Contents of the README.BAT file
REM NAME: README.BAT
REM PURPOSE: Brief Note On Files Stored On Distribution Disk
REM VERSION: 1.01
REM DATE: May 5, 1991
ECHO Many of the files on this disk are shareware. This means the author
ECHO requests a registration fee from you if---after trying the program---you
ECHO like it and continue to use it. Shareware authors receive no money from
ECHO TAB Books or me for using their programs on the disk. They allowed us to
ECHO to use them to make it easy for you to get copies of their programs. Use
ECHO these programs and see if you like them. Feel free to pass copies of the
ECHO shareware and public domain programs on to friends. (Note that BUILDER.ZIP,
ECHO SKIPLINE.ZIP, and SAYERROR.ZIP are not shareware of public domain and thus
ECHO should not be given to others.) But if you continue to use the shareware
ECHO programs, then please pay the registration fee for them.
ECHO Think of shareware as the ultimate warrantee. You get to try out the
ECHO software before you pay for it. You get to make sure that it does what it
ECHO claims to do and that it works in a fashion you like. Only when you are
ECHO sure that you like the program do you pay for it. Unfortunately, many users
ECHO never get around to registering their shareware and that hurts us all.
ECHO When a shareware author doesn't get enough registrations to pay the bills,
ECHO he/she either quits writing software or begins to write commercial
ECHO software. The former means that some possibly nifty programs never get
ECHO written. The latter situation only causes software to become more
ECHO All of the programs on this disk are archived using Pkzip, which
ECHO benefits you because many more programs will fit on the disk. However,
ECHO it also means you must uncompress the programs before you can use them.
ECHO The steps to do that are as follows:
ECHO 1. Create a temporary working subdirectory with nothing in it.
ECHO 2. Copy the program you want to try to that subdirectory. For these
ECHO examples, I will assume you want to try BUILDER.ZIP.
ECHO 3. Copy PKUNZIP.EXE to either the subdirectory you created in step 2
ECHO or to a subdirectory in your PATH. If you do the former, you will
ECHO have to do it for each program you try out; but if you copy PKUNZIP.ZIP
ECHO to a subdirectory in your PATH, you will only have to do it once.
ECHO 4. Change to the subdirectory with the file to try out.
ECHO 5. Still assuming BUILDER.ZIP as the target file, issue the command
ECHO PKUNZIP BUILDER
ECHO at the DOS prompt. Of course, you would replace BUILDER with the name
ECHO of the particular program you want to use.
ECHO Pkunzip will uncompress all the files stored in the archive file,
ECHO and you will be ready to use the program. Many of the programs come with
ECHO some documentation, generally a file with an extension of .TXT or .DOC.
ECHO Also, there may be a file with a name like READ.ME or README.TXT
ECHO with some last minute updates on the program. You can read all of these
ECHO files with the shareware program LIST.COM. If you do not have it, you
ECHO can send the file to the printer with the command
ECHO COPY READ.ME LPT1
ECHO where you substitute the file name to print for READ.ME. You can read
ECHO the file on the screen with the command
ECHO TYPE READ.ME MORE
ECHO as long as the DOS program MORE.COM is in your PATH. (Note: You must
ECHO replace with the vertical double bar (shift-\), but that is a DOS
ECHO piping command and cannot be shown in a batch file like this.)
ECHO Remember, the command to uncompress a file is:
ECHO PKUNZIP file