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Dodi Schultz
May 31st, 2005, 09:30 PM
Let me explain something, for Dan and Tim B and anyone else who's puzzled
by TAPCIS's apparently aberrant behavioir.

TAPCIS, as you might guess from its name (it's an acronym for The Access
Program for the CompuServe Information Service), was designed--by an
outside party--strictly for CompuServe customers. That is also true of
OZWin, which came along a little later and works similarly. Both were
introduced pre-Web.

These OLRs were intended to handle all of the user's online activities,
which included e-mail, the then-huge array of CompuServe forums (there were
six or eight hundred, I think), and various other services offered by CIS.
The [R]eply function was meant to send and answer personal e-mail if that
was the item (you reply to the sender; who else?) or to post publicly in
the forums (that was the default; many forums also made provision,
optionally, for under-the-radar posts to individuals, and you did it by
marking a particular spot on the address "envelope" on your screen). If you
wanted to send a personal e-mail to someone who'd posted in a forum, you
did another notation on the envelope, switching your reply to e-mail.

Both TAPCIS and OZWin (perhaps other programs as well) work with the HMI
protocol, which CompuServe has dropped for forums but continues for e-mail.
So those who are customers of the service and have these programs continue
to use them, because they're wonderful.

--DS



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Tim Bourne
June 1st, 2005, 05:19 AM
In article <200505312130_MC3-1-9FCA-A28C (AT) compuserve (DOT) com>,
Dodi Schultz wrote:
> TAPCIS, as you might guess from its name (it's an
> acronym for The Access
> Program for the CompuServe Information Service), was
> designed--by an
> outside party--strictly for CompuServe customers. That
> is also true of
> OZWin, which came along a little later and works
> similarly. Both were
> introduced pre-Web.
>
I know all that, Dodi; Virtual Access, which I use, was
also designed primarily as an interface to CIS, though it
also supported another online service called CIX, and I
think from the start it also supported POP3 email and
newsgroups.

What seems strange about TAPCIS (and apparently OZWin) is
that alone among email clients, it hides the original
sender of a message to a newsgroup. The information is
there in the message header, in the From line, the same
position as for any other email message, but TAPCIS doesn't
display it. I know it's too late now to do anything about
it, but it still puzzles me why TAPCIS behaves that way.

Tim B






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Dave Cunningham
June 1st, 2005, 07:58 AM
1. It was ZAPCIS -- but for some reason, TPTB took affront <g>. I think AutoSIG was a parent ... and IIRC the Radio Shack Model 100 was the first to use a program to grab and print forum messages automatically.

2. At peak -- CompuServe had about 2000 forums -- many with over 1000 messages per day!