Fido For Dummies. Part one

    This article is the result of throwing, which I fell into after reading the article History of one point and How I became a node . The first material was a starting point for me - for the first time in ten years I remembered that Fido was still moving, and very good. The second one essentially worked as a catalyst - I again wanted to in Fido.

    Is it said? Done? No matter how.
    The last time I used Fido, barely went to school - yes, gentlemen, I’m a shkolota, and I'm in Fido, forgive me, - and therefore I hardly remembered the terminology, I had no idea about the process of setting up the software, and about other underwater stones. Articles, which until recently appeared on Habré, contained the theory and basic premises - but nothing was said about a specific software in a volume larger than a couple of words - and after all, setting up software is one of the most important stages of entering Fido .

    In general, having briefly talked with the boss of his node - yes, that same 2: 5020/2140(Sergey, you are becoming popular, gg), I decided to write this something; the story of stuffed bumps, which is written even by a noob, but by a noob who has already more or less dealt with GoldED hotkeys, has learned to search for live echoes and subscribed to them, and has already a little penetrated into the general spirit of the Friends Network - after all, the materials posted on many sites Nodes are for reference only, and are aimed at experienced users. For newcomers to the network, my material, as I hope, can be very useful.


    All the actions described in this article are true primarily for node 2: 5020/2140, because they were performed on it by the method of scientific poking and smoking of manuals. I admit that your node may not have transport via NNTP or anything else. Otherwise, I think the material is universal.

    Also, I doubt very much that one of the Khabrovsk citizens will go to Fido through a dailap - therefore, I will describe the process of entering into the network precisely Point-Over-IP. Looking ahead, I will say that we will work under Windows and soup sets fidoip , which includes a processor GoldED-the NSF , mailer binkd and other difference.

    The very beginning

    Suppose you have already contacted the boss of your node, and got a beautiful, or not so, point-address in your hands. Wondering what to do with it? I will prompt.

    To begin with, we need to figure out what software is required for our point to work. There is a lot of software - both multiplatform, for example, the GoldED echo processor, the mailer binkd and other attached things, and purely Win-solutions - for example, hypertext, great and terrible HellED . Honestly, I, unlike the author of the article “The Story of a Point”, did not have the patience to cut out all the ruffles from Hell, straighten the curvature of the nee interface and clean out all the trash left by the author of the program, so I sighed, rolled up my sleeves, and went to pull the bag fidoip- This is such a soup set consisting of the binkd mailer, the GoldED-NSF echo processor, and other things no less essential for life software.

    The process of installing a point-set is quite simple - grab it, unpack it to the root of any of the logical drives, and edit the file /usr/setup_config.vbs, which is the initial point-set auto-configuration program. So, having opened this file in any text editor, we will see something similar:

    const yourFullName = “Yakov Uvarov”
    const yourFTNAddress = “2: 5020 / 2140.42”
    const yourStationName = “EmmaussOnline”
    const yourLocation = “Tver, Russia”
    const yourUplinkName = “Sergey Poziturin”
    const uplinkFTNAddress = “2: 5020/2140”
    const uplinkServerName = ""
    const yourPassword = "your_password"

    So, I describe the constants in more detail if something is still incomprehensible from their name:

    yourFullName - your Latin name, in the same form that you sent your boss when registering yourFTNAdress
    point - your point address; it should be given to you by the boss of your node
    yourStationName - any name of your station, whatever
    yourLocation - your location in the format "City, Country" - in Latin,
    yourUplinkName - the name of the boss of your node in Latin - in my case, as you can see, Sergey Poziturin
    uplinkFTNAdress- FTN address of your node
    uplinkServerName - IP address or domain name of your node; spravlyaytetes about this from his boss
    yourpassword - well, then it is obvious

    now all you need - this is just to save setup_config.vbs, and run it. Having rustled, he will give you a message about the successful (or vice versa - unsuccessful) configuration of the kit, and in principle, you can now use it. How to use it?

    Writing Your First Echomail

    Well, for starters, you should describe what a typical session of any Fido user looks like. To begin with, since you are a new point, you need to run the bat-file /usr/bin/rs.bat, which will start the binkd mailer - it will contact the node, ask for a list of echos that you are subscribed to in one way or another, and give this information to the echo processor GoldEd. Next, we run /usr/bin/ge.bat, and before us appears GoldED itself, great and terrible, which will look something like this:

    We are faced with the so-called list of zones (Arealist), i.e. all the ehs you are currently subscribing to. Navigation is carried out by cursors and the Enter key; also, if you wish, you can enter the name of the desired echo manually - just type it and press Enter.

    Now let's try to write a message to any conference, for example, to a local conference of nodes, pushkin.local. To do this, we select the desired echo (now they are empty for you), and press the Insert key:

    Now you need to indicate to whom exactly you are writing this message - given that you are a newbie, you probably want to say hello to the inhabitants of the node - therefore, perhaps leave “All” in the “To” field. Now use the cursor keys or Enter to go to the next field, and indicate the subject of the message - it is advisable to indicate it as detailed as possible and understandable to others - this is not Chat Bed, in the end. Are you done? Well, press Enter to confirm the parameters, and start typing the first echo email :)

    Finished? Now press F2 and write the message to the queue:

    Now you just have to get out of GoldED by pressing Esc twice and answering positively to the exit question, or simply by pressing Ctrl + Q.
    Since our e-mail is ready to send, we start rs.bat again - now binkd will not only check if the node has a net-mail or an e-mail for us, but it will also send our composed message to the desired echo, and then it will be closed automatically.

    Here's what an approximate session of an ordinary point looks like - first, request information about the presence and absence of new mail, launch the editor, read the received one and answer it, or write a new letter, and then run the mailer again to send your messages. All. For the convenience of work, it is enough to simply pull out the shortcuts from the batch files we need on the desktop or in some launcher, and enjoy life.

    Now about the pitfalls ...

    Due to the fact that in modern NT-systems, which is used in one way or another by most modern Windows-users, there is no DOS as such, GoldED does not look particularly good. Since you won’t be able to switch to full-screen * , I advise you to expand the processor to full screen (well, or rather, half the screen) by double-clicking on the window title, after specifying a font type Luicida Console with at least 16 size in the label properties, otherwise You simply break your eyes.

    * Fails on Windows Vista and above. On 9x \ ME, full-screen works as it should, and on XP it works at least somehow, but it also works. In any case, in a window 5.1 and higher, GoldED looks more presentable :)

    In addition, returning to the roots of the processor, the main difficulty attributed to GoldED, and with which I have to agree, is the management of 99% of the program’s functions exclusively through hotkeys. Thus, for a beginner, who usually, to be honest, are too lazy to read many, many manuals, at first it will be quite difficult to understand how to manage the program. Therefore, I think this list of hot keys will greatly facilitate the life of a user who is too lazy to read README for GoldED.


    F1 is help, but not simple, but context-sensitive. Depending on what mode the editor will be in - whether in the mode of editing the letter, viewing the list of ech, or changing the origin, the contents of the issued help will vary. The help window for the same F1
    F2 closes - the letter editing menu; allows you to edit other people's letters on your machine if necessary, and allows you to manage the storage for subsequent sending your letters, deleting them, or returning to editing the header of the letter.
    F3 - quick response to an open letter without quoting
    F4, Shift + Q - response to a currently open letter with full quotation
    F5, Alt + N / Alt + B- quick response to an open letter in the desired echo (with full quoting)
    F6 - search
    F7 - save the letter to a text file or print it
    F8 - display the hierarchy of responses to the currently open letter
    F9 - display all available messages in the currently open echo
    F10 - search for a node with the output of the information available from the nodelist
    Ctrl + Insert - copy selected text
    Shift + Insert - paste text from the clipboard
    Alt + '- display all valid links present in an open message (if you select the desired one using cursors, it will be opened in the default browser if it is http, and directly in GED if it is area)
    Alt + D - delete the letter that is currently open
    Alt + D in editing mode - delete the line
    Alt + M - move / copy / pardon
    Alt + I - letter info
    Alt + V - letter klugi
    Cursors: up and down - navigation between menu items; left-right - sequential movement between letters in the echo
    PageUp \ Down - scrolling messages one screen up and down
    Enter- confirmation of data entered in the field and automatic transition to the next
    Tab - standard, navigation between fields for input; when editing a message - “red lines”
    Shift + cursor up / down - selection of text in an open message to delete or move
    Ctrl + Q - immediate forced exit from the program I

    admit that the above list of keys is incomplete, because it was largely determined by typing.
    Any constructive additions are welcome.

    On this, perhaps, the first article from the cycle is completed.
    Today we learned how to install a point kit, configure it to work with a specific node, and even sent the first message to a local echo. In the next article we will talk about how in our time you can find a lively and at the same time interesting echoconference, the rules of etiquette and behavior in echoes, as well as how else you can read and write in Fido.

    All the best, yours 2: 5020 / 2140.42 :)

    I am very grateful to Sergey Poziturin, the boss of the node 2: 5020/2140, Ivan Agarkov, the boss of the node 2: 5020/848, and also to all users of the echo pushkin.local for the help in preparing this material .

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