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BIGEVENT warns you 10 days in advance of special events on your social calendar such as birthdays, anniversaries and special days of the year such as Mother's Day. After all, it's your memory -- not your heart -- that needs a hand. You enter all your special events in a text file according to a special program format. Once the data is entered, every time you turn on your computer it will tell you which events are coming up soon.
BigEvent (c) 1989 by Friendsware of Friendswood PROGRAM SUMMARY --------------- BigEvent is a shareware utility program designed to warn you 10 days in advance of special events on your social calendar such as birthdays, anniversaries and special days of the year such as Mother's Day. Now there is no more reason to forget to send your mother a card on Mother's Day or her birthday. BigEvent PROGRAM OPERATION -------------------------- To obtain maximum benefit from BigEvent, you need to have it run from your AUTOEXEC.BAT file. This is a file on your hard disk or floppy which will automatically execute each time your computer is turned on. To have BigEvent run automatically, simply edit the AUTOEXEC.BAT file to add the line: bgevnt bgevnt.dat In the file 'bgevnt.dat' you put your "events". The format of this file is shown in the SAMPLE.DAT file included on this disk. A line from that file is shown below: column 1 | column 10 | | 07/14/26 b Uncle Harold Smith: 2735 39th St. Lubbock, TX 79422 | | | | spaces must be in columns 9 & 11 You enter the date in mm/dd/yy form beginning in column 1, a space, an 'event symbol' (either 'a' or 'b' or 'x') in column 10, another space, and then the message you want to see on the screen which corresponds to the date. BigEvent interprets the 'a' as anniversary, the 'b' as denoting birthday, and the 'x' as any other big event. Be sure to leave one space after the event symbol since BigEvent uses this field to cancel message notifications under certain conditions. Your data file can have any name you want and be in any directory you wish. Furthermore, you can run multiple data files by simply adding more instances of the BigEvent invocation in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file. You can make your own data file in 2 ways. One is to use the utility program on this disk called MKDAT. This will build your data file and prompt you for each element of the data file. This program is not, however, a general purpose word processor or text editor. The second way to make your own data file is to use an editor or word processor which will put 'hard return' or 'hard new-line' characters at the end of each entry. Some editors which work this way are EDLIN, SIDEKICK, any of the Borland language editors such as the ones found in TURBO C, TURBO BASIC, and TURBO PASCAL and most word processors which allow you to write or export files as ASCII data files. (Refer to the user's manual for your word processor for more information on how to make files in ASCII format.) In its default mode, BigEvent will warn you from 10 days before the event up through the day of the event. Suppose you send Uncle Harold his birthday card on the very first day the message comes up. Thereafter, you might not want to see that birthday message every day for the next 10 days. (This may depend largely on your feelings about Uncle Harold.) You can turn off the warning in two ways. * One way is to edit your data file and add a '-' character in column 11 immediately after the event symbol in column 10. For example, 07/14/26 b is modified to become: 07/14/26 b- when you no longer want to see Uncle Harold's birthday message. * Another method is to set an auto-cancellation option on the command line for BigEvent. To do this, you invoke BigEvent from the AUTOEXEC.BAT file with an optional argument thus: bgevnt bgevnt.dat c8 In this example, the auto-cancellation feature ( denoted by the letter 'c') is set and the warning interval is 8 days. Now when you acknowledge a notice, you can cancel further warnings by entering a 'c'. Once you have passed the event date in this mode, the cancellation character '-' is automatically removed so that the event is rearmed for next year. AUTOEXEC.BAT FILE EXAMPLES -------------------------- EXAMPLE 1: An XT compatible computer with no hardware clock, a monochrome monitor, and 2 floppy drives. The data is in file 'mydata' which is normally in drive B:. The date and time commands allow you to set the date so that BigEvent knows what day it is starting from. Your AUTOEXEC.BAT would include the lines: echo off date time bgevnt b:\mydata echo on EXAMPLE 2: An AT compatible computer with a hard disk drive "C:", a built-in hardware clock, EGA video controller and color monitor. Make sure you have a CONFIG.SYS file in the root directory which contains the line: device = ansi.sys This is needed in order to have the color function properly. ANSI.SYS is a file which comes with DOS. For this system, it is not necessary to have date and time statements since the date and time are automatically set from the hardware clock when the machine is turned on. If the program file is in the root directory of C: and the data file is in a directory called C:\DOCS then your AUTOEXEC.BAT file would contain the line: bgevnt c:\docs\mydata In order to have the auto-cancellation feature you would add a 'c' to the end of the line: bgevnt c:\docs\mydata c In order to cut the notification interval down to a week, you would modify the line to read: bgevnt c:\docs\mydata c7 If for some reason you wanted to force the messages to be monochrome even though you have a color monitor and controller, you would modify the invocation to be: bgevnt c:\docs\mydata c7m The order of the characters AFTER the data file name is not important. The program checks for the letters 'c', 'm', and an integer value. It is only necessary that all control characters are listed together with no intervening spaces. DATA FILE SUGGESTION -------------------- It is not necessary to sort your data file as all entries are checked each time the program runs. However, for your own readability, you can build the file in any order and then run the DOS SORT command thus: SORT < MYDATA.DAT > MYDATA.DAT to create a sorted data file. The 1st '<' character tells SORT that it will get its input from the file MYDATA.DAT. The '>' character tells SORT to output the sorted data to a file named MYDATA.DAT. IN CLOSING ---------- BigEvent(tm) is a shareware program. Shareware is a marketing technique which allows you to try a program before you buy it. Therefore, you don't wind up buying programs you won't use. If this program is of use to you, you are expected to buy it. Buying the program entitles you to a registered version of the program. The registration fee for BigEvent is $10.00. The registered version of the program differs from the unregistered version in that you can customize the colors used to display the event message and you can turn off the music if you desire. If you have tried to run BGCNFG on the unregistered version you have seen that it does not modify the program file BGEVNT.EXE. It will however, modify a registered version. Should your registered program disk prove to be defective, return it to Friendsware of Friendswood for replacement. Friendsware of Friendswood offers no other warranty for this product. Friendsware of Friendswood specifically disclaims all other warranties, expressed or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. In no event shall Friendsware of Friendswood be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage, including but not limited to special, incidental, consequential or other damages. Please direct all inquiries concerning BigEvent to: Friendsware of Friendswood PO Box 1162 Friendswood, TX 77546-1162 ORDER FORM BigEvent is an excellent gift for those people with computers who are always forgetting your birthday or special day. Consider getting them a copy with yours. First registered copy...................................$10.00 _______ additional registered copies @ $5.00 /each......$__________ Total............$__________ All copies will be shipped together to: Name:_______________________________________________________ Address:____________________________________________________ City/State:___________________________________ZIP:__________ Make checks payable to: Friendsware of Friendswood. Texas residents please add 7% sales tax. First class mail and all handling charges are paid by Friendsware of Friendswood. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------- | | | Friendsware of Friendswood | | PO Box 1162 | | Friendswood, TX 77546-1162 | | | -------------------------------------
Disk No: 1900 Disk Title: Big Event PC-SIG Version: S1 Program Title: Big Event Author Version: 10/11 Author Registration: $10.00 Special Requirements: None. BIGEVENT warns you 10 days in advance of special events on your social calendar such as birthdays, anniversaries and special days of the year such as Mother's Day. After all, it's your memory--not your heart--that needs a hand. You enter all your special events in a data file according to a special program format. Once the data is entered, every time you turn on your computer it will tell you which events are comming up soon. PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
╔═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ <<<< Disk #1900 BIG EVENT >>>> ║ ╠═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║ To start program, type: BGEVNT (press enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ To print documentation, type: COPY BGEVNT.DOC PRN ║ ╚═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝
Volume in drive A has no label Directory of A:\ BGCNFG EXE 10420 10-11-89 9:24p BGEVNT DOC 9483 10-10-89 8:07a BGEVNT EXE 13298 10-11-89 9:00p BGREAD ME 1848 10-10-89 8:15a DEMO BAT 742 6-13-89 8:17a FILE1900 TXT 1629 12-27-89 6:46p GO BAT 38 1-01-80 1:37a GO TXT 540 12-27-89 5:45p MKDAT EXE 15970 9-22-89 11:41p SAMPLE DAT 380 7-03-87 1:02p 10 file(s) 54348 bytes 102912 bytes free