwkmail, Files, etc.
	             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


	System.......Christian Fellowship
	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
	Software.....Virtual Advanced
	OS...........Windows XP
	C/B Verify...None
	Access.......First call access to doors, files and
  	             message reading.  Message posting requires 
	             Thanks to VADV-PHP you can access almost 
	             everything the BBS has to offer from the
	             web, with the exception of door games.


	System.......Roach Guts BBS 
	Software.....Maximus on Port 23 (primary)
	             Synchronet on Port 24 (temporary)
	OS...........Windows XP
	C/B Verify...None
	Access.......First call access to doors, files and
       		     message reading.  Message posting requires


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    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 at 1:261/38 
    Modem: 607-655-5652 
    1:261/100 filegate.net port 24555
    via binkp or telnet mailer 
    (don't send articles as routed attaches, send them direct to filegate.net).
    Standard binkp port only supports BinkP (24554).

    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)).
     To send reviews or recipes to the Food section, email or netmail Janis
     as above.

     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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