Contents of the F2TM.DOC file
Focke to Telemate Conversion
Written by David Roy
Author is not responsible for any loss of data or other loss from
use of this program. It is supplied as is with no warranty or
guarantee. IT IS COMPLETELY FREE. DO NOT EVEN ATTEMP TO SEND ME
MONEY, I DON'T WANT IT. I WANT YOU TO HAVE A GOOD TIME BBS'ing.
Thats it. Leave me E-Mail on Cyanide Alley (202-225-4137 up from 6pm
to 7am) if you have any comments, complaints or suggestions. My
alias is Horner. Cyanide Alley is a programming board, so you may also
want to call Cyanide Alley anyway for the latest C and Assembly
shareware/public domain source and utilities.
This program converts Fockes DCBBXXXX.ASC list (ASCII with NO page
breaks) or Darwins USBBSXX.LST to a Telemate dialing directory. You
must be able to run Telemate (you have 512K of memory). As much of
Focke's comments on each BBS is inserted into the Memo field; 30
characters maximum. All the spaces and puctuation have been removed to
cram as much info as possible in that field. Use the left and right
arrow keys to view the memo field once you load the new directory.
Put the F2TM.EXE program in your Telemate directory; with the
Telemate system files and your current phone directory. The
program reads from you current directory (even if you have no
entries) to retrieve your modem configuration.
-- WARNING -- WARNING -- WARNING --
DO NOT SPECIFY TM.FON as the directory to create.
To run, type at the DOS prompt:
F2TM DCBBXXXX.ASC TMALL.FON (for Focke's list)
F2TM USBBSXX.LST TMALLUSA.FON (for Darwins list)
where DCBBXXXX.ASC is the current version of Focke's list and
TMALL.FON is the name of the directory you may want created. You
may change the name, but don't overwrite any current list you have
because you will lose your passwords etc. MAKE SURE .FON is the
extension, otherwise Telemate won't see it when you try to load in
the new directory.
A series of question will display:
a.) Select your highest baud rate from the list displayed.
b.) Indicate whether or not your modem can autodetect buad rates.
If it can't, the baud rate indicated by Focke's list will be
inserted if it is lower than your highest speed; otherwise
all numbers will be dialed at your highest baud.
c.) Indicate whether you need to turn of Call Waiting. If you
have set Telemate to do this automatically in the dial
prefix setup, don't select "Y" for this option.
d.) Indicate whether you need to dial 9, to dial out of a
building. If you have set Telemate to do this
automatically in the dial prefix setup, don't select "Y" for
e.) Indicate whether or not you need to put a 1 before out of area
code local numbers. Some Beta Tester in DC have told me that
regardless of whether or not they are dialing an out of area code
number that is still local, they need to include a 1 in the
f.) Enter your local area code. As of October 1, 1990 the phone
company decided to require that all local calls of a different
area code must be dialed with the area code preceeding the
number. So I dropped this little question in.
g.) Indicate whether you are processing Focke's list or Darwins
h.) If you select Focke's list, indicate the type of BBS you would
like to include in your new phone directory by entering the
corresponding two character board type code or 0 for all. I
figure that the are some die hard board fanatics out there (the
WWIV crowd for example) that simply refuse to call any other
board. Have at it guys and gals.
The program will run. Once completed, run Telemate and select the
"Dial" option. Then select "Load Directory". Select the .FON file
you created. The list is ready for use. Have at it and do nothing
short of having fun.
To include down and support boards, use your favorite editor to
eliminate the section dividers in Focke's .ASC list and make the
list continuous. Leave the last solid line before Mike Focke's
notes and after the last BBS or BBS's comment intact, otherwise the
program won't stop.
Disconnected boards are ignored.