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ARCE Command Version 3.1c ------------ Feb 06, 1988 Purpose: Use ARCE to extract files from an ARC archive file. Format: ARCE [d:][path]filename.ext [filespecs...] [d:outpath] [/R] [/Q] [/P] [/T] [/Gpassword] Remarks: The drive and path names are optional. If omitted, the current drive and path name is used. The filename must be supplied. The extension defaults to ARC. All files matching the supplied filename are processed. The ARC filename may contain the * and ? wildcard characters. If no filespecs are supplied, all files are extracted. Otherwise, only those ARC members which match one of the up to 16 filespecs are extracted. The extracted files may be placed on another drive, and/or in another subdirectory by following the optional filespecs with a drive designator and/or path name. If the file being extracted already exists, you are asked whether or not you want to over-write it. You may use the | /R option to bypass this prompt. Use a Y followed by the | return key to over-write the file. Use the /Q option to suppress alarm sounds, beeps, and bells. Use the /P option to write the extracted files to the DOS standard output file. With /P, you may pipe or redirect the output. An initial line feed is added to the beginning of the output file. Use the /T option to test the archive's integrity. No files will be extracted. If the file was encrypted, use the /G option to supply the same password as was used to create the file, e.g. /GSECRET. ARCE 3.1c, Copyright (c) 1986-88, Wayne Chin and Vernon D. Buerg. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Examples -------- o Extract all file from TEST.ARC onto the current drive: ARCE TEST o Extract only file with an extension of .ASM from the archive SOURCE.ARC on drive B and in subdirectory SAVE: ARCE B:\SAVE\SOURCE *.ASM o Extract all files from all ARC files in the subdirectory called TEST on drive C: ARCE C:\TEST\* o Extract all files from PROGA.ARC and place the files in subdirectory OLD on drive B: ARCE PROGA.ARC B:\OLD o Extract all files with an extension of .COM and .EXE from the archive PROGS.ARC in directory NEW\WORK on drive B, and place the them in subdirectory SAVE\TEST on drive A; replace existing file: ARCE B:\NEW\WORK\PROGS *.COM *.EXE A:\SAVE\TEST /R o Extract the file READ.ME from the archive GIZMO.ARC and display it on the console instead of writing it to a file: ARCE GIZMO READ.ME /P o Same as above, except pass the extracted READ.ME file to the LIST file viewer: ARCE GIZMO READ.ME /P | LIST /S Error Messages -------------- 'filename - premature EOF reading ' Data is missing from the archive file. The program is terminated. 'filename - unable to set file datestamp' The file datestamp is set to the current date and time, and the next archive member is processed. 'filename - WARNING: file CRC does not match!' The extracted member is left on the output disk, and the next archive member is processed. The file is probably invalid but is left on the disk for your examination. 'Invalid filespec(s)' The filespec syntax is incorrect. The filename part may be from 1 to eight characters, and may include the ? or * wildcard characters. The extension may be none to three characters, and may include wildcards. There is a maximum of 16 filespecs allowed. The program terminates. 'filename - file already exists. Overwrite it? (y/N) ' The member being extracted already exists. If you are using a data path utility, the file may not actually be in the subdirectory be used for output. Respond with the letter Y to over-write the existing file, or respond with the letter N to skip this member and continue to the next. 'Abort: Stack overflow' The member being extracted has invalid data. The program is terminated. 'filename - invalid decode tree count' The member being extracted has invalid data. The program is terminated. 'filename - new archive format 7 not yet supported' Format 7 is a special file compression method used internally by SEA, the authors of ARC. Processing continues with the next archive member. 'Unable to open archive > arcname' The specified ARC archive file was not found, or was inaccessible. The program terminates. 'CREATE failed > filename' There was insufficient directory space, or a failure accessing the output disk. The program terminates. 'Invalid archive format!' The archive file data is invalid. The program terminates. 'Incorrect DOS version' Version 2.0 or later of PC DOS must be used. The program terminates 'Not enough memory.' A minimum of 112k bytes of memory is required. The program terminates. 'I/O error reading from arcname' An incorrectable error occurred attempting to read data from the archive file. The program terminates. 'I/O error writing or disk full > filename' There was not enough disk space to write the complete archive member. The partially extracted file is scratched and the program terminates. 'No matching file(s) found' No archive files were found that matched the supplied filename specifications. The program terminates. 'filename - ERROR: invalid file codes' An error was detected while attempting to decode a crunched file. Either some data bytes are invalid, there are extra bytes, or there are bytes missing. The archive is invalid. Notices ------- ARCE (c) Copyright 1986-1988 by Wayne Chin and Vernon D. Buerg ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ARCE is free, but it is a copyrighted work and may be distributed only pursuant to this license. Permission is hereby granted to reproduce and disseminate ARCE so long as: (1) No remuneration of any kind is received in exchange; and (2) Distribution is without ANY modification to the contents of ARCE.COM and all accompanying documentation and/or support files, including the copyright notice and this license. No copy of ARCE may be distributed without including a copy of this license. Any other use is prohibited without express, written permission in advance. Vernon D. Buerg 139 White Oak Circle Petaluma, CA 94952 CompuServe: 70007,1212 Data/BBS: 707-778-8944 For use by corporations, institutions, or for profit, contact System Enhancement Associates for licensing information. System Enhancement Associates 21 New Street Wayne, NJ 07470
"UNUSUAL SOFTWARE" (TM) MAILLIST: An easy-to-use mailing list manager handles up to 99 separate lists. Prints labels (1- or 3-across), has automatic duplicate checking, search by any field, "sound alike" search, extra fields for user coding, quick find, pop-up notepad for each record, compare and combine lists, optional password protection, restore deleted records, change program defaults, and more. Simplicity and flexibility make MAILLIST perfect for both small businesses and personal use. (archived) Version 5.11 requires: DOS 2.0 or later, 460K RAM. Hard disk very strongly recommended. Registration at $39.00 includes both MAILLIST and M-LABEL, MAILLIST's Clip- per source code, and a printed manual. M-LABEL: Works with mailing lists created by MAILLIST to customize labels, index cards, continuous-feed envelopes, etc. Choose from 1 to 4 across, 1 to 100 lines, width up to 250 characters, top and left margin padding, dis- tance between labels. Pick exactly which fields will go on which line. "User-defined fields" let you insert any text into the printed output. (archived) Version 3.11 requires: MAILLIST, DOS 2.0 or later, 360K RAM. Hard disk recommended. This is part of MAILLIST (see description above). CREATIVITY PACKAGE: 3-disk set. Disk #1 is Thomas A. Easton's complete book, "Think Thunder! And Unleash Your Creativity", a straightforward ex- planation of the nature of creativity and how to develop it. Disk #2 has the program "Thunder Thought", a proven tool for computer-aided brainstor- ming, developing and refining ideas, particularly in the fields of creative writing, advertising and inventing. Disk #3 is "Versifier", Rosemary West's fascinating poetry writing program that works with your vocabulary to create free-verse or haiku poetry. This program was featured in Scientific American, Analog, Pulpsmith and Factsheet Five. (May be archived) Version 3.0 requires: DOS 2.0 or later, 400K RAM. Registration at $34.00 includes Clipper and BASIC source code for "Thunder Thought", and a printed manual. FORTUNE TELLER: A potpourri of divination and fortune telling techniques offers 3 playing-card methods, dice, short Numerology reading, and Runes. Includes history and explanation of each method. Also includes an ESP test. (archived) Version 2.7 requires: DOS 2.0 or later, 400K RAM, hard disk OR dual-floppy system. $29 BY THE NUMBERS: A complete personality report uses the philosophy of Numerology to analyze your name and birthdate for their symbolic meaning and metaphysical vibrations. Pythagorean system takes name changes into ac- count, analyzes 10 separate personality elements, provides forecast for co- ming year. Professional-quality reports can be saved and edited for a truly personalized reading. This program is used by many mail-order numer- ologists. This has been our most popular program for nearly three years! (archived) Version 4.4 requires: DOS 2.0 or later, 420K, hard disk OR dual- floppy system. $29 ** Price will go up in 1991 - Register Now! BOOK OF CHANGES: The I Ching, a classic of Chinese literature, is a book of divinations originating in antiquity. Its poetic messages are used both for fortune-telling and for insight into humanity's role in the world. By tossing coins or sticks, you create a pattern of lines to form the hexagram to be interpreted. The "yin and yang" philosophy of the I Ching is ideally suited to the "0 and 1" mentality of the computer. This customizable pro- gram lets you edit the text and add comments. Readings can be printed and saved. (archived) Version 1.31 requires: DOS 2.0 or later, 420K RAM, hard disk OR 2-floppy system. $24. (Price will go up in June 1991.) Registration includes printed manual. CLICHE FINDER: Helps you avoid trite and overused words and phrases. Checks a document for the presence of any of several hundred cliches and produces a report. Comes with a utility program so you can edit the cliche list. A must for writers! "Cliche Finder meets a real need." -- Robert M. Monaghan, North Texas PC News. (archived) Version 1.5 requires: DOS 2.0 or later, 360K. $10 CRYSTAL BALL: Welcome to the world of the psychic computer! This program makes predictions and answers questions with a sometimes enigmatic style reminiscent of the ancient Greek oracles. You can select subject matter for predictions of personal interest. (archived) Version 2.5 requires: DOS 2.0 or newer, 360K RAM. $19 POETRY GENERATOR: Turn your computer into a poet! With a 20,000-word vocabulary, create free-verse poems at the touch of a key. Using the structure of actual poems as models, the program randomly combines words and phrases into verses four to nine lines long, with fascinating results. Some of these poems have actually been published in a national magazine! Featured in the Los Angeles Times, Scientific American and Writer's Digest. (archived) Version 2.1 requires: DOS 2.1 or later, 256K RAM, HARD DISK. $29 CURSES!: A humorous and creative "insult generator" with a different twist. A single keystroke switches from insults to compliments! Phrases are randomly generated based on your vivid vocabulary! You control the con- tents, so the program can be used to generate descriptive phrases on any subject. (Not archived) Version 1.5 requires: DOS 2.0 or later, 360K. $10 PERSONAL TAROT: The Tarot is a method of divination used and adapted around the world throughout history. The symbolism displayed in the cards' designs reveals the ancient wisdom and folklore of many cultures. Now you can enjoy professional-quality Tarot card readings on your PC! Personal Tarot auto- mates shuffling and dealing, builds a ten-card layout, displays card descriptions and meanings. This customizable program lets you edit the text and add comments for truly personalized readings. (archived) Version 2.1 requires: DOS 2.0 or later, 420K RAM, hard disk OR 2-floppy system. $24. (Price will go up in June 1991.) Registration includes printed manual. MAYAN CALENDAR: Use the astronomical knowledge of the ancient Mayans to convert a modern calendar date to its Mayan equivalent and get the Mayan astrological interpretation. Easy-to-understand documentation and history of the Mayan calendar included on disk. Allows Julian period dates, and will convert Mayan date to modern date. Chart of Mayan and Aztec day and month names. (Not archived) Version 3.32 requires: DOS 2.0 or later, 360K RAM. $29 RICHARD WEBSTER PROGRAMS: Based on the work and research of internationally-known psychic entertainer Richard Webster, "Aura Reading" helps you learn what to look for when attempting to see the human aura. "Quick Numerology" uses a special method of Numerology, popular in Australia and New Zealand, to give a quick but pointed personality profile. (archived) Version 1.1 requires: DOS 2.0 or later, 360K RAM, hard disk OR 2-floppy system. $29 WORKBASE: Designed with the serious database developer in mind, WORKBASE provides an interactive environment for "dBASE language" commands, including some that may be new to you. Create a DBF; append, edit and browse records; restore from and save to MEM files; display memory; display structure, modify structure; and many other commands necessary for development, troubleshooting and support. Current version includes a simple PRG interpreter. If your applications use dBASE-compatible DBF files, you'll love this handy utility. Unlike other "dot prompt" programs, this one works! "Everything you need to create and manipulate dBASE III data, memo and index files is here without the $700 price tag." -- Public Brand Software. (archived) Version 3.2 requires: DOS 2.0 or later, 512K. Some knowledge of Clipper or dBASE commands recommended. $49 GEOMANCY: An ancient system of divination, sometimes associated with black magic, creates Astro-Geomantic chart based on your area of inquiry. Readings can be printed or saved for study. Includes explanation of Geo- mantic figures and chart, "boss" button. (Not archived) Version 3.0 requires: DOS 2.0 or later, 360K RAM. $29 NEWSLETTER: First-time registration includes a three-issue subscription to our newsletter. Unregistered users or renewing readers may subscribe for $5/four issues in the USA; $6 US in Canada and Mexico; $8 international. Published irregularly, shares information for home and business PC user, emphasizing help for beginners. BONUS DISKS We are not the authors of these programs, nor are we associated with the authors other than as a distributor of the programs in accordance with the authors' terms of distribution. Some of these programs require a shareware registration fee from satisfied users. Our $3.00 fee per disk is a payment for copying and distributing the disks; it is not the registration fee. Please direct registration payments and specific questions about these programs to the authors whose names appear in the documentation. Most of the files on these disks have been archived in order to fit more files on a single disk. Archiving creates a file with the extension ARC or ZIP. The archive file may contain several related files. To use these files, you must un-archive them. An un-archiving utility is included on each disk for your convenience. (Un-archived versions of Bonus Disks are not available.) These programs have been tested, but due to the many possible hardware and software configurations, we cannot guarantee that any program will run on your system. We do not warrant these programs in any way. If we provide you with an unreadable disk, you may return it for a replacement copy of the same disk. 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BONUS DISK #1: METAPHYSICS AND CREATIVITY Good biorhythm program; offbeat haiku writer; cute palm reading (needs BASIC and graphics); Jewish calendar; learn to read runes; "performance art" (needs CGA) BONUS DISK #2: HUMOR, JOKES, AND ENTERTAINMENT Screen crumbler; person trapped in computer; words fall apart on screen; splashy patterns (needs EGA); computer gets rude; computer falls in love; duck smashes computer (needs CGA) BONUS DISK #3: USEFUL PROGRAMS Good printer controller and spooler; writers find character names; control Citizen printers; send print-screen to disk; silencer for beeping programs; capture screen in editable file BONUS DISK #4: No longer available BONUS DISK #5: ART AND MUSIC Tuning and sheet music for lap dulcimer (needs CGA); learning guitar fingering and scales; learn the art of origami (needs CGA) BONUS DISK #6: THUNDER THOUGHT VOCABULARY Over 30 different sets of vocabulary lists for the "Thunder Thought" portion of "Creativity Package". Vocabularies classified by subject matter. AVAILABLE ONLY TO REGISTERED USERS OF CREATIVITY PACKAGE. BONUS DISK #7: ELECTRIC ALMANAC Great fun! Almanac, astronomy tables, lunar calendar, hunting & fishing tables, metric conversion, astrology, action graphs, predictions, assorted oracles, lotto numbers. BONUS DISK #8: MORE FUN Program keeps computer busy while you take a break; TXT displays any text file in huge, moving letters; character analysis with handwriting; bugs gobble screen; sweep screen clear to right or left; could there be water in the A drive? BONUS DISK #9: FILE COMPRESSION Utilities to compress, un-compress, and create self-extracting archive files. BONUS DISK #10: POTPOURRI Seventeen different programs in a surprise mix of games, disk utilities, and entertainment. BONUS DISK #11: MORE THUNDER THOUGHT By popular request, more vocabulary files for "Thunder Thought". These are organized to match various literary sources. BONUS DISK #12: KIDPIX Twenty children's drawings and paintings converted to graphics files. Files in BMP format (16-color bitmapped) are suitable for Windows 3.0 Wallpaper. Files in PCX format can be used with Paintbrush or any application which uses this format. This is not great art, but it could be fun. Best with color. Requires: appropriate software and hardware for use of BMP or PCX format. BONUS #13: RECAP & PARTYDOT If you've just spent the afternoon entering data, and then realize it's in all uppercase when it should have been in lowercase -- or vice-versa -- then RECAP is for you. It simply changes the case on selected fields in any dBase-III compatible data file. PARTYDOT is an art-generating program with lots of options. Requires color graphics. IMPORTANT INFORMATION All our "Unusual Software" (TM) products are sold as Shareware. Shareware is a term used to describe a system for distribution of software. Under this concept, software may be copied and passed along to others, or distributed through bulletin board systems, disk copying services, etc. As a recipient of a shareware program, you may use the software for a short trial period to determine if it meets your needs. If it does, you pay the registration fee. By paying the fee, you are granted the right to retain the software for your use. Otherwise, if the software is not suitable, you may discard it or pass it along for someone else to try. Shareware provides substantial benefits to the computing community: * You get to try out the software before you pay for it so you know exactly what you're buying. * You get access to a much broader base of available programs. Thousands of excellent programs are written by experts who would never consider marketing through conventional commercial channels. Through shareware, these people make their programs available to the community. 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Disk No: 2744 Disk Title: Fortune Teller PC-SIG Version: S1.0 Program Title: Fortune Teller Author Version: 3.0 Author Registration: $29.00 Special Requirements: 400K RAM, hard drive or dual-floppy system. A potpourri of fortune-telling techniques. FORTUNE TELLER offers three divination methods: dice, short Numerology readings, and runes. Also included are explanations of each method and its history as well as an ESP test. PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1991 PC-SIG, Inc.
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╔═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ <<<< PC-SIG DISK #2744 FORTUNE TELLER >>>> ║ ╠═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║ The Fortune Teller program files are in compressed format. In order ║ ║ to uncompressed them you must install Fortune Telller ║ ║ ║ ║ To install Fortune Teller on a dual floppy system, type: FLOPPY ║ ║ (press Enter)║ ║ ║ ║ After installation you can print the documentation by typing: ║ ║ COPY *.DOC PRN (Enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ Copyright 1991, PC-SIG, Inc. ║ ╚═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THESE DISKS PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR HELP UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THIS COMPLETELY BEFORE YOU START: Make backup copies of your disks. (See the DISKCOPY command in your DOS manual.) Put the original disks in a safe place, and use the copies for all work. If you are upgrading from an older version of a program, make backup copies of all your old data files before you install the new version. Files with the extensions DBF, DBT, and MEM contain essential data. Files with the NTX extension are index files. Some programs also create special text files which you may want to back up. ARCHIVE FILES: Sometimes there are too many files to fit on a single floppy disk. These programs are compressed and stored in special archive files with the extension ARC or ZIP. Before you can use the program, you must extract the files from the archive. We have provided the extraction utility. If you are using a 2-floppy system, look for a file named FLOPPY.BAT or DOTWO.BAT. Start from the A> prompt, with the master disk in the A drive. Be prepared with 2 or 3 empty, formatted diskettes. Enter the appropriate command, depending on the file you found. For example, if you have FLOPPY.BAT, type FLOPPY and press <ENTER>. Follow the instructions on screen, which will tell you when to insert your floppy disks into the B drive. If you are using a hard disk, be sure you have already created the subdirectory where you want the program to be kept. Look for a program named ARCE.COM or UNZIP.EXE or PKUNZIP.EXE. Starting from the correct subdirectory, at the C> prompt, with the diskette in the A drive, enter the appropriate command. For example, if your archive file has the ARC extension, you should have the program ARCE.COM. Your command will look something like this: A:ARCE A:FORTUNE. (Instead of "fortune" use the actual name of the archive file. For example, if the archive file is named TAROT.ARC you will use the word "tarot".) The program will automatically un-compress the files and place them in the current subdirectory. In some cases, you may have "self-extracting" archive files. These do not require a separate utility, but will un-compress themselves. They look like ordinary program files with the EXE extension, but can be identified by the @ symbol in the filename. To use a self-extracting archive, first log onto the drive and directory where you want to place the uncompressed files. For example, if you have a two-floppy system, you might want to place your master disk containing the archive into the A drive, and then log onto the B drive with an empty, formatted disk. If you are using a hard disk, create the subdirectory for the new files, and then log into the subdirectory, with the archive disk in the A drive. If the archive name is WAURA@.EXE, you will type A:WAURA@ and press <ENTER>. Self-extraction will occur automatically. (Note to floppy disk users: There may be more than one self-extracting archive on a single disk. You should use a separate, empty, formatted diskette to receive files from each archive.) DOCUMENTATION AND INSTRUCTIONS: Most of our instruction manuals are in special program files which allow you to view the manual on screen or print it. These files have the COM or the EXE extension, and usually have "DOC" somewhere in the filename. Simply enter the appropriate command. For example, if you have the program BY THE NUMBERS, the instruction manual is called NUMDOC.COM or NUMDOC.EXE. To view the manual, type NUMDOC and press <ENTER>. You can page through the document on screen, or print it by pressing <ALT><H>. For a list of helpful commands, press <F1>. Files which have the DOC or TXT extension are ASCII format files (also called DOS text files) which can be viewed or printed using DOS commands. For example, if you have a typical setup, you can print a document called CATALOG.DOC using this command: TYPE CATALOG.DOC > LPT1 To view this file on screen, you could enter: TYPE CATALOG.DOC | MORE You can also view and print this kind of file with most word processors, using the format for "ASCII", "DOS text" or "Non-document" format. PROGRAM FILES: Program files can be identified by the extension EXE or COM after the file name. To run the program, simply type its name. For example, if you have a program named TAROT.EXE, type TAROT and press <ENTER>. If you have a program name WHATISIT.COM, type WHATISIT and ppress <ENTER>. SOURCE CODE: Registered versions of a few programs come with source code. You do not need the source code just to run the program; you can delete it from the disk to make more room. Our source code files have the extensions PRG, BAS, and OBJ. DATA FILES: Some programs create data files, with the extensions DBF, DBT, NTX and MEM. These are important and should be backed up regularly. Some programs also create special text files which you may also want to back up. HARD DISK OR FLOPPY: Your programs will run much faster on a hard disk than they do on a floppy. Also, some programs build large data files which may grow as you use the program and eventually fill a floppy disk. We recommend using a hard disk. POETRY GENERATOR requires a hard disk, and MAILLIST and WORKBASE are much easier to use on a hard disk. Any program which uses data files (those with the DBF and DBT extensions) is best when used on a hard disk. NEW VERSIONS: Sometimes a new version of a program will ask your permission to update your data files. Do not answer "yes" unless you have already made a backup copy of your data. Don't copy the backed-up data back into the directory after the files have been updated. This backup is simply insurance against data damage or loss. CREATIVITY PACKAGE: Disk #1 contains the complete text of Thomas A. Easton's book, "Think Thunder! And Unleash Your Creativity". To read it, use the command READIT, or you can read each chapter separately by typing the chapter name (see the disk for file name). Disk #2 contains the program THUNDER THOUGHT, and disk #3 contains VERSIFIER. If you like, all these materials can be placed in the same subdirectory on your hard disk. POETRY GENERATOR: This may be distributed on two disks, containing different archive files. All the files from both disks are needed for the program to run correctly. This program must be run on a hard disk or other storage device with sufficient capacity for all the necessary files. Note that you have a file named POETRY.EXE, and other files with names like POEM1.EXE, POEM2.EXE, etc. The only program you need to execute is POETRY. The others are controlled by POETRY. MAILLIST: The registered version is distributed on two disks. Many of the files contained on disk #2 are source code files, which are not needed just to run the program. You need files with the extensions EXE, DBF, DBT, LBL and MEM. M-LABEL: M-Label is designed to work with your MAILLIST files, and should be placed in the same hard disk directory as MAILLIST. If you use a dual-floppy system, put M-LABEL in the drive where you would normally put MAILLIST, and use the data disk as you usually would. BONUS DISKS: We are not the authors of these programs. Please direct payments and questions about a program to the author listed in the documentation. If you have trouble reaching an author, we will do what we can to help. All programs have been tested. Because equipment configurations vary, we cannot guarantee satisfactory results. We do not warrant these programs in any way. To report a problem, write a letter describing the problem in detail, including information about your system. We cannot debug these programs over the phone. SAFE COMPUTING: Smart users make regular backups. Your important database files and word processing documents deserve protection. Don't forget to keep the backup disks in a safe place, away from the computer. Thank you for your interest in our UNUSUAL SOFTWARE. We support our users. If you have questions, comments, complaints or compliments, please write to us. Have fun! ARE YOU CONFUSED? If you are having trouble with basic operations such as copying files from one disk to another, please study your DOS manual. Just as you would not expect to drive a car without knowing how to use the steering wheel and the brakes, you should not expect to use your computer unless you know a few basic operating procedures. If your dealer failed to provide you with a DOS manual, there are dozens of fine books available at libraries, computer stores, and book shops. You will never regret the small investment of time needed to approach your computer with confidence. BAD DISK? It seems that in hot weather we are more likely to get complaints about "bad" or unreadable disks. Floppy disks are suscepti- ble to heat, moisture and magnetism. A disk that sits all day in a hot mailbox or truck where temperatures exceed 100 degrees is likely to be damaged. Disks which have been exposed to magnetism in their travels may become unreadable. Before assuming a disk is bad, try it on another computer. It may be that your computer's drive heads are dirty or slightly mis- aligned. Suspect this if you often get disk error messages with different disks. An inexpensive head cleaning kit may help solve the problem. Sometimes the round disk gets trapped inside its square casing and generates an error message because it can't rotate freely. Remove the disk from the drive and tap each of the four edges sharply on the surface of your desk. This may loosen the disk. Try reading the disk again. Norton Utilities and Mace Utilities both have features that can sometimes revive unreadable disks. Any serious computer user should have one of these or a similar utility package. In any case, if we sent you an unreadable disk, we will be happy to exchange it for a fresh copy of the same program. ERROR MESSAGES It may happen that when you run a program, you will see an error message something like this: Open File Error DESC.NTX (4) The "4" after the filename is DOS's cryptic way of telling you that the program has tried to open more files than DOS can handle at once. To solve this problem, you need to check the CONFIG.SYS file in your root directory. This file should contain the following lines: files=20 buffers=8 If the numbers you see are the same or larger than these, they are okay. If the numbers are smaller than these, or if these lines are missing from the file, you will need to edit it. If you don't have a CONFIG.SYS file, you will need to create one. (Some systems or applications may require numbers larger then 20. Check your user's manual.) CONFIG.SYS must be a pure ASCII file. You can edit or create this file using Edlin or any pure ASCII text editor. Most word processors allow you to save files in ASCII format. (This may be referred to as a DOS Text File; WordStar may call it "non-document".) Remember, the file must be in ASCII format and must be in the root directory on your C drive. If you boot with a DOS diskette in the A drive, the CONFIG.SYS file must be in the root directory of the disk you use to boot. When you have corrected the CONFIG.SYS file, reboot your system and try running the program again. In case you are confused and can't create a CONFIG.SYS, we distribute a free program called DOCONFIG which will edit or create your CONFIG.SYS file as needed. If you would like a copy of this program, please send a double-sided, double-density, 5 1/4" diskette in a sturdy, reusable mailer with three first-class stamps. If you don't want to bother with the disk and mailer, send $5.00 instead. (Sorry, DOCONFIG is not available on 3 1/2" disks.) "0" ERROR On rare occasions, you may see an error message similar to this: Open File Error NUMBERS.NTX (0). The number 0 and the NTX extension in the file name indicate that the problem is a corrupted or damaged index file. Most of our programs will automatically recreate missing index files. So, simply delete the file in question (make sure you delete only files with the NTX extension -- if this error occurs with a file other than an index file, contact us) and try running the program again. Some programs also have a reindexing choice on the menu which allows you to re-create the indexes whenever you like. DOS ERROR MESSAGES Sometimes you will see error messages at your C> prompt which are generated, not by the program you with to run, but by DOS itself. "File not found", "Bad command or filename" and "Data error reading drive A" are common examples of DOS error messages. These messages rarely have anything to do with the program you are trying to use, but are generally triggered by user errors (such as spelling mistakes when typing commands). Your DOS manual should contain a listing of these error messages and what they mean. OTHER ERRORS There are many possible reasons why a program might occasionally produce an error message. In most cases, errors are not serious, and they usually have a simple solution. If you don't understand what the error message means, or if you don't know how to solve the problem, we can help you. Make an exact, complete copy of the error message (a print-screen is best). As soon as the error happens, write down what you were doing (or trying to do) at the time. Have you been able to do the same thing in the past without getting an error? Have you seen a similar error before? Make a note of any keys you may have pressed just before the er- ror occurred. Do you think you know what may have caused the error? Could it be related to changes in your system, a new ver- sion of the program, or something unusual you did? Send us the information, and we will let you know what you should do to correct or avoid the error. If you are a REGISTERED user with an urgent problem, you may call during normal business hours (9 AM to 6 PM Pacific Standard Time, Monday through Friday): 818/368-5534. R.K. West Consulting P.O. Box 8059 Mission Hills, CA 91346, U.S.A. PLEASE NOTE: Sometimes very old copies of programs are still in circulation years after an author has moved. If, for any reason, you are unable to find us at the address or phone number listed on this disk, please contact us through the Association of Shareware Professionals (ASP). TROUBLESHOOTING "It doesn't work" may sum up your feelings about a problem, but these words are of no use if you need help from your consultant or programmer. You can minimize frustration and save time by learning to be specific and provide the details that will lead to a solution. Remember that nearly 80 percent of computer problems are caused by user errors. Before running any software, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. Admittedly, this may seem intimidating if you have a program like Microsoft's WORD, which comes with at least three separate, thick manuals. But you don't have to read every word just to get started. You can find the sections of the manual that tell you how to begin, and those that apply to the specific task you are trying to perform. With large manuals, there is usually a table of contents and an in- dex. Skim these to familiarize yourself with the topics that are discussed. Then you'll know where to look when you have a question. With shorter manuals, such as those that come with most shareware products, you should take the time to read the whole thing. It's embarrassing to mail a long letter or make a long distance phone call, only to find that everything you needed to know was on page 2. If your software package comes with a tutorial, use it. Even experienced users can pick up quite a few new tricks by spending a little time learning the right steps. Before you assume that a program "doesn't work", check a few simple items. Is the computer plugged in and turned on? Are all necessary devices (such as the monitor and printer) connected properly and turned on? Did you spell the command correctly when you typed it? Are you logged onto the right disk drive and directory? Is it possible that the program has system requirements that you don't meet, such as a hard disk, or a certain amount of memory? If memory seems to be the problem, do you have "memory resident" programs (also called TSRs) which can temporarily be removed from memory? Try running the program on a different computer. If the program worked in the past, but doesn't now, can you think of anything that has changed since the last time you used it? Have you moved the computer or made changes in any of the connecting cables? Is it possible there has been damage of some kind, or that files have been erased? Have you added any new memory-resident programs or device drivers which might be causing a conflict? If you see an error message on screen, copy it completely and exactly. Don't try to remember it! (Sen- tences that begin with "I think it said something like...." drive a programmer to despair.) If possible, make a print-screen of the message. On most computers, you can do this by holding down the SHIFT key while you press the PRINT SCREEN key (sometimes abbreviated to PRT SC). The purpose of the error message is to convey specific information to the programmer so that the problem can be solved. Your consultant will need the exact wording of the full message in order to interpret it correctly. When reporting a problem, be as specific as possible. What were you trying to do at the time? How did you proceed? What do you expect would happen? What actually happened? Exactly what did you do just before the problem occurred? What did you do after the problem occurred? What did you see on the screen? Have you had different or similar results in the past? Can you reproduce the problem and describe the circumstances under which it occurs? Is there a consistent pattern of some sort? We support our users, and are happy to answer your questions and help solve any difficulties you may have. Please understand that there is a limit to the amount of help we can give you with software which we did not write. If you are having continuing difficulty with DOS commands, for example, you probably need to study your DOS manual or contact MicroSoft for help. If you are stymied by your menu system, your best bet is to talk to the consultant who installed it, or to the author of the menuing software. The best way to get our help is to write to us, including full details of the problem or question, and copies of error messages or screens, if available. If you are a registered user and your problem is urgent, you are welcome to call us during business hours. (We work from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time, Monday through Friday, and sometimes Noon to 3:00 PM Saturday. If you're in a different time zone, please be careful about calling too early in the morning or late at night!) Remember that we often do outside consulting work, so you may reach the answering machine. If that happens, please leave phone numbers for both day and evening, and let us know what days and hours we may call you back.
Understanding the Shareware Concept: Shareware is not free software. Copyright laws apply to both shareware and "commercial" software, and the copyright holder retains all rights in the program. The term "shareware" refers to a try-before- you-buy method for distributing software. The author specifically grants the right to copy and distribute the evaluation version of the software, as long as no fee is charged. Where a copying fee is charged, certain restrictions may apply. Shareware distribution gives you the chance to try software before buying it. If you try a shareware program and continue using it, you are expected to register your use with the author. With registration, you receive a license to continue using the software. This may include a copy of the latest version of the program, technical support, and, if applicable, future upgrade notification and other services. Shareware authors are expert programmers, just like commercial authors, and the products are of comparable quality. (In both cases, you will find both good and bad programs!) The price of shareware is significantly lower than that of commercial software because of the method of distribution. When you pay for shareware, you pay for the software only, not for expensive advertising and fancy packages. With commercial software, you pay for the program before you try it, and you may get stuck with a product that does not suit your needs. With shareware, you pay for the software after you have found it to be useful. Shareware authors are paid for their work only when you register your use of their products. Your support keeps this system working and makes it possible for the authors to keep producing new and better products. The shareware concept is based entirely on the honor system, and generally works quite well. Most people are honest and will not violate the trust placed in them by the author of the software. The author counts on your integrity. About the ASP: The Association of Shareware Professionals (ASP) is an industry organization formed to strengthen the future of shareware. All ASP members subscribe to a code of ethics designed to ensure that users receive superior products and services. These policies work to the mutual benefit of authors, users, and vendors. For more information on the ASP, write to P.O. Box 5786, Bellevue, WA 98006, or visit the ASP forum on CompuServe (GO SHAREWARE at any CIS prompt).
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