and have full-screen capability. It can NOT do uploads or
downloads, tho you can probably use the same trick as mentioned above
with Access /// interp and TCM. At WAP's $1.50, it is cheap.
3.6 XModem ///
Gary Kato's XModem /// was developed
as a commercial program in competition with The Communications
Manager. It is similar to TCM. Gary released XM3 to the public domain
in 1989. WAP has a bootable execution disk for the program that
includes the documentation on a disk file. This is a "best buy."
4.0 CompuServe Tips and
If your data comm program has the
ability to set tabs (Access /// and The Communications Manager do)
set them before doing anything else. They don't have to be set to
anything special, but they do have to be set. Otherwise, you will see
some very strange output from CIS when you "record" or "download"
If you have Access ///, you should
tell CIS -- in your user profiles -- that you are using a VT-100
terminal. That's ANSI mode on your Access /// setup menu. That gives
you some nice screen formatting that dumb ASCII terminals (VT-52
option) can't use. If you change from Access /// to the
Communications Manager, also tell CIS that you no longer have a
VT-100. TCM emulates a dumb VT-52 terminal. The special VT-100
control sequences show up on a TCM screen as garbage. Some very
bright and knowledgeable people have been tripped up on that one.
It's no longer fun to watch messages about "How come my screen has
gone to the nether world?" from new TCM owners. I suspect ON THREE's
Bob Consorti is even more tired of that question than I am.
CIS has two kinds of editor. One is
active in the main sections, and it is joined by a lesser one in the
forums. The default forum editor had been the lesser, but I'm not
sure that is currently the case. In any event you want the one that
tells you to enter your text and type "/EXIT" when you're done. The
lesser editor is bunches lesser. It is slow. If you transmit a file,
instead of actually typing a response, it'll lose whole lines if you
don't set your comm program's "character" and "line" delays way high.
If you enter a blank line, say between paragraphs, it assumes your
message has ended. If you don't see the "/EXIT when you're through"
message, change the editor in your forum user profile (I think EDIT
is the magic word, and SED is the bummer).
Never read or answer CompuServe
messages while you're on line unless someone else is paying for the
connect time. That is why CIS is often abbreviated CI$. Record your
session to a disk file (Don't record to a diskette. It'll hang you
up) and flip through the screens as fast as you can. One joy of
Access /// Interpreter Version (WAP disk 3TEL-02) is that you can set
your recording file's "buffer" quite large. You can capture a whole
session in the