Doc# 661                                           September, 1992
     Here are a few things that you can do to get in, get out, and quit
     hanging about to save you big money on your long distance charges 
     when dialing into the Microrim Bulletin Board Service:
     Scan all the message conferences and download the messages
     Some people dial in and mosey through all the conferences one at a
     time and read the messages online (i.e., while still on a long 
     distance call).  You can, however, dial in, scan all the conferences 
     and immediately download the messages in a file, then read them 
     offline.  This can save you many minutes, even hours, in long 
     distance charges.  
     To do this, at the MAIN conference prompt, type R A S D, which 
     means "Read messages from All conferences Since the last time I've 
     logged in, then Download them to my PC."
     In addition you can add the "Y" parameter (R A S Y D) to only 
     collect messages from or to you.  You can also include a "Z" and 
     it will compress the capture file before you download it, for even 
     more savings!
     You can even have the board software log off for you when the 
     download is done so that you can fire it up and (once you're sure 
     it's going) leave, allowing it to run automatically. 
     Create new messages offline then upload them when you dial in
     Many users type 10 times slower than they read.  Is there any 
     reason why you should do that while on long distance?  You can 
     compose your messages offline in singular text files, then upload 
     them when you dial in.
     If you have been reading messages offline (following the above 
     guidelines), you can reply to messages in the same way.  It is 
     helpful if you name the text file response the same as the message 
     number to which you're responding to keep them straight.
     Here's how to do it:
     Let's say that you're reading a message batch that you just down-
     loaded.  You come across a message to which you'd like to respond
     (let's say message #522). Some editors and word processors support 
     the ability to have two files in memory at the same time, so create 
     a new file called 522.TXT.  If you really want to get fancy, copy 
     the text from the original message over to your response so that the 
     respondee sees the original question (or statement) and then your 
     reply.  This helps make your messages more complete and under-
     standable.  For example, if you sent a reply to a message that was 
     authored a couple weeks ago and all you said was...
     ...the recipient would have to go look at the original message 
     that was sent to find out what this was about.  However, if you 
     include the original statement or question, your reply is much 
     more meaningful:
     -> Can we meet to discuss this?
     You may be saying "Okay, nice tip, but how do I save money?" (this 
     everyone ALWAYS wants to know).
     Now that you've composed your messages offline, dial back in and bring
     up message #522.  Type RE to REply. If you're not in the full-screen 
     editor, get there by pressing the enter key to get the menu at the 
     bottom and type "F".  Now that you're at the full screen editor, press 
     [ESC] to get the previous menu again and type "U" for Upload.  At that 
     point, proceed as though you're uploading any old file (that is, tell 
     your local comm software to transmit 522.TXT).
     You can do this any number of times for different messages.  This
     decreases your long distance time dramatically.
     Include the original statement or question into your reply
     This won't save you big money, but others will think you're a real 
     BBS whiz when they see you doing this technique. As mentioned above, 
     including the original statement or question in your reply to 
     someone's message helps make your messages more complete and under-
     standable.   There are two techniques for doing this, one is faster, 
     but the other is more precise, and both must be done online.
     Method 1)  When you REply to a message that you just read, get to 
     the submenu that has a bunch of letters in parens (A), (C), etc.  
     Type a "Q" and the software will show you the message to which 
     you're replying with line numbers.  You tell it the line numbers 
     for the text that you want to capture into your reply, then press 
     enter.  The lines are instantly put into your message with a " -> " 
     preceding each line so that the recipient knows that it is his/her 
     original words.
     Method 2)  This technique is basically the same, but is more precise.  
     When using the technique above, very often the question or statement 
     to which you're responding is embedded within a paragraph. When you
     specify the line numbers, it will take a bunch of words from the
     surrounding sentences.  With this method, you can pick out exactly 
     the text that you want.
     When you REply to the message that you just read and it's sitting there
     waiting for your words of wisdom, hit the UP arrow! You'll be shown
     the message to which you're responding.  You can then move your cursor 
     to the beginning of the line of text, press the [ENTER] key (TAG) 
     to the end of the line of text that you want (which can span several
     lines), then press the [ENTER] key again.  The entire string will be
     highlighted.  Press [ESC] and it instantly becomes part of your 
     Select only the conferences you like
     Right now most users are set up to scan all conferences.  Some may
     have stuff in it that you really don't care to see (due to different
     versions or other R:BASE products that you don't have, etc.).  By
     choosing the conferences in which you're really interested, you can
     employ the above techniques to capture only the information that is 
     important to you.
     To do this, at the conference level prompt, type "W" for "Write user 
     info".  It allows you to change several things about your user account, 
     including which conferences you'd like to frequent.  If you have chosen 
     to not visit a particular conference when scanning, you can always go 
     visit it by typing "J" for "Join", then pick that conference number.
     Scan the message base for a problem that you are experiencing
     Let's say that you've been having a problem with your Novell network
     and R:BASE.  You'd like to see if anyone else has had a similar
     problem and how they might have solved it.  Well, you COULD post a
     message asking for help, then maybe that special someone will call in
     and give you an answer before the next time that you access the BBS.  
     Or, you can check the message base to see if anyone for the past year
     has had problems similar to what you're having, then download all 
     this info so you can scan it offline.
     To scan messages, from any conference prompt (this technique only 
     works from one conference at a time), type "TS NOVELL D".  You will 
     be asked at which message number you'd like to start the scan.  
     Specify the lowest number possible.  It will then go through the 
     message base for that conference and pick up all the messages that 
     have the word NOVELL in it.
     As a variation on this, let's say that you choose "Q" for "Quick 
     scan" to see the message headers.  You spy a topic that you think 
     would be interesting and you want to get, for example "MAILING 
     LABELS".  Follow the same procedure demonstrated above:  "TS MAILING 
     LABELS D".  The BBS then scans the conference and picks up all the 
     messages that contain those words (whether in the SUBJECT: field or 
     in the body of the message).
     That's all I have for now.  I'll try to include more hints into this
     bulletin as I come up with them.  If you know of any, please let me
     know by sending a COMMENT TO THE SYSOP.  Good luck and happy