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Here is some screens from EXEC-PC BBS:

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Copyright © 1991 Exec-PC All Rights Reserved

ABOUT THE EXEC-PC NETWORK (414) 789-4210 (since 1982)

You have arrived! You are connected to the largest, busiest, most popular BBS in North America, perhaps the world. We offer files and messages for:

IBM compatibles  (MS/PC-DOS, Windows, OS/2, Unix)
Apple Macintosh
Amiga
Atari ST

* Question: Why have many magazine editors and book authors declared Exec-PC BBS the best?

* Answer: 230 phone lines, 4,300 callers per day from more than 43 countries, one of the largest online Shareware file collections in the world, plus more than 130,000 messages unique to Exec-PC (not shared on a message network). This BBS reached a "critical mass" soon after going online in 1982. We have avoided busy signals by aggressively adding phone lines and packet network links as demand increases. This, along with our philosophy of EASY menus (NO menus showing 200 message conferences or 100 file collections), and our super powerful computer-per-phone-line hardware to make things fast, has kept us on top. Also, Exec-PC is the first BBS to be approved by the Association of Shareware Professionals!

Exec-PC has handled 3,700,000 phone calls in 8 years.

* Who calls the Exec-PC BBS?

* Answer 1: Not so surprisingly, thousands of sysops (system operators of other bulletin boards) are callers to Exec-PC. Also, dozens of shareware distributors call here. Both groups are calling to stock up on shareware for distribution to their callers and customers.

–> If you want to cut out the middle man, you have found the source. ←-

* Answer 2: Computer users looking for files and messages, especially people wanting to find files quickly. Our most popular feature is our Hyperscan™ in the file system. Our <S>can command will search through 20,000 file descriptions and names in 2 seconds. People who want to find files fast will use this feature to do an easy search, then download the files, then logoff. Such a search on other online services might take many minutes, not seconds.

Of course, having 130,000+ active messages in our conference system is enough to keep many callers happy. All 130,000 of those messages are unique to Exec-PC.

WE DO NOT HAVE SILLY 1 HOUR PER DAY TIME LIMITS OR SILLY LIMITS ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF FILES YOU CAN DOWNLOAD. Some systems stand in the way of your fun with these ridiculous limits. Don't put up with it - vote with your calls!

* Software Directly From The Authors Hundreds of Shareware authors post their software here first. This means you get fresh versions of Shareware first on Exec-PC. Many of these authors have compared Exec-PC's activity levels to the other big services. Within the first week of a file appearing on Exec-PC the file will sometimes have as many downloads from Exec-PC as all the other large services combined. Here is an example for the file PONYEX.ZIP:

   Exec-PC ...... 122 downloads
   Compuserve ...  48 downloads
   GEnie ........  48 downloads
   Delphi .......  19 downloads
   BIX ..........  15 downloads
   Medcom .......   1 download

A few other reasons to call here: Our large system size eliminates busy signals. At the same time, we have maintained that friendly, small system ambience. Exec-PC has a philosophy of easy, direct menus. Although we have full graphics, color and music capability, we don't overdo it - we only use color and graphics to guide your eye when necessary. Music from a BBS is annoying - we will not use it. We want to make your call to this system as efficient as possible. You will notice our user interface is logical in its layout, and does not waste your time with lots of rules and warnings - we want you to get what you came here for: Lots of files, Lots of messages.

THIS SYSTEM CURRENTLY SUPPORTS: + 230 incoming phone lines, 24 hours per day + Free demo and downloads on your first call + Extremely low cost subscription rates + A new FREE 3 month subscription option + Over 260,000 files (within zip files) collected in our file system + 130,000 messages in our message system + USR HST dual standard 14,400 bps V.32bis modems + CompuCom low cost 9600bps Speedmodems + 7,000 megabyte (7 gigabytes) high speed hard disks online at all time. + The Mahoney Collection - the biggest and most active IBM PC file collection

available on any BBS in the world

+ More than 4,300 callers per day + A direct connect to the low cost Connect-USA network. Long distance

connections up to 9600 bps for as low as $1.00 per hour.

+ A new entertainment system with user-to-user chat, interactive multi-user

games, plus a real-time chat linkup to Hawaii, New Mexico, Florida, Spain,
and a few other areas.  The Exec-PC Chat System now has 48 phone lines.

+ Exec-PC is the first ASP approved BBS!

SOME INNOVATIONS OFFERED FIRST BY Exec-PC: + The concept of BIG SIZE while retaining that small system feel + Generous time and byte credit for file uploads and public message posts + One computer per phone line (processor per user) - pioneered in 1983 + No consistent busy signal problems since rapid expansion began in 1983 + Hyperscan™ file search feature invented and trademarked by Exec-PC -

the fastest file finding system any BBS!  Searches 20,000 file 2 seconds.

+ Entire PC-SIG California file collection online for download at all times + Full file menu capabilities at pause of file listing + Direct connect to packet network for low cost long distance calls + Resumption of interrupted Zmodem UPLOADS + Autodownloading, invented and trademarked by Exec-PC

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END OF INFO

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Capacities of current system: (Copyright © 1991 Exec-PC All Rights Reserved)

BBS - Number of phone lines : 186 ——\ CHAT System - Number of phone lines : 64 ——→ Total lines=250 (205 lines at 2400, 35 USR HST & V.32bis, 10 CompuCom 9600 & Hayes 9600B) Megabytes of standard hard disk capacity: 15,000 megabytes (15 gigabytes) Total high speed RAM of current hardware: 217 megabytes Approximate sum MIPS rating of hardware : 130 million instructions per second Approximate # of calls per day : 4,500+ Approximate # of files within archives : 450,000+ Approximate # of downloads per month : 700,000

Operating environment: Each phone line is served by a dedicated microcomputer

                     on a Netware 386 LAN.  We use more than 200 computers!

Modems used: 2400 bps: Cardinal brand internal

           9600 bps: US Robotics rackmount
                     CompuCom Speedmodem, Hayes 9600B
          14,400bps: US Robotics V.32/HST dual standard
                     US Robotics V.32bis/HST dual standard

BBS software : Exec-PC uses custom BBS software written for use only

                     on this system.  Primary goals: EASE OF USE & HI SPEED.
                     To see our speed, try the <S>can in Mahoney collection.

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Copyright © 1990 Exec-PC All Rights Reserved

Some modem terms and types are explained later in this bulletin. Terms of interest are speed, MNP, V.32, V.42, bis, USR dual standard, CompuCom Speedmodem, etc.


The following chart shows the layout of our modems and phone lines. Please use this chart to determine which phone number to call:

(414 area code) Phone Number Modem type and speed installed here ———— ———————————————————– FOR 300/1200/2400 BPS CALLERS: 789-4210 Cardinal brand 2400 bps modems

              (A 125 modem hunt group)

FOR MNP and HST CALLERS: 789-4337 US Robotics HST 9600 bps (MNP capable)

              (A 15 modem hunt group)

FOR V.32 and HST 14,400 V.42bis CALLERS: 789-4352 US Robotics HST dual standard, 14,400 bps, V.32, V.42bis, MNP

              (A 10 modem hunt group)

FOR V.32bis 14,400 callers 789-4360 US Robotics HST V.32bis 14,400bps dual standard, V.42bis, MNP

              (A 10 modem hunt group)

FOR COMPUCOM SPEEDMODEM 9600 CALLERS: 789-4450 CompuCom Speedmodems only, 9600 bps MNP5

              (A 10 modem hunt group)

FOR HAYES 9600B V-series MODEMS, NON-V.32: 789-4315 Hayes V-series 9600B only.

              (A 2 modem hunt group)

Note: There are also many workstations devoted to the direct network links supported by Exec-PC, and the Exec-PC Chat System is a 64 line system.

The phone line hunt groups are arranged so if one group is busy, calls will spill into the next group.

WHO SHOULD CALL WHAT NUMBER: People using standard 300, 1200, or 2400 bps modems should call the main 789-4210 number.

People using MNP modems or using an HST 9600 modem should call the 789-4337 number. NOTE!: Even if you have a super fast new 14,400 bps USR HST modem, it might be wise to call the 789-4337 number since this will guarantee your best chance of hitting an HST of any type, be it a 9600 bps modem or a 14,400 bps modem.

People using a V.32 modem, or those of you wishing to make sure you get a 14,400 bps connection with an HST modem should call the 789-4352 number.

People using a V.32bis 14,400bps modem must call 789-4360.

CompuCom Speedmodem's should call the 789-4450 number. If all ten modems are busy you will get a busy signal.

Hayes V-series 9600B modems, non-V.32 style should call 789-4315. If both modems are busy you will get a busy signal.

What is all this alphabet soup?


Communications standards are determined by the CCITT standards organization. Numbers like V.32, V.42 are decided upon by this committee.

V.32 is a 9600 bps modem standard. This means any modems that have correctly implemented the V.32 standard can talk to eachother at 9600 bps full duplex. That means 9600 bps in both directions at the same time.

V.42 is an error correction standard. Almost all V.32 modems support V.42 error correction.

V.42bis (the "bis" is French for "enhanced") is a data compression addition to the V.42 feature.

MNP stands for "Microcom Networking Protocol". MNP levels up to level 4 have no compression, only error correction very similar to V.42. MNP5 employs a rudimentary data compression system that is effective on menus and other text, but may be a hindrance on the speed of file transfers if the file is already compressed. Levels of above 5 are, in a word, unimportant. V.42 and V.42bis have supplanted them in the marketplace.

V.32bis is an enhanced V.32 standard (or soon to be standard) that is V.32 at 14,400 bps in both directions. The future is now.

HST is the USR HST high speed method, not a CCITT standard, but a defacto standard popularized by the buying public. Around for a long time, it is popular on bulletin boards. Older USR HST modems offer 9600 bps in one direction, 300 bps in the other direction. The modems switch these speeds and directions as is needed for the data being handled. The newer HST modems are 14,400 bps in one direction, 450 bps on the backchannel.

Dual Standard modems handle more than one standard. The USR HST dual standard modem handles both the HST mode and the V.32 mode. The latest and greatest of these modems is the US Robotics HST dual standard with HST 14,400 mode plus V.32bis 14,400 full duplex mode with V.42 and V.42bis compression. At this date, the ultimate modem.

COMPUCOM SPEEDMODEM: This is another modem that has become popular based on its low price and high performance. At $169 it gives you 2400bps MNP5 plus a proprietary 9600bps mode that is about as fast as most expensive 9600bps V.32 modems for BBS use. See the file COMPUCOM.ZIP for more details.


US Robotics Dual Standard and V.32(bis) modem setup used on Exec-PC:

The following switches are up: 1,2,6,7,9,10 (all others are down) The following setup strings are sent, each followed by a carriage return:

          ATC1E0F1H0Q0V1X5S7=28S38=0B0
          AT&B1&G0&I0&H1&K1&L0&M4&N0&R2&S1&Y1B0

CompuCom 9600 modem settings recommended for calling Exec-PC:

On clean phone lines: AT&F2L1*H1%C0&D2

The above setting will give you optimum speed and very smooth scrolling of our menus. If you have very noisy phone lines that give you garbage characters or failed downloads, change the *H1 to *H2


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Copyright © 1991 Exec-PC All Rights Reserved


12/24/91:

NO SCHEDULED WEEKLY DOWNTIME THIS WEEK. NO DOWNTIME ON THURSDAY, 12/26/91.

"WHO IS ON" is much improved. Check out the <W>hoison feature in the TOP menu here. It shows you what everyone is doing, along with other info about the caller and their time on the system. A bit of peeping tom fun for everyone!

FILE SYSTEM: A new, pre-production version of the PKWARE zip and unzip software is out. The filename is PKZ193A.EXE in the FREE collection "C", or in the Mahoney MS-DOS collection. Exec-PC has not converted all files to the new format yet, we will wait for the regular new version to arrive. Until then, some uploads to the BBS will surely have been created with this new version of PKZIP. When you are unzipping a file, if you get a message like "I don't know how to handle this file", that means you need to use a later version of the PKUNZIP program. So in that case, you may want to start using this newer version for unzipping files. Remember, if you just want to download the PKUNZIP.EXE from within the PKZ193A.EXE file, you can

More? ([Y]/Stop/Continuous/) Yjust use the <A>ccess command and then use the <D>ownload feature within

the <A>ccess command.

FILE SYSTEM PART TWO:

 a. .ARJ files are NOT welcome here!  The new PKZIP is better, so why
    bother with the other formats when the new PKZIP will beat them up?
    Sure, you could make files smaller with .ARJ for a month or two, but
    when all files are converted to the newest .ZIP version, the savings
    will be even greater.  Exec-PC will not inconvenience you with any
    other types of compression, not when the savings would be defeated
    within a month or two when the new .ZIP format will be debugged and
    in widespread use.
 b. If your upload is known to require VGA or even EGA, please say so
    in the description.  A simple "VGA reqd" is sufficient.
 c. No more LEMMINGS game demo uploads, PLEASE!  It is a fantastic game,
    but the 20th or 30th duplicate uploads become tiresome!  Hello,
    my name is Dave Rhoades . . .

FILE SYSTEM PART THREE: The Collection Selection menu has a new file collection option titled "ATA CD-ROM Interchange Specifications". This area is free to anyone for downloads. The files appearing there are for the exchange of info concerning a new CD-ROM data format under development by an international committee. Exec-PC is their system of choice for this international effort. Big and small manufacturers and interested parties will be downloading the sample specs from this area. If you are interested, check out the files as they appear there.

THIS MIGHT JINX IT, BUT: Exec-PC has been extremely reliable for the past month or two. Many small bugs were tracked down, eliminating system crashes altogether. Now that the system is stable, time to make some changes. Lookout.

First will be the addition of the CD-ROM drives we have been promising. The CD-ROM hardware arrived yesterday. Many CD-ROMS will be appearing online this winter. The very latest PC-SIG arrived last week. Watch for it online soon. Of course, this will cause NO SYSTEM PROBLEMS! ;>

CHAT SYSTEM NEWS: The chat system is FREE for the holidays. If you are already a user there you will not be charged for any time from now until the new year begins. If you are not a user of the chat system yet, feel free to try it out. After you call the chat system the supervisors will give you full free access within a day of two of your first call. As always, paid callers to this Exec-PC BBS get matching free time on the Chat System.

HUGE CHAT SYSTEM EVENT PLANNED: Planned for New Year's Eve night - a huge international live network link between the Exec-PC chat system and dozens of other systems around the country and around the world. Chat live with new friends from Spain! Play live network games like SPLAT! (paintball) against callers from distant lands! It should be a mind boggling event with an unprecendented number of callers sharing a live teleconference at the same time. You can call in and watch the chat screens roll by at 100 mph - it is amazing stuff.

By the way, the Exec-PC chat system has turned out to be one of the busiest and most popular chat systems in the country. Many nights see 60 callers online at the same time, all pounding away on the high tech hardware doing their live teleconferencing and playing games and sending and reading messages.

LITEL/EXEC-PC LONG DISTANCE DISCOUNT DEAL: We are taking our time to streamline the savings we have arranged for Exec-PC callers. After receiving hundreds of signups for the long distance service last month, we have suspended the program so we can do some fine tuning. We saw a need for some extra options, so we did the following:

We filed a new tariff with the FCC for an even larger enhancement for not only the new long distance products we can offer, but also for a new discount deal Ywith extra savings and new pricing beyond what we offered 30 days ago. This is not a delay on Exec-PC's part, but we are waiting for tariff verification from the FCC.

During the holiday season all people who called Litel and gave their address and phone number will be personally contacted by our consulting company to describe the long distance programs and to select the right option for you. If you received any letters from LiTel, please ignore the letters. They were trying to keep you informed, but the letter might have been confusing in what it was trying to say.

On that happy note, we wish a warm and inspired holiday season to everyone, and a healthy and prosperous new year to all! Bob and Tracey Mahoney


12/04/91:

HAYES V-SERIES 9600 BPS MODEM USERS (non-V.32 only): We have just installed two of the Hayes V-series Smartmodem 9600B modems on this BBS. The phone number for the special Hayes modems is 414-789-4315.

ONLY call these modems if you have a 9600bps Hayes V-se» More? ([Y]/Stop/Continuous/) Yries modem that is NOT capable of V.32 communications. If you have the non-V.32 version of the Hayes 9600 V-series modem, now you can get fast download speeds on Exec-PC.


(Please see the bulletin titled "History of system status info" for previous updates and announcements.)

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Copyright © 1991 Exec-PC All Rights Reserved

Brought to you by Exec-PC, largest and most popular BBS in The World

Exec-PC has always tried to celebrate the arrival of the millionth caller on this system. The event signifies the continued growth of the BBS industry, the continued popularity of the Exec-PC BBS, and, well, it is tough to recognize other milestones on a system such as this. Other milestones are so elusive, like number of callers per day or total hard disk space online, etc.

Here is a little chart of our system progress. It includes excerpts from the log of system growth since the beginning in the early 1980's.

1980 - Exec-PC name used on non-public system 11/28/83 - Exec-PC public BBS goes online with 1 IBM PC, 1 modem.

         Bob ruins Thanksgiving celebration at his house by running upstairs
         to look at the BBS every few minutes.

11/??/84 - Exec-PC goes multi-user with 2 lines running on TurboDOS, CP/M, Z80 3/15/85 - Exec-PC charges for access - $10 for 3 months, $35 per year.

         We were running a thundering 6 phone line system with 280 meg!

12/??/85 - NASA received delivery of our first custom BBS system, an exact

         copy of our BBS hardware and software.  General Mills world
         headquarters received our second custom installation soon after.
         Both systems are still running as of 9/91!

5/??/86 - Tracey Mahoney quits her promising interior design job to come home

         to Exec-PC and organize the mess.  Within two years she will be
         working 10 hour days trying to keep up with the non-computerized
         paperwork.

1/19/88 - 1,000,000th caller arrives - Ron Ostrowski from Milwaukee, WI.

         We were running a 48 phone line system with 1 gigabyte of space.
         Ron was given a free lifetime subscription to Exec-PC.  Ron said
         the prize was too generous, made us decrease it to a 3 year
         subscription.  For nostalgia's sake, we are considering giving
         him some more free extensions.

4/18/88 - Still running the BBS on old processor-per-user CP/M motherboards

         under TurboDOS tightly coupled network/buss boxes.  Yuk, this
         technology can't take the strain.  We ordered Novell today.

9/23/88 - Turned off old hardware and our custom BBS software we wrote and

         maintained with old circa 1981 MS Basic compiler.  After serving
         the BBS community like a faithful old dog, we sold it all for
         approximately 20 cents on the dollar.

8/18/89 - 2,000,000th caller arrives. We fail to notice who it is! We

         are busy getting ready to move the BBS to its new location,
         blissfully unaware of the dreaded 5 weeks of phone and modem
         problems we are about to experience in the new location.
         At this time the BBS is running under our "one year new" Novell
         based LAN with IBM compatible PC hardware.  It is running with
         about 100 phone lines.
         The system is running out of our old house.  The power lines
         coming to the house are humming with the strain, bothering us
         at night.  The move to a real office will come none too soon.

10/4/88 - 15 phone lines operating at new office. We think problems are

         over, so we start installing the rest of the lines.  Soon we
         find 100 of our modems need to be modified or replaced since
         they can't handle an impedance mismatch with our new phone lines.
         5 weeks of hangups and lockups convince us it is a serious problem,
         everyone on the BBS is given a 5 week credit when we fix the
         problem.  New facility has 400 amps of clean power, 5 tons of
         air conditioning, filtered air, Halon extinguishers - it looks
         like a computer room.

10/19/90 - 3,000,00th caller arrives.


Here is our announcement from the 10/19/90 3 millionth caller celebration: (4,000,000th caller announcement follows this.)


The 3 millionth call to Exec-PC arrived on 10/19/90, 12:19am central time. Steve Reilly was the 3 millionth caller.

Steve wins a Free US Robotics V.32 9600 baud modem, retail value of $1,099.00!

Here is the sad story of the people who almost won. The following list shows the person's name, date of call, time of call, and caller number.

DONALD TERWILLIGER 19901019 12:19am 2999990 THOMAS ROLFSON 19901019 12:19am 2999991 MICHAEL BAYER 19901019 12:19am 2999992 MICHAEL RYE 19901019 12:19am 2999993 JEFFREY NELSON 19901019 12:19am 2999994 MICHAL HOWARD 19901019 12:19am 2999995 FRANK RUGBY 19901019 12:19am 2999996 BILL SCHALK 19901019 12:19am 2999997 RAVEN TECHNOLOGIES 19901019 12:19am 2999998 KEVIN CESAR 19901019 12:19am 2999999 <Sorry, Kevin! STEVE REILLY 19901019 12:19am 3000000 ←-The Three Million Man RICHARD CONSIDINE 19901019 12:20am 3000001 <Sorry, Richard! JERRY DORAN 19901019 12:20am 3000002 PETE PORRO 19901019 12:20am 3000003 TSOPIN YEH 19901019 12:20am 3000004 CHRIS BRINKER 19901019 12:20am 3000005 KEN PAUL 19901019 12:20am 3000006 NEAL RYAN 19901019 12:20am 3000007 MICHELE MORRONE 19901019 12:20am 3000008 BJ HOOD 19901019 12:20am 3000009 BOB BALSOVER 19901019 12:20am 3000010

The BBS was receiving calls at a very fast pace after midnight. The last 1,000 calls were received in less than 1 hour, whereas normally Exec-PC receives 3,000 calls per DAY. During the last few minutes of the 3,000,00th caller contest, Exec-PC was receiving calls at a rate equivalent to 36,000 callers per day, or approximately 25 calls per minute. The Exec-PC hardware was designed to handle a peak of about 25 calls per minute, so the system's CPU's were definitely straining to keep up with the load. A few people reported getting no ringing signal or no answer at that time. The phone company was apparently unable to handle some of the peak redial surges during the final minutes of the quest for the USR V.32 modem.

A final note of consolation goes out to Jeff Naujok who reports he managed to call in 22 short of the 3,000,000 mark, then his computer locked up and he had to wait through a long reboot to make one more call. By then he was 50 over the mark. Sorry, Jeff.

So that is it for this year. Within a year or less we will be celebrating our 4,000,000th caller. Watch for our announcements of that prize. It will be a good one.

And once again, congratulations go to Steve Reilly, Mr. Three Million.

Bob Mahoney Tracey Mahoney


End of 3,000,000th caller announcement.


1/4/91 - Tim Semo gets the first official logon on the Chat System he assembled for Exec-PC. Soon thereafter he becomes a full time employee and the Chat System becomes a value added service as an adjunct to the huge Exec-PC BBS.

8/29/91 - Chat system expanded one more time up to 58 phone lines. The Chat/Entertainment real-time entertainment concept is here to stay.

9/26/91 - 4,000,000th caller arrives.


Here is our announcement from the 9/26/91 4 millionth caller celebration:


09/26/91:

Here they are, the winners in the 4,000,000th caller contest. Also shown are those of you who missed by "just this much":

JOHN FORREST 9/26/91 08:56pm 3999990 RICHARD MITCHELL 9/26/91 08:56pm 3999991 DAVID TOPELBERG 9/26/91 08:56pm 3999992 TIM TESCH 9/26/91 08:56pm 3999993 DENNY SEHMER 9/26/91 08:56pm 3999994 JEFF WOODS 9/26/91 08:56pm 3999995 DAVE TROXELL 9/26/91 08:56pm 3999996 JAMES WIESE 9/26/91 08:56pm 3999997 ERIK KRAFT 9/26/91 08:56pm 3999998 Waukesha, WI BILL TRAVIS 9/26/91 08:56pm 3999999 Wichita, KS TONY LINDSKOG 9/26/91 08:56pm 4000000 Sandviken, Sweden Europe TONY HONCHAR 9/26/91 08:56pm 4000001 Freeport, IL TIMOTHY WINSLOW 9/26/91 08:56pm 4000002 Milwaukee, WI BERNARD BAUM 9/26/91 08:56pm 4000003 RICHARD CRASK 9/26/91 08:56pm 4000004 ALAN CARR 9/26/91 08:56pm 4000005 WOLFRAM VIDEO 9/26/91 08:56pm 4000006 GREGORY GUNDERSON 9/26/91 08:56pm 4000007 ANDY SLOANE 9/26/91 08:56pm 4000008 JOHN BLANDINO 9/26/91 08:56pm 4000009 ROBERT KEELER 9/26/91 08:56pm 4000010

Tony Lindskog, congratulations! Calling all the way from Sweden, we admire your persistence in winning that modem. It will be interesting to see which brand of V.32bis modem you select.

Tony is a regular caller to the Exec-PC Chat System. His handle there is "Jedi". If you ever want to chat with him live, call the Chat System. Tony has been calling the Chat system at 300 baud - We think he will definitely enjoy an error correcting 14,400 bps modem.

Normally the Exec-PC BBS is receiving 3,500-4,500 calls per day, including calls to the Exec-PC Chat System. As we approached the 4,000,000 mark we received 500 calls in the last 9 minutes, and over 100 calls in the last minute! The 500 calls in 9 minutes gives a daily caller rate of 80,000 calls per day! In 1990 this BBS had lots of trouble with that high rate of calls. This year we optimized the BBS and it had no trouble handling the caller load.

For the record books, Exec-PC officially received 8,286 calls during the 24 hours of 9/26/91.

To all of you who tried and missed, stick around. We expect to see number 5,000,000 in summer 1992. We will go all out for a prize on that one.

Bob, Tracey and Tim


9/27/91 - Exec-PC has become a phenomenon unto itself - Us folks running it have typically begun to step back and wonder where it will go from here. It seemingly has a life of its own, guided by the requests of the callers. 250 phone lines shared between the BBS and the chat system, more than 10 gigabytes of storage, a 56kbps link to an international network, many 14,400 bps V.32bis modems, custom BBS software based on exotic fully indexed and/or hashed and/or inverted data structures for all BBS operations, the 4,000,000th caller is from Sweden. People on the new Exec-PC Chat System are playing virtual reality roulette while others are blowing up eachother's planets in a simulated universe. USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times are writing articles about Exec-PC - well, I guess we know why so many of you are sticking around to see what happens next . . .

We haven't forgotten our roots, and we remain the most generous big system in the world. Bob Mahoney


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<A> C Mahoney MS-DOS Collection <B> D !FREE TO ALL CALLERS- LISTS OF FILES FOR DOWNLOAD! <C> D !FREE TO ALL CALLERS- UTILITIES AND VARIETY! <D> PC-SIG California Collection <E> C MS Windows <F> C OS/2 <G> UNIX / XENIX <H> C Adult Pictures & Files, rated PG or higher <I> C Picture files (.GIF .MAC .PIC, etc.) <J> D C Apple Copyright Software <K> C Macintosh Collection <L> C Amiga Collection <M> C Atari ST Collection <N> C CoCo RSDOS & OS9 Collection <O> D ATA CD-ROM Interchange Specifications <P> D Chat System Files <R> Conversations From The Conference System

(In the "OK?" column: "D" you may Download, "U" you may Upload, "C" list by Category is available.)

COLLECTION SELECTION (ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPRQT?, Q=T=QUIT, ?=HELP)→ C

Selected: !FREE TO ALL CALLERS- UTILITIES AND VARIETY!

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<?>help úúúúú HELP with this menu <C>hange úúúú Collection selection <L>ist úúúúúú Directory of files <N>ew úúúúúúú Files since your last call <U>pload úúúú Transmit file(s) from YOU to BBS <D>ownload úú Transmit file(s) from BBS to YOU <S>can úúúúúú Hyperscan™ search for text phrases in file list <A>ccess úúúú Access a .ZIP or .ARC file (view dir, read, download members) <T>ype úúúúúú Type out the contents of an ascii file <W>ho úúúúúúú Who uploaded that file & what else did they upload <E>xtra úúúúú Extra detailed info about a file <Z>recover úú Resume an aborted Zmodem upload <F>iddle úúúú Delete files, modify descriptions <P>rotocol úú Set default transfer Protocol <Q>uiL

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<?> úúúúúúúúúúú HELP for this menu <L>ist úúúúúúúú List all files <C>ategories úú List files by category <S>ort order úú Toggle order of output: datr or alphabetical sort <D>ate úúúúúúúú Set a date filter (files before/after selected date) <Q>uit úúúúúúúú Return to main file menu <G>oodbye, <^> Top menu of system

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(46 minutes left) FILE LIST Command (LCSDQ^G, ?=help) → L

P to pause, S to cancel output ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ Collection: !FREE TO ALL CALLERS- UTILITIES AND VARIETY! Showing : All Files, DATE Order Filename Size MMDDYY Description ("+" means there is extra info) Exec-PC ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ ÄÄÄÄÄÄ ÄÄÄÄÄÄ ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ Total Files: 92 ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ This file collection is »free« for downloads to all callers. ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ DSZ.ZIP 91472 122191 ZMODEM/YMODEM/XMODEM FILE XFER SYSTEM, FROM AUTHOR! PKZ110.EXE 149540 032290+PKZIP/PKUNZIP/PKSFX(R) VERSION 1.10 FOR PC/MS-DOS PKZ102-2.EXE 258080 100189+PKZIP/PKUNZIP/PKSFX(R) VERSION 1.02 FOR OS/2 ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ GSZ.ZIP 112146 122191 GRAPHICS BIG BROTHER TO DSZ ZMODEM-90(TM) DRIVER LWS-18.ZIP 18190 121191 EPISODE #18 OF LONE WOLF SCIENTIFIC ADVENTURES! PKZ193A.EXE 74126 112791 ALPHA PRE-RELEASE VERSION OF NEW PKZIP SOFTWARE! LWS-17.ZIP 11502 111991 EPISODE #17 / ADVENTURES OF LONE WOLF SCIENTIFIC CUSA1115.ZIP 7535 111491 CONNECT-USA LOCAL DIAL CALL ACCESS FOR BBS CALLERS FPROT201.ZIP 236862 110691 EXCELLENT SHAREWARE VIRUS PROTECTION SYSTEM LWS-16.ZIP 13410 103091 ADVENTURES OF LONE WOLF SCIENTIFIC, NUMBER 16 #1CRYSTL.ZIP 194334 102491 APOGEE SUPER GAME, LIKE COMMANDER KEEN DSZNEW.ZIP 3173 101691 WHAT'S NEW IN LATEST VERSION OF DSZ.ZIP, FROM AUTHOR DSZEXE.ZIP 41225 101691 BIGGER BUT FASTER DSZ W/OUT SHARED FILE SUPPORT SCANV84.ZIP 89689 101491 MCAFEE VIRUS SCANNER - LOOKS FOR VIRUSES LWS-15.ZIP 14455 091591 #15 OF LONE WOLF SCIENTIFIC SAGA - HIGH TECH WEAPONS LWS-14.ZIP 9266 082991 LONE WOLF SCIENTIFIC #14, SMART BOMB WITH PARSER ACCULINK.ZIP 41607 081491 ACCU*LINK WORLDWIDE BBS DIALING NETWORK INFOPAK WP.ZIP 199405 081291+EDICOM WORD PARTS DICTIONARY, TEACHES WORD ROOTS CSP_V32B.ZIP 15279 080891 COMPUCOM $299 V.32BIS, V.42BIS MODEM 14,400 BPS COMPUCOM.ZIP 22924 080891 $149 9600 BPS MODEM FROM COMPCOM, AVAILABLE, WORKS LWS-13.ZIP 11912 080591 #13 IN LONE WOLF SCIENTIFIC ADVENTURE SERIES/HUMOR VPIC44.ZIP 106380 080191 PROGRAM FOR VIEWING .GIF, .PIC, ETC. PICTURE FILES #1DUKE.ZIP 268221 072391+±²Û DUKE NUKEM: 1 MEG ANIMATION & GRAPHICS GAME! Û²± LWS-12.ZIP 9947 071691 LONE WOLF SCIENTIFIC #12- "LAST WORDS BOMB" PCRO8-91.ZIP 19386 071591 PC REVIEW ONLINE, AUGUST 1991 ISSUE #7 GOOD READING! VUIMG315.ZIP 110952 070291+VUIMAGE(TM) V3.15 PCX/TIFF/GIF/GIF89A VIEWER/PRINTER 1-BIKINI.GIF 251172 062891+E-VGA: -BEAUTIFUL- WOMAN IN A BIKINI LWS-11.ZIP 12813 062691 LONE WOLF SCIENTIFIC #11 - REVENGE ON THE BOSS! LWS-10.ZIP 11901 060491 LONE WOLF SCIENTIFIC, 10TH EPISODE, "TENSE MOMENTS" LWS-9.ZIP 11139 051691 LONE WOLF SCIENTIFIC, EPISODE #9! LWS-8.ZIP 11538 042991 ADVENTURES OF LONE WOLF SCIENTIFIC - #8! PKLTE105.EXE 50330 042391+PKLITE V1.05 .EXE/.COM COMPRESSOR FROM PKWARE MORFLY.ZIP 24011 041891 MORAFFWARE HI-RES FLYING SIMULATOR BLAST.ZIP 99535 041891+800X600 GAME! (HERC,CGA,EGA,VGA) BREAKOUT SUPBLAST.ZIP 90429 041891 MORAFFWARE HI-RES SUPER BREAKOUT, INCREDIBLE! ENTRAP.ZIP 74692 041891 MORAFFWARE 3-D GAME 256 COLOR, 1024X768! LWS-7.ZIP 10020 041491 EPISODE #7 OF "ADVENTURES OF LONE WOLF SCIENTIFIC" SHEZ61.ZIP 140577 040991 ZIP FRONT END, THE COMPRESSION COMPANION BY JIM DERR MANUAL.ZIP 88990 040891 NEW COMPUCOM MODEM MANUALS LIST75G.ZIP 98797 040391 LIST/SCAN/SCROLL TEXT FILES TO YOUR SCREEN - GREAT LWS-6.ZIP 13114 040191 6TH IN SERIES OF "LONE WOLF SCIENTIFIC" ADVENTURES! LWS-5.ZIP 9046 031991 LONE WOLF SCIENTIFIC STORIES, 5TH ONE #1PTOMB6.ZIP 73143 031591+ALL-TIME BEST NEW ARCADE/GRAPHICS GAME. SEE <E>XTRA 9600-V15.ZIP 12194 030891 DETAILED DESCRIPTION & COMPARISON OF 9600 BPS MODEMS LWS-4.ZIP 8815 030491+EPISODE 4 OF LONE WOLF SCIENTIFIC / HILARIOUS! PKZM104.EXE 130190 021991+PKZMENU, MENU DRIVEN PKUNZIP, UNZIP .ZIP FILES LWS-3.ZIP 9159 021891+ADVENTURES OF LONE WOLF SCIENTIFIC, EPISODE #3 EXDB201.ZIP 409793 020491+EXEC-PC OFFLINE FILE LIST SEARCH AND SORT SYSTEM LWS-2.ZIP 8191 020491+2ND INSTALL. OF HIGH-TECH LAKE WOEBEGONE/TERRIFIC! LWS-1.ZIP 8449 012191+1ST INSTALL. OF HIGH-TECH LAKE WOEBEGONE. GREAT!!! SIMTRM20.ZIP 44152 110390 SIMPLE TERMINAL PROGRAM WITH BUILT IN ZMODEM, GOOD! QED120.ZIP 74156 102690 QUICK EDIT FULL SCREEN ON-LINE EDITOR FOR QUICKBBS SMRTZPAT.ZIP 2336 082490+<SEE. OPTIONAL SMARTZIP 1.1 PATCH. COMPRESS BETTER. CRAY1.GIF 148398 081390 BOB MAHONEY SITTING WITH COMPUTER, SECOND SHOT CRAY.GIF 210892 081390 BOB MAHONEY SITTING WITH HIS NEW COMPUTER SMRTZP11.ZIP 41036 080990+SMARTZIP 1.1 ZIP OPTIMIZER FOR PKZIP, SEE "EXTRA" #1QUEST.ZIP 66077 072990+BEST NEW ARCADE/GRAPHICS GAME WITH SUPER SOUNDTRACK! PUMA100.ZIP 64730 062990+THE NEW PUMA PROTOCOL FROM LYNX DEVELOPMENT EXEC-PC.GIF 14378 062090+EXEC-PC ADVERTISEMENT. PLEASE DISTRIBUTE AROUND! SPACETOW.GIF 158500 061990 NICE PICTURE OF A SPACE CITY! EXEC-PC CUSTOM GIF! PKZ092.EXE 102499 061790+OLD PKZIP, USED OPTIONALLY WITH SMARTZIP (SEE EXTRA) ZIP-KIT9.ZIP 136761 052390+PKZ110.EXE PC-DOS & OS/2 COMPANION UTILITIES SD-200.EXE 91340 051190+STUPENDOS. PKZIP,PKUNZIP,MOUSE, VGA SUPPORT. GREAT!! HIGHMODM.TXT 7815 032690+SUGGESTIONS FOR 9600 BAUD (OR ABOVE) MODEM CHOICE NOTLEGAL.ZIP 1089 022590 ARE THE MAKE$$$$.ZIP FILES ACTUALLY LEGAL? MYTHS.ZIP 8696 020690+"COMPUTER VIRUS MYTHS" BY ROSENBERGER AND GREENBERG SEA_ARC.ZIP 3252 060789 EXCERPT FROM LEGAL JOURNAL RE: SEA ARC VS. ZIP!!! EXECMUCH.EXE 172032 031189 SELF-EXTRACTING GRASP VGA ANIMATION - FOR THIS BBS NOISE-3.ZIP 5647 030489+PLANS FOR SIMPLE CIRCUIT TO DECREASE MODEM NOISE! FSP_151.ZIP 57341 030389+VIRUS FIGHTING PROGRAM, BE SAFE! FLUSHOT+ VER.1.51 PKZF11.EXE 24064 021589 PKZFIND VER. 1.1 FILE FINDER - SEARCHES .ZIP'S TOO HSTVSPCP.ZIP 2751 020689+PC-PURSUIT ALTERNATIVE: USR HST 9600 VS PCP EXPLAIND ARC53BUG.ZIP 1924 111488 CAUTION, BIG BUG IN ARC530 FROM SEA!! CONTEMPT.ZIP 3525 110488 THERE IS JUSTICE IN THE WORLD! PKWARE WINS! PKSEA-D.ZIP 14573 101188 DEAN COOPER'S REPLY TO OUTRAGEOUS SEA PROPAGANDA/BS PK361.EXE 119808 060788 BEST ARC FILE UTILITIES FROM PKWARE, FAST FAST FAST! SIGWHAT.ZIP 6367 032288 PC-SIG FILE COLLECTION - WHAT IT IS EXECNOIS.ZIP 2548 092287 EXEC-PC SOLUTIONS TO LINE NOISE PROBLEMS ALUSQ.COM 8064 091787 THE BEST & FASTEST UNSQUEEZER FOR .?Q? FILE BIG_ONE.NUL 262144 010180 256K OF ASCII NULLS FOR MODEM THROUGHPUT TESTS BIG_ONE.ASC 256000 010180 256K OF *'S TO TEST MODEM THROUGHPUT ONE_CHAR.ASC 102400 010180 TEST FILE FOR MODEM THROUGHPUT, 100K OF A'S TESTFILE.SML 102400 010180 A 100KBYTE ASCII TEXT FILE FOR DOWNLOAD TESTS TESTFILE.BIG 204800 010180 A 200KBYTE ASCII TEXT FILE FOR DOWNLOAD TESTS

Single: <X>modem<C>RC xmodem <1>K xmodem Batch : <B>atch ymodem <Z>modem<K>ermit <G>ymodem-G <Q>uit=none<?>=MORE HELP → Z ZMODEM> Filename to download from the BBS → gsz.zip GSZ.ZIP 112146bytes 111blks 08min 01sec Total time: 08min 01sec 387854 bytes, 33min 57sec remaining today ZMODEM> Filename to download from the BBS →

   Total transfer time: 08min 01sec

Time left after transfer: 33min 46sec

<Y>es, continue with downloads <N>o, do NOT continue - cancel <G>o ahead, do GOODBYE after last download OK? (YNG) → Y Hit many CTRL-X to abort.

Please initiate the ZMODEM receive on your computer . . . rz **B0080000000dd38 Š

GSZ.ZIP Successful 119cps "GRAPHICS BIG BROTHER TO DSZ ZMODEM-90(TM) DRIVER"

Exec-PC T O P M E N U <?>help úúúúúúú HELP with this menu <S>ubscribe úúú Subscribe or Renew for Exec-PC full access <B>ulletins úúú Info about this BBS <H>elp úúúúúúúú HELP on the most often asked questions <R>ead mail úúú Read all pending messages addressed to me <F>ile úúúúúúúú File Collections <M>essage úúúúú Message system <E>nvironment ú Change my password, address, prompts, etc. <A>nsi/color úú Turn on/off color and graphics from BBS <L>ist-user úúú Find names of other users of this BBS <W>ho úúúúúúúúú Who is on the system right now? <X>pert úúúúúúú Toggle expert mode (short or long menus) <G>oodbye úúúúú log off system (hang-up) (25 minutes left) »Demo Mode, Some Limits« TOP (SBHFMREALWXG, ?=HELP) → W W H O I S O N T H E N E T W O R K

# Time DL UL Current Activity Name & Location 01/02/92 17:12:44 — —– —– — —————- —————————————- 36 16:37 57 0 Batch download JOHN BALL MILWAUKEE WI 37 16:22 12 0 Batch download CHUCK GESS WAUWATOSA WI 38 17:05 847 0 Reading messages KEN LASCHEN MUSKEGO WI 39 17:00 186 9 Single download PAUL MALMSTROM MILWAUKEE WI 40 13:40 2412 3 Batch download ROY DUVALL GLENDALE WI 41 17:11 728 0 Download prep RAY ULVENES WEST ALLIS WI 42 16:09 800 12 Single download TIMOTHY NESHAM MILWAUKEE WI 43 17:02 0 0 Batch download ANDY LEHNER COLGATE WI 44 17:00 1996 12 Single download TIM REDMOND MILWAUKEE WI 45 16:33 752 14 Single download ED WERVE KENOSHA WI 46 16:54 372 0 Listing Files TOM LUX BOULDER CO 47 17:02 38 0 Batch download ROBERT TURBIN HARTLAND WI 48 16:39 0 0 Whoison function ANDJELKO LISNJIC CROATIA,54000 49 17:02 321 2 Reading messages SKIP DOUGLAS SAUKVILLE WI 50 17:07 454 0 Listing Files MARK PHILLIP HILTON HEAD ISLAND SC 51 17:12 Logging on 52 16:18 0 0 Whoison function ART PALLONE SCOTTDALE PA 53 17:11 595 16 Reading messages HARRY MYERS PASADENA MD 54 15:57 1187 0 Batch download JOHN WEIDNER GREENFIELD WI 55 16:50 133 2 Single download JAY HERTE SLINGER, WI 56 17:11 303 19 Composing a msg DAVID SIEG CUDAHY WI 57 17:07 1690 0 Batch download JIM HAMMOND NEW BERLIN WI 58 17:04 1433 52 Batch download DOUG WEGNER MUKWONAGO WI 59 16:55 73 0 Composing a msg MARK REITZ MENOMONEE FALLS WI 60 17:09 2155 6 Listing Files STEVE HANCHAR MILWAUKEE WI 62 14:02 1457 27 Batch download JEFFREY SMITH GRAFTON WI 63 15:13 893 13 Batch download E JENSEN WAUKESHA WI 65 17:08 204 0 Reading messages WARREN POPA OAK CREEK WI 66 15:55 886 25 Batch download TOM POETZL WEST ALLIS WI 67 17:08 1251 23 Single download PATRICIA VERMILYEA MILWAUKEE WI 68 17:08 0 0 Bulletins LUIGI MARAZZI MORRIS PLAINS NJ 69 16:43 36 2 File System JOHN DREFAHL CEDARBURG WI 70 16:47 562 0 Hyperscan™ PAUL SHELDON MEQUON WI 71 16:53 131 3 Single download ANDY PRETZL MENOMONEE FALLS WI 72 16:51 868 0 Batch download WILLIAM WELLERRITTER BROWN DEER WI 73 16:56 22 4 Batch download DAVID DELABASSEE ESCANAFFLES 7760 BELGIU 75 16:43 0 0 Listing Files JIM HIGGINS MILWAUKEE WI 76 17:09 1 0 File System SHARON KING WALES WI 77 16:51 310 0 Batch download STEVE HARRIS OAK CREEK WI 80 16:57 15 0 Listing Files MICHAEL MULHOLLAND BELOIT WI 150 16:57 851 11 Batch download MARVIN BLACKBURN CROWLEY TX 151 17:06 221 91 Batch >upload< STEPHEN CALL KENT WA 201 15:48 675 34 Batch download KEVIN JONES JACKSONVILLE FL 202 16:49 97 7 Batch download THOMAS JANSEN MILWAUKEE WI 203 17:09 698 17 Composing a msg SCOTT MAICHLE HALES CORNERS WI 204 17:11 1947 116 Composing a msg TOM PETERS MILWAUKEE WI 217 17:09 2766 308 Batch download JEFF WALLACE ST. PETERS MO 220 17:07 2192 15 Batch download MICHAEL COOPER SAUGUS CA 222 15:22 2760 0 Listing Files GENE LAI RACINE WI 226 16:55 1019 9 Listing Files ROBERT KEELER MILWAUKEE WI 227 17:09 390 0 Batch download PAUL VASOLD DEFIANCE OH 228 17:13 Logging on 230 17:02 177 0 Batch download JOE PULI MILWAUKEE WI 241 16:53 1253 0 Batch download JOHN BLANDINO MILWAUKEE WI 244 16:54 407 0 Batch download TERRY MYHILL OSWEGO NY 245 17:03 683 12 Hyperscan™ MATT KLOCKOW BAY VIEW WI 'W' to repeat, Q=quit) → Q

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