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    Contents...................................................(i)
    Editorial..................................................(1)
    Notes from the Z1C - Reminder..............................(1)
    New and Returning Members..................................(2)
    Importance of POTS technology..............................(3)
    Old School Toolbox: It's Not All About You.................(4)
    Food.......................................................(5)
    Batter Up!.................................................(6)
    FidoGazette BBS List.......................................(7)
    Info (Where to Send Articles)..............................(8)
    
       
       
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    Editorial
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    It seems neverending sometimes... why do people think that we don't
    need modems and LD plans, etc. these days... Are you thinking the
    answer is "We don't need them anymore, we've got VOIP, 24/7 internet
    connections, dedicated servers, the internet for news, emergency and
    otherwise...  who needs the _added_ cost."
    
    Well, this issue looks at some reasons why you might want to pull that
    modem out of the closet and some ways you can use it. 
 
    It is true that we don't want to lose sight of a vision for the future,
    and we want to continue to progress - but I do believe we need to
    examine what problems any exclusions might create,  if we go only in one
    direction (ION).  Your comments are welcome, of course.  (fidogazette @
    filegate.net or netmail to 1:261/38 Janis Kracht)

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    Notes From the Z1C
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    **********
    *Reminder* 
    ********** 
           	    
    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
    needed.
    
    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_CHAT
     R14_RC
     R14_REC
     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
    echos.

    Additionally, these are the results of polling various R14 members from
    my system (still working on some of them at this point):
    
    **Present                              1:282/1055 Robert LaPrise
    **Present                              1:282/1045 Richard Vonzel
    **Present                              1:298/5    Jon Justvig
    **Present                              1:300/3    Bob Ackley
    Connected, waiting for response        1:282/1050 Nicholas Boie
    **Present                              1:288/34   Gaylen Hintz
    Connected, waiting for response        1:289/51   Christopher S Wilson
    Information received from Rob Starr    1:300/5    Brad Hansen
    Waiting to hear from Brad.

    Note:  My mailer reports No Carrier on a Binkp Connection that is down. 
    Most of these are Internet nodes, not telephone nodes.  My mailer knows to
    switch to the correct type of connection.
    
    == 1:289/49    Kim Palmer (DOWN)

    No Carrier                                 1:298/2     Todd Wilson
    No Carrier                                 1:298/3     Keven Coots
    Domain not found/                          1:298/4     Charles E Pratt
    No answer, no ping                         1:298/6     Gordon Jones
    Domain not listed/host not found           1:299/14    Aelksander V Galiyev Pvt
    Domain not listed/host not found           1:2800/18   Todd Boyd
    No contact info                            1:2800/22   R Sharp (PVT)
    No contact info                            1:2800/24   Tom Davidson (PVT)
    550 - Invalid mailbox: ViperUSA@kc.rr.com  1:2800/5750 Viper
    Busy constantly will keep trying           1:2809/0    Mark D Winton
    No info available                          1:2809/5    Brett Miller (PVT)
    Domain not listed/host not found           1:2905/2    Jay Hodges
    Domain not listed/host not found           1:2905/10   Barry Davis
    
    Election for a new R14C will take place either when we have some more
    members present, however I may decide to appoint an RC without an
    election.
    
    Janis
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    New and Returning Members
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    From http://www.filegate.net/zone1/ and other mirror sites such as
    http://www.filegate.ca/zone1/

    New Members:
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    Robert Ridigns      Auckland, New Zealand, Zone 3
    Welcome!
    
    Returning SysOps:
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    Nikita Sarychev      Swampscott, MA    R16
    Welcome Back!
        
                 		
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    T h e   F i d o G a z e t t e!   Volume IV   Number IV     April, 2010
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    Importance of POTS Technology
    by Janis Kracht
    
    Mike Luther gave me permission to include a post of his in this month's
    edition of Fidogazette.  Some of us consider our POTS/Modem lines just
    as essential as our internet connection.  True, if your main objective
    is surfing the web, you may have other priorities.  Thankfully, there
    are still people like Mike Luther and Richard Web about, using their
    systems and resources when disaster strikes.  They as well as I cannot
    stand the thought of software developers removing telephony from our
    BBS systems and mailers.
    
    
    Entered on 23rd March, 2010 at 11:01, 137 lines by Mike Luther in the
    Muffin echo [edited]:
    
    [...]
      Mark Lewis wrote:
      > number... also, there's been many times that i've seen someone
      > online on my bbs that was obviously having problems or was needing
      > assistance while they were online... if they only list phone number,
      > it is rather hard to call them to help if they are using that number
      > for their connection... however, if they list two numbers, then it
      > is a much easier task to call them and walk them thru things while
      > they are online or trying to come online...

     Mvan Le wrote:
      MvLe> Are you serious ? You actually spend money to -call- people to
      MvLe> assist their BBS use ? ...

     Yes and ABSOLUTELY necessary in some cases for Emergency Operations Center
     (EOC) mission critical military and public service reasons.  Read on please.

     ml> what $$$? we're talking about a local call... not
     ml> something half way around the world... local calls
     ml> don't cost a thing over here...

    And in MANY cases now in the whole USA there is no such thing as
    long distance calls anywhere in the whole USA or even into MANY
    countries using POTS calling techniques.  There are now many telephone
    services here that include *ALL* long distance calls completely in your
    monthly phone bill flat rate service charge.  Even as I think I am
    correct in stating that it may even be less than USD $20 a month for
    such services.

    ... Which absolutely CAN be used in many cases for BBS message and file
    transfer work, particularly for BACKUP mission critical communication
    when what most people think is total bliss IP service ** is gone... For
    however long 'gone' is or is going to be.  Please read on.

    FidoNet 1/117 here of which I'm the NC has a lot more responsibility
    that just the 'normal' message stuff that we tend to think is the
    purpose of FidoNet.  Although it has very few nodes published in the
    formal NodeList, it also has some 50 more PRIVATE nodes which are *NOT*
    published in the formal NodeList and have *NEVER* been the subject of a
    problem for FidoNet as to 'improper' access.  This very special
    collection of nodes is TOTALLY capable of POTS phone connections for
    backup and emergency file data and message purposes in case the normal
    IP service for an EOC or a medical facility or whatever ceases to be
    available for whatever reason.  But a telephone connection still can be
    made between two facilities that are desparate to share even low level
    data and message service.

    Don't laugh.  It *CAN* and *DOES* happen.  Here in the USA, for actual
    fact, hurricane penetration on the Gulf Coast has taken down the
    complete electrical power grid operations for entire major land areas
    for longer than a week at a time... And in certain rural areas, even
    though now power is there, POTS telephone line operation is still
    present in that the phone lines, which in many cases are buried
    cables,are still there, still work, and still connected to rural POTS
    switches which are kept operational with emergency generator services. 
    I have actually seen East Texas small town medical service which has
    POTS service but no IP service for even two weeks that *COULD* access
    the mission critial 1:117/3000 FidoNet node by no other than POTS phone
    connections.  And in some cases the FidoNet Net 117 *HAS* been used for
    such emergency data service as was needed - By POTS long distance
    service work.

    ...Which *CAN*, in the case of ZIPLOG mission critical professional
    support template sofware for which I am responsible and author, be used
    for condensed but SERIOUSLY IMPORTANT life and death support for the
    people that choose to use this techqnique in time of emergency.  And I
    have a formal thank you letter from the USA ARRL ham radio organization
    hanging on the wall for proof that this *CAN* be done even all across
    the world from FidoNet while even operating for test purposes from the
    ham radio Field Day operations with the fully integrated ZIPLOG
    managment software template matched to FidoNet.  Should this ever be
    needed and people choose to use the technique.  Yes with PRIVATE nodes
    in the network that DO NOT show up in the FidoNet formal NodeList for
    VERY good reasons which I think most reading this can appreciate.

    You also BADLY need to realize that there are a whole host of evolving
    IP service corruption and destruction possibilities that are part of
    what all of us telecommunications professional folks know is going to
    be a part of the telecommunications revolution.  Which has only,
    seriously, just begun.  That includes wartime and conflict deliberate
    issues, as well as the threat of EMP pulse destruction of virtually all
    copper wired technology, as well as what is even less understood, the
    probablity of Solar Flare massive eruption.  Do not laugh.  The total
    loss of the entire power grid operations in the whole world is also
    possible from solar flare eruptions.  Few here know about the last
    major one we took here on earth in the mid 1800's at the time of the
    driving of the Golden Spike when the railroad was first finished
    connecting the East and West coast of the USA.  1867 from memory here
    right now.

    At that time the communications for the whole affair was by copper
    wired telegraph instruments and telegraph code.  And yes, land line
    Morse Code is different in the characters than what virtually all of us
    today know as International Morse Code.  A long dash for a number zero
    instead of what we know as five dashes as in '- - - - -', today.  That
    actual Solar Flare took out and burned up almost ALL of the telepgraph
    sounders in the whole USA!  As well, in some places, the electrical
    charge that the railroad rails picked up, from the electromagnetic
    pulse that hit us from the sun, actually set the wooden cross ties on
    fire where it arced across them to the ground from the rails!

    Just one nuclear blast sets forth at least a 30,000,000 volt per METER
    wavefront moving out to the horizon at the speed of light, folks.  The
    last test atomic airborne blast in the Pacific about 650 miles from
    Hawaii, took out about half of all the traffic signals in the whole
    island area in 'sight line' with no ground mountain blockabge, from the
    US Navy test blast there at the Johnson Island complex.  Tough luck if
    you have a pacemaker heart device.  You die.

    And true, we *CAN* defend against this type of a problem with fiber
    optic cable connected devices and not metal cable connected service. 
    And buried phone lines; not upstairs phone line service.  And we *CAN*

    use correctly designed computer systems with power supplies that *DO*
    block the pulse pickup from power line and printer and phone
    connections of sorts.  As fact I have a test relay rack server case
    here on site which I cooperated with the vendor on EMP pulse protection
    designing which can be certified for such service.  But we will not be
    able to protect any Cell Phones or Ipods or anything like that.  Life
    as we know it will be GONE for who knows how long if we get hit.

    ...But at the final step backwards in providing even food, water, basic
    medical care and even knowing where to send the first, second, third
    responders, whatever, we *MUST* have communications programs which we 
    *CAN* use ----

              PLAIN ORDINARY TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR ADDRESSING.

    Case closed.

    Please *DO NOT* remove this from the work on MAX, BINK; Whatever.  To
    do so would be a horrible step in taking away what we *CAN* do for all
    the world, if we continue to contribute to FidoNet as some of us do
    still today for reasons I have shown you above.

    It is ABSOLUTELY necessary to preserve the POTS phone number access and
    use techniques in BBS software.


      --> Sleep well; OS/2's still awake! ;)
    	
     Mike @ 1:117/3001


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    The Old School Toolbox

    By Richard Webb, 1:116/901

                     IT's not all about you





    Over  the  next  few issues I plan to talk about more of the same, old
    school tools and techniques, of course.  But, I want to do just a
    little bit of promoting of Fido's old bag of tricks, to help you get
    more out of fidonet.  First, we're going to talk about strengthening
    your net, so net and region coordinators who would like to see some
    backup routings in place can take heed.

    I'm  sure  you  noted  the  comments elsewhere in this issue regarding
    use of the switched telephone network and old school fidonet technology
    tools and public agencies.  Yes, we need to move forward with the
    development of the next generation of bbs technology and its attendant
    internet connectivity.  But, throwing away the old school shouldn't be
    part of this forard motion.

    As you know, I'm a "pots" pusher. Using the regular switched telephone
    system with our standard modems can be a boon to us when internet
    connections go down.  See my next article in this series for more on
    that, and one way it can benefit you, but let's talk about ways of
    getting pots capability at least for your net, if not for your
    individual node.  This can be at little or no cost to you.  That's
    right, I'm talking potentially no cost to you.  Have I got your
    attention yet?  Hope so.  Even if there's some expense, time, an older
    computer to donate to the cause, etc.  it's well worth it.

    Pots  benefits  your  users, and your net as a whole. WIth a reliable
    pots connection somewhere in your net you can be sure that all your
    connections won't be lost in a single internet outage.  There are of
    course ways to run pots access on a shared phone line.  Limited hours
    of availability is one.  Distinctive ringing, which would cost you a
    few dollars more from your telephone service provider is another.  But,
    there's a third way as well.

    Some out here in Fidonet operate bulletin board systems with themes
    that are public service oriented.  But, even if you don't, you could
    help a public service agency start one of their own.  Chances are
    they've got a broadband internet connection and internal networking. 
    Donate 'em a machine and help 'em operate it.  Then, talk to them about
    that phone line that rings into a back office, but rarely gets used at
    nights and on weekends.  Talk to them about ready access to their data
    for their employees and others while they're out in the field, using
    this otherwise unused telephone line.  Then donate that old modem
    that's gathering dust in your closet to their cause, and help them get
    a version of Binkleyterm, Frontdoor or your favorite mailer going on
    it.  even if someone in your net donates the cpu and somebody else the
    modem it's still quite reasonable.  After all, most sysops will have an
    older computer that's suitable and can still be networked, and somebody
    in your net no doubt has a high quality modem lying around collecting
    dust.

    Suddenly,  with  the donation of the box and the use of this agency's
    phone line you've provided them lots of capability.  They can set up
    key employees as points, able to retrieve data on their laptops even if
    their internet connections are out.  If you experience a widespread
    internet outage your net can still get all its echomail and routed
    netmail.  Arrange a feed with somebody who has pots, and who will
    deliver on their dime, saving that agency any long distance calls.  The
    agency's phone line doesn't have to place a single toll call to keep
    your mail and files flowing into your net.  If this feed is both
    internet ready and pots capable little duplication of effort is
    required.  This means making that system in the back office your local
    net's mail HUB, but this isn't difficult.

    This is of course going to require some  hand  holding  from you the
    experienced Fidonet sysop at least in the early stages.  You're going
    to want to help them get key employees or associates set up as points. 
    You'll want to get the software going on the computer you or your net
    donates to the project, and get it running properly in their network
    environment.  You'll want to make sure it can answer the phone
    properly, pass callers to the bbs if expected to do so, etc.  But, once
    up and going you can do a lot of the management of the system by
    remote.  Yes you can, and you don't even have to log in.  Netmail robot
    tools such as netmgr can help you get a lot of this done.  See my
    earlier columns for some brainstorming ideas, with more coming later.

    First  though  there's the legwork to be done. Talk it up in your net's
    sysop echo.  Find out if one of the nodes in your net has a
    relationship with an agency that just might benefit from the extra
    margin of safety provided by a switched telephone access point that
    gets them to all their important data, and off site backup capabilities
    as well.

    So what's  this  off  site  backup?  Can't  you  guess?  The
    organization can make arrangements with somebody else, using the
    internet to off load files periodically for backup.  Yes Virginia there
    are services that charge for this.  But, consider how easy it is for
    the executive director to say he wants a backup of that database on his
    system at home.  You've set him up as a point already, so when he deems
    it necessary it sends email to the system with the proper subject line. 
    The fido node system then processes his email, creating a semaphore
    file which causes the database he wants to be zipped up and put on hold
    for him when he polls with his point late that night.  The important
    work he wants to save off site is now on his desktop machine at home.

    A small price to pay for added security. That phone line  is sitting in
    the back office, it rings during the day, but during the off hours few
    people send to it.  Oops, it's a fax line!  No problem, your faxmodem
    you donated can route calls appropriately and the faxes too are stored
    for easy retrieval during office hours.  What's not to like?  Double
    the utility, same cost.  Off site backup, access to the organization's
    email system, all for one low price.  Put a good UPS on that computer
    and harden the installation and you've got a bulletproof system that
    will often be up and running after disaster strikes your community.

    For a moment play a little game of what  if  with  me  here.  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 are 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.

    Have  I  generated  some  interest?  Stay  tuned,  more next
    month.We're going to talk next month about why you might want to set
    yourself up as a point off your own system and install the point
    package you choose on your favorite on the go computing device.  We'll
    get back to this little game of what if though in the following
    columns.  But, in helping set up and configure just such a system as
    described herein you've become a real public benefactor.

    As the title of this piece asserts, it's not all about  you.  It's
    about promoting fidonet into the future, and the best way to promote
    something such as fidonet is to show those with a potential interest
    what fidonet can do for them.  An internet only bbs where people can
    play door games isn't going to pique the interest of that organization
    or agency person with an interest in serving the public.  But, a bbs
    which helps him distribute information to his staff and allows them the
    benefits of electronic mail even when the internet is locally
    unavailable is sure a selling point.  Your net can benefit from
    generating some interest from that segment of the population in a
    variety of ways.  So, this is both a method of promoting this old dog
    hobby of ours, as well as offering the public useful services at low or
    no cost.

    So, tune in next time, and find out some other ways to  give yourself
    this capability at zero added cost, and what it will do for you
    personally.  Once you've worked the kinks out with your own setup
    you're ready to approach those public benefit agencies and
    organizations with your pitch.  Remember that many of these
    organizations and agencies thrive on the volunteer can-do spirit, and
    solutions that help keep their volunteers in touch and on task with low
    or zero added cost are just what the doctor ordered!

    
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    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 :)
    

    
    Fascinating Food Facts 
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    
    From:
    http://listverse.com/2008/12/01/another-10-fascinating-food-facts/
    
    Hot Chocolate
    
    Fascinating Fact: The ancient Mayans made truly hot chocolate – they
    added chilies and corn to it!
    
    The first records of chocolate being used for drinking come from
    residue found in ancient Mayan pots – it dates back to the 5th century
    AD. The drink was made by pounding chocolate beans in to a paste which
    was then mixed with water, chili peppers, cornmeal, and assorted
    spices. The drink was then poured back and forth between a cup and a
    pot, which gave it a foamy head. This was drunk cold, and people of all
    classes drank it regularly. The drink tasted spicy and bitter, unlike
    today’s hot chocolate. When Chocolate finally reached the west, it was
    very expensive, costing between $50 – $70 per pound in equivalent
    modern US dollars. If you ever get to Paris, be sure to visit Angelina
    for the best hot chocolate in the world – try the Chocolat l’Africain
    
    Recipe:
        
    Combine 3/4 cup whole milk, 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1 teaspoon
    confectioners’ sugar and heat over med-high till bubbles appear around
    edges. Remove from heat and add 4 oz of the best bittersweet chocolate
    (72%) you can find (chopped). Stir till melted (you may need to return
    it to low heat). Serve with whipped cream.
    
    Mysterious History of Donuts
    
    Fascinating Fact: No one really knows when donuts were invented or who
    invented them.
    
    Donuts (doughnuts in UK English), were originally made as a long twist
    of dough – not in the ring form that is most common these days. It was
    also common in England for donuts to be made in a ball shape and
    injected with Jam after they were cooked – this is still very common.
    Both methods of cooking involve no human intervention as the ball and
    twist will turn itself over when the underside is cooked. The ring
    donut common to America just seemed to appear – but one Hansen Gregory,
    an American, claimed to have invented it in 1847 when he was traveling
    on a steam boat; he was not satisfied with the texture of the center of
    the donut so he pressed a hole in the center with the ship’s pepper
    box.
    
    
    Apple, Potato, or Onion?
    
    Fascinating Fact: Apples, potatoes, and onions all taste the same when
    eaten with your nose plugged.
    
    As a child we had a science class in which we were blindfolded, had our
    noses plugged, and given an apple or onion to eat – we were not told
    which of the two we would be given. Not one person was able to state
    which was which. This shows the incredibly important part that the nose
    plays in the sense of taste. The fact that the three items have a
    similar consistency makes it virtually impossible to tell them apart
    without the sense of smell. If you try this, I should warn you: once
    you unblock your nose, you can tell what you have just eaten.

    Floating Eggs
    
    Fascinating Fact: When an egg floats in water, it is “off” and should
    not be eaten.
    
    As eggs age, gases build up inside the shell making it more buoyant.
    This is the best way to test whether an egg has gone rotten without
    having to break open the shell, risking the foul odor escaping. When an
    egg is extremely fresh it will lie on its side at the bottom of a glass
    of water. As it ages, the egg will begin to point upwards, and will
    finally float completely when it has gone bad. Fresh eggs have a very
    firm white, whilst old eggs have a very watery white. This is why it is
    best to use the freshest eggs possible for poaching and frying. Older
    eggs are perfectly good for omelets or scrambling.

    
    Vanilla Junkie
    
    Fascinating Fact: The consumption of natural vanilla causes the body to
    release catecholamines (including adrenalin) – for this reason it is
    considered to be mildly addictive.
    
    When vanilla plants were first exported from Mexico to other tropical
    climes, they flowered but wouldn’t produce vanilla pods. It was
    discovered that a bee native to Mexico was the only creature that could
    pollinate vanilla flowers (vanilla comes from a special species of
    orchid). Attempts to move the bee to other countries failed and it was
    not until a slave boy discovered a method of artificial pollination
    that Mexico lost its monopoly on vanilla. As well as being mildly
    addictive, vanilla has also been found to block bacterial infections.


    Banana Trees
    
    Fascinating Fact: Banana trees are not actually trees – they are giant
    herbs.
    
    The large stem that is mistaken for a trunk on a banana tree is
    actually a “pseudostem” meaning “fake stem”. Each pseudostem provides a
    single bunch of yellow, green, or red bananas. This then dies and is
    replaced by another pseudostem. Smaller bunches of bananas (such as the
    ones we buy in shops) are actually called “hands” – not “bunches” which
    can weigh up to 50 kilograms. The bananas that we eat are specially
    cultivated to exclude seeds – therefore you can’t plant a banana tree
    from a commercially grown banana. Wild bananas have many large hard
    seeds (pictured above).

    Brain Freeze
    
    Fascinating Fact: The term “brain freeze” was invented by 7-11 to
    explain the pain one feels when drinking a slurpee too fast.
    
    Believe it or not, there is a real scientific name for “brain freeze” –
    it is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia (try saying that 5 times fast!)
    When something very cold (usually ice cream) touches the top palate of
    the mouth, it causes the blood vessels to constrict. This makes the
    nerves send a signal to the brain to re-open them. The rapid re-opening
    of the vessels causes a build up of fluid in the tissues causing a
    slight swelling in the forehead and, therefore, causing pain. It
    normally takes 30 – 60 seconds for the fluid to drain, relieving the
    pain.

    [Ed. note:  interestingly, my husband and daughter don't get 'brain
    freeze', they get it their chest... I expect it's the blood vessels in
    their esphogus constricting, in the same way as above... and NO ONE has
    ever done a study to see the difference in the number of people who
    feel it in their chest as opposed to their head and what that may mean
    (vbg)  jk]

    Ancient Sauce
    
    Fascinating Fact: Ketchup was originally a fish sauce originating in
    the orient.
    
    Two words from the Fujian region of China were used to describe a fish
    brine / sauce and a tomato sauce – both words bear a striking
    resemblance in sound to the word “ketchup”; the words are: ke-tsap and
    kio-chiap. Early western ketchups were made with fish and spices, or
    mushrooms. In fact, mushroom ketchup is still available in the United
    Kingdom and it is prized by some modern chefs for its natural inclusion
    of monosodium glutamate – the only substance known to stimulate the 5th
    human taste sense umami (savoury).

    Feel Good With 7-Up
    
    Fascinating Fact: 7-Up – invented in 1920 contained Lithium – the drug
    commonly prescribed now to sufferers of bi-polar disorder.
    
    The drink was originally marketed as a hangover cure – due to the
    inclusion of lithium citrate. It was released just a few years before
    the Wall Street crash of the 1920s and it was marketed under the name
    “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda” – quite a mouthful! The name was
    changed to 7-Up shortly after its release but lithium remained one of
    the ingredients until 1950. Some popular myths surround the name of the
    drink – but the name is most likely due to the original recipe
    containing 7 ingredients (with the “up” portion relating to the
    lithium) or the fact that lithium has an atomic mass of 7."
    

    =+=

    [goodness.. Coke originally had Cocaine in it.. 7UP had lithium in it..
    how could the following generation NOT take drugs jk] 
    
    
    
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                           Batter up!


                   By Richard Webb, 1:116/901

    This is a shameless plug.  You have been warned.    So now that we've
    got that out of the way we'll get on with it .

    Back in the old days I used to enjoy some of the Fidonet sports
    conferences, but these days they seem to have fallen into disuse, so
    much so that they don't seem to even be able to maintain backbone
    status.  the sport that I still maintain some interest in is
    professional baseball.  Although I promised myself during the last big
    players' strike that I would thumb my nose at the sport I still find
    myself tuning in my favorite ball team's games on the AM radio when
    possible.

    Because I still enjoy the science and strategy of the game of baseball
    I decided to give baseball discussions in Fidonet a shot.  So, sysops,
    I'm inviting you to help me out, and give your users an interesting
    forum in which to discuss the game which has been known for years as
    America's pastime.  Also, to be honest, I don't see a daily paper, and
    my lady love has no interest whatsoever in it, so I don't see the stats
    from around the leagues as often as I once did.  Another reason I'm
    deprived of my baseball info fix is that I don't hang out in bars these
    days .  When I was a younger man who was self employed I'd find
    myself idling away a day off hanging out at the local saloon, and at
    some of these neighborhood watering holes if you wanted to get a lively
    discussion going you could always start talking baseball with somebody
    at the bar.  Sooner or later you'd be arguing the merits, or demerits
    of the designated hitter rule, or astroturf versus real grass, etc. 
    When all was said and done usually a couple of rounds were bought and
    everybody had an enjoyable afternoon or evening.

    The game is still popular enough, and I"m sure that there are denizens
    of the Fidonet world here in north America that follow a favorite ball
    club.  drop in, pull up a chair, tell us what you like about your
    favorite team this year, and what you don't.  Sysops, you might
    actually see your users decide to post in your message bases for a
    change!  SO, areafix ml_baseball from your uplink and make it available
    to your users.

    So what will they find in ml_baseball?  I'm planning to post the day's
    major league schedule for both National and American leagues this
    season, and invite folks to just chat about baseball, their favorite
    teams and players.  Box scores, stats, rumors, comparisons between
    players of today and players of yesteryear.  The rules are simple,
    discuss any aspect of pro baseball, including up and comers from the
    farm teams, broadcast outlets to catch your favorite team on radio or
    TV, etc.  Baseball announcers, baseball writers, it's all relevant to
    the ml_baseball echomail conference.  Other than that, usual rules of
    echomail etiquette apply.

    So, drop in, pull up a chair and let's talk baseball!
  	

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	=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
	!!!        G A Z E T T E   B B S   L I S T        !!!
	=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=--=-=-=-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
	By bbslist @ filegate.net    
    	
	Send updates, changes to address above or to janis @ filegate.net.
    	      
	System.......Prism BBS
	FidoAddress..1:261/38
	Phone........607-655-5652
	Software.....BBBS LiI v4.01 Flag #
	OS...........Linux (Gentoo)
	C/B Verify...None
	Access.......First Call access to Msg bases, 
	             and file areas.            
	Telnet.......filegate.net
	             telnet access offers full features 
	             of the standard bbs such as doors,
	             qwkmail, BWmail,Files, etc.       
	www:.........http:/www.filegate.net:8080/bbbs
	             [web interface is limited really 
	             to reading messages and replying 
	             online, or downloading messages  
          	     in qwk packets, but not uploading
	             them], and file download access. 
	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
	FidoAddress..1:14/400
	Phone........none
	Software.....sbbs 3.15a (very beta)
	OS...........win. (xp pro. sp3)
	C/B Verify...None
	Access.......First Call access to Msg bases, and file areas.
	Telnet.......time.synchro.net:24 or time.darktech.org:24
	             or timewarpfuture.dyndns.org:24
	             telnet access offers full features 
	             of the standard bbs such as doors,
	             messages or file area etc.
	www:.........http://time.synchro.net:81 
	             Web interface is limited really to reading messages 
        	     and replying online, or downloading messages in qwk 
           	     packets, but not uploading them, and file download access. 
           	     SBBS files available.

	=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
      
	System.......Lionsden BBS
	FidoAddress..1:224/303
	Phone........613-392-8896
	Software.....Sunchronet
	OS...........Windows XP
	C/B Verify...None
	Access.......First Call access to Msg bases, and file areas.
	Telnet.......lionsden.darktech.org
	             telnet access offers full features
     		     of the standard bbs such as doors, 
     		     qwkmail, Files, etc.
	www:.........http:/www.lionsden.darktech.org 
	             You will redirected to a menu where you can 
	             choose one of three sites.  The first one is 
	             private and requires PW to get into.
	FTP..........FTP://lionsden.darktech.org Files only

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

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

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

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

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

	System.......Roach Guts BBS 
	FidoAddress..1:396/60 
	Phone:.......337-433-4135
	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
       		     validation.
	Telnet.......roachguts.com

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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 , 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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