Category : System Diagnostics for your computer
Archive   : ALERT10.ZIP
Filename : ALERT.DOC

Output of file : ALERT.DOC contained in archive : ALERT10.ZIP

This program was inspired by a much simpler version of same written in
BASIC in the Chicago TRS-80 users group magazine some 12 or 13 years ago. It
gives your computer something useful to do when you are not at home. At
work, it makes an interesting conversation starter, and certainly keeps your
colleagues from messing with your computer while you are away from it.

The idea is that a burglar or intruder in your home or business, or just
into your space, will notice a flashing warning message on your computer
screen, hear the sound of a phone being dialed, or a klaxon, and exit at a
high rate of speed, probably not even stopping to loot or vandalize. Fear of
capture is a powerful motivator.

To run the program, simply type ALERT at the DOS prompt. No fancy opening
screens... the warning messages begin flashing immediately. Intruder Alert!
CALLING POLICE. Every so often sounds simulating a telephone dialing the
police, or alternately a warbling siren issue from the computer's speaker
(this feature may be disabled by using the command line argument s, that is
by typing: alert s, instead of just ALERT at the DOS prompt).

To exit the program, press } (the ] shifted). This may be changed by
recompiling the source code. Of course, control-c or RESET also exits.
At program exit, the running time and start time are reported. This is an
extra security feature so the user knows that no one has stopped, and then
restarted the program.

The text and background colors as well as the text location are varied about
at half minute intervals to prevent screen burn-in.



This is Needware. Use the program freely and in good conscience without
payment of a registration fee. If, however, its use does prevent or limit
the extent of a burglary, I ask that you send me $7.50 in gratitude, or $5.00
and a testimonial letter. This is a very small price to pay for saving
hundreds or even thousands of dollars in household or business property from
theft or destruction. In any case, your correspondence and suggestions are
always welcome.

3138 Foster Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21224

  3 Responses to “Category : System Diagnostics for your computer
Archive   : ALERT10.ZIP
Filename : ALERT.DOC

  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

  3. But one thing that puzzles me is the “mtswslnkmcjklsdlsbdmMICROSOFT” string. There is an article about it here. It is definitely worth a read: