Dos and FTN software by Simon Avery
(EX) Fidonet node: 2:255/90 and Ex R25 NEC and NC

Much of this software is targetted at the Fidonet community, although other users might find something here to tickle their fancy. Fidonet and me go back a long way, and because of this I've turned my compiler on whenever I've encountered a problem I've been able to fix any other way. You know, a niggly little problem with anothers software or an inability to find something that does exactly what you want it to. Most of the programs below are short, sweet and without frills, but hopefully you might be able to make use of them. All of these programs are written in C with Borland's Turbo C/C++ V.3 for DOS, using the excellent IDE. No attempt at portability has been made, but with a bit of work many of the source files (where included) can be used.

Where the C source is given, I retain no copyright and you are welcome to use it for your own programs. However - I would appreciate a mention in the docs or program somewhere...

There is also a DOS Utility section below which contains some little tools I wrote and still use very often.

Program Name, Platform and cost. Description Download file
FidoNet Software
Areafixer

DOS
Free!
A simple, easy-to-use, stand-alone Areafix client. Allows you to list standard BACKBONE.NA style lists and display them via a scrolly-list. You can then link and unlink echoes with a single keypress. Allows for multiple networks using separate AKA's and echolists. Date: April, 1998
Areafixer V.3

Bod

DOS
Free!
Bod does several things. It can automatically reply to netmails on specific subjects, run a mailing list and post pre-scheduled messages in any JAM message base. The netmail function makes the kind of flexibility only available to Freq handlers available to points etc. Also allows for routed netmail, so direct calling isn't required. It can also automatically reply to any netmails sent to you when you're not there.
This version is an unsupported beta, most of the features were included in the later Widgets.
Date: January, 1998
Bod v.09e

FD-Hist

DOS
Free!
This is a small freeware utility for Fido-type sysops running FrontDoor 2.x. It will generate a small report based on yesterdays mail statistics. This file can then be posted to the sysop, or in a local echo for the points/users. Date: January, 1998
FD-Hist .08b

FE-Orph

DOS
Free!
What it actually /does/ is check each Jam or Squish message base in the current directory and see if that filename appears is Fastecho's areas. If it doesn't, it's an orphan. All alone and untouched on your hard-drive, taking up space. I've found that in the 4 months I've been running Fastecho, I've managed to create around 400 orphaned message bases, totalling 24Meg. Since they're not used, why keep 'em? Date: July, 1998
FE-Orph V.1

Federal

DOS
Free!
This is a small utility that converts a Fastecho configuration to one that can be read by your BBS software. (Provided your BBS software is RemoteAccess 2.5x ') Date: August, 1998
Federal V.1.0

Fml-Comm

DOS
Free!
Fmail Commenter by Simon Avery -Free Software- Automatically insert echo descriptions for Fmail 1.2x. Works directly on the FMAIL.AR file, so will check every entry against a comment list. Date: January, 1998
Fm-Comm V.1.0

Fm-Announce

DOS
Free!
This is a little utility which will read the FMAIL.BDE which is created by "FMAIL TOSS" when it encounters an unknown echo. The file is used by FSETUP to tell you when you have a new area to setup. Date: March, 1998
Fmail-Announce v.0002

Jampost

DOS
Free!
Small command-line driven utility to post a message in a JAM msgbase. No configuration needed - just run. Date: January, 1998
Jampost v.1.0

Pkt-Txt

DOS
Free!
Small utility to convert .PKT files to .TXT files (human readable). Date: August, 1999
Pkt-Txt v.1.0

SD

DOS
Free!
Souper-Douper is a small utility that converts to and from Soup <> PKT. Used for gating internet usenet groups into FTN echomail and vice-versa. This is an unfinished alpha and doesn't support as many features as you may need. Specifically, no Email support as yet. I found Soupgate by Tom Torfs and that did everything this does plus loads more all much better, so I used that instead. Date: July, 1999
SD v.027.3.a

SeenBy

DOS
Free!
A small utility that you probably won't ever need. It strips SEENBY lines from Opus message bases (*.MSG) and puts them in a seperate text file. Written on request, the output put through a 3rd-party utility which created a nice tree of the echomail distribution.
Include C source.
Date: May, 1998
Seenby V.1.0

Sked

DOS
Free!
Sked is a simple DOS utility that should be run once a day. It will check the current day, month and year against any events you have listed in SKED.CFG If it finds any match, it will call that program (or programs). Date: April, 1998
Sked v.03

Tag-Grab

DOS
Free!
A simple utility to steal taglines from messages that follow the practise of enclosing the taglines between two marker lines. Date: January, 1997
Tag-Grab v.1.1

Taglord

DOS
Free!
Utility to scan your tagfile for a specific string, then post the results directly into a JAM message base. Configurable and free. Date: September, 1998
TagLord v.2

Tag-O-Matic

DOS
Free!
Think your tagline manager is good? Bet this is better! Sorts, picks, scroll-picks, filters, dupes, de-longs, lottery predictor, sig-handler - too much to list. Picks instantly on ascii tagfiles files up to 2Gigabyte in size. Works with Golded, Termail, Bluewave - practically any DOS-based Fidonet reader that allows you to use an external editor.
Date: 1997
Tag-O-Matic V.13F (Final Version)

Tag-O-Matic Source Code (TCC3)

The-Wall

DOS
Free!
A requested program.Basically, it was used to maintain a graffiti wall in a PubNet echo - the users sent netmails addressed to it and it created an ascii file displaying the most recent entries which could then be posted into the echo. Includes C source. Date: May, 1998
The-Wall v.1.0

TM-Area

DOS
Free!
Small free utility to export Termails TM.BBS file to an AREAS.BBS format. Date: January, 1998
TM-Area v.1.0

TM-Info

DOS
Free!
Comprehensive Log reader for T-Mail. Creates a text file to be posted in stats area, or in netmail to sysop, listing all logged events in T-Mail for that day. Can also read RemoteAccess logs and include that information. V.2 keeps a datfile and allows for periodic stats (say, past month) Date: August, 1998
Tm-Info v.2

TM-Logs

DOS
Free!
TMLogs - Trivial utility to filter various more interesting bits from T-Mail logs. Date: March, 1998
Tm-Logs v.1

When-On

DOS
Free!
Simple widget to parse a log file and report on a list of specific nodes/users to see when they last called. Works with T-Mail, RA, Blue- Wave, and most logfiles. Date: January, 1999
When-On v.2

Widgets

DOS
Free!
Beta Version - Public release A swiss-army knife of useful functions for all DOS-based sysops, including such tools as;
T-Mail: Change site info, produce report
FD: History report
Fastecho: Orphan finder
Opus/.MSG: Renumber, killsent, killread, mailing list, info server, re-address for points, netcopy, netkill, kill orphan f-attaches
JAM: Jampost, seq_post,
Misc: Log chopper, screen saver, alarm, wait_till, when_on, split, reflow, arc_new_nodelist, uptime, freqlist generator, once-day, scheduler
Date: April, 1999
Widgets v.0004b

Dos Utilities

App-Diz

DOS
Free!
Small utility to add a line to the end of a whole directory of zipped FILE_ID.DIZ or DESC.SDI Eg: This file leeched from Digital Dilemma Date: January, 1998
App-Diz V.1

Delay

DOS
Free!
Dos utility to delay for nn milliseconds. Include C source. Date: October, 1995
Delay

Del-Null

DOS
Free!
Simple recursive utility that deletes all 0-byte files in current and sub directories. Includes TCC source. Date: December, 1995
Del-Null

Del-S

DOS
Free!
Simple dos utility - deletes files matching a wildcard pattern like dos's DEL command, but repeats the action in any sub-dirs, like "DEL *.TMP /S" Includes TCC source. Date: October, 1995
Del-S

Disko

DOS
Free!
Simple dos utility to read the contents of a floppy disk and append them to a text file. Used for cataloguing floppy collections. Include C source. Date: December, 1995
Disko

Disk-Use

DOS
Free!
Simple utility to check the amount of space taken up on a drive or a sub-dir. Written to check whether I was getting value for money when I bought a CD, but useful for lots of things. Simply run and it reports the amount of bytes in the current directory and all sub-dirs. Include TCC source. Essentially a clone of unix's "DU" function, written before I knew that existed. Date: January, 1996
Disk-Use

DupeKill

DOS
Free!
Dupekill will search your current directory, and any sub-dirs to find any duplicate files. It will then create a batch file to delete those files so you can verify the results before you act on them. Date: February, 1997
DupeKill V.2

EZ-Zine

DOS
Free!
A small utility to create your own Magazine on a disk. Very easy to use, with full documentation. Superceded by Megazine, below. Date: January, 1995
Ez-Zine V.1

KillDir

DOS
Free!
KD - KillDir. Simple DELTREE replacement which doesn't flush the keyboard buffer before the Yes/No prompt. Includes TCC source. Occasionally fails due to system file attributes. Date: October, 1998
KillDir

Megazine

DOS
Free!
A very easy to use program to create your own Ezine (Magazine on a disk) Major
release. Multiple Menus, etc
Date: September, 1995
Megazine V.3

Men-Yoo

DOS
Free!
DOS program launcher. Simple to setup and use, Men-Yoo allows for multiple applications at the touch of a key. Swaps out of memory in use. Date: October, 1995
Men-Yoo v.1

SA-Utils 1

DOS
Free!
Lots of handy little DOS utilities, including their Turbo C source code. Good for batch files, coding, whatever. BRACE - Checks Parenthesis *LOCK-KEY - Changes keybrd lights TIMEDATE - Simply shows time and date onscreen. *TOUCH - Touches files DELAY - Pauses PC for nn milliseconds *SEARCH - Very good DOS FIND replacement, multiple files etc. *DEL-S - Very useful sub-dir delete program. Date: October, 1995
Sa-Utils 1

SA-Utils 2

DOS
Free!
Lots of handy little DOS utilities, including their Turbo C source code. Good for batch files, coding, whatever. *Cir - Colour Dir. *KD - Deltree replacement. *DEL-NULL - Deleted 0 byte files on HD *MEM-CHEK - Checks memory. 1st defence against viruses. *DISKO - Catalogues diskettes. Date: October, 1995
SA-Utils 2

Scraver

DOS
Free!
Simple DOS screen saver. C source. Date: February, 1996
Scraver v.1

Sub-Dir

DOS
Free!
A little DOS utility that performs a given command-line in every sub-directory off the one it's started in. I still use it every day five years on. Date: April, 1998
Sub-Dir

Trunc8

DOS
Free!
Searches an ASCII file and deletes all but the last 'n' lines. Useful for only keeping the last few days of your logfiles. Date: January, 1995
Trunc8

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