SMUG - June Upgrade: News From the SMUG Bureaucracy
Author: Joe Duroux
Date: June, 1993
Text: The May meeting started with a discussion moderated by SMUG member Mike Harding and a vote on whether to set up a SMUG bulletin board service (BBS) using equipment and time donated by several members. The only immediate requirement on SMUG would be the payment of $17 per month for two phone lines. By the end of summer, a commercial on-line service is planned for the area, set up by Sierra Technical Services. It will cover five counties and will emphasize information exchange within its area, but it will also include some general information services. STS is willing to let SMUG have a certain amount of dedicated disk space and up to thirty users for $50 per month, with extra charges to individuals for non-SMUG use and extra charges to SMUG for more than 30 member users. At the end of six months, or when STS's commercial service is available, SMUG will reevaluate the situation and decide whether to start purchasing the donated equipment and keep its own BBS, join the STS service, or to stop supporting either BBS. After a discussion, the ballots were counted and the result was 19 to 4 in favor of setting up the BBS at the present time. Next, several software items were distributed at the meeting. The latest version of Disinfectant (anti-virus shareware) was provided for copying by Kevin Savetz, and R. J. Wilson distributed a demo disk of the Falcon MC Flight Simulator and a freeware and demos disk containing several games. Then we had our swap meet and some people traded and sold things that they are no longer using. And several more people accepted review copies of software for which they are required to write reviews for the newsletter. They included some biggies like OFOTO 2.0 and MapInfo. The club BBS has now been set up and is in trial operation. Its primary access number will be announced at the June meeting. There is a second line which is automatically accessed if that one is busy. The BBS uses a software package called FirstClass from Soft Arc,Inc. The client software to access the BBS will be distributed to members who want to use the service. Disks will be available at the next meeting for distribution. Please bring a blank disk. Others may be obtained by calling Casey Meaden at 442-3520. - - - -
Bulletin: New programs for review to be given away at the June meeting: WordPerfect 2.1 for the Mac; The Daily Tripper (Deadhead PIM*) - Braindance Development; The 9 to 5 Office (PIM) Nine to Five Software); ScreenSavour (new version) - MIFP Development; Screenscapes (cool wallpaper, or desktop patterns) - Kiwi Software; Label-Once (erasable diskette label kit - a good idea if I ever saw one) - MultiComp, Inc.; DeBabelizer (a graphics processing toolbox, looks interesting!) - Equilibrium Technologies. *Personal Information Manager...Ed.
Copyright © june, 1993 by Joe Duroux