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Archive-name: off-line-readers/net-tamer Posting-Frequency: monthly Last-modified: 1999/01/18 Version: 2.19 Maintainer: Jeff Hawkins <jhawkin@visuallink.com>
Recent Changes To This Document ------------------------------- This file is now over 104 kbytes long (106476 bytes) and contains approx. 15134 words from 2092 different (unique) words. Jan 1999 Version 2.19. Just a little touch up here and there. Used a section from the Monster Truck FAQ to answer a question about `finding and using more POP3 accounts'. Cleaned up the English a little! Spell checked the document! Added a little info about the dreaded E-Mail virus! Also Y2k and running Net-Tamer under Linux and the Dos Emulator. Added a URL for Caldera's Open Dos. Also a couple questions about the E-mail address list. Nov 1998 Version 2.18. Added some info about Chap/PAP logins. Reference to RFC 951. A couple URLs for screen reader demos. Nov 1998 Version 2.17. Added/Changed Uncle Dave's address! Added some info about the PRU, DLU, AND IEU files. ------------------------------------ | Finding the Latest Net-Tamer FAQ | ------------------------------------ The Net-Tamer FAQ has grown very large! If you're having trouble reading the FAQ with Net-Tamer's built in Reader, try saving to disk and viewing it from there with a different viewer! This goes for any large document Net-Tamer's Reader.exe has problems with! Retrieving the Net-Tamer FAQ via E-mail from the mail server at M.I.T. will produce a multi-part document that Net-Tamer's built in Reader should be able to handle! The latest version of The Net-Tamer FAQ will be sent once a month to the Usenet groups alt.comp.shareware.nettamer, alt.answers and news.answers. You may also retrieve the file by anonymous FTP at one of these sites: ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/off-line-readers/net-tamer ftp://ftp.faqs.org/faqs/off-line-readers/net-tamer You may request The Net-Tamer FAQ via e-mail by sending a message to: mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu Enter only the line below in body of message. send usenet/news.answers/off-line-readers/net-tamer The Net-Tamer FAQ is also available on CompuServe in the DOS/Win Internet SW Library (library 4) of the Internet Resources Forum (GO INETRES) A HTMLized version of The Net-Tamer FAQ is available at: http://www.landfield.com/faqs/off-line-readers/net-tamer http://www.faqs.org/faqs/off-line-readers/net-tamer Before You Write... ------------------- Please make sure you have read the latest version of this FAQ and all the Net-Tamer docs. before writing to the program author, the list, or the newsgroup with questions. Don't give up, if your question isn't answered here or you just don't understand then ASK. Net-Tamer Web Page ------------------ If you'd like to keep up with the latest updates and announcements of new versions, check out the Net-Tamer HOME PAGE. http://www.nettamer.net To subscribe to the Net-Tamer mailing list send a message to: ------------------------------------------------------------- nettamer-request@dekan.com In the body of the message include the word: subscribe To post to Net-Tamer list server send your message to: ------------------------------------------------------ nettamer@dekan.com Q. I would really like a digest version of the Net-Tamer mailing list but can't find if a list command exists to set this up. ------------------------------------------------------- A. This option does exist (very recent). Send a message to: nettamer-request@dekan.com With these words in the body: subscribe digest Warning: Anyone who subscribes to the digest version and ends up replying while quoting an entire digest to the list will be quickly banned from receiving further digests! Acknowledgements ---------------- Thanks to the many users who ask questions and provide the follow-up answers on the Net-Tamer mailing list and the usenet newsgroup. Your input makes up the bulk of this FAQ! ---------- Disclaimer ---------- The current, previous, and/or original authors make no claims as to fitness for any purpose or absence of any errors, and offer no warranty. Read at your own risk. Use of the first person (`I') in this document may be remnants of an earlier authors' comments. Please check this before assuming that the current maintainer wrote everything herein (I didn't). jhawkin@visuallink.com (Jeff Hawkins) --------------------------------------------------------------------- | The Net-Tamer FAQ -- Internet In A Thimble! -- The Net-Tamer FAQ | --------------------------------------------------------------------- Table of Contents I. GENERAL and INTRO II. GETTING STARTED III. SETUP TROUBLE SHOOTING IV. ON/OFF LINE OPERATIONS V. VISUALLY IMPAIRED USERS VI. PALM TOP USERS VII. XT/286 Users VIII. OTHER SOFTWARE Tips and Tricks IX. GRAPHICS ON THE 386 X. Suggested Reading list XI. FAQ History List (Less Recent Changes?) You should skim section I for General Info, section II is now the setup info! Section III has some troubleshooting tips! Section IV covers some ON/OFF Line Operations and then read any other section which might pertain to you. See Section II also for a Template for recording your Setup Data! And if you need to do something `out of the ordinary' check section VIII for info on additional programs. You might also want a Hardware Setup Template. A excellent one can be found in many PC hardware books. List the device names and the IRQ's! I. GENERAL and INTRO -------------------- ------------------- About Beta Versions ------------------- Warning: You should be very experienced with Net-Tamer before you attempt loading a Beta version unless Dave tells you to try it to `fix' a problem you're experiencing. The warnings above about upgrading should be doubled for anyone considering running a Beta version. If you upgrade from version 1.09 or earlier to a higher version you'll need to re-enter all your setup info! The files on the Home Web Page are correct and current AFAIK 8-) http://WWW.Nettamer.net ---------------------------- Changing Systems or Versions ---------------------------- Upgrade Warning: If you have Net-Tamer running on your machine and you decide to upgrade from one version to another. Save the copy that is working to another disk with all underlying directories. Here's a command you can use with dos 6.0 or higher If you pare down the whole Net-Tamer directory structure to the size of your floppy drive: xcopy c:\tamer\beta A:\ /s /e /v You can also do this with PKZIP and not worry so much about the size of the directory and any subdirectories. Pkzip has a excellent help screen available if you enter pkzip, at a Dos prompt, with no parameters. You may optionally save to another directory structure (or tree) and/or install the upgrade to either a new or the old directory. Changing systems: If you have Net-Tamer running on your machine and you decide to upgrade or change to another machine, Save the copy that is working to another disk with all underlying directories as above and install it on the new machine. If you're going from a XT to a 386 get the XT version working on the new machine then save off as outlined above and only then install the 386 complete archive. This may make it easier to get Net-tamer working with the new system. The XT version should work on any machine including many Palmtops. Of course the 386 version works on any 80x86 type processor at 386 and above. A 80186, V20, V30, V40, or 80286 must run the XT version unless (maybe) it's a Palmtop. ------------- Why Register? ------------- Unlike some shareware programs or "DEMOs" Net-Tamer is not severely "crippled". Still there are five things that registration does. 1) It removes the delay and please register message. 2) It allows you to turn off the Net-Tamer "advertisement" which is attached to email and usenet messages that you send. 3) It allows you to send "mass email". 4) It allows you to send me (Dave) suggestions for upgrades (that I will actually pay attention to). 5) It keeps me (Dave) in business<G>. New (as of Oct. 1998) Mailing Address and Voice Phone: Net-Tamer, Inc. 9989 West Atlantic Blvd. Coral Springs, FL 33071-6575 Voice (954) 341-4885 FAX (954) 341-0229 Support hours are from 6:00AM to 6:00PM EST. via E-mail nettamer@nettamer.net (Uncle Dave's New E-mail Address) ms.nettamer@mindspring.com (Chris Colston's New E-mail Address) Q. What is Net-Tamer and what can Net-Tamer do? -------------------------------------------- A. Net-Tamer is a DOS shareware Internet connectivity package! This means Net-Tamer will run on DOS only computers including Palmtops, Laptops and even XTs! Net-Tamer will also run as a Windows 3.1 or Win95 Application! Net-Tamer will capture E-Mail and Usenet messages to files that you can later read while you are off-line with the included reader. This saves you connect time and money, or (if your access to the net is unlimited) frees up the telephone, so your spouse (parents?) won't gripe as much <Grin>. While reading your messages you can write replies or new messages that Net-Tamer will upload to your service on its next call. Net-Tamer has many more features. It also does FTP file transfers, Telnet, and World Wide Web. The web stuff is a bit tricky yet, but with each new version does get better. Net-Tamer's speed will blow Netscape or similar programs away, already. Q. What about `Real Audio' Support? -------------------------------- A. Uncle Dave can't find the specs for Real Audio and until the specs become available, Net-Tamer won't (can't?) support `Real Audio'! + Someone mentioned using Net-Tamer to `grab' Real Audio Files and use + Windows Raplayer to play them off line! Q. Where can I get a copy of Net-Tamer? ------------------------------------ A. The release versions of Net-Tamer are regularly posted to the following FTP sites: ftp://garbo.uwasa.fi/pc/connect/ ftp://ftp.simtel.net/msdos/internet/ Or you may find them at the author's home page: http://www.nettamer.net look for derivatives of these filenames: Nxxx-386.ZIP <--- For systems based on 80386SX or higher CPUs Nxxx-XT.ZIP <--- For systems based on 8088 through 80286 CPUs Nxxx-PT.ZIP <--- For H/P "Palmtop" systems (Where "xxx" is the version number: ie; 108 for version 1.08) Q. Where can I find a copy of the `Famous' XT version 1.08 of Net-Tamer? --------------------------------------------------------------------- A. Excellent question (is it really famous though?)! Net-Tamer 1.08xt will run on any DOS-PC, from the slowest XT to the fastest Pentium. Laptops as well as XTs and ATs with Hercules cards even. The ZIPped package is about 429 KB and available at this URL. http://www.inti.be/hammer/nt108xt.zip Q. I want to run Net-Tamer from DOS but I need a copy of DOS! ---------------------------------------------------------- A. Try OpenDOS. Get the newest version (excellent and free for home use!). http://www.caldera.com Q. I can't get a grip on all this `lingo'? --------------------------------------- A. Me neither, but don't worry, there are plenty of glossaries available and a good one is included in the Net-Tamer Doc's! See also the URL for `Ask Jeeves' elsewhere in this FAQ and if you can find it, get a copy of BGI13, a hyper-text tutorial on the Internet that will run from a Dos prompt! In E-mail and Usenet messages, words often can't convey the facial expressions or emotions involved in the message! You'll see strings of characters hooked together called emoticons used to help express feelings! Here are some emoticons you might find being used on the InterNet: :-) or :) = Smile ;-) or ;) = Wink ;-( or :( = Frown :'-( = Crying :'-) = Happy & Crying :-@ = Screaming :-& = Tongue Tied >:-< = Mad :-D = Laughing :-/ = Skeptical <:-| = Dunce O:-) = Angel (Innocent) :-* = Kiss $-) = Yuppie 8-) = Excited :-{ = Pouting %-) = Cross-eyed :-X = Oops :-O = WOW! :-b... = Drooling Many visually impaired users prefer receiving mnemonic abbreviations! BTW = By The Way FAQ = Frequently Asked Question F2F = Face to Face (Meeting) FWIW = For What It's Worth GOK = God Only Knows <BG> = Big Grin *G* = Grin <G> = Grin <GRIN> = Grin (really) HHOK = Ha, ha - Only Kidding HHOS = Ha, ha - Only Serious IMHO = In My Humble Opinion LOL = Laughing Out Loud OTOH = On The Other Hand TTYL = Talk (type) To You Later AFAIK = As far as I know ROFL = Rolling On the Floor Laughing Q. What about the E-mail virus? ---------------------------- A. Most Net-Tamer installs run on a DOS platform and call a DOS based Editor that can't run the scripts referred to as `E-mail Virus'! Net-Tamer doesn't automatically run attached files either. You must chose to decode the attached files then Unzip and files that have been processed with a `Zip' program. During the Unzip process you should consider running a anti-virus program on any executable file. There's is quite a bit of `lore' about the E-mail virus. Yes, it can happen but probably not on a machine running under DOS and using a DOS based Editor program. Q. What about Y2K? --------------- A. Y2K means the Year 2000 and usually refers to the millennium Bug or problem when talked about in computer circles. There are lots of sites that explain the problem so I won't attempt to explain it here. Net-Tamer should be Y2K ready as is though the author, Dave Colston, has not mentioned any changes for Y2K readiness. I'd make sure my machine is Y2k compliant and check to see if my OS is Y2K. People I trust tell me that Caldera DOS, OS/2 Warp 4.0, and Win 98 are or will be Y2K compliant. There are many tests available for Y2K compliance. Check with the manufacturer of your hardware for more info or run one of the test programs available on the Internet. A further test may be made by setting your clock to 12/31/99 @ 23:55 and wait five minutes then try to go online or read a message with Net-Tamer. If your hardware is compliant, the program should run! Any saved files will have the (bogus) date in the proper format. Q. Can I run Net-Tamer under Linux? -------------------------------- A. If you can, let me know. I want to run Linux myself and plan on trying this when I get a install working that will run the Dos Emulator for Linux. I'd try it first with the XT version and then try the 386 or palmtop version. The 386 version is more complicated and demanding than the XT version. II. GETTING STARTED -------------------- Q. What do I have to do first? --------------------------- A. Before you run Net-Tamer for the first time you should have signed up for a PPP account with a local internet provider, or have access to a PPP/TCP-IP connection on your comm port. That's COMM. PORT! Net-Tamer will not work with a ETHERNET connection. You should get the following information from your internet provider. Don't worry, if you don't know what all of this means. If the person you speak to on the telephone doesn't know the information, then ask to speak to technical support. There is a Template in this FAQ to write all this info into. 1) The address of the services DNS server and an alternate, if one is available. These will be numbers, such as: and are sometimes called dotted quads. ( Template pt. 3 Item H) 2) The URL's for POP3, SMTP, and NNTP. These are most generally names like: mail.peganet.com; spool.peganet.com; or news.peganet.com Make sure you know which is which! (Tmplt pt.3 #E, #F, #G) 3) Your Email address, such as: sg@peganet.com (Tmplt pt.3 #I) 4) Your login username, such as: sg (or the first part of your E-Mail address. (Template pt.3 Item A) 5) Your login password. This is most times case sensitive, so be careful how you copy it down. (Template pt.3 Item B) 6) Your email login. (probably this first part of your E-Mail Address). (Template pt.3 Item C) 7) Your email password, if this is different from the login password. (They are usually the same.) (Template pt.3 Item D) 8) The telephone number of the service, if you are not on a direct comm port connection. If you want call waiting to be interrupted while you're on line put a *70, before the telephone number. You will be asked for this during setup. (Template pt.3 Item J) In addition, you also need to know the following: 1) The comm port of your modem. Don't worry about the IRQ, unless you know that you are not on a "standard port". If you can not find this information, then start by choosing COMM 1 and change to COMM 2 if this does not work. If all else fails, check the settings in some other terminal program. (Template pt.2 Item A/IRQ = Item B) 2) You need to know the initialization string for your modem. (Template pt.2 Item F) Q. Just what exactly is a Init. String? ------------------------------------ A. A modem usually accepts setup commands from the terminal program in a list called a Initialization string. These AT commands have evolved into a defacto standard. The AT has nothing to do with the class or kind of computer you have. (Template pt.2 Item F) +-----------------------------+ + Some Suggested Init Strings + +-----------------------------+ Use Factory Settings-------------------AT&F Use Profile Stored in Modem------------ATZ Generic/UNKNOWN Modem------------------AT&F^MAT&C1&D2&S1&K3 Generic Modem (9600 baud+)-------------AT&F^MATX3&C1&D2&S1&K3 Hayes or Hayes compatible--------------AT&F^MAT&C1&D2&S1^M. U.S.R. Courier or Sportster------------ATZ^M. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Q. What comm port speed should I set my modem to? ---------------------------------------------- A. Once you have Net-Tamer dialling and connecting then run as fast as possible! If your machine is capable of sending data to the modem at 57,600 BPS then do so. Most modems can handle 38,400 at least and some will run at 115,200 or even faster. For now choose either 19,200, if you have a palm top or XT, or 57600 if you have a 286 or higher. Some 9600 BPS and 2400 BPS modems can't handle more than 38,400. (Template pt.2 Item E) Q. Okay, I did all of that. What next? ----------------------------------- A. You need to decide on a login script. There are four furnished with the *.ZIP file and others are listed in the manual doc file for various services, CIS, DELPHI, DEMON, etc. About half of all services will work with the default service1.log file including AT&T and MCI. Try them each in turn. If none of them work, then you can use dumb terminal mode. Hit alt + =, and type: ATDT999-99999 (substitute your services phone number for the 999-9999, of course). Then login just like you were using Procomm, Telix, or some other terminal program. Hit alt + P, when the service lets you know that it is time for PPP mode. (Template pt.3 Item J) Q. Does Net-Tamer support chap login (a method to automatically send the username and password)? ----------------------- A. Yes, it does! That's what service1.log does. Might not work with all ISPs but it does work. Sometimes service1.log will need a `WAIT' added or a host prompt sensed before continuing but try service1.log first. Q. What is a Script File? ---------------------- A. Script files are specialized batch files that Nettamer executes when first attempting a login. These automate the process of identifying yourself to the service and starting PPP negotiations. ------------------------------------------- Here are all the script commands I know of! ------------------------------------------- USERNAME$ system macro - sends your login username Usage: Blast USERNAME$ PUSERNAME$ system macro - sends login username Preceded by `P'. Usage: Blast PUSERNAME$ USERNAME$xxxx system macro - sends your login username with the text specified by `xxxx' appended. Usage: Blast USERNAME$xxxx ---------------------------------------------------------------------- In other words the program will Replace USERNAME$ or PUSERNAME$ with your username, add the `P' if specified, add any `XXX' stuff and a <13>. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Password$ system macro - sends your login password Usage: Blast PASSWORD$ ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Net-Tamer will Replace PASSWORD$ with your PASSWORD and a <13>. Do not add <13> to Username$ or Password$. The program will do that for you. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- PPP internal command - tells Net-Tamer to go into PPP mode and end running script. YOU MUST INCLUDE THIS COMMAND AT THE END OF THE SCRIPT! STATIC ###.###.###.### - internal command - tells Net-Tamer to assume the number specified in ###.###.###.### as your static IP address. Most often used with a direct serial port connection. DELAY script command - pauses script execution for # tenths seconds (decimals are not accepted). Incoming characters are still checked. Usage: DELAY 15 (wait 1.5 seconds) <##> script constant - The numbers are the number of a Ascii character. To include an Ascii control character in a command, just enter it like this <27>. ( 27 = ESC) Usage: <13> would send a ASCII 13 or enter. BLAST script command - Tells the program to send a text string or system macro. Usage: Blast READ WAITING NS<13> TEXT string constant - The maximum length is 40 characters. WAIT script command - checks incoming characters from ISP until the information in TEXT is received. Usage: WAIT TEXT ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Net-Tamer DOES NOT ALLOW SPACES ON THE RIGHT OR LEFT HAND SIDE OF A WAIT COMMAND. USE <32> to indicate a space. Spaces in the middle of a statement are recognized. i.e. <32>NOW IS THE TIME<32> would check for the text and a space on either side. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- OR Boolean operator for Wait command - the program will resume execution when it receives the characters matching any command specified by TEXT. Usage: WAIT BILL-OR-#120 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- The number preceded by the # character indicates the maximum length of time to wait. The number is in 1/10ths of a second. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- IF TEXT script command - Tells Net-Tamer to compare the current incoming data from service with TEXT. If the TEXT condition is true, then Net-Tamer proceeds. NOT boolean operator for wait command - Tells Net-Tamer to compare the current incoming data from service with TEXT. If the TEXT condition is NOT true, then Net-Tamer proceeds. END IF script command - when a `If' comparison ends the next statements are executed. /NOERROR script command line switch - use this on a script line to prevent script ending if the text is not found in the specified time. Net-Tamer abandons the script in 7 seconds if you don't specify a time value. Usage: WAIT MAIL><32>:-or-TO:<32><32> /NOERROR ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Notes: You may also use these commands, even if other information is needed in the login. For example, CRIS.COM uses USERNAME$PPP to tell the service that you want a PPP connect. Netcom.com uses #USERNAME$ for the same reason. Again, no <13> is required. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Q: How do I setup the program? --------------------------- A: For the first time only, you MUST run reader.exe. Reader has all the file viewing stuff and does the initial setup. After that, you will want to start Net-Tamer first. --------------------------------------------------------- Here is a template you can use to record your setup info! --------------------------------------------------------- --- #1 -------------- Net-Tamer Setup Template ----------------------- | How many users accounts do you need (use)? _____ (See Note #1) | | What account is this? #___ User/Purpose? _________________________ | | Mail Server setup? _____________________________ (see Note #2) | | Command Line Switches? _________________________ (See Docs/FAQ) | | Software Type ___ Vers. _____ Setup Locked to Password __ (Y or N) | ---------------------------------------------------------------------- --- #2 ---- Communications, Modem, And Terminal Settings ------------- | | | What Serial Communications port is your modem on? | | A. Comm Port :__ ( a number usually 1-4) | | | | What is the Comm ports Interrupt Request number? ( usually 3 or 4) | | B. Port IRQ :__ ( usually defaults to proper number) | | | | A dialing string is the command to the modem to start dialing! | | C. Dialing String Start :_____ (usually ATDT) | | | | Use yes here if you have a talker (speech Synthesizer)! | | D. Print To Bios Screen :__ (N or Y) | | | | How Fast is your modem? If you have compression you'll need a | | faster rate like 38,400, 57,600 or 115,200! | | E. Baud Rate :_________ | | | | This is the command string sent to the modem to start it up. | | F. Modem Init String _________________________ try ATZ 1st! | | | | You might need to do this if you have a special init string and | | your modem forgets it between calls. | | G. Re-Init For All Dials :__ (usually N else Y) | | | | Net-Tamer likes to synchronize your PC's clock to the Internet!| | | I. Set PC clock to Net Time? __ (Y or N) | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------- --- #3 ------------ Net-Tamer User Setup Template -------------------- | | | What is the name you use to login with? ************ (Note #3) | | A. Login Name:__________________ | | | | What is the login password? ************************ (Note #4) | | B. Login Pass:__________________ (may be case sensitive) | | | | Is this Account Access Locked to Password __ (Y or N) | | | | What is this accounts E-Mail login? **************** (Note #5) | | C. Email Login:_________________ | | | | What is this accounts E-Mail Password? ************* (Note #6) | | D. Email Pass:__________________ | | | | What is this accounts POP3 URL? ******************** (Note #7) | | E. POP3 URL:________________________________ | | | | What is this accounts SMTP URL? ******************** (Note #8) | | F. SMTP URL:________________________________ | | | | What is this accounts NNTP URL? ******************** (Note #9) | | G. NNTP URL:________________________________ | | | | You will have one or two DNS IP addresses. What are they? (#A) | | H. DNS Addr: ___.___.___.___ , ___.___.___.___ | | ^ | | What is your E-Mail Address? ********* ASK your ISP! | | I. Email Addr:___________@______________.___ | | | | J. Phone Numbers/Scripts | | | | 1 - (___)-___-____ - ________.___ (ie: SERVICE1.LOG) | | 2 - (___)-___-____ - ________.___ (ie: SERVICE2.LOG) | | 3 - (___)-___-____ - ________.___ (ie: SERVICE3.LOG) | | 4 - (___)-___-____ - ________.___ (ie: SERVICE4.LOG) | | | | K. Email Signature Info : _______________________ ( write it here) | | | | What is the path to your favorite editor? | | L. Text Editor: _______________________ May be left to default! | | | | Editor command line switches ______________________ (usually none) | | | | M. Rotate Dial: __ Choose Y if you need to dial a diff. # on busy. | | | | N. Usenet Sort: ____________________________ ( ie. Date/Time) | | | | O. Quote Symbol/Initials? :__ ( > = default and Y or N for Inits) | | | | P. File Menus: ______________________ (ie. Triple Column) | | | | Q. Msg Dir : _______________________________ (ie. C:\TAMER\MSGS\) | | | | R. Down Dir: _______________________________ (ie. C:\TAMER\BIN\) | | | | S. Taglines:__ (Yes if you wish to include taglines, No otherwise) | | | | T. Set Terminal Colors ______________________ (jot `em down here) | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------- --- 386 Specific ----------------------------------------------------- | | | U. Music/Sound ______________________ On or Off | | | | V. Show Complete Message Headers: __ (Y or N ( N = less clutter) | | | | W. Font File ________________________ (just write in the name) | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------- --- XT Specific ------------------------------------------------------ | | | U. Show Complete Message Headers: __ (Y or N ( N = less clutter) | | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------- | Fill in form then enter each item in the setup for the user/acct! | ---------------------------------------------------------------------- | Notes. | | | | 1. If there are five people in your home or organization and each | | person has a E-mail account, you would need 5 accounts set up | | in Net-Tamer! Also if you want to use a second news server or a | | second user name you will want to add a extra account for each | | of these. | | | | 2. If this account is using another already setup (in Net-Tamer) | | E-mail name then you might not want it to delete msgs. But if | | this account uses the same Msg Directory you should delete all | | E-mail or accept duplicate messages. (See Server Setup in Docs.)| | | | 3. This is the name you login with to the service and may be | | different from your E-Mail username! | | | | 4. This is the password for the login with the service itself and | | may be different from your E-Mail password! | | | | 5. This is the name you login to the Mail server with and may be | | different from your Login username! | | | | 6. This is the password for the login to the mail server itself | | and may be different from your Login password! | | | | 7. POP3 is the Post Office Protocol Version 3 and URL refers to | | the machine that stores your mail till you call and request it! | | | | 8. SMTP is the Simple Mail Transport Protocol and URL refers to | | the machine that accepts your outgoing mail for sending! | | | | 9. NNTP is the Net News Transport Protocol and URL refers to the | | machine that accepts your outgoing posts for sending! | | | | A. DNS refers to the Domain Name Service or Domain LOOKUP and the | | address is a set of four numbers arranged as a dotted quad. You | | may have two of these. Separate the first from the second with | | a comma. | ---------------------------------------------------------------------- III. SETUP TROUBLESHOOTING -------------------------- Q. I can't get my system to connect to the ISP! I think it's my modem settings. I don't think I have a good init string. Help! -------------------------------------------------------- A. Check your comm port and IRQ setting first. If you hear the modem dial, but the init string or phone number are not echoed to the screen, then you are on the wrong IRQ. Check your settings in another terminal program to find the correct information. The same goes for the modem init string. If it works for another program, it will likely work for Net-Tamer. Finally, let's back your modem down to its lowest speed. Go into comm. settings and set the port speed to 2400 BPS. Now set the Init. string to ATZ if you don't already have a good string. Press x to exit and save the changes. Try to login to your ISP as a dumb terminal. Q. I can't even login at the lowest speed? --------------------------------------- A. Turn your modem speaker on! If you can run as a dumb terminal and dial a number with your modem, then you should hear some sounds through the speaker. These sounds are a dial tone then a ring and finally the two modems negotiating a connection. If you can't seem to dial then make sure you have Net-Tamer set to your modems port. If you can dial, hear the sounds, see the modem responses on the screen and then the connection drops raise your speed to 9600 BPS and try again. Most likely your ISP won't accept a 2400 BPS connection! Q. I can now connect at 9600 baud but I still need a Init. string and I had a hard time setting the last comm. package up to run with my modem. What do I do? -------------------- A. Let's call the `Baud Rate' 9600 BPS (Bits Per Second; some purist will fuss if we say baud)! If you already have a Init. string for your modem and it works well with another terminal program you can try using the same string with Net-Tamer. You will find a very lengthy list of init. strings toward the end of the Net-Tamer Doc file. Another source would be the manual that came with your modem. Q. What if, no matter what I tried, nothing happens? ------------------------------------------------- A. If you have a "WINDOWS MODEM", some users have reported they call the U.S. Robotics service line and tell them they are a merchant who can't get their VISA or MasterCard program to work. They claim U.S.R. becomes very helpful then ;-) Q. Why does my install of Net-Tamer only receive mail at one baud rate while sending only at another? ------------------------------ A. Probably due to running a `RPI' type modem or a slower UART without a FIFO buffer built in! You might want to try Modem Doctor to find out the type of Modem and Uart you have! Q. The program keeps playing "Happy Birthday"? ------------------------------------------- A. If you have a sound card and the `BLASTER =' environment variable set the program will play some *.wav files which were in the 386 release! Now, if you don't have a sound card, the program will look for the music.rnb file, which has some BASIC style songs. If it can't find that and you left sound or music on in setup, then it will play "Happy Birthday". Either turn sound/music off, fix the environment variable for your sound card, or move the music.rnb file to the message directory, if you don't want to hear that tune ;-). Q. My ISP has two sets of phone lines! The first won't roll over to % the second so I need to use both numbers! What do I do? ------------------------------------------------------- A. The trick is setting the rotate dial if busy in comm. setup to `yes' % and putting both phone numbers in the user setup for that account. (You % will find a place for up to four numbers in each user setup!) % To make Net-Tamer continue calling until connection, put both numbers % in the first two phone number lines and repeat for the second set % of two! Remember to put the proper script name in each line! % If you only have one phone number, put it in all four spaces! If % you have two numbers put them in twice each! If you have three put % them each in and double up on the most likely to be free (answered)! Q. I have two ISPs! What do I need to do? -------------------------------------- A. If you want to select between two or more ISPs, put each ISPs phone % number in a separate user account! Better yet use the cheapest % (best) ISP to dial to then Telnet into the other ISPs as needed! IV. ON/OFF LINE OPERATIONS -------------------------- Q. If I do login using the alt + = routine, how do I get email, etc.? ------------------------------------------------------------------ A. You need to read the online.key and/or the terminal.key files and when on line with any version after 1.07 there is a online options key (F2) to see a list of online commands. You should check the key files on any new version to see what has been added. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- | Here are the online Commands with "Online Options" screen commands | ---------------------------------------------------------------------- F1 - help F2 - display the on-line command screen F4 - hang up F10 - quit the program |=== ONLINE OPTIONS and EQUIVALENTS =============================| | | | A = HTTP (World Wide Web) {same as alt+W} | | B = FTP (file transfer protocol) {same as alt+f} | | C = TELNET (connect with a host machine) {alt+t} | | D = POP3 (GET Your MAIL) {same as alt+m} | | E = SMTP (SEND MAIL) {same as alt+m} | | F = NNTP (get usenet news) {same as alt+u} | | G = ICMP (Ping test) {same as alt+i} | | H = FINGER (find status of a user) | | I = DAYTIME (returns day date and time) | | T = TIME (returns GMT/UCT Time) | | K = QUOTE of the DAY (if implemented) | | L = ACTIVE USERS (if implemented) | | M = ECHO (bounces a text string back to you) | | N = CHARACTER GENERATOR (sends you a screen of all chars) | | O = DISCARD (send a string of chars without answering back) | | Z = Quit this menu {same as alt+z} | | | |=== THESE ONLY WORK FROM THE ONLINE OPTIONS (F2) SCREEN ========| alt + c - clear terminal screen alt + d - returns the exact date and time E.S.T. with the correction for UST (GMT). alt + f - go to FTP mode alt + m - check pop3 mail then send any messages (if ready) alt + q - log off alt + r - browse (read) a text file alt + s - shell to DOS alt + t - go to telnet mode alt + u - get usenet messages (usenet.get file must be ready) alt + w - go to WWW mode alt + x - quit the program alt + y - toggle sound/music on and off (temporary change) <Esc> - Stop File Transfer or Socket Open, or leave site. alt + esc - EMERGENCY ESCAPE. Shut down all sockets, files, and return to terminal screen, but remain online. Cancels Log off and/or autorun. TELNET keys: F1 - help F10 - quit the program pgdn - start xmodem download. Must be connect to a BBS. alt + q - quit telnet mode alt + c - start a capture file alt + s - shell to DOS Q. When I'm online how do I stop something that appears to be running away or malfunctioning? ----------------------- A. Use ALT-ESC, remember this, ESC (by itself) is more for navigating, ALT-ESC is for shutting down or bailing out. It takes a few seconds to kill the running process and shut down but it works! You will end up in a online terminal screen where you can restart what you were doing, switch to another task or hit F4 to log off. In 1.09 betas that I've tested it seems that f-4 can hang up while sometimes stuck waiting for the esc or ctrl-esc sequence to work. And f-10 will take you off line and kill the Net-Tamer session. Q. When I run Net-Tamer from Windows the ALT-ESC key combination cannot be * used because that is telling Windows to switch tasks. Is there an * alternative method for an Emergency Escape? ------------------------------------------- A. Set up a PIF file to launch Net-Tamer and reserve Alt-Esc for Net-Tamer's * use. You can always use Alt-Enter to get a different Window. Q. Is there an address list? ------------------------- A. Yes, and the address list can be added to by using the ALT-G (grab a line command) in the mail reader and sending it to the address list when prompted by the grab routine. Q. I would like to know how to delete an e-mail address from my address list when I get one wrong or it's no longer a valid address? ------------------------------------------------------- A. Just load the file called address.lst into your editor and delete or edit the line. The format is the whole E-mail address, then any comment in parentheses with no spaces! Use an underline instead of a space anywhere in the address list. And the entry should be under 70 characters or so. Then press the enter key to get a new line and delete any resulting blank lines. Each line should look something like: headless.ted@no.thought.com(one_of_the_lost_people_on_the_Inet) pitbull@destiny.net(fishing_buddy_and_checkers_champion) root@localhost(never_write_to_here) Of course your entries should not be indented. You can reorder these entries also at this time if you want by moving the lines around. Q. I'd like a Organization header with a ReplyTo header and maybe some other headers! Can Net-Tamer handle those? ------------------------------------------ A. Yes, You need to make up a file with those headers pre-made or type them in by hand though! Either way they go on the next line after the subject. Then leave a blank line and begin the message body! Here are the ones I often use and import as a file! Organization: The Information Monster Highway (Monster Highway BBS) X-Where-Is-We: Lat. 39.02/Long. 78.27 Reply-To: jhawkin@usa.net X-Question: Do you always read these headers? X-Weather: Insert today's weather here with humorous comment X-Reminder: Headers that begin with `X-' are user (or client) definable and all headers must be one continuous line if longer than eighty characters! See RFC-822 for more info! Q. Is it possible to have a blank subject line in a e-mail using Nettamer? ----------------------------------------------------------------------- A. Yes, but why? I know many list servers seem to specify a blank subject but most really are saying they don't care what's in the subject line! Anyway just put a space in the Subject field and Net-Tamer will leave it blank. Q. Most of these automated e-mail systems scan your e-mails for your request so you must send them exactly as instructed or your message is returned with a list of all the unrecognised text. ----------------------------------------- A. Just place the word `End' on a line by itself in the body after you enter all your commands. Q. I have a bunch of POP3 Accounts. How can I use them with Net-Tamer? ------------------------------------------------------------------- A. You can setup a second (or more) user account(s) for your secondary % POP3 accounts! I have one setup for Netaddress, two others setup for % cybermail and one setup for the BBS! With a bogus account setup for % `Spoofing' MMF Spam mailers when I want to `pull their leg'! Q. Where did you get all those POP3 accounts? ------------------------------------------ A. I kind of answer that question in the Monster Truck FAQ but it needs repeating here! So Here!!! ------------------------------------------------------------ | Included From The Monster Truck FAQ. | | http://www.landfield.com/faqs/autos/sport/monster-trucks | ------------------------------------------------------------ Q. How can our drivers publish a E-mail address, without clogging their personal Internet accounts? --------------------------- A. Rocketmail, Hotmail, Juno, Netaddress, and Cybermail all offer free or cheap E-mail addresses! If you have a Web Page, your ISP can often give you more addresses on a server and `MX' the addresses to your Domain Name or Machine Name at Domain Name! Cybermail, Netaddress and others will even forward the mail to another account if needed! NetAddress, symetsys, and Cybermail can be retrieved via POP3 also - much better than WEB only In my Humble Opinion! Also try: http://WWW.EmailAdresses.COM ------------------- End Include ---------------------------- Q. I am in a Mailing Loop! ----------------------- Q. I need a mailing list. ---------------------- A. There is now a "Mass Mail Feature" for registered users only! To use this feature you enter a file name as the "To: " name then enter the subject. Type the email message in the normal manner. When Net-Tamer finds a file name instead of a "To: " address, it will at the time of upload, send multiple copies of the email that follows to everyone listed in that file. You won't see this expansion until you start the upload! That's "MULTIPLE" Copies!!! There will be ONLY one name per message and there is no limit to the number of addresses. You "CAN'T" use the address.lst file for this. Instead, the file must be a <CR><LF> delimited list of addresses only. You may make this "address" file with any text editor or even use the alt + G function in the message viewer. ------------------------- Advanced Mass Mail Tricks ------------------------- There are a couple of "special tricks", of course. If for some reason you to want multiple names in the To: field, then put a comma after the email address. In other words, the names per copy stops, when the program no longer finds a comma at the end of the address. If you do wish to let someone know that this is a CC, then put a /CC after the first name. Again, I repeat AGAIN, these are for registered users though a little of this is pertinent to the evaluation unregistered version. Q. I would like to know a bit more on how the message viewer and editor classifies, handles and names files to "send" or leave "pending" etc. --------------------------------------------------------------------- A. The outgoing Mail files are named "mail.$01, mail.$02, mail.$03" and so on. In a pending file the "!" or bang character is substituted for the "$" dollar sign in the extension. In the same fashion, a outgoing usenet news post is called "usenet.$01" and a pending post would be "usenet.!01", etc. The numbers are actually hexadecimal and Net-Tamer could create up to 255 out going mails and/or posts. In practice, any file called "mail.$xx" or "usenet.$xx" (where xx can equal any legal dos file name character) will be sent. This would include the temporary files from programs such as NTLserve or Kill-file. Use caution when stopping these add-on programs with "cntrl/c". The file extension numbers don't have to be in any order. When you reply to a message Net-Tamer finds the last outgoing mail file name. Adds 1 to the extension number to build a reply file with mail.$xx as the name. With quoting selected Net-Tamer takes the present message and uses the from address and any CC: addresses plus the subject to form the new header. The reader module also skips a line then builds and adds the line: "On "date" "so and so" said to "whosit@where.ever.com" Next, the program, adds the Quote Character (normally ">" ) preceded by what it believes to be the originator's initials) to each line of the original message with word wrapping on to form the quoted text. Now it passes the file to the editor as the argument to the editor command for your selected editor. The 386 version changes to the editors directory while the XT version stays in the message directory. After you finish any editing, your editor either automatically saves or prompts you to save the file back (or you remember to save <G>). At this time you could make a copy for a secondary purpose and with most editors a copy of the pre-edited version with extension ".bak" is saved. Net-Tamer regains control and suggests a Tag line, adds the Net-Tamer Ad Sig. and your signature if selected. Then reader asks how to handle file. If you chose to Kill <K> the file is deleted! Either Send <S> or Pending <P> then passes the file to any spell checker. Following the spell checking the file is left in the message directory to be sent on next mail run. A new message or post follows the same general path except there is nothing to quote. Here are the Reader (offline) VIEW keys: A = Add to address list. D = Delete message when you're through viewing. E = Edit/Review address file. F = Search for text. G = Get older msg. J = Jump to Msg. # K = Kill Reply or Msg.(next pass) N = Next Subject. Q = Quit Viewing. R = Reply/Review Reply current msg. U = Unreplied Email. S = Save Msg. to printer or disk. Y = Yours (messages written to you). V or L = View/list of Msgs. (with extra commands). W = Write a new message. SPACE or ENTER = Next Message. PgUp = Scroll Up. PgDn = Scroll Down. HOME = First message in the file. END = Last message in the file. Cursor Up = Scroll Up one line. Cursor Down = Scroll Down one line. Alt + A = Get File From Work Space Alt + F = Forward EMAIL or Msg. Alt + G = Grab or steal a message line from this message, to tag file or address.lst Alt + Q = Delete all msgs. with this subject. Alt + R = Read/Edit NON MESSAGE FILE. Alt + S = Shell out to DOS. Type exit to return to program. Alt + U = Run UUDECODE/BASE64 DECODE for all file with the .UUE/.64 extension Ctrl + R = Short Cut Reply. Quick direct reply to the currently viewed message, with no options for change. It also allows you to write a second reply to the same message. If you hit CTRL + R, you do not view and existing reply, instead you start a new one. Q. What are the files that end with "dlu", "pru", and "ieu" for? ------------------------------------------------------------- A. The *.DLU files contain the mail or news messages that you have already downloaded. The *.IEU files are an index so that the program can find the right message in the *.DLU files. The *.PRU file is the archived (saved after reading) message file. This file is built when you elect to Save a message to the Archive instead of erasing it or leaving it in the *.dlu files. Q. I'm having trouble with the delete/ don't delete selection when reader exits. It doesn't hold the setting or I'm changing it accidentally. ------------------------------------------------------------------- A. All the reader versions I've tried since 1.07 seem to hold the delete/don't delete command as set. This was a problem in 1.07 but if you get that message, "You have 523 msgs. in your....." just tell it to delete none by backspacing out the number. Net-Tamer will still try to delete the marked messages. Q. When I mark some of my mail for deletion, I wind up losing all of it! --------------------------------------------------------------------- A. Now, let's say you have a dozen messages in mail.dlu. You read them + and mark 6 for deletion! As you then exit reader you get a prompt + asking, "delete how many?" You've already marked 6 for deletion so if + you answer with six then 6 marked plus 6 more deleted equals 12 and + you will wind up erasing all 12 messages! Q. Some of the messages I get are `keepers'. Can I save them separately? --------------------------------------------------------------------- A. Let's don't forget the archive ability in Reader itself. Just press `S' while reading a message and `A' to save to (append to) the Archive file which will be called the `mail.pru' during a mail.dlu read session. The reader in 1.10 supports the mark and move mechanism! You may go through all your mail and mark the messages to keep! then hit `X' to execute the move! Net-Tamer will move all marked files to a new file! If you name the file with mail in the file name, you may reply to the messages via the normal reply mechanism! Q. I erased a bunch of messages, undelete can't get them back? ----------------------------------------------------------- A. My experiences with undelete (Norton Unerase) fall a little short! If you erase the whole file (all the messages) leaving a `zero byte' file you can recover. But, if you erase half the file you will probably not be able to recover them. Q. I accidentally marked a message to be erased but I need to keep it! What should I do now? ---------------- A. If you haven't exited Reader Yet, Mark the message for (N)ormal or (K)eep! Q. How do I get a message to my ISP? I don't know anybody there! ------------------------------------------------------------- A. There are some standard `names' you may use when you need to get E-mail to most system admins at most any location. Here they are: Root (especially `Unix' Servers) System (Unix again) Postmaster (any system with mail and any Registered Domain) Newsmaster (Sometimes if they run a news server) Usenet (For reporting news server problems) Webmaster (Web hosting services) Sysop (any service which started as a bbs or is a bbs) Info (for a content based service or ISP) Sales (for any `for profit operation' (sales people get excited if they think a commission is heading out the door)) The final address would be something like: Sales@Domain.com Sysop@bbs.domain.com root@local_host Postmaster is often the best. Use SYSOP and the machine name in the case of a bbs. Postmaster and the machine name in the case of a special mail, BBS or (sometimes) news server. Many services `alias' all these names into the System or Root account. To get the attention of a specific person use their E-mail address if known and maybe CC one of the other accounts. If the specific person is gone for a while, someone at the other `Admin' addresses will often handle your request to `please the boss'! Note any `bounce' messages for the next time. Q. I'm still puzzling over sending files as attachments. Especially the * sending of a plain text file. How do I attach a text file? ---------------------------------------------------------- A. If you want to send a actual file as opposed to sending a message with * the file embedded, you'll need to let Net-Tamer attach it as a UUencode * or Base 64 file! Q. Is the UUencoding needed for an attached text file? What is UUencoding and base 64 is and what is the difference? ------------------------------------------ A. Base 64 and UUencode are just two different methods of converting a file (either text or a program file) for attachment and safe transport! Base64 is popular but UUencode is well supported by a lot of mail/news readers as it's older! Net-Tamer won't attach a file until it has encoded it. Q. So how do I attach the file? ---------------------------- A. Make sure you have the file finished and formatted the way you want! You may either reply to a message or start a new message as required. Either agree to, change or enter the `To: addressee' and the next screen will ask Regular Message or Binary! Choose Binary (a UUencode or Base64 encoded file is a binary for all practical purposes) and in the next screen choose either encoding method you want! Now select the path then the file you want to send and Net-Tamer will encode it and attach it to the message! Q. Can I send a message with the attached file? -------------------------------------------- A. If your replying to a message you may choose to quote the original message if needed! You won't be able to edit or add text if you attach a file but you might be able to revisit the message (review out-going) and edit the text if the attached file is small! Caution: this is tricky and your editor can really mess up the attached file by inserting extraneous characters! Safest is to use one message for the attachment and a second for the explanation of what the attachment is if you can't explain it in the subject and attachment file name. Q. Now, I can't make NetTamer decode the Base 64 file attachments. --------------------------------------------------------------- A. Save the message to the current message directory! Do strip the headers, * to decode a message you must strip the headers! Then Net-Tamer will save * the file to disk with a *.64 file name. * When you get back to the message read screen Press Alt-U (the `ALT' key * and the `U' key). Net-Tamer will run UUdecode over every message * attachment file it finds in the current message directory and leave * behind the file as originally Encoded. * When the UUdecode finishes the file will be what it was before being * encoded! Now you can use Pkunzip on it, run it if its a *.exe or whatever * is needed to view the file or decompress it! * The same process handles UUencode and base 64 files! You might also want * to try Tom Burleigh's Ntbinary program. http://www.net-connect.net/~tomburl Q. What is Usenet? --------------- A. Usenet is a giant list of conference groups or forums, with participants from all over the world. If you have a special interest there is probably a usenet group for it! Some of the groups are very "R to NA-17" in terms of rating, so select carefully, if some things offend you. Net-Tamer does not know what you want, except what you tell it to get. Q. My system expects a Usenet Password. What do I do now? ------------------------------------------------------ A. Net-Tamer looks for this and will supply your email address and password, if it is requested. If you need to give information OTHER than that, Net-Tamer will also look for a file called USENET.NFO. Use a text editor, type in on a single line your user name for this server a Bar character (|) and your password. Place this file in the message directory! Very few users will need this file. Q. How do I add usenet groups if I don't know any groups to select? ---------------------------------------------------------------- A. While in the reader main screen, press the F3 key, like you were going to view messages, but select option B. The screen will display a menu asking you to add or delete a group. You probably don't have any yet, so pick "Update Group List" to get a list of groups! The next time you go online select get usenet and Net-Tamer will get a listing of available groups! Q. Just where does the list of Newsgroups come from? ------------------------------------------------- A. Net-Tamer requests the names and counts of all newsgroups when the user wants a updated list! This list is built by the news-server and sent as part of a normal usenet request! When you ask for a updated groups list the request for `List' is placed in the `Usenet.get' file along with any other requests for files (messages), subject lists or headers! Net-Tamer parses the (usegrps.lst) list by removing extra data like the message range numbers and message counts! The resulting file is a straight ascii file (usually very large) called usenet.for! The list will be in semi-alphabetical order since, when groups are added, they are often appended to the lists end! These newest groups will not be in order until a sort is done by either a News Admin or a maintenance process! Net-Tamer doesn't sort the list since its often extremely long and sorted (or not) by the host site. Available usenet news groups can change quite often as control messages are received and acted on by the net news software and the site admin! You might want to grab the control group from your server just to watch for these new group commands! Be aware though that control wont always reflect the groups on the server due to admin intervention and possible creation of new groups locally (especially for local use)! Q. I have a good `Group List' now what? ------------------------------------ A. When you are back in reader, press F3 and select option B. Choose ADD A GROUP. Net-Tamer will work for a while to format the new groups list then present them to you for selection! Try this! Hit ALT-F and type in the name of one of your hobbies or interests. Net-Tamer will search through the file and (if it finds the word) will stop and highlight that group name. Press enter and the group will be selected for inclusion. Now Net-Tamer takes the group name and tries to make a file name for it. If you already have a *.dlu file with the suggested name you will need to modify it or Net-Tamer will put any downloaded messages from either group in that file! Of course you might want to have related groups feed one file! Next you will be asked `get all new messages' and if you chose `Y' Net-Tamer will get every message posted to the group from now on! You will be asked how do you want to sign your messages. This is just a two line `blurb' that you want appended to all messages in this group! Type that in and your finished. Q. What if I choose no (don't get all new messages)? ------------------------------------------------- Then, to find out what messages are available, you must go into the `F3' option B menu, again highlight a group name and press enter. You will now see a line with a number and a `s'. Press enter and on the next usenet run Net-Tamer will get a list of all subjects. After that run you can hit F3 and select option B again, press enter on the group name to view a list of all current messages. Just cursor down through and hit enter on any message you want, to have the program build a usenet.get file for that group containing message numbers of the selected messages! When you finish viewing the list of messages and quit, Net-Tamer will prompt you to delete the old list and get a new current messages list! You need to delete the old list to get a new list! In the main list, groups that have `get all messages' selected or a subject list ordered will be marked as "ordered"! Q. Can I manipulate the usenet.get file to choose a message? --------------------------------------------------------- Q. How can I follow a previous thread? ----------------------------------- A. If you didn't select to get all messages for the group in question you may request a subject list as above to generate a usenet.get entry for the group as outlined above. The Usenet.get file is made up of two line entries. On the first line the whole name of the group followed by a space then a # character and the major name (without the dlu extension) of the file to store the message into. On the next line is the first message number to get in that group and any other messages (by number) separated by commas. Then finally the previous high message number, the character `S' and a dash if subjects are ordered. You may change the number for the subject list to `0' to get every message subject in that group that's still on the server. If the message thread references a previous message number, you might try putting that number in the get file also. The numbers are specific to your NNTP server. A somewhat typical Usenet.get file: news.answers #!ANSWERS 96117,96119,96299S- alt.bbs.internet #INTERNET 66031,66174,66175S- Let's modify this to get every subject for these two groups (even the ones we might have received before) and get a older message (65948) in the second group that might still be available on the server! news.answers #!ANSWERS 96117,96119,0S- alt.bbs.internet #INTERNET 65948,66031,66174,0S- Q. What if I've been getting all messages and now need another copy of a older message? ---------------- A. Remove the group name temporarily from the F3 groups list (don't delete the files) and make a usenet.get file to request the message by number. Or remove the name and re-add the name but don't select to get all messages. Press enter on the group name and request the subject list! If this doesn't work use the browser to search Yahoo or Dejanews! Tip: Once you have settled on the groups you want to always `consider' why not setup a usenet.for file with just the names of the groups you are interested in. Save it off to a different name when you request a new `groups list'. Add any new groups you are interested in and substitute again for the usenet.for. Q. I use the get subjects feature! Often I see 221 subjects follow but there is nothing there! --------------------------- A. That line is a server response, it really means nothing in the subject list and I imagine one of these days Uncle Dave will fix Net-Tamer to delete it or not put it in the *.UDR file in the first place! Q. I need that list of public news servers?? ----------------------------------------- A. That list keeps changing as news admins decide they need to `secure' their site, close down completely or otherwise become unavailable. Look at the following URL for the latest info: http://www.yahoo.com/News_and_Media/Usenet/Public_Access_Usenet_Sites Q. Can I edit the usenet.rec file?? -------------------------------- A. Yes, but you need a hex editor or something that won't add anything like formatting commands or linefeeds/carriage returns. I recommend deleting and re-entering the info via Net-Tamer instead! If you do any editing of this file, just overwrite the info never add more characters or delete any characters and do make a backup copy first! There is a program called editgrp from Freezack which allows you to edit the usenet.rec at will and knows how to change info in each file field without trashing the file! http://members.tripod.com/~freezack Q. I seem to be getting a lot of 423 error messages from our news server, * what does this mean, what is causing it? ---------------------------------------- A. The 423 is a news server error message caused when a requested article * doesn't exist! Sounds like Net-Tamer's counters and the news server * you are calling are out of sync! * Unselect the group (like you don't want the group anymore) then reselect * it! The counter won't know the last message then so it will start with 0 * and wind up with the proper number! Net-Tamer will handle the low message * number and seek the new low in other words then set the last message * properly (well it should)! * You may also `zero' the Net-Tamer counters with Editgrp if you have it! Q. Why are there only seven messages available within a span of say 468-478 * Messages? --------- A. This is somewhat normal for a well maintained news spool. There should * be a missing message once in a while due to cancels messages being * honored and dupe checking! A site that takes multiple feeds will have * more dupes and if they run a good dupe checker, will have more missing * messages! A renumber will happen there also occasionally and you'll * need to repeat this step for the affected groups after a renumber! Q. How do I download from a WEB Page? ---------------------------------- A. You can download from a WEB page server (like Dave's page) by cursoring down to the download url of the file you want to receive and hitting enter. Here are the online WWW keys: F1 - help F10 - quit the program alt + s - shell to DOS ctrl + f - Add Page To BOOKMARK.FAV (favorite sites) ctrl + s - SAVE an HTML file you are viewing Q. How can I view a HTML page while Off-line? ------------------------------------------ A. With most versions of Net-Tamer, I think you can browse the HTML pages by going to the `Terminal' screen (where you select to go back on line or read mail). With no other selections on screen, you press alt + r. Net-Tamer will prompt you through to select a file. It is designed to read text files but if you point to an`*.htm' file Net-Tamer will offer to display it as if you were online (as a WEB Page). Else you may select to view it as a file to see the formatting commands. Q. Is there a way to automate a web page download? ----------------------------------------------- A. If you can get the page via FTP or E-mail, then Net-Tamer can show it to you. See elsewhere in this FAQ for info on viewing Web Pages offline. See Bob Rankin's Accessing the Internet Via E-mail in section X. of this FAQ! Loaded with great tricks and can save you a lot of time, connection time and just plain work while letting you access services that might be otherwise unavailable to you. Q. Can I use Net-Tamer with a Network? ----------------------------------- A. Net-Tamer doesn't have any built in Local Network Support but you can use a Network to share Net-Tamer's program and/or data files! If you setup Net-Tamer to use the `Networked' files then you must make sure the `Server' is running before starting up (especially for a `on-line run)! If you run Net-Tamer on two (or more) Networked machines you might need to create a batch file to help sync up the *.dlu files! Q. Can I use the Dos Networking in Dos 6.0? ---------------------------------------- A. Yes, remember the `Server' Machine is unavailable as a console when the Network is running and the files on the `Server' are unavailable to the `Client' machine when the `Server' is down! Q. How about Windows Networking? ----------------------------- A. I don't have a lot of Windows Network experience but, I would think the same caveats as above would be in effect! Except all the machines will be available `at console'! Q. What's going on with FTP? ------------------------- A. Ftp is working fine. Choose FTP while on line and you should get a list of sites to FTP from. Highlight a site and Net-Tamer will attempt to login to that site and prompt you through the process. Once logged in to a FTP server you must move up or down through a directory Tree to find files. When you have selected a file to FTP, you must select the transfer type, either Image (binary) or ascii! Ascii is of course a text type file while a Image is a gif, zip, jpeg or a exe (executable)! Don't let this throw you, a Image is a memory Image not necessarily a picture! The online help should be enough to guide you now. Experiment a little and watch the screen info, read the Docs and help files. FTP keys: F1 - help F10 - quit the program alt + q - quit FTP mode alt + s - shell to DOS <Esc> - Stop Cursor to and enter on the option you want. If it is a file, it will be downloaded, if it is a directory, you will be taken to it. Q. When I try to log on to a FTP site Net-Tamer wants to logon as User `Anonymous' and send my E-mail Address as the password! ------------------------------------------------------------ A. That's right! If you need a different login name, delete the suggested `Anonymous' and correct with the proper name and then Password instead of the default suggestion (your E-mail name)! Q. Can I setup multiple ftp.get commands for automatic download? ------------------------------------------------------------- A. Yes, we've experimented with editing the ftp.get file. Make sure you have a good site and a valid username and password for the site (usually Anonymous for a public site: See Above)! Type the name and a complete path for each file (correctly 8-) ) on a line by itself. Q. What is the layout of the ftp.get file? --------------------------------------- A. The layout of the ftp.get is just a single line, or multiple lines each containing the full site name followed by the path and filename. ie: ftp.bigoleserver.com/users/leftovers/files/microwve.txt The file will be retrieved (if your server name, path and file name are correct) on your next online run! Q. Where did the Nettamer FTP directories list come from? Is there a way of getting a more current copy? ----------------------------------- A. As far as I know, that list comes from Uncle Dave and he states in the docs, "not all the sites work." You can get a listing of FTP sites from the usenet group news.answers. The format of this usenet + ftp site list is not compatible with Net-Tamers ftp site list. See + below for info on adding these sites to Net-Tamer's FTP list. Q. Is there a way of saving new sites to that file from within Net-Tamer? Is that a standard text file to which lines can be appended? ------------------------------------------------------------ A. If you want to modify or add to Net-Tamer's FTP site list, load it into your editor. Use this format, actual internet name of server followed by a space then a dash another space and a description of some sort. Actual.name.of.server - Bill's favorite fishing tips spot. The space after the dash `-' is mandatory, and the best way to set it is to put a short description there. (My editor ignores the space unless followed by some text). You may also include a path to get into a favorite directory! Case, spelling, and punctuation are very important with FTP servers. You may need to start with the server name and add the path after you successfully log on to the server the first time. Q. In ftp what hot key is used to upload to a ftp site? ---------------------------------------------------- A. There is no Hot Key to start a upload! Instead use FTP to Logon to some site where you have privileges. A Unix or Linux site is best but most of the OS/2 sites will work too. Most of the sites in the FTP list that comes with Net-Tamer will be Unix systems. You'll need to navigate to the directory you want to upload your file to. IE; A WEB Page would go to the Public_Html directory on most Web servers. After the file and directory lists you'll see the lines: upload a file Leave this site and the dot commands (CWDUP) If you select upload a file, Net-Tamer will switch to a window offering to select the current Message directory on your machine. Answer `no' to get a list of the directories in root of your machine and navigate to the source directory (where your file to upload is). Select "path choice complete" and you will then get a list of the files in that directory. Select the file and tell Net-Tamer whether it's a Image (for COM, EXE, HTM, Bat, ZIP, or BTM) file or ASCII (Text). Net-Tamer will then ask you what you want to call the file on the FTP server machine. This is so you can use a name that is more fitting to a Linux, UNIX or HPFS file name. Net-Tamer will now show you the command "stor filename.xxx" press enter to send the command to the FTP site. You may watch the Status bar then for the upload statistics. Q. How do you erase a file already on the FTP server? -------------------------------------------------- A. To erase a file at the FTP site, navigate to the proper directory where your file resides. Choose the file you want to delete! Net-Tamer will show you the command it wants to send "retr filename.xxx". Type "dele" over the word "retr" and press enter. The FTP server will delete your file then present you with the new directory list. Q. Can I use the above trick to delete or make a directory? -------------------------------------------------------- A. To erase a directory (or make a new one) at the FTP site, choose a file like above in the directory you want to make the new directory in or delete from. The commands this time are "mkd dirname" to make a new directory or "rmd dirname" to remove one. As an aside to this, you need to exercise caution with these commands. In you own directories like at a WEB site or your shell account (if you have one) you could mess up your WEB Page of lose the ".rc" files for your news, mail etc. On a public site you probably won't be able to do as much but the `admin' there may have made a mistake setting permissions etc. You could delete valuable files belonging to others or yourself. Maybe even delete config files that would shut down the system. V. VISUALLY IMPAIRED USERS -------------------------- Q. Most modern screen readers don't need BIOS screen writes, so why should I take that option? -------------------------- A. That allows Net-Tamer to control what gets spoken to you. You would not want to hear the clock counting the seconds in the terminal screen, for instance. Q. What else should I know? ------------------------ A. You should blank the 25th line of the terminal screen, during an auto run. The status line is sent to the bios, but it will yak you to death as well as slow down things. Peek it occasionally to see what is going on, so you will know the program is not stuck. Q. I need a Dos Screen reader! Can you help me? -------------------------------------------- A. Here's a few URLs for various screen reader demos. Artic Technologies: http://www.artictech.com GW Micro has a demo for free: http://www.gwmicro.com Microtalk ASAP: http://www.microtalk.com There's more Dos Speech URLs at: http://www.cnib.ca/sandp/techaids/DOSspeech.htm VI. PALM TOP USERS ------------------ Q. What are the "minimum" files required for my palm top drive? After all space is not unlimited! --------------------------- A. You only need: nettamer.exe, reader.exe, red.com, and one login script. Service*.log for example. Anything else the program needs, it will generate. After installation, the reader.exe file can be removed, but you will not be able to read messages, if you do this, only "surf". It seems that you might need reader.exe now for the palmtop, so if you delete it and Net-Tamer fusses, put it back. I'll know more about this soon. I hope. VII. XT/286 Users ----------------- Q. What is the XT version missing? ------------------------------- A. There is no mouse support, inline graphics support, or sound support. Otherwise, you can do anything else the "big boys" can<G>. The XT doesn't change to the editor's directory when invoking the message editor. If you have a CGA monitor you may want to try the Palmtop version since the XT version considers video to be a monochrome screen! The beta 1.09XT version is supposed to support inline graphics on a EGA or better monitor. VIII. OTHER SOFTWARE, TRICKS and INFO -------------------------------------- Q. Sometimes I need to use a service that Net-Tamer doesn't support, my ISP doesn't support or I can't figure out. Is there some other server or mechanism I can use? ------------------------------ Q. I am presently on a mail only system! What can I do? ---------------------------------------------------- A. Bob Rankin wrote a FAQ on Internet Access by using only E-mail! See the suggested reading list at the end of this FAQ. Q. The Net-Tamer DOCs mention different Editors and Spelling Checkers. Where can I find those programs? -------------------------------- A. Here is a list of programs you might want to add to or use with Net-Tamer! Please help us find good URLs for these! For now check: Q. How can I use a Zip Drive with my XT? ------------------------------------- A. Here's a file with some hints on how to do it. http://www.inti.be/hammer/zip-tip.htm And here's a DOS Zip-Drive driver but, you have to E-Mail the German distributor to get a restricted demo-version of the Palmzip ZipDrive driver. http://home.t-online.de/home/stefan.kaechele/ Q. Why can't I run the 386 version on my classic AT? ------------------------------------------------- A. Well, you can (I'm told). With the help of a emulator for 286-type computers enabling them to run programs written to use the 386 op codes. http://www.jasapersada.com/personal/epr/ -------------------------------------------- | Some text editors that can do word wrap. | -------------------------------------------- UEDIT ftp://sunsite.ust.hk/pub/simtel/msdos/editor/ued19c.zip SEDIT ftp://ftp.simtel.net/pub/simtelnet/msdos/editor/sedit110.zip QEDIT ftp://archie.au/pc/garbo/pc/editor/tsejr4.zip I'm now told: "QEdit has been renamed "The Semware Editor Jr" and the current shareware version is available as the filename "tsejr4.zip". SLED <????> BREEZE http://www.nettamer.net/other.html Is this still good??? TEDIT http://www.nettamer.net/other.html VEDIT http://www.vedit.com Vedit can handle very large files (like 2 gig. I think they claim)! It will work on the Usenet.for and usenet.rec files fine (unless they get bigger yet)! ---------------------- | Enhanced mail/news | ---------------------- Ntlserv http://www.net-connect.net/~tomburl Very small `footprint' program to automatically move messages to a different *.dlu file according to a specified message line. Shareware from Tom Burleigh! ie: From: listserve@domain.dom or To: joex@bbs Killfile http://www.net-connect.net/~tomburl A little program that will take a message and delete it according to a specified message line. From Tom Burleigh! ie: From: listserve@domain.dom or `a4ltrword' READMAIL ftp://ftp.halcyon.com/pub/waffle/mail/rmail41.zip This is a reader only and you need a setup file for it. If you can't get it set up I'll file attach a setup file to you. ReRead http://www.inti.be/hammer Another reader program with extra features! From Heimo Claasen! Maildate http://www.inti.be/hammer/maildat.zip A little helper for batch driven mail downloads with Net-Tamer that will modify the Mail.dlu file name by adding the current day/month in its root filename and a running number. Resulting in a file name like "mailDDMM.#", useful for batch mail fetching and archiving. ReRead will work with these files or change that to mailDDMM.dlu to use with Net-Tamer. SNIPPER ftp://mirrors.aol.com/pub/simtelnet/msdos/screen/snippr26.zip TSR Program that will mark and copy text while you're reading mail. You can mark text and will be prompted for a filename to save to and/or append to. Saving text to a internal buffer or printer is also possible. ------------------ | Spell Checkers | ------------------ SHARESPELL http://www.nettamer.net/other.html GDSPELL http://www.nettamer.net/other.html ----------------- | File handling | ----------------- Readit(2.8) ftp://ftp.coast.net/coast/msdos/handicap/readit28.zip Readit(3.5) http://www.fergusonenterprises.com/prog_html/prog.html Binhex Decoder http://www.nettamer.net/other.html You'll need this if you have friends who are Macintosh users! Kaos File Scrambler http://www.nettamer.net/other.html Sortit.exe http://www.nettamer.net/other.html This is a helper application for sorting tagline files or your address.lst and other sequential files! Ntbinary <Tom Burleigh> http://www.net-connect.net/~tomburl A very nice shareware program that will check a message file and move a attached binary out of it plus do additional file handling to prepare the resultant file for decoding! Pkzip (check a local BBS if you don't already have it) Phil Katz's famous file compression/de-compression program! It's almost a must have for installing programs, sharing files and/or working with archives! You probably already have it. Shez ftp://ftp.simtel.net/pub/simtelnet/msdos/arcutil/shez109.zip This is a very nice, handy program to assist in zip/unziping, uucoding/uudecoding and/or checking, fixing or updating `zip' archived files. BGFAX http://www.blkbox.com/~bgfax BGfax can answer your phone via a fax modem to receive faxes. It has fax sending utilities. When run as a `front end' program can fire up Net-Tamer to do multiple automatic on line sessions for different user accounts! Like once each hour! McAfee Antivirus ftp://ftpweb.mcafee.com/pub/ This is a well respected Anti-Virus Shareware program that will search your active drives and check for boot sector, stealth and other Virus that may infect your system. -------------- | HTML Tools | -------------- Htm2txt http://www.nettamer.net/other.html Converts html documents to text files by removing the html tags and headers! HTMSTRIP (HTMST708.ZIP) + http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Lakes/2414 Also, converts html documents to text files by Removing the html tags and headers! VIEWHTML (viewht24.zip) + ftp://eddie.mit.edu/pub/hp95lx/NEW/hv.zip I haven't tried it but will ASAP since I hear it's not bad as a viewer! AFAIK, Reader will do the same task! (FTP://SimtelNet has it as /msdos/html/viewht24.zip) Knots I need a URL for this one. Anybody? HList http://www.tennyo.org/martin/index.html Martin Goebbel's fast and neat Html offline browser. ------------------------ | Hardware Diagnostics | ------------------------ MSD comes with newer versions of Dos Modem Doctor Hdtest Chksys ----------------------------------- | Other Programs by David Colston | ----------------------------------- The following programs use the Net-Tamer stand-alone internet access routines. Configure with a *.INI file and Internet savvy users are required. These are not shareware and do not come with pretty wrappers or long, detailed documentation. Terms are cash or credit card, and the prices given are for single users! Institutional inquiries are welcome. Agent Upload ------------ Automated FTP upload program. Will run in 100k of mem. on any 80X86 machine which supports DOS or a DOS window, a modem, and an internet connection. For automated web page updates from any directory on your hard drive and zip them, before sending them, if required. The file size is under 56k. Net-Mail -------- Single user version. This is designed for systems where drive space is at a premium. It will do only two things, get and send email. Supports POP3 and the new IMAP4 protocol. Comes with a Net-Tamer like reader, but this is not required, since you can configure it from an INI file, and read the messages anyway that you choose. Net-Mail PRO ------------ This is designed to be hooked to other applications, where a programmer needs to be able to send and receive volumes of email. Can be called with a TSR timer, or from another program. Will do an automatic uuencode and/or uudecode of binary files declared in a messages and has bulk email "BLINDCC" ability from a single original message. Call during business hours for rates and technical details. If you write custom business applications, this is for you. If I (David Colston) get enough people expressing interest, I will also work on the following programs: Net-Forward ----------- This would get your email and forward messages from selected users to another address, or send "sorry I'm on vacation" messages to the rest. It would be totally automated and you would specify the time(s) of day to call and get the mail and send it back. Screens by message subject would also be possible. IX. GRAPHICS on the 386 ----------------------- Q. What about graphics? I have a vga monitor and our other machine has a ega! How do I setup Net-Tamer for the Graphics I want? ------------------------------------------------------------ A. Glad you asked. Just read the following text! --------------------------------- Net-Tamers Graphics Capabilities! --------------------------------- The 386 and higher version now has 4 graphics states controlled by two switches. BIOS ON (a toggle set in user setup) and /NOPIX (a command line switch). BIOS ON and loaded with the /NOPIX option, shows no graphics and does not show graphics links. BIOS ON and loaded WITHOUT the /NOPIX option, does show the graphics links, but does not show graphics. BIOS OFF and loaded with the /NOPIX option, shows the page with graphics fonts but does not show graphics inline. BIOS OFF and loaded WITHOUT the /NOPIX option, shows the page with graphics fonts and inline graphics. So Remember, when it comes to GRAPHICS: If you want full graphics (fonts and pictures) set BIOS OFF! Start Net-Tamer normally, WITHOUT the /NOPIX command line switch. `BIOS ON' is the `Write To Screen Bios Y or N' setup option in the `Setup user defaults' screen set to YES! And means Net-Tamer writes most everything thing to the screen via Standard DOS Bios calls (a little slower than writing directly to the screen). `BIOS OFF' is also a setup option in the `Setup user defaults' screen (set to No)! And means Net-Tamer will write everything thing to screen memory. Much Faster! And, by the way: 'Graphics' may be nice, but the blind can't read them. X. SUGGESTED READING -------------------- Bob Rankin wrote a FAQ on Internet Access by using only E-mail! To get a copy and/or to find out about Bob's other publications send a message To: mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu Enter only the line below in body of message. send usenet/news.answers/internet-services/access-via-email This document is loaded with great tricks and can save you a lot of time, connection time and just plain work while letting you access services otherwise unavailable to you. I produce a HTML list of Free Internet Services and during the holiday season a list of Christmas Links you might find useful also. Price is $4.00 US delivered via E-mail for either list. Internet Request For Comment Documents -------------------------------------- RFC 821 Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) RFC 822 Standard for the Format of ARPA Internet Text Messages RFC 951 The BootP Protocol RFC 959 File Transfer Protocol (FTP) RFC 1036 Standard for Interchange of USENET Messages RFC 1207 Experienced Internet User FAQ RFC 1594 New Internet User FAQ -------------------------------------- The Internet is not difficult, but there is a learning curve to be negotiated. I've been doing this for a couple years and I'm just now learning some of the details myself. There is a Hyper-text tutorial called `The Beginner's Guide to the Internet'. If you run across it somewhere give it a try. That's what I started with and it's called `BGI13.zip' on most Shareware cds, FTP sites or BBS' file areas. There's also a beginner's tutorial online at: http://www.zen.org And the Electronic Frontiers Foundation's guide at: http://www.eff.org As a new user you should consider the Usenet Newsgroups: news.groups.questions, news.announce.newusers and news.newusers.questions --------------------------------- Previous Changes To This Document --------------------------------- May 98 Version 2.16. Some URL's for beginner's tutorials and cleaned up some grammatical mistakes. Added a reference to the `Knots' Html tool but I need a URL. This may be the last update in text as I switch to a HTML version on its own site and change a lot of the included data files to separate downloadable text files. The Usenet version will still be available and maintained I'm just changing methods and attempting to reduce the size of this thing. March 98 Version 2.15 Just a few address and phone number changes. Minor update. Feb. 98 Version 2.14 Changes marked with a `*'! Added FTP.get file layout info! Discussion on NNTP `423' errors! Added info on file attachments and decoding! Also a tip on using a PIF in Windows to allow the `ALT-ESC key combination to work! Some formatting work! Added a URL for Heimo Classen's Reread Program! Jan. 98 Version 2.13 Changes marked with a `%'! Changed the `where to find this FAQ section to `stand alone' when used as a response or notice of posting! Added info about ISPs with more than one phone number. Also info on working with more than one POP3 account! (The same trick may be used for multiple News Servers! Added a URL for Vedit! And a question on the need for differing modem speeds with some hardware setups! Dec. 97 Version 2.12 changes marked with a `+'! Added a little discussion about deleting mail! Also added info about header `munging' and adding header lines to the stock headers. Added a URL for Viewhtml! Some other odds and ends and the Raplayer tip for using Net-Tamer to grab Real Audio files then play them off line! Nov. 97 Version 2.11 Added a list of `Emoticons', those symbols used to indicate feelings and facial expressions! Some minor reformatting! URL for BGFAX! A URL for a WEB page where the `editgrp' program can be found! New URL for the Net-Tamer home page. Note about mouse support no longer available in the 1.10 versions! Note about the mark and save feature in 1.10 reader! Oct. 97 Version 2.10 A further attempt to clarify usenet newsgroups command! Added a URL (Yahoo) to find a current public usenet server list! Changed addresses for The Colston's new (Florida) address! Added my views on editing the usenet.rec file. Some `more capable' users may disagree but I want to keep users out of trouble if I can <VBG>! There is a utility being developed to help Edit the Usenet.Rec file and I'll try to post a URL just as soon as its released! Added some diagnostic type programs to the list of programs at the end! Included a question about a digest version of the Net-Tamer Mailing List! Also, a small section about using Net-Tamer with a Local Area Network! Sept. 97 Version 2.09 Tried to clarify info about Usenet (the get new groups list command)! Added a question about real audio to explain the reason for no real audio support! The 1.10 beta is working (386 only) but users are reporting some problems! A lot of positive talk on the Net-Tamer list has prompted me to include a URL for HTMSTRIP in the `file handling' section! AUG. 97 version 2.08 Chris Colston is trying to use one of the phone numbers given in earlier versions to accept FAXES for her business so I changed the phone number. Speaking of Faxes, you might want to look at BGfax as your Fax software. This will let the modem answer a phone line and accept Faxes. It will also run Net-Tamer for you multiple times of the day and with command lines to allow multiple users to automatically get their mail and news. And it will send and read FAXES! Also added a entry on the setup Template for the `set PC to server time' function! July 97 version 2.07 added warning about upgrades and betas. Also a entry about getting the latest FAQ via E-mail. And a note on RFC 959 the FTP RFC. Added a section on reading Web Pages while off-line. I'm right happy with the content now but I would like to hear from users who have trouble receiving this or reading it because of the length! June 97 Added new mail address for Net-Tamer and E-mail address for Chris Colston. The Ftp section is very good now IMHO 8-) Also stuck in a URL for TEDIT (on Dave's home page). I swapped around the changes listing! May 97 Fixed a few errors, PLEASE Note new address for the Net-Tamer mailing list. Added a url for Readit after a flurry of messages occurred on the new mailing list. Pointer for RFC 1206 added (new users Q & A) and RFC 1207 (experienced users Q & A). Mar. 97 Worked on the Usenet section some! Added More info on FTP and WEB downloading. Was informed the Net-Tamer list server would close on April 15. FEB. 97 Renumber Sections and added a setup template. Added section on Setup troubleshooting. Added section on ON/OFF line operations. Added Section on login Script files. Changed setup to cover 386 and XT versions. Added Disclaimer Text! PLEASE READ IT! Jan. 97 Added info about the "M.I.T." archive site and updated the section on how to get this FAQ and some other notes pertaining to the FAQ itself. I'm working on the usenet setup section, so check it out and I would appreciate any comments. Added some info on mail file creation! Added some formatting and "white space" while underlining the questions! Added the commands from the F2 online screen and their alt key equivalents. Dec. 96 Added section on how to post to the Net-Tamer Mailing List: Expanded some operational info: Added some URLs for programs: Added the changes list from the docs for the 1.08 beta: Nov. 96 General Reformat: Added section V. on Other Programs: Added section VI. on Graphics: Enhanced the setup information: CONTACTING THE SOFTWARE AUTHOR ------------------------------ For software questions or help: nettamer@nettamer.net (Uncle Dave's New E-mail Address) ms.nettamer@mindspring.com (Chris Colston's New E-mail Address) New (as of Oct. 1998) Mailing Address and Voice Phone: Net-Tamer, Inc. 9989 West Atlantic Blvd. Coral Springs, FL 33071-6575 Voice (954) 341-4885 FAX (954) 341-0229 Support hours are from 6:00AM to 6:00PM EST. For FAQ related Questions or help: jhawkin@visuallink.com (Jeff Hawkins)