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TeleFinder News 11-3-00
Find Out Exactly Where You Are At, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME for FREE!
Thanks to the recent launch of the new GLONASS, Global Navigation Satellite System and some innovative new technology you can now find your exact position anywhere in the world via any common Internet capable terminal. This is also good for radionavigation, automatic vehicle location (AVL), C/A Code, differential, DGPS, navigation, vehicle tracking, precision farming, precise timing, position-reporting, ITS, intelligent transportation systems surveying etc. Before now to use any GPS device to find your exact position costs thousands of dollars. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) units are more common than ever...being used to locate fishing hotspots, or for the location of a prime hunting area. Designed for the indoor enthusiast, GPS services are now truly affordable and easy to use. The benefits of satellite navigation are now available at a price that is truly affordable. Free!
Operator Headgap Systems is proud to announce we are now offering this as a free service to all our users. http://headgap.com/GPS/
As a TeleFinder system operator you can offer this same feature to your system users. You can download and install this file: http://www.headgap.com/mac/Telefinder%20Tools/TF%20Sysop%20Utils/TF-SPML%20Templates/GPS.sit
TeleFinder News 10-11-00
The CrushFTP site has changed urls - http://crushftp.terrashare.com/
For those of you who don't know about Crush it is a Full scale FTP server. Cross platform. If you can run JAVA 1.1.8 or better, then you can run CrushFTP. It works well running in conjunction with TeleFinder. Ask for FTP access to Headgap/TFBBS is you are a TF Sysop. Robust, flexible, and easy to use. Inexpensive commercial quality product for a shareware fee of only $20. Fast, multithreaded design. (927.25 KB/s downloads and 1,92.42 KB/s uploads achieved during recent tests using a 44.6 MB test file. Server was a 450 MHz Celeron with 192 MB of RAM running Windows 2000. Client was a 333 MHz Celeron with 128 MB RAM running Windows 95.) Resume download...as well as resume upload. This was my initial reason for writing CrushFTP. A few Mac servers supported resume download, but none supported resume upload. You should be running the most current version of MRJ 2.2.3 available from the apple site.
To download the most current version of Crush go to: http://headgap.com/Mac/Telefinder%20Tools/TF%20Sysop%20Utils/CrushFTP/?dir_sort=date
TeleFinder News 10-2-00
Finally A USB Automatic Restart Solution!
Kick-off! from Sophisticated Circuits provides comprehensive automatic crash detection and recovery for your USB Macintosh. Using the same technology found in our popular Rebound! product for ADB Macs, Kick-off! monitors your system and automatically restarts it when it crashes. Kick-off! provides two levels of application crash detection, advanced logging, "bookmarking" and preventive restarting capabilities. You'll sleep well at night, knowing that Kick-off! is there to provide maximum availability to your server.
Kick-off is now shipping and available in the TFBBS.com Secure Store!
Building A Custom Settings File for Your Mac Clients
I occasionally get asked how to make custom client settings files for TeleFinder. I am not an expert when it comes to that. I actually learned what I know about it from an file called Customizing Settings Files.sea
What I actually ended up doing is modifying Spider Islands settings file. Eventually I borrowed materials from other settings files I came across including sounds that are present today in Headgap's deluxe settings files.
The path to the Customizing Settings Files.sea program info.
You will need ResEdit 2.1.3.sea which is in my Apple (local) folder and should be in the Apple area on the CD.
There are also many settings files that you can use to copy or borrow materials from. Many have cool icons and sounds. They are also on the CD but you can download them from.
I will warn you about ResEdit. Keep back copies of your work and keep copies of various stages of your job.
Make sure you don't accidentally leave your name and password in your finished settings file.
You must quit TeleFinder client completely as it hangs onto the settings files before and after working on settings files.
I also put some artwork on the TeleFinder CD that shows some example backgrounds for TF client. It is not available on the system at present.
Good luck. We will of course help if we can.
Operator Headgap Systems Opens
It's PreOwnedMac.com Store
Being active in the Mac user community and running Headgap.com and TFBBS.com has put different opportunities in front of us from time to time. We recently came across good used Apple 14" Trinitron Monitors at a good price. We bought all of them and now offer them for sale. All monitors have been tested, cleaned, and adjusted. My wife and I both now have dual monitors on our systems. If you have more than one monitor source on your system you should also give it a try. It is nice having my port logs in one window and my web server logs in another instead of having to switch back and forth on the same monitor.
We also ran across a good source of used equipment. We test, clean up, and otherwise optimize the equipment and make it available at below market prices.
We hope that you will check http://PreOwnedMac.com when you need systems, parts and other Mac related hardware. We add items almost daily.
Don was nice enough to share some settings he is using with a client. It seems the client and the server settings need to be different to get TeleFinder to communicate. Thanks for sharing Don!
Don Oiler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Here are the screen shots of the settings for the BitSurfer Pro. This is using it at V.120. Through put is up to 7500 cps on some of the files we have which are up to 8 meg each page.
Great values on used, tested, clean Mac Hardware!
Dennis Walsak, a fellow TF Sysop dropped me a line and asked if I had ever heard of LiveCard. I hadn't and he went on to tell me that LiveCard was once distributed with HyperCard when you bought a new Mac and it allowed you to serve HyperCard stacks over the web using your web server. He had tried a time or two and didn't have any luck getting it working and asked if I would look into it.
I finally figured out the problem and was able to make it work successfully. Thanks for asking Dennis, because it works well and is nifty. Here are the instructions.
The instructions given with LiveCard are simple and easy to follow. They will not work straight up with TeleFinder's web server however. The instructions tell you to make an alias of HyperCard and change it's name to Livecard.acgi and then to place the alias into the root WebServer folder. TeleFinder will not see this alias. What you do instead is pull HyperCard from it's folder and place it directly into the root webspace folder and name it LiveCard.acgi and make an alias of it and name it HyperCard and put that alias back in the HyperCard folder.
For the rest just follow the instructions and you too can be serving HyperCard stacks via TeleFinder, LiveCard and HyperCard.
As far as I can find, LiveCard is no longer supported. It does work okay on most stacks once you figure out how to navigate.
There are lots of HyperCard stacks available and perhaps you can use this to extend the uses of your web site.
We ran this on my test server site running TeleFinder v5.7.3 and MacOS9.04 along with HyperCard 2.2
Bob - email@example.com
Need the file? Download LiveCardv1.1
Note from Rod Paine, ASTEC Company, Inc., Virginia, USA
The revised Apple V.90 modem used in the new Power Mac Dual-Processor 500 MHz unit appears to have improved a bit, but still isn't comparable to something like the USR Courier V.Everything modem.
I recently had to figure out a reliable string for the DP 500 and the attached screen capture of the TeleFinder Modem Setting appears to be fine, after several days of testing into our Courier I-modem V.90 host and several local ISP's.
I am passing it along to you for your users, who may be installing the DP 500 and using the Apple built-in V.90 modem via TeleFinder.
Inc., Virginia, USA
Consulting, Systems Integration and Systems Management
Services for Apple Macintosh Business Users, since 1988.
540-338-3547 voice 8 AM - 5 PM Eastern Time
8-6-00 - Visit the Headgap Secure Online Store! Featuring Mac, Amiga, Commodore & PC Software and used Mac equipment.
Gannett News bought a second copy of TeleFinder so they can set it up in their Sydney office to cover the upcoming Olympics.
Kodak's Pro line of digital cameras that are coming out soon will have a built in modem and will include a script to allow the news services to upload directly to a TeleFinder BBS.
I have been running 9.04 on a test box with TeleFinder Server and TCPIP nodes. I have been running 9 stripped down but so far have had no problems once I took out all of the Microsoft extensions and quit trying to run Explorer on the same box. Only been messing with it a short while. If anyone wants I can send my AppleSystemProfiler file to show what control panels and extensions I have active. Drop me an email.
While I hear some folks say they have trouble, I hear others that are running it without problems. I still personally recommend 8.6 since the changes to 9 primarily are user interface. I do realize that when you buy a new box however it comes with 9 and it is hard to get 8.6 installed on a new box without buying 8.6 if you don't already own it.
There are new versions of Macjordomo (1.5fc24) a listserver I run. There is also a new version of CrushFTP (CrushFTP2b3.) which I also run. The Crush guy is still having memory leak problems but is working on it. I restart Crush daily right now to prevent problems.
Links below to download Macjordomo and CrushFTP:
I want to thank everyone for their participation in the TFBBS.com system! We opened our secure online store back on February 20th and have enabled dozens of you to purchase new, updates, and upgrades of the best Web Server/BBS software. Get info on your server and make sure you are running v5.7.3! Upgrades are only $99.
You can order using VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover on our secure online store. Orders for server software in by 2 p.m. will be shipped out same day! Node upgrades take a little longer. Click the store button to browse in the top menu bar. We now ship parcel post to International addresses. We also accept FAX, Email, Mail and call in orders.
Operator Headgap Systems is a dealer for PowerKey Pro, Rebound and very soon Kickoff (a new USB item). All are restart options for your server. Read more about PowerKey. http://tfbbs.com/Sophisticated/powerkey.html
iLog is a powerful and flexible logging tool that gives you a central point of control for monitoring system activity. You can use iLog to track activities, notify you of problems, and even take action when necessary, based on specific conditions you define.
iLog centralizes vital information by receiving, filtering, storing, and relaying messages from applications, systems, hardware, and even other iLogs, in a variety of ways. iLog sorts the messages based on your criteria, unifying the information into a single location of your choice, in the form most convenient to you. Read more about iLog. http://tfbbs.com/Sophisticated/ilog.html
Anthony Helm, a sysop in Japan pointed out that the web conferences were not functioning properly after a post.
A quick fix is to install the topic.spml from the 5.6.1 version into the templates folder. You can download a copy at the following URL:
Type in Guest and tfsysop as a password if you aren't a system member.
Daniel O'Leary writes: I just got around to working this problem in my own Topic.spml template. To see my version in action check it out at the following URL: http://kz.eaze.net/conf/
I still have some minor adjustments to do before I give it to the world, but you'll get the idea.
Got a friend who wants to try out TF Server/BBS? You can download the TeleFinder Server 5.7.3 DEMO at a new mirror site that is much faster:
Many small bugs were fixed between v4.0 and 4.11. Make sure your Windows 95-2000 users have the latest version.
Lollipop - Usenet News Sucker that works with TF. Special Keyless Version now available. Thanks Jim! Lollipop allows you to connect to an Internet news server (NNTP) to download and upload messages to selected news groups. You can host the newsgroups you select right on your TeleFinder system. This allows both client users and web users to participate in the conversations without having to learn to use news server software. Jim Smith, the program's author released a special keyless version 1.05.
http://headgap.com/Mac/Telefinder%20Tools/TF%20Sysop%20Utils/Lollipop%20News%20Sucker/Lollipop1.0.5.sea Type in Guest and tfsysop as a password if you aren't a system member.
Daniel O'Leary, the sysop of Klone Zone BBS (http://kz.eaze.net), has taken on the task of gathering the TeleFinder systems together to keep TFNet (a group of TeleFinder related conferences). This means that any supporting system has all the conferences linked, so you can post questions or comments and get responses from all over the world. Martijn_Dekker ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) is also updating the list of available TF Systems.
In the Sysops Utilities Area I have added the following updates and new programs: Just visit the Sysop Utils area by using the TeleFinder client or via any modern web browser to: http://headgap.com/Mac/Telefinder%20Tools/TF%20Sysop%20Utils/?dir_sort=date
CrushFTP v1.0 - is now available. This is the first full version, and editions earlier were in beta. He has fixed some Mac specific problems. You will want this update. If you have already installed the swingall.zip you don't need to redownload it. Crush FTP Program and TeleFinder Server Compatible!
TeleFinder Server works alongside the CrushFTP program just fine. I use it to administer to my system and to give web access to folks who want to use an FTP program to administer their web sites. I simply add a path direct to their web server folder under their access. Well worth the $20 Shareware Fee. Check back with this guy and his site frequently, as it is a work in progress and he is frequently making changes http://www.crushftp.bizland.com/ Web documentation is included just load the homepage.html file in the Crush folder.
DNSTran1.3b2.sit - a great utility for you Analog users - DNSTran is a free utility to speed up the process of DNS lookups and to translate IP addresses into domain names in log files. In one step you can lookup IP addresses in your server log file, replace them with the correct domain names, and compress the log file for long term archiving. DNSTran will work with any log file format.
VNCBeta3PPC.sit - VNC is a remote display system that allows viewing a computing 'desktop' environment, not only on the machine where it is running, but from anywhere on the Internet and from a wide variety of architectures
Tri-BACKUP 2.04 US.sit - Is your data precious? Tri-BACKUP performs backups for you: mirror-backup, incremental-backup, synchronization, multiple programs, etc.
Macjordomo1.5fc18.sit - Macjordomo is a Macintosh-based list server. It can be used in combination with any POP3/SMTP server and works well with TeleFinder's mail services.
I don't know for sure who developed the little download TF User Now logo but I built a couple of updated versions and have them located throughout the TFBBS site. These little icons can help encourage your users to download the latest versions of the client software. You can of course download the icons and link them locally or if you like you can cut and paste this code into your pages. This will enable your users to download the latest versions of TeleFinder Mac or PC Client from one of my mirror servers.
<Beginning -- TF
User Now Code>
<CENTER><FONT SIZE="-1" FACE="VERDANA,HELVETICA,ARIAL"><B>Download the TeleFinder Client Software Now!<BR></B></FONT><TABLE BORDER=0 CELLSPACING=1 WIDTH=400>
<CENTER><A HREF="http://biz.headgap.com/TeleFinderUserv5.7.2.sea"><IMG SRC="http://tfbbs.com/grafx/tfnow572.gif" ALT="Download TF User 5.7.2 Now!" WIDTH=88 HEIGHT=31 BORDER=0 ALIGN=bottom></A><BR>
<FONT SIZE="-2" FACE="VERDANA,HELVETICA,ARIAL"><B>Mac Users</B></FONT></CENTER></TD>
<CENTER><A HREF="http://biz.headgap.com/tfu411.exe"><FONT SIZE="-1" FACE="VERDANA,HELVETICA,ARIAL"><IMG SRC="http://tfbbs.com/grafx/tfnowpc.gif" ALT="Download TF User PC v4.11 Now!" WIDTH=88 HEIGHT=31 BORDER=0 ALIGN=bottom></FONT></A><FONT SIZE="-1" FACE="VERDANA,HELVETICA,ARIAL"><BR>
</FONT><FONT SIZE="-2" FACE="VERDANA,HELVETICA,ARIAL"><B>PC Users</B></FONT></CENTER>
<Ending -- TF User Now Code>
Since continued advancing development is not on the immediate agenda, Rusty agreed that a reduction in price was in order. The system works with OS9 (some folks have trouble, some don't) but personally I find that OS versions up through 8.6 offer stability and speed while using less resources for using the server. Rusty tells me that the software should even work all the way through OSX, although it will have to operate in classic mode. That means lots of folks can continue to use the client software for a few more years, and of course the web side will be available even longer.
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