T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!   Volume IV   Number VI     June, 2010
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    Letters to the Editor......................................(1)
    New and Returning Members..................................(2)
    The Slightly Crusty Sysop..................................(3)
    Old School Toolbox: 
       Electronic mail, the Glue That Holds It Together........(4)
    Cheepware News.............................................(5)
    FidoGazette BBS List.......................................(7)
    Info (Where to Send Articles)..............................(8)
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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!   Volume IV   Number VI     June, 2010

    I see our Russian friends have made a new improved Fidonet logo, one
    that includes a CD or DVD.  Very nice artwork that is for sure, though
    it looks like it will only be usable on the Web with color graphics,
    I don't have a problem with the idea (this mag uses a
    'dog-with-usb-and-computer' logo) but I wish the good folk or person
    doing this very well done artwork would also have included an ascii
    version...  if they want it to be usable across all networks, and types
    of media.
    This is something that Fidonet has always tried to accomplish..
    allowing CBM users, Atari users and plain old terminal users and sysops 
    to connect to the network, as well as IBM PC types.. 
    In the 'old' days it was keeping protocols that would support 300bps as
    well as 28800bps.  These days, it is a matter of allowing telephone
    modems as well as internet connectivity.  In other words, we've always
    encouraged and welcomed the lowest possible denominator in connections
    and media types.  I see no reason to change that.

    Letters to the Editor:

    Subject: The Gaz

    Hi Janis.

    I just wanted to thank you for your continuing work on the Gazette.
    It's good to have something _positive_ to read from within the FidoNet
    world.  (Unlike a certain other Fido related publication I used to try
    and read.)

    Your time and efforts are appreciated here.

    Be well!

    Best regards,
    telnet://bbs.sursum-corda.com. >Celebrating 14 years on-line
    Ed. Response:  
    Thank you Marc!  All of us involved in this project hope to bring you a
    decent, interesting periodical, of interest to sysops and users in the
    Fidonet community every month.  We'd like to do it every week, and
    perhaps it will grow to that someday :)
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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!   Volume IV   Number VI     June, 2010
    New and Returning Members
    From http://www.filegate.net/zone1/ and other mirror sites such as

    Returning SysOps:
    Kevin Amstutz        Region 11
    Shanta McBain        Region 17
    Shawn Rapp           Region 17
    John Meeks           Region 18
    Daryl Stout  1:19/33 Region 19

    Welcome Back! Good to have you fellows back in the network!
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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!   Volume IV   Number VI     June, 2010

    The Slightly Crusty Sysop
    by Sean Dennis, 1:18/200

    With spring being sprung and summer quickly upon us here in my neck of
    the woods, I can tell that the "summer lull" in Fidonet is starting to
    happen.  That's when everyone goes outside and enjoys the great weather
    only to leave the messaging for when it's cold and dreary outside.  I'm
    guilty of wanting to go outside, but with my allergies and my favorite
    hobbies being indoor ones, I don't really have a reason to go outside
    except to mow the lawn.

    I recently had a BBS newbie log into my BBS.  He's young (20 years old)
    and says he's wanting to learn "BBSing" because he's tired of all the
    problems associated with the World Wide Web.  I found that very
    interesting especially with today's youth having the attention span of
    a gnat and being very upset if they can't text their best friend who's
    two feet from them.  It's been a refreshing change of pace actually
    showing someone new around the BBS and explaining the "old ways". 
    Being able to show someone the ropes is a rare treat these days.

    That brings me to the subject of BBS advertising.  Sure, those of us
    who've been around the block a few times with BBSing know the ropes and
    where to find what we want in BBSing, but what about those who are just
    learning?  I agree that those people are hard to find, but what are we
    doing to keep them?  I know that there's a few great BBS lists out
    there, but beyond that, how are we, as a community, letting people
    outside our hobby who might be interested that BBSes are still quite
    alive and well into the new millenium?

    Granted, our hobby isn't for everyone.  Only those who have a modicum
    of intelligence, the ability to navigate a computer without having to
    point and click our way through an operating system or program and who
    have some sembelance of common sense seem to be attracted to BBSing
    these days (I at least hope that's the case!).  Those people seem to be
    dying off and we need to replenish the BBS community by making our
    hobby known and fairly easy to access (not really talking about WWW
    access to a BBS; kinda defeating the purpose in my eyes).

    I don't claim to have all the answers; just tossing out a question to
    the general BBS community at large.

    As always, your comments are welcomed--your flames are not.  You can
    send me your comments via netmail at 1:18/200 (preferred) or via email
    at sean@nsbbs.info.


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    T h e F i d o G a z e t t e!  Volume IV Number VI June, 2010
                              The Old School Toolbox

                       By Richard Webb, 1:116/901

        Electronic mail, the Glue That Holds It Together

    In  recent  columns  I've been talking about backup plans. A backup
    plan is more than archiving data.  Good backup plans mean off site
    storage for important data, and alternate connection methods.  I
    learned about the advisability of off site data storage thanks to
    hurricane Katrina.  Still, we're talking about backup connections in
    this column at the moment.  These can be just as vital, if not more-so.

    Again,  picture  your community after the disaster, tornado, etc. 
    Cable TV and broadband internet are down for the count, generators are
    humming near residences that are so equipped, as well as near public
    institutions.  But, at one agency their internet services have been
    augmented with a machine on a beefy UPS well hardened against possible
    sources of harm.  this machine is connected to the public switched
    telephone network.  Not connected to a phone line which runs through
    the agency's switched telephone net, but the public network.

    Some of your local fidonet friends have  suddenly  scrambled to pull
    those old modems out of the closet and get hooked up, because pots is
    still working.  Those buried phone lines with adequate beefy power
    supply are still connecting calls, when/if you can get through, because
    everybody else is dialing out too.  They want to know when the power's
    going to come back on, or if grandma's alright or ...

    You get the idea, but you'd sure like to have your  netmail, and your
    echomail fix, and you haven't read your email for awhile.  some family
    and friends have one of your alternate email addresses using a fidonet
    to internet gateway I'm sure, at least if you're like me.

    Even if they don't, you can use a gateway to send a  message out
    letting folks know that you're okay, the camp stove and charcoal grill
    will put dinner on the table, and although living conditions are a bit
    primitive you're going to be just fine, maybe after patching the roof

    You've connected up, and there's your  mail,  in  the  usual fidonet
    tradition.  Binkleyterm or Frontdoor grabbed your compressed mail
    packets, some echomail, a couple of gated newsgroups, netmail, and
    you've got something to do for awhile, at least while the batteries
    last.  I hope you've got better things to do, such as maybe assist your
    neighbors, but, if not, at least you've got your favorite discussion
    groups to occupy your mind for awhile.

    Across town the local agency which is fidonet connected also hums
    along.  That's why you got echomail and gated newsgroups after all. 
    You and your net did a bit of groundwork and have a reliable hub.  When
    the hub's uplink didn't get that internet connection it dialed out,
    dropping off your net's mail via regular modem.  But, you're not the
    only guy to get some real benefit from this.  The director sent his
    point system to automatically get his email which was compressed in a
    packet by transnet.  He can now read, and respond.

    Meanwhile  the  organization's  volunteer and paid staff are busy
    checking on members, or those they serve.  Shut ins might be contacted,
    needs assessed and met.  It's all coordinated thanks to the
    organization's fido connected system, and possibly a human interactive
    bbs as well.

    While  the  director  is  reading,  and possibly replying to mails and
    trying to keep up on his duties the systems guru for the fidonet
    connected organization has sent emails to the fido box thanks to his
    plain old modem and his laptop.  WHen that mail is processed things
    start to happen.

    A   mail   management  tool  such  as  netmgr  gets  updated
    configurations because all the security and authentication checks on
    the remote sysop's mail matched.  This new configuration is going to
    readdress the boss man's mails to a different gateway, with all the
    proper information intact.  Totally transparent to him, his emails will
    leave, at the next pstn connection from outside the area, which will
    probably happen that day or evening.

    Is this really possible? Of course it  is.  We'll  begin  by looking at
    transnet's functions as an email gate.  In this mode the sysop usually
    sets transnet up as a point off his system.  It takes fidonet standard
    messages and sends them over the internet, much as other gating
    programs do it, i.e.  actual internet address of destination on the
    first line of body, etc.

    But, your agency boss doesn't even  need  to  go  that  far, because
    his editor's macros make them appear normal to him, because the sysop
    helped him get it all set up.

    Let's use a fictitious address of 1:290/10 for  an  example, since net
    290 doesn't exist in central Iowa anymore.  Node 1:290/10 is that node
    in the back room, with both internet and pstn capability.  The sysop(s)
    configured transnet to be 1:290/10.1000 and under normal circumstances
    if the boss used his fidonet point to send mail to the gateway it was
    address to 1:290/10.1000 normally.  But that gate isn't working
    anymore.  They've made arrangements with one of the other fidonet to
    internet gates to accept their users' mail.  So, as soon as instructed,
    the netmgr config is changed, old file which operates normally backed
    up, new config file put in place with proper file name, and an
    additional operation mask, which instructs it to look for mail address
    to UUCP at 1:290/10.1000 and readdress it to the alternate gate, and
    change the to: name to "postmaster" to be properly handled.

    So, the busy agency head decides he really  needs  to  email
    joe.blow@someplace.org to tell him they could sure use some assistance,
    and what kind.  His message editor shows him joe.blow@someplace.org in
    the to: field, and his subject line of choice.  Unbeknownst to him it's
    addressed actually to the transnet gateway.

    A  couple hours later MR. agency head uploads his sent mail, his point
    system's mailer talked to the boss mailer, password protected sessions
    of course, with password protected packets.  Your netmail processor
    sees his message when unpacked going to joe.blow and sees that it's to
    readdress that mail to the alternate gateway.

    Now for our example let us say I've agreed to provide backup service to
    this net, because i'm pots only and have redundant connections
    available at a moment's notice myself.  I'm still humming along, and my
    system has mail for 1:290/10.  IT dutifully calls to drop off waiting
    netmail, which I route for 290:10 anyway.  Suddenly I've picked up that
    message from the agency boss.  Depending on which gateway he's got
    privileges to use I might even have a direct connection with it, and
    will immediately dial out to deliver that mail to the appropriate

    Now  for  our  final  piece in this installment's version of "what if"
    let's say I've heard that the area covered by net 290 is stricken by
    some nasty stuff.  I usually hold 290/10's mail until the nighttime
    hours, because they're using it for primarily fax service during the
    day, or it's limited hours available.  But, I decide to roll the dice,
    just to see what i get because it isn't costing me any more.  So, I
    change the mail in the outbound to crash from hold, and we make a call. 
    Lo and behold, the old fido connected box with its pstn modem in the
    back room answers the phone, and MR.  bossman's message goes out even
    quicker than expected.

    Meanwhile  the  system  hums along, organization members are checking
    on more shut ins, moving folks from damaged residences to safety,
    getting usable food and water to those in need.  A downed tree is
    arranged to be cleared; members are in contact, thanks to this system. 
    Things are gettin done, and this organization or agency is now part of
    a community solution instead of a bunch of individual problems to be
    solved.  THose old junk throwaway computers and a pstn connection via
    modem being available made all this happen.

    I hear another question there in the back row. The gentleman asks: "but
    don't those public service organizations have you ham operators with
    your internet email by radio stuff available to them?" Yah, they do, if
    they know where to get access.  If you're at the fema temporary setup,
    or the local emergency ops center you've got that if you need it, and
    can convince the folks in control of it to assist you.  Maybe the red
    cross folks at the shelter do too.  But, the church or fraternal
    organization that's a real community booster probably doesn't have. 
    They might have, if they knew where to find a ham with it.  Chances are
    good however that even if they find the local ham radio response such
    as their ares group they're going to be told "we can't help you right
    now" or advised to join the queue.  But, many of that organization's
    members still have pots lines that are working.  A little electronic
    mail connectivity, especially shipping compressed mail bundles and
    short periods of time online fit nicely here.  AFter all, downloading
    quite a bit of text is still possible even at 9600 baud in a short
    period of time.  That mail bundle compressed with pkzip or equivalent
    downloaded in 60 seconds online can contain quite a bit of info about
    which association members have reported in, who's alright, who needs
    what.  Session overhead time and everything considered the recipient
    can dial in, get a hole when he can get a dial tone, dial out, transfer
    mail and be off line again within two minutes.  That old 386 that was
    landfill bound can help keep the older shut in lady that's so important
    to the lifeblood of the church connected, even if she can't afford
    cable with broadband internet and the leading edge from Dell compaq or
    gateway.  She doesn't care about loading iTunes and she's not on
    facebook, but this old throwaway box is easy for her to use, just turn
    it on and let it go get her mail.  A good example of this is my ghost
    point I described in my last column.

    Next time, more about the tools that make this email  presto change-o
    possible.  Be thinking about those local organizations and agencies
    folks.  You might have another fidonet node there which will give your
    net pstn access that it might not have now.

    Next time, some actual nuts and bolts. Access  by  email  to those
    functions you wouldn't think you could reach.


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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!   Volume IV   Number VI     June, 2010
	Cheepware News
    by Sean Dennis, 1:18/200

    I figured it was time to write an article for the FG about Cheepware. 
    What's Cheepware you ask?  It's the line of freeware DOS-based BBS
    doors and sysop utilities (some of the utilities are OS/2 and Win32
    native) that I've been developing since 1998.  My first door was The
    Magic Oracle which you may have seen on a BBS.  I continue to develop
    Cheepware in my spare time.

    I have been in the process of rewriting all of my "doorkit" (the
    programming code I use for Cheepware) to a single, unified platform to
    make it easier for me to keep working on Cheepware.  I've made a couple
    of releases lately with the new code platform and I fully intend on
    re-releasing all of my current doors that I support.  I have a few new
    doors in mind that I think the BBS public will like.

    If you're interested in Cheepware, you can FREQ CHEEP from 1:18/200
    (crash FREQ) or send an email to bbs@nsbbs.info with the subject of
    FREQ and the message body of FREQ CHEEP.  You can also visit my
    Cheepware web page at http://nsbbs.info/cheepware.html.  I also hatch
    out all of my Cheepware releases via my Fidonet filebone, CHWARE.  My
    official support echo in Fidonet is CH-WARE.

    I occasionally will hatch out other authors' software via CHWARE if
    they ask me to and it doesn't conflict with other filebones.

    Cheepware will run under any BBS that supports 16-bit DOS doors, a
    FOSSIL driver and either the DOOR.SYS or the DORINFO1.DEF dropfiles.  I
    do support my doors under Linux to a very limited extent, but mainly
    under Windows, DOS and OS/2-eComStation.

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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!   Volume IV   Number V1      June, 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 (filegate.net) and it will get published here in the
    next issue :)
    Where's the Grass-Fed Beef?  Probably at a Local Farm Near You.
    by Janis Kracht
    Grass fed beef is finally making the headlines as the healthy type of
    meat we should be eating rather than industrial beef... But what's the

    The beef cuts you find in your supermarket come from what is sometimes
    called 'Industrialized farmers'.  Those fellows who treat raising beef
    like a factory operation that might as well make shoes.  They feed the
    cows cheaply with cheap corn and other low-cost grains, and fatten them
    up quickly.  Just like people eating a high carb diet, corn-fed cows
    fatten up fast (ever wonder why you can keep cutting calories and never
    lose anything?).  The benefits to the industrialized farmer are
    obvious..  quick turnaround from birth to your supermarket shelf.  But
    grass-fed beef raised by your local farmer (you should check what they
    are fed before purchase) is a throwback to the farming of 50 years ago,
    where cows are fed something that they were born to ingest: Grass.  And
    by allowing the cows to graze at will on fields they roam, the cows eat
    a number of things that are actually good for them to eat and pass on
    to us.  As it turns out, like free-range chickens, grass-fed cows are
    happy(ier) animals who's meat tastes better than their unfortunate
    industrialized counterparts.

    There's more  (grin).  
    Beef from grass-fed meat packs up to a third  less fat per serving. 
    The fat it does have boasts more benefits: A three-ounce serving
    contains 35 milligrams of the heart-and-brain-protecting omega-3s EPA
    and DHA, compared with only 18 milligrams for the same serving of meat
    from grain-fed industrialized stock.  Steers that munch on pasture also
    have twice the conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) per serving (26
    milligrams, compared with 13 milligrams in grain-fed).  According to
    Kate Clancy, Ph.D., a senior fellow at the Minnesota Institute for
    Sustainable Agriculture, early research in rats has linked higher CLA
    levels with easier weight loss and a reduced risk of heart disease as
    well as certain types of cancer.
    Another possible health perk: fewer bouts of food sickness. The Journal
    of Dairy Science has reported that levels of E. coli are usually higher
    in industrialized cattle. The leading theory, says David Pimentel, Ph.D.,
    professor of ecology and agricultural sciences at Cornell University,
    is that grain creates an environment in a steer's stomachs (they have
    four of them, remember?) that's more hospitable to E. coli, adding to
    the likelihood that the meat of a grain-fed animal will be contaminated
    with E.  coli during processing.
    We gave up eating all meats from industrial farmers quite a while ago. 
    The corn that grain-fed beef was fed was creating havoc with other
    allergies I had. So if you've got food allergies, that's another aspect
    to consider.       
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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!   Volume IV   Number VI     June, 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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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!   Volume IV   Number VI     June, 2010
    Fidogazette is published by Janis Kracht, Editor, with the help of
    Richard Webb 1:116/901 (Old School ToolBox), and Sean Dennis 1:18/200
    (The Slightly Crusty Sysop).  If you have an idea for a column or a
    series of articles, please contact me :)
    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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