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  • John McWilliams
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    Borje, Damn nice job! I'll help keep this alive any way I can, feel free to post your needs I'll help any way I can. Nice!

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  • Borje Hagsten
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    It's ok, Lance. Considering how slow it can be from Sweden, I
    guess New Zeeland can be even worse. We have some volunteers
    with speedy connections here, so it will be taken care of. In the
    end, this project will actually easy up on the traffic here, because
    we will be able to find many answers directly in our local computers,
    instead of having to go here and search for them all the time.

    I'm a bit busy right now, so I'll have to get back to this later
    on tonight. In the meantime, who can help?

    Forum 3 - ?
    Forum 4 - ?
    Forum 5 - ?
    Forum 6 - ?

    The HTML files need to be downloaded, zipped and made available
    for download somewhere, after which you can contact me at
    [email protected] so I can download and convert them. Since the
    database sizes will become very big, I will need to approach them
    differently, with some compressing routine - probably based on
    existing words vs their location, to avoid a final database size
    of 30-40 MB. I have some ideas, just need some time to implement them.

    The archives are a bit special, because Semen's code won't work
    there. The files are named differently, so one would need to DIR$
    through them to get all HTML files, regardless of their names.
    Not my area of expertise, but if someone knows how to download
    all HTML files from a directory, regardless of their name, it would
    help a lot. Must go now, but I'll be back later..


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  • Lance Edmonds
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    At this stage, I'm the only one that could do this task (everyone else is just too busy), but unfortunately the connection speed from New Zealand to www.powerbasic.com is just no up to the task of archiving such a large volume. I'm afraid you'll probably have to handle the task much closer to the California-based server.

    I'm sorry I can't be of more help at this moment in time.


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  • Borje Hagsten
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    Lance, is it possible to get some help from PB with zipping up the
    remaining forums, 3 to 6 and the archives? It's no disaster if not,
    because we have a bunch of helping hands here with fast connections,
    but it would be better if someone with access to the machine that
    carries those files could do it, at least this one time.

    Semen, a nice offer, but really not necessary. I feel it would be
    enough for me to download and update the databases once a week, or
    maybe even once a month. I'm already running a double fulltime
    business here, so I don't want to take on too much daily work.

    I can manage the handling of updates though, and keep the updates
    on my server, no problems. Some day, maybe PB will realize this is
    a good utility for both old and new users and take care of it, maybe
    even polish it up and include it with their installation (yes, it's
    public domain - anyone is free to do what they like with it, this
    of course including our friends at PB) but we have at least got it
    on the road now..

    Fellows, let's await and see if we can get help zipping up the
    remaining forums. It's no distaster if they can't help us - they
    may be very busy with other things right now, so I don't want to
    put any strain on them. If PB can't do it right now, we'll take it
    from there.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE:
    POFFS v1.1 is hereby released. You can either download the complete
    1.8 MB package from http://www.tolken99.com/program/poffs.zip
    or a small update file, containing only the exe and the source code
    from http://www.tolken99.com/program/poffsupd.zip (54KB)

    POFFS v1.1 includes "Find in text", a complete search dialog and
    function for searching a rich edit control up/down, match case,
    whole words only, etc. Probably good for other rich edit projects
    too.

    It also includes a few minor fixes and of course, Semen Matusovski's
    name in the about-window. Without Semen, this wonderful programmer,
    there would have been no POFFS at this stage, so..


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  • Semen Matusovski
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    To decrease traffic from PB site data files should be located on own Websites or servers similar virtualave.net, fortunecity.com, geocity.com (not paid).

    Borje --
    I have an utility, which updates itself through Internet.
    On Web server there is a description file (Ltr32.Pkg) with a list of files and dates.
    On local PC there is a file Ltr32.Nfo, which includes the same info after last download.
    When you start this utility, it reads Ltr32.Pkg, compares with Ltr32.Nfo and download updated files only.
    Because utility assumes that all files are located in the same place, it's necessary to modify it a little.
    Probably, at the end of week I will have time to correct it (1-2 hours maximum).
    If you are interesting, E-Mail me [email protected] and I will send you actual release for analyze.
    (it's enough big to post here and includes additional code, which isn't necessary for your project).



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  • Lance Edmonds
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    Folks, at this stage, we have no real objection to what you have achieved to date. Rather, we are quite impressed by the rapid deployment and innovative spirit being displayed!

    However, we do have an objection to this application being able to update itself directly from the PowerBASIC web site - we would prefer a 3rd-party (such as Borje, who initiated this project) to act as the "archivist" and make update packets available to the others from another server, rather than the PowerBASIC server. We cannot support any scheme that severely impacts our server's performance more than it is already.

    The reason for this is simple - there are many [more] folks that just visit and lurk on the BBS than actually ever make posts. Even if some of these folks want to use this application to download messages, our hosting provider is likely to get a tad upset at the massive upsurge in traffic, more than might be imagined.

    I hope this explains our position, and we hope that this project is successful for you. We look forward to watching it's progress.



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    mailto:[email protected][email protected]</A>

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  • Borje Hagsten
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    Thank you, fellows. Well, the best solution would of course be if
    someone with access to the server simply could zip up the files in
    forum 3 to 6, plus the archives, and tell me where to download them
    from.

    This would save the server from a lot of extra traffic. Still no
    word from the PB people, so we don't know what they think of this.

    I actually had an "Update" button in mind, but decided not to add it
    at this stage. It would put an extra strain to the PB server, so
    it is better to let one person handle this and then let people download
    the stripped and compiled databases. The best solution would of
    course be if someone at PB could do it.

    One must always be careful. Just checked and more than hundred
    people have already downloaded POFFS. Imagine what would happen
    if this catches on and thousands of people click on an "Update"
    button each day, to download all the latest HTML files from the
    PB server. Not good..

    As I said in another thread - I don't feel it's important that the
    files are up to date. There's already so much valuable knowledge
    to get from here, the current contents is more than enough.

    It's a bit important to get the current contents of forum 3-6 and
    the archives though, to make it complete, but let's wait until we
    hear what the PB staff thinks. They may be able to provide a better
    solution than having to download thousands of files.

    In the meantime I'll add a "Find in text" function to the program.
    Just discovered that would be handy to have. Also discovered I have
    forgot to mention Semen Matusovski in the About box. Sorry Semen,
    your contributuions really helped me to get started with this project
    so this will be changed in version 1.1, soon to be released..


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  • Jim Karabatsos
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    Borje (and others),

    I have a cable modem and am more than happy to help. Let me know what I can do.

    Oh, and good work. Thanks!

    [email protected]

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  • Gregery D Engle
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    Borje Hagsten,

    I would be glad to help keep the database files up to date. I have a cable modem and I download rather fast from this BBS so I can update them in a few minutes.

    let me know.

    [email protected]




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  • Jim Huguley
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    Borje..

    A superb gift to the users/members of this board.

    In addition, a wealth of excellent code for folks needing
    examples and a testament to what can be done with PowerBasic.

    Thank you for you time and efforts..



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  • Troy King
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    Same here. I have 600K at home and 1.5M at work. I'll help.

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    [email protected]

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    If I can be of assistance, let me know. I've got a DSL connection at home and a T1 at work.

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  • Bradley Callis
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    Borje,

    First, Very nice.

    But if you want to make it the best off-line reader on the web then I will let you or anybody reading this topic in on something that has tremendous potential. "Why not make a program that replicates UBB forums to usenet news groups?" I am starting to work or should I say attemping to work on one. HUGE POTENTIAL. The ultimate bulletin board has a large user base. Any takers? Has it already been done?

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  • Patrice Terrier
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    Semen,

    I forget to thank you for your contribution to the POFFS project.
    Thus, here I go THANK YOU


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  • Semen Matusovski
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    Florent --
    Yes, of course. For example, Source code forum now is about 10Mb (in HTML).I guess that total size is not less than 100 Mb.
    Borje should give a program, which deletes not necessary HTML tags.
    As I understand - for example - Source code forum could be compressed to 600 Kb (probably, less).
    So, should be persons, which download (for example, one time per week) separate part of forum, compress it and put on own Web-Site.
    In Borje's program will be a special button "Update" + configuration file with description, where files are located.

    [This message has been edited by Semen Matusovski (edited June 26, 2000).]

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  • Florent Heyworth
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    Hi Semen

    could you explain a little more about supporting the project - I assume you mean helping out with the downloading of the files on a regular basis? I take it this project needs people with high bandwidth connections?

    Cheers

    Florent

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  • Semen Matusovski
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    Folks --
    Borje did a great work. But it's necessary to support a data base in real-time regime.
    Guys, which are ready to support this project, should declare about it, and Borje will divide duties.

    So, a list of volunteers is opened. I'm first. Who next ?


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  • Guest's Avatar
    Guest replied
    Perfect!

    Compliments for the program Borje and everyone who helped.

    Erwin

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  • Patrice Terrier
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    Hello all,

    POFFS is a MUST you should give it a try, rated *****

    Congratulation Borje.


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  • Gregery D Engle
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    This is an awesome program, I like very much!

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