Contents of the FIREDOTS.DOC file
By: Ed T. Toton III
(c) 1992 Ed T. Toton III
All rights reserved.
FireDots is a fireworks VGA screen-saver. In it you will see splitting
shots, shots with multiple "warheads", and even duds! It also has that type
of firework that simply makes a loud, small white burst (although the sound
effects aren't simulated here), and I have even given the sparks have a
"sparkling" effect as they fall. Note that you will want to have at least a
286 12 mhz to run this program. To run it, simply type "FIREDOTS" at the
dos-prompt. Later versions may include a more flexible configuration file
to customize FireDots, and perhaps even password capabilities.
NOTE- to exit FireDots, press "Q" or ESC.
Also, the config file may be edited using any standard text editor.
It must be in the same directory as FireDots at all times.
1.1 - -Splitters can have the longer-lived shots go left as well
-Three more options added to the config file. Note that if you
are using version 1.0, you'll have to use the new files,
or update your old ones.
-Splitters will never spawn duds now.
1.2 - -Fireworks don't cause that hesitation when they blow up
-Config setting for program delay.
1.3 - -Two more config settings added.
This program is being distributed on the "shareware" concept. It is by
no means completely free. If you think the program is of use to you, please
send a registration fee of $5. If you think that is rediculous, then send
less (or more for that matter). If you hate the program or found too many
bugs, write me and tell me, and include a graphic explanation (but don't
be too harsh!! Heheheh). In any event, write to:
Ed T. Toton III
7101 Talisman Lane
Columbia Md 21045
[Note- if you would like a copy of the latest version and/or source]
[code when you register, please send a floppy disk with your letter]
And WHY should you register it?
1. To support my continuing efforts to bring you some level of
functional programs. If I get no cash, you get no improvements
in these programs, and I won't be encouraged to make new and
2. To get that warm glow for knowing that you supported the author
of at least one of the many shareware programs you probably use.
3. To find out if there is a newer version. All you need to do is
ask! But letters with money take priority!
4. You could be sick and demented and thus register everything you
get your hands on.
5. To get the turbo-pascal source code!!
This program is provided "AS IS" and I make no gauruntees about it's
performance. I will not be and can not be held responsible for any damages
incurred during it's use. It's on a "use at your own risk" basis. Nothing
at all should happen, the program is harmless, but I have to say it anyway.
This program may be freely distributed (which is actually encouraged)
AS IS. No one may modify this program in ANY way. ESPECIALLY where names
and credit is given, and INCLUDING all the documentation and data files.
It may NOT be used for comercial or profit-turning ventures of any kind,
including sale by disk vendors, without the written consent by ME, with
ONE exception. Disk vendors MAY sell it without my written consent ONLY
if they charge no more than $4 higher then the cost of the disk, AND they
register it first. NOTHING may be added to it either. NO BBS ads are
allowed EXCEPT as zip comments, or as a single SEPERATE text file.
I have made several programs (not including the 7 or so games I made
in quick-basic a while back) that may be of interest to you. Here is
a list of some of them: (as of 3/2/92)
Blaze v2.6 : =VGA screen-saver. Supports password security,
and a customization system (config file). Has
been known to travel quickly through BBS's.
CompWar v2.6 : =Latest release of CompWar, the on-line game for
use with WWIV BBS systems.
Date-Matcher v1.2 : =On-line match-maker program for BBS's that support
DOS interrupt driven door programs (such as WWIV).
T-Robots v2.0 : =(one of my masterpeices) T-Robots is a system in
which you program robots to fight one another. It
uses a simple programming language, and you create
the programs with your favorite text-editor. Great
for competitions! Supports VGA, EGA, CGA, MCGA,
Hercules, and many more graphics devices.
AT-Robots v1.0 : =Advanced T-robots. Extremely similar to T-Robots 2.0
except the system has been improved. It supports most
graphics adapters in existance (CGA, EGA, VGA, MCGA,
Hercules, etc). In this one you program the robots
using ATR assembly (Advanced T-Robots Assembly). Now
you design your own subroutines, and access specific
device ports and memory locations. The ultimate in
competions of logical thought.
StratSys v2.0 : =A 2-player VGA combat strategy game. VERY flexible.
Comes with 4 game scenarios (Cival War, Naval Battle,
Robot Conquest, and a medieval scenario). Expansion
packs are available (at the moment one with 12
scenarios). Comes with an editor for the images and
maps, so you can make your own scenarios!
My-Gags set 2.1 : =A set of small gag programs that I have made. They
are designed to be placed in the autoexec.bat file.
Over Half of them are TSR's, including one that
creates "line-noise" through the keyboard buffer,
one that beeps occasionally, and one that keeps
changing you caps-lock/numlock/scroll-lock.
Toton Utilities 1.0 =A set of 8 SMALL but potentially useful utilities.
Most are TSR's. Several of them make alternate
drive-lights out of other peripherals. You can make
a drive LED on your screen in the corner, or make
your scroll-lock act as a drive light. Included
is also a program to make clicking sounds as you
press keys, and a program to turn your num-lock
off during boot-up (for those of you that hate your
num-lock staying on after boot-up).
If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, criticisms, donations,
remarks, praise or opinions, please write! I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!
(the address is listed above).
Ed T. Toton III
(FireDots was written using Turbo Pascal 6.0)
(Turbo Pascal is a registered trademark of Borland International)
If you would like more info on my programs, please write to the address
One more note- To those of you who have attempted to rename the file and
found it to say "You must have a VGA or MCGA to run this program", I say
to you DON'T change the length of the name of the program! It won't be able
to initialize itself! Other errors are also possible due to changing the
ALSO- You may get an error (of any kind) if you're using an ancient
version of DOS.
And the config file must always be in the same directory as the program.