GIF News Issue #22
September / October 1992:
Special Telecommunications issue, covering modems, BBS software, and communication terminal programs for PC's, Amigas, and Macs.
GN9209-3.TXT Issue #22 GIF News Page Three - September/October 1992 Hsiao & Hunter, Inc. Editor's note: Advertisements are between the equal bars and the \/ /\ symbols. ===================================================================== \/ From Sunny Spain, comes: \ / \__/ ooo oooo ooo ooo ooo ooooo ooooo ooo / \ O O O O O O O O O O O O O ---| |--- O O OoooO Ooo O O Oooo Oooo Oooo \__/ O O O O O O O O O O O O O / \ oOo Oooo O O O O OoO oOooo oOooo OoooO / \ Open 24 hours/day, running on a v.32bis modem. Sysop: Emilio Castellano (2:341/1.0) Co-Sysop: Jose Pedro Moro (2:341/1.1) CIS: 100021,176 Internet: email@example.com BBS dedicated to OS/2, games and programming. LucasFilm Games support BBS, Official ASP approved BBS, Home of the Spanish OS/2 echo area, running on Binkley and Maximus/2 under OS/2 2.0. 300 Megs online. Membership fee of 3000 pesetas ($30 US) gives unlimited access. El numero del telefono: 34-1-519-4645 Saludos y bienvenidos! /\ ===================================================================== _________________________________________ > < > More on the Telecommunications Survey < >_______________________________________< Hardware Other modems owned by survey respondents include: ATI, Anchor, Quicktel, Packard Bell, Digicom Scout, ZyXel, Global Village Power Port, Zoom, Twincomm, GVC Super Modem, Everex, and Microcom. Among the Australian respondents, Netcomm was the most popular. USRobotics modems are not approved by the Australian goverment, therefore it is illegal to use a HST or Dual Standard there. Some indicated that the Telebit PEP protocol works very well on noisy lines. Also, Telebit is preferred in the Unix world, just as HSTs are in the BBS world. However, with v32bis standardized, it is quickly becoming the popular choice among users. Since Supra and USRobotics garnished the most amount of votes, lets see what people had to say about these modems: US Robotics: "...very good quality, performance, and reliability." "...excellent. Well documented, well engineered, no surprises. Overpriced for an individual user who does not have a need for the HST protocol, but an excellent choice for a BBS modem." "I prefer the Dual Standard unit, as that gives me the required option to communicate with as many different types of modems available." "I have a USR DUAL 16.8, and its GREAT!" "I am using a USR Courier HST Dual Standard 14.4kbps and have considerably good success with this modem, with the exception of trying to connect with a SUPRA and some Telebits." "Alot of the other 14.4k modems are still buggy. USR's product has been stable for over 1.5 years." Supra: "Good modem, cheap, fast, but a bit buggy. Much performance for the price, though." "Good. Inexpensive, reliable, and seems to get along well with most types of modems..." "...all advanced features, including FAX, in one package. Low price." Software 1. Amiga In the software category, different users have their own preference for terminal programs. In the Amiga area, JRComm is preferred the most. Some general comments about it: "Easy to use, lots of features, stable." "I like its full Zmodem support, excellent interface." "...it lacks a script lanuage." "...better serial handshaking..." Another frequently mentioned program is VLT 5.517 - comments include: "...it behaves very well under AmigaOS 2.04 and looks great on a 40x80 character screen. It also has a nice 'phone book' utility." "Extensive ARexx support, completely configurable and programmable." "...Clipboard support...quick to use...good VT100 emulation... extensive scripting/programming capabilities." "Wish it had VT200 or better emulation." "Very versatile but a bit difficult to set up." 2. IBM and Compatibles Qmodem and Telix tied for first. Among the comments received are: Qmodem: "...wish it had mouse support, or was available in a Windows version. Wish it had MNP emulation in it." "...it's the most versatile..." "Key combinations makes access to functions very fast." Telix: "Very satisfied...encountered only two bugs, and these are more annoyances than critical errors." "Robust, has a decent zmodem. Poor terminal emulations on VT-102... ANSI is not complete..." "...reliable and easy to use. Also the scripting language is awesome..." "...I don't like Telix 3.15 because I can't get 'vi' (unix editor) to work properly...I get really annoyed when Telix can't do non-destructive backspace." "I like it's speed and reliability. I dislike the fact that it isn't a Windows application..." "...easy to use while providing all of the power/configurability I need to work with a wide variety of modems and host systems...fairly efficient. Unfortunately, its VT-102 emulation isn't perfect and its Kermit protocol implementation is absolutely minimal." 3. Macintosh ZTerm 0.9 earned the most amount of votes for the most used Mac term program. Here is what people had to say about it: "It's fast and very useful...it doesn't download in the background very well." "...it is the best comm program for the mac...only problem is flakey vt100 emulation." BBS Software There are alot of different types of BBS software for the different platforms of computers out there. The most popular among Amiga users is DLG Pro. Here is what some people had to say about it: "It is fast, friendly, has many nice features like compressing mail in the background, Usenet support, a nice full-screen editor..." One respondent who runs a pre-release of DLG Pro BBS/OS says this: "Total modularity. It is called a BBS/Operating System because that's what it is. In fact, any DOS command can be made part of the BBS... Multi-line. Unlimited number of lines can be added, as far as the software is concerned...it is so darned rich in commands, most of my users are at first daunted by the sheer amount of options presented to them." For PC-based bulletin boards, PC Board and Waffle were popular mentions. PC Board: "I like it because I can do things quickly. Without having to go thru a million menus, I can quickly read the new messages and see the new files." "...use PC Board, Wildcat, Binkley Term...they're all the same to me." Waffle: "...ease of use...dislike setup." "Waffle on the IBM PC is powerful but hard to use." "It is not the easiest to learn, but once you know what you are doing, you can quickly access the files and messages that you want to download and read." For the Macintosh systems, Mac users had this to say about the various different packages: "TeleFinder and FirstClass BBS are both excellent examples of how BBSs are destined to become graphical in nature." "Don't like any of the PC-based boards as they are implemented differently...whatever happened to consistency?" ===================================================================== \/ Quandra BBS (602)527-8895 v.32bis compatibility All files are FREQable Files, online games, messages + International E-mail via FidoNet New shareware! Cedar Island Link v2.15 Current version of GIF News FREQable under magicname GIFNEWS Sysop: Scott (Scooter) Fell Fidonet: 1:304/7 /\ =====================================================================
GN9209-4.TXT Issue #22 GIF News Page Four - September/October 1992 Hsiao & Hunter, Inc. ====================================================================== \/ _____ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ |\ /| |\ /| | / | | \ | \ / | \/ | | \/ | | ----- ---- |--- |---< |---< ---- | | | | | ___/ | |___/ |___/ ___/ * GIF News distribution site * Member of Skynet, 63 Conferences, 4000+ files * Wilcat! 3.50M * OS/2 File Section * Two Nodes * * Running on two USR 16.8 kbps Dual Standards * Node 1 (914) 297-2915 * Node 2 (914) 297-5623 /\ ====================================================================== _______________________________ > < > Supra FAX modem v.32bis < >_______________________________< Review by Ken Goldenberg ------------------------ I remember my first modem. It was 300 bps and was one of the first direct connect modems I'd ever seen. I was impressed that some bbses supported 2400 bps . 14400 bps may seem similarly unobtainable to many people now, but with its latest offering's street price of around $300, Supra may just change that. I purchased the external version for the Amiga, which is bundled with a serial cable, the aging A-Talk III terminal software, and GP FAX software. The bundle runs about $70 more than the bare modem, but the fax software alone is worth the additional cost. Setup of the modem is pretty typical of any high speed modem. If you've never used a 9600 bps modem before, you can plan on spending a little time with the manual. Luckily, it's quite good. Users familiar with 9600 bps modems will probably be up and running after a glance or two at the quick reference card. _________ >__FAX__< I liked the idea of being able to fax things to work, and the GP FAX software does a really good job. The program multitasks cleanly, has an AREXX port, and sports a slick, intuitive interface. The program can convert ASCII test to fax documents, or intercept data that is sent through the PRT: device. In this manner, I create a document in PageStream, and faxed it to a Sharp F0-4900 plain pare laser fax. The output was unbelievable. I'll still use the copy I printed on a LaserJet as a master, but the fax was the sharpest thing I've ever seen roll out of a fax machine. Ever. I am only aware of two problems with the software. First, you can only run one copy of it at a time. If you have any plans to buy more than one FAXmodem and send more than one fax at a time (you want to fax urgent information to 80 offices ASAP) then you'll have some trouble. There was also reportedly some trouble between GP FAX and Final Copy. GP software is aware of the problem and is supposedly working on a fix. ____________ >___DATA___< Okay, the fax capabilities are nice, but you want a modem for more than the fax and the neat LEDs on the front panel, right? Well this is a v.32bis modem, and when connected to another v.32bis modem you can expect transfers of over 1600cps over good phone lines. The Supra modem I used seemed slightly more sensitive to bad line quality, but I have notoriously bad wiring in my apartment. The manual's suggestion: use AT&T if you're having problems with line noise. The modem supports v.42bis as well, MNP 2-5 and supposedly MNP 10, which is used for SEVERE error correction (such as cellular communication). I don't know anyone else with MNP 10, so I can't confirm this, but a rumor flying around the Internet is that the current Supra 14.4's do not support MNP 10, and may never be upgraded to do so. If MNP 10 is a requirement of your next modem, I suggest confirming its presence before purchasing the Supra. Supra has promised to release free ROM upgrades to all registered users (the latest promised date is late August). I have had no serious problems with this modem after three months of normal use and would recommend it to anyone interested in a low cost modem. ===================================================================== \/ ****** Attention Internet Users ****** Try the fastest menu program available for MS-DOS machines. Written in assembly to be blindingly fast. Very versatile and easy to configure with included setup program. To try it out today: FTP to cc.usu.edu Login as 'anonymous' and use your userid as the password Type 'cd incoming' Type 'bin' Type 'get fastmenu.zip' When done, type 'bye' to quit out of FTP and use a transfer protocol to send fastmenu.zip to your PC. Fast Menu program by InterSpect Productions. Shareware. /\ =====================================================================
GN9209-5.TXT Issue #22 GIF News Page Five - September/October 1992 Hsiao & Hunter, Inc. _________________________________________________________ > < > The USRobotics Sportster V.32bis Sportster 14,400 < >_______________________________________________________< Review by Eric Hsiao USRobotics has always been synonymous with high quality modems in the BBS world. Their Dual Standard is the dream modem of many BBS users, and is one of the most popular high-speed modem used by sysops. USRobotics' aggressive-pricing sysop plan has made their courier line of modems very successful in the BBS scene. All USRobotics modems now come with Group 3 Fax capabilities built in. With the success of the Courier line given, there is another new line of modems titled the Sportster line. These modems are targeted more to people who want a good modem but are on a budget. While the lower priced modems like the Boca Research and Zytel are based on the Rockwell chipset, the Sportster uses its own DSP chip, which works quite well. Some users report problems with Rockwell based modems such as busy-signal detection, FAX connections, and difficulty connecting to certain brands of modems. However, not all users of these modems have problems, so it may depend on the ROM revision of the Rockwell chip, as well as the individual manufacturer's design around the chip. Since the Sportster itself is not based on the Rockwell chipset, it does not suffer from the same problems. Instead, the Sportster line is designed around USRobotics' own DSP chip, which functions very well. Looking at the Sportster V.32bis, one can see the compactness and the ergonomic design. The modem features the CCITT V.32bis standard, V.42 error correction, and V.42bis 4:1 data compression. The modem is also backwards compatible with 9600, 2400, 1200, and 300 baud. However, this modem does not have the HST protocol in it. Since most high speed boards are running on Dual Standards anyway, connecting at 14.4bps is not too difficult nowadays. The Sportster is capable of handling a DTE rate of 57.6 kbps, good for V.42bis compression. On the outside are nine LED status lights, typical of most external modems. The front of the modem features an easy to adjust volume knob, and the power button is conveniently located on the left side of the modem. Transfer rates with this modem at 14.4 kbps yield around 1650-1700 characters per second, using the Ymodem-G protocol. The modem handles extremely well under line noise conditions. The hardware is very stable and I have yet to come across any problems with the modem itself. Using the modem itself is easy. The only hardware installation involved is plugging it in and turning it on. Make sure you have a 25-pin serial cable, as the package does not come with one. However, it does come with telephone wire. When installing, make sure the connection marked TELCO goes to your wall jack and the one marked PHONE goes to your telephone. On the software end, the modem comes with a information on setting up popular PC communication packages for the modem. Most of the registers and dip switch settings can be left mostly at the factory defaults, however, the manual clearly defines them so if you do need to change any of them, you will know what you are doing. A nice feature of the modem is the ability to save your new settings, even if you power off the modem. This feature uses the modem's non-volatile ram (NVRAM). The modem takes the standard "AT" command set, making it Hayes-compatible. In regards to software, the modem comes with BlastFax, a DOS-based FAX program. Installing BlastFax is easy with the installation program. However, I noticed a small bug where the installation program asked for disk 2 twice, even though it was already in the drive. The Fax program itself is fairly easy to use, with most of the commands done by the mouse. Besides the standard FAX program features like keeping a phone book, a send/receive log, and outgoing fax scheduling, BlastFax has the ability to import other file types to be faxed. For example, you can create a logo using a paint program, save it in .PCX format, and use it on the cover sheet of your fax. BlastFax also takes in HP PCL level 4 and 5, which means you can create a document in Windows, then print in HP format into a file. That file can then be sent as a fax. BlastFax comes with licensed fonts from the Agfa Division, Miles Inc. If you are not into using DOS, Winfax Pro by Delrina works fine with the Sportster modem. However, both these programs do have drawbacks. The first being that neither lets you preview faxes using what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG). You can view outgoing faxes with BlastFax, but only after sending the FAX. In Winfax Pro, you cannot view cover pages at all. A good fax program should allow a person to arrange the text and pictures on the screen, much like a desktop publishing program. Neither BlastFax or Winfax Pro allows you to change the location of a image, such as a .PCX file, on the cover page. One should be able to place a logo or image where they want and write text at any preferred place. A fax program that has some basic desktop publishing features would make composing faxes so much easier, and users could see exactly what they are faxing before they actually fax it. Other fax programs do exist such as Intel's Faxability Plus, Eclipse for Windows, and BitFax. However, I have not gotten a chance to try them out yet. Overall, the USRobotics Sportster V.32bis 14,400 Baud modem is a very sturdy product that comes from a company that knows modems. It comes with a 5-year warrantee, an 800 tech support number, and is made in the USA. USRobotics operates its own bulletin board as well as having a representative on the Relaynet RIME USRobotics conference. Basically, this modem is for anyone who wants a competitively-priced modem with USRobotics quality. The hardware works very well and does not suffer some of the reported symptoms of Rockwell-based modems. The list price on the Sportster is $529, but street prices are around $350-$400.
GIF News September/October 1992 Issue #22 (C)1992 Hsiao & Hunter, Inc. Release date: September 7, 1992 ------------------- From the Desk of the Editor ------------------------- Hi, this is Eric Hsiao, the creator of GIF News. Thanks for taking the downloading GIF News. This is a special issue covering tele- communications, covering everything from modems to term programs and bbs software. If you find the information in this issue of GIF News useful and helpful, please consider a small donation of around $5 to help cover long distance telephone charges incurred from the distribution of GIF News. So, sit back and enjoy the issue. Please feel free to send me any comments and questions you may have. Our next issue will be November/December. Look for it around Nov 1st. 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BACKISSU.TXT ------------ ** Descriptions of every single issue of GIF News that has come out ** If you want any of these issues, just send a Self-Addressed-Stamped- Envelope and a blank floppy (5.25 or 3.5) and I'll copy them over for you. Each issue is around 100K zipped. Please don't forget to include the FLOPPY and S.A.S.E. Or send a check/money order (see GN9209.TXT for the address) Cost per each 360K disk (5.25) = $ .75 Cost per each 720K disk (3.5) = $1.25 Add $.75 for shipping - average size of an issue is around 80,000-100,000 bytes. Or call any of the bulletin boards listed in the GN9209.TXT file. Issue # Date Description ------- ---- ----------- 01 Nov/Dec 1988 Reviews of Leisure Suit Larry II, Fire Power, GN88-11 and Sentinel Worlds, a short autobiography of Hsiao & Hunter, Inc. 02 Feb/Mar 1989 Virus protection safeguards, review of Police GN89-02 Quest II, "Are MS-DOS Games Getting Better" editorial, game hints to Leisure Suit Larry 2. 03 May/June 1989 Industry news, Space Quest ]I[ review, 1st GN89-05 annual Sight & Sound Awards, "Taito Games Are Terrible" editorial. 04 July/Aug 1989 Nintendo Game Hints (Super Mario Bros 2, Rad GN89-07 Racer, Karnov), Reviews of 4 different driving simulation games (Vette, Test Drive 2, Lombard Rally, F40 Pursuit Simulator), Review of the game Caveman Ugh-Lympics, a short overview of Lotus 123 Release 3. 05 Nov/Dec 1989 Review of Maxis' Sim City, the new Tears For GN89-11 Fears CD "Seeds of Love", and a review of Sierra's Manhunter II. 06 Jan/Feb 1990 A Look back at the eighties, review of Sierra's GN90-01 the Colonel's Bequest, and a overview of music cards (AdLib, GameBlaster, SoundBlaster, & Roland), the best VGA games. 07 Mar/Apr 1990 "Do Sound Cards Really Sound that Good?" GN90-03 editorial, a profile of the Channel 1(tm) BBS in Cambridge, MA, review of Access' Crimewave and Bitmap Bros' Xenon II, look at digitizing sounds. 08 May/June 1990 Detailed look at the VGA and VESA video GN90-05 standard, the Ultima VI built-in cheat, the World of Amiga show in New York City. 09 July/Aug 1990 Request for BBS distribution sites, Computer GN90-07 Industry News, a look at the Sound Blaster card, a review of Spectrum Holobytes' Faces game. 10 Sept/Oct 1990 Review of the games Atomix & Puzznik, a look at GN90-09 Battlechess II and future game releases, v.42 & v.42bis - what their advantages are. 11 Nov/Dec 1990 Look at the TrakBlaster program, new Flight GN90-11 Simulator scenery disks, Reviews of games Spellcasting 101 and Jones in the Fast Lane, the Amiga Video Toaster by NewTek, Being a Game Designer for Electronic Arts. 12 Jan/Feb 1991 V.32bis standard, XGA, LaserDiscs, the GN91-01 controversial Lotus-Equifax CD-ROM CD, "Boo to Disney Software" editorial, FD-Format, review of the game Hard Nova. 13 Mar/Apr 1991 Look at Workstations, BBS's pay business rates GN91-03 on their phone lines, JMPlayer review, Amiga 24 bit graphics, the first VGA page ever. 14 May/June 1991 The Prodigy STAGE.DAT controversy, review of GN91-05 TrakBlaster v2.0, MediaVision's Pro-Audio Spectrum, Amiga News, Review of Lemmings. 15 July/Aug 1991 The PC Expo in NYC, look at Creative Labs' GN91-07 Voice Edit program, hints to the adventure game Time Quest, a review of the game Armor Alley, Internet News, and the first-ever GIF News contest. 16 Sept/Oct 1991 Sound Blaster Pro Vs. AdLib Gold, "High Prices GN91-09 for Game Software" Editorial, Internet News, Contest Winners Announced. 17 Nov/Dec 1991 Closer look at AdLib Gold, Windows 3.1 news, GN91-11 Wing Commander II Built-in cheat, Police Quest III, WordTris, Internet sites, new releases for various computers. 18 Jan/Feb 1992 AdLib Gold Delayed, Brief Windows 3.0 program GN92-01 review, Oh No More Lemmings!, 1992 planned releases, best graphical adventure game company, first SVGA page, Internet Archie Server. 19 Mar/Apr 1992 Reviews of two VGA shareware games: Scorched GN92-03 Earth and Galactix, short look at two multi- media groups, the new US Robotics 16.8K Modem, SupraCorp's v32bis modem, industry news, coming Apogee releases, $49 CD full of share- ware and public domain software. 20 May/June 1992 IBM/compatible sound cards reviews. Pro Audio GN92-05 Spectrum 16, AdLib Gold 1000, Sound Blaster Pro comparison chart. 21 July/Aug 1992 PC Expo #10 - news straight from the show! GN92-07 Reviews of Dagger of Amon Ra & Classic Tetris Soundcard news on Gravis Ultrasound and telecommunication news on V.fast standard and US Robotics new line of modems. 22 Sept/Oct 1992 Special Telecommunications issue, covering GN92-09 modems, BBS software, and communication terminal programs for PC's, Amigas, and Macs.