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Volume 7, Number 19 7 May 1990
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Editor in Chief: Vince Perriello
Editors Emeritii: Thom Henderson, Dale Lovell
Chief Procrastinator Emeritus: Tom Jennings

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Table of Contents
1. ARTICLES ................................................. 1
Region 17 FidoNet Convention ............................. 1
Region17 FidoCon Registration Form ....................... 2
FIDOCON 1990 REGISTRATION FORM ........................... 5
2. COLUMNS .................................................. 8
Talk Me Through It, Honey ................................ 8
3. NOTICES .................................................. 10
The Interrupt Stack ...................................... 10
FidoNews 7-19 Page 1 7 May 1990


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ARTICLES
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Janet Murray
Fido 1:105/23

WHY ATTEND THE REGION 17 FIDO CONVENTION?

Because . . .

* the traditional "Curmudgeon tossing" event has been replaced this
year with "Curmudgeon bungee diving" - an event more suited to the
unique natural setting of the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center,
high on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. Your early
registration (before May 15th) entitles you to vote on which brand of
shoes he will wear. (The folks in Region 17 are already debating
the length of the rope.)

* it will be the only FidoNet convention on the West Coast this
summer. Although it's officially a "Region 17" convention, sysops
and their guests from other regions are welcome to join in the
usual exchange of banter, tall tales, and technical support typical
of any FidoNet gathering.

* it's incredibly cheap! For a mere $70.50, adult Sysops can spend
two days and nights (food and lodging included) on the 98 acres of
lawns, woodlands and gardens which comprise the Menucha Retreat and
Conference Center. Reduced prices are available for children and
students.

* Oregon also offers:

* * * * NO SALES TAX! * * * *
- - and an active market for hardware and software in Portland - -

Have you sent your registration yet?


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FidoNews 7-19 Page 2 7 May 1990


Janet Murray
1:105/23

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
* FIDONET REGION 17 CONVENTION *
* OFFICIAL REGISTRATION FORM *
* July 27-29, 1990 *
* Menucha Camp and Conference Grounds *
* Corbett, Oregon *
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Name _____________________________ FidoNet Address _________

SnailMail Address ___________________________________________

___________________________________________ Date Sent ______

Voice phone (in case of questions): ________________________

Please indicate for each person attending, the option selected,
and fill in the appropriate charges:

_Number_ _Name(s)_ _Subtotals_

Registration fee @ $5
_____ (FidoNet Sysops ONLY) $ _____

OPTION A: Friday 5 p.m. to Sunday 11 a.m.
DORM
_____ Adult(s) __________________________ $ 65.50 _____

_____ Student(s) ________________________ 56.50 _____
(Age 12 to 18 OR Full-time student)
_____ Child(ren) ________________________ 36.25 _____
(Age 11 and under)
_____ Supply bedding @ $6 per person _____

SEMI-PRIVATE
_____ Adult(s) __________________________ 83.50 _____

_____ Student(s) ________________________ 56.50 _____
(in parents' room)
_____ Child(ren) ________________________ 36.25 _____
(in parents' room)

PRIVATE
_____ Adult(s) __________________________ 102.50 _____

OPTION B: Saturday 8 a.m. to Sunday 11 a.m.
DORM
_____ Adult(s) __________________________ 48.00 _____

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_____ Student(s) ________________________ 42.50 _____
(Age 12 to 18 OR Full-time Student)
_____ Child(ren) ________________________ 29.50 _____
(Age 11 and under)
_____ Supply bedding @ $6 per person _____

SEMI-PRIVATE
_____ Adult(s) ___________________________ 59.00 _____

_____ Student(s) _________________________ 42.50 _____
(in parents' room)
_____ Child(ren) _________________________ 29.50 _____
(in parents' room)

PRIVATE
_____ Adult(s) ___________________________ 72.50 _____

OPTION C: Saturday 8 a.m. to Saturday 10 p.m.
(Meals only, no accommodations)

_____ Adult(s) ___________________________ 37.00 _____

_____ Student(s) _________________________ 32.00 _____

_____ Child(ren) _________________________ 21.00 _____

SUBTOTAL $ _____


LATE REGISTRATION FEES (_after_ May 15th):

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| IMPORTANT NOTE: Since we must estimate _and pay for_ |
| the number who will be attending by mid-May, there |
| will be a limited number of places for late registrants! |
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Paid by June 15th:
_____ Number of reservations @ $10 _____

Paid by July 15th
_____ Number of reservations @ $20 _____

Paid after July 15th
_____ Number of reservations @ $30 _____

TOTAL ADDITIONS $ _____

TOTAL PAYMENT ENCLOSED: $ _____
Make checks payable (in U.S. Funds) to:
Net 105 Treasury / REG17CON

FidoNews 7-19 Page 4 7 May 1990


Send registration to:

Region 17 Convention
c/o Ken Zwaschka
Ken Zwaschka & Associates
P.O. Box 2226
Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. 97208-2226

Reservations and room assignments will be confirmed via NetMail
within 48 hours of receipt.

Registration packets with a map to Menucha and information about
Portland metropolitan area shopping and recreational faciltities
will be mailed to all registrants on July 1st.

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FidoNews 7-19 Page 5 7 May 1990


The Secret Sysop Society presents __
*** Conclave '90 *** / \
The SYSOPS Convention /|oo \
Home of FidoCon 1990 (_| /_)
Lyndhurst, New Jersey _`@/_ \ _
August 1-5, 1990 | | \ \\
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/ Fido \ _//|| _\ /
(________) (_/(_|(____/ (tm)

Rate Plan Schedule: Before 6/1/90: Before 5/1/90:
-------------- --------------
A. Single Occupancy.......$595.00 $545.00 $495.00
B. Double Occupancy.......$450.00 $400.00 $350.00
C. Conference w/ meals....$300.00 $250.00 $200.00
D. Conference w/ Banquet..$205.00 $155.00 $105.00
E. Conference only........$175.00 $125.00 $ 75.00
F. Banquet only...........$130.00 $80.00 $ 30.00
G. Registrant & Spouse....$720.00 $670.00 $620.00
(All rate plans except plan F include all conference and hotel
fees. Those registering before 5/1/90 get a $100.00 discount,
those registering before 6/1/90 get a $50.00 discount.)

You must pay by Check, Money Order, or Credit Card. Please send
no cash. All monies must be in U.S. Funds. Checks should be
made out to: "Conclave '90"

The following registration form must be completed and mailed to:

PO Box 12
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

You may register by Netmailing this completed form to 1:1/90 for
processing. Rename it to ZNNNXXXX.REG where Z is your Zone
number, N is your Net number, and X is your Node number. US Mail
confirmation is required within 72 hours of electronic filing.

If you are paying by credit card, please include the required
information. For your own security, do not route any message
with your credit card number on it. Crash it directly to 1:1/90.

The official Conclave '90 airline is American Airlines.
American offers a 5% discount the lowest applicable round-trip
fare, including 1st class travel, subject to availability of
inventory. All fare rules and restrictions apply. In addition,
American offers 40% off their round trip unrestricted day coach
fare. International travelers qualify for special benefits,
including complimentary admittance to the Admiral's Club Lounge
at any American Airlines terminal. Newark is an American Air-
lines city with direct flights to most major cities. When making
reservations, you must call American's Toll-free reservation
number at 800-433-1790, and reference Star number 13704F.
FidoNews 7-19 Page 6 7 May 1990


C O N C L A V E '90 R E G I S T R A T I O N F O R M

Name: __________________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________ Apt. or Suite: _________

City: _________________________ State or Province: ____________

Postal Code: __________________ Country: ______________________

Voice Phone: ______________________ Data: _____________________

Zone:Net/Node.Point@Domain: ____________________________________

Special requirements: __________________________________________

+---------------+---------------------+-----+----------+-------+
| Option | Full | | Pricing | Line |
|(Choose 1: A-G)| Name | Qty | Thru 5/1 | Total |
+---------------+---------------------+-----+----------+-------+
| PLAN A* | | | $495.00 | |
+---------------+---------------------+-----+----------+-------+
| PLAN B* | | | $350.00 | |
+---------------+---------------------+-----+----------+-------+
| PLAN C* | | | $200.00 | |
+---------------+---------------------+-----+----------+-------+
| PLAN D* | | | $105.00 | |
+---------------+---------------------+-----+----------+-------+
| PLAN E* | | | $ 75.00 | |
+---------------+---------------------+-----+----------+-------+
| PLAN F | | | $ 30.00 | |
+---------------+---------------------+-----+----------+-------+
| PLAN G* | | | $620.00 | |
+===============+=====================+=====+==========+=======+
| NJ Beach Trip | | | $ 24.50 | |
+---------------+---------------------+-----+----------+-------+
| Eve. NYC Tour | | | $ 37.50 | |
+---------------+---------------------+-----+----------+-------+
| Broadway Show | | | $ 75.00 | |
+---------------+---------------------+-----+----------+-------+
| NYC Shop Tour | | | $ 36.50 | |
+---------------+---------------------+-----+----------+-------+
| Costume Ball* | | | $ 50.00 | |
+---------------+---------------------+-----+----------+-------+
* includes all conference fees & Hotel | Total $ | |
** includes dinner, show, and costume +==========+=======+

MC _____ Visa _____ Card Number: _____________________________

Expiration: ___________ Signature _____________________________
( Credit card registrations require valid signature )

FidoNews 7-19 Page 7 7 May 1990


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COLUMNS
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Henry Clark
124/6120


Giant Lake Party Issue --

All is well in the Hill Country. We were blessed with
outstanding weather ( perhaps not for hammock users ), and the
fabulous Net 106 sponsors did the region proud. Well over 2000
people showed up ( including drive throughs ) and I can't begin
to name everyone who made this a wonderful affair.

As promised, the juicy stuff first. Sarah and Kevin hit it off
real well. They spent a lot of time playing in the tent !
John took a chapter from my book, 'The Phantom City', and
routed himself into a couple of bucks. Sell your Rent-a-car
stock, I forecast a big second quarter earnings dip.

With so many people, food was in short supply. I believe I
only had about 28 helpings of brisket and ribs; just enough to
keep the hunger pangs away. Since I'm not a beer drinker I
couldn't report on the supply, well except that $1425 worth of
aluminum cans is probably a lot.

Instead of kegs, people brought 'Breeding Ice Chests', inside
of which a six-pack will multiple to a case in under an hour.

Dewey brought his sailboat, and invited Kevin and I on a little
excursion which turned into the 'big wind' deal. We got his cat
up on one pontoon which was exciting for us non sailer types.
When it went over and my son almost drowned... ( oh, oops, that
was my tent nightmare, sorry ).


Rumors and Other Reports --

Michael's Laser Pistol is so useful. Flashlight, 'Hey you'
attention getter, lazy evening technical discussion topic, 'Hey
you' sighting device. This is a major upgrade from electric
water guns, can't wait to see next year's toys...

"Ray really cooks up a mean brisket." Quite a few folks
said this. He also took charge of the campfire... well I hoped
so as I stood there with an old piece of aluminum, and he was
shoveling hot coals into it with a machete ?!?! You just had
to be there.

FidoNews 7-19 Page 9 7 May 1990


Why does it take 9 Sysops to set up Tony's hammock ? One to
watch for Dewey's truck, one to hold the tree...

Tony and Kevin won the biker awards. Dewey and Ron, well,
sorry...

Wynn and Jeff, alias Mr. Opus and Mr. Echo...
Dean's vicious guard dog next door...
Ron's register swap, the lack of a ZEC...
Boy the topics of conversation; a more powerful heap of thought
provoking concepts could not be imagined !

An Army Corps of Engineers representative dropped in to tell us
of complains by some locals. Seems that some people didn't
understand the meaning of 'Sysop', and so, didn't know what the
warning signs were about.

What has a keyboard, display, digital circuitry and is
programmable. Why Mark's synth, of course. Round that out
with a recorder, two guitars and a dozen singers. Sort of a
Lake-Aid concert; puts 4 year olds to sleep instantly !

I especially want to thank :

Merrilyn "Get off my hook, stupid" Vaughan,
June "Pick up your feet" Parchman,
Ray "Mr. Hot Coals" Byrd and
Paul "Ginseng Guru" Sittler

for the organization and support of this affair.


Serious Mode On --

It's nearly a cold day in hell when my son and I can get away
from the daily grind and really have a good time together.
There is a combination of adventure and leisure at the Lake
Party which let's us totally forget the humdrum of our normal
everyday world.

The last trip to the toilet before hitting the sack is usually a
big hassle at our house. But you do it outside, with a
flashlight, and your bed is in a tent next to a lake, and it's
the most fun thing going ( at least until morning ).

This is what it's all about.


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FidoNews 7-19 Page 10 7 May 1990


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NOTICES
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The Interrupt Stack


26 May 1990
First anniversary of Net 269, Northern New Jersey

3 Jun 1990
Comdex/Spring, which will run from June 3-6 in Atlanta, will be
held at the World Congress Center and other locations.

5 Jun 1990
David Dodell's 33rd Birthday

12 Jun 1990
Fifth anniversary of FidoNet's switch to multiple nets.

14 Jul 1990
Start of Eurocon / Techcon conference in Antwerp, Belgium.
Please note that the date has changed: The conferences are
one day later than originally planned !

27 Jul 1990
The beginning of the REGION 17 Convention at Menucha Resort in
the Columbia Gorge, Oregon. For details contact Ken Zwaschka,
1:105/54.

1 Aug 1990
Start of FidoCon '90. Contact Bill Vanglahn at 1:1/90 for
details.

5 Oct 1990
21st Anniversary of "Monty Python's Flying Circus"

6 Nov 1990
First anniversary of Van Diepen Automatiseert, 2:500/28

14 Nov 1990
Marco Maccaferri's 21rd Birthday. Send greetings to him at
2:332/16.0

1 Jan 1991
Implementation of 7% Goods and Services Tax in Canada. Contact
Joe Lindstrom at 1:134/55 for a more colorful description.

16 Feb 1991
Fifth anniversary of the introduction of Echomail, by Jeff Rush.

FidoNews 7-19 Page 11 7 May 1990


7 Oct 1991
Area code 415 fragments. Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
will begin using area code 510. This includes Oakland,
Concord, Berkeley and Hayward. San Francisco, San Mateo,
Marin, parts of Santa Clara County, and the San Francisco Bay
Islands will retain area code 415.

1 Feb 1992
Area code 213 fragments. Western, coastal, southern and
eastern portions of Los Angeles County will begin using area
code 310. This includes Los Angeles International Airport,
West Los Angeles, San Pedro and Whittier. Downtown Los
Angeles and surrounding communities (such as Hollywood and
Montebello) will retain area code 213.


If you have something which you would like to see on this
calendar, please send a message to FidoNet node 1:1/1.

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Status of Zone Coordinator Election

As I've previously announced, I'll be stepping down as Zone 1
Coordinator on June 1. Here's an update on the ZC election to help
you provide input into your RC, if you're interested in doing that.

Although there is no formal ballot, the following are the persons
who have indicated a serious interest in the ZC job (alpha order):
Tony Davis
Ben Mann
George Peace
Bob Satti
John Summers

There are exactly ten voters in this election (the zone-1 RC's,
with John Summers casting region 11's vote). The deadline for the
first round of votes is May 17. If no candidate receives a
majority of the votes cast, a runoff will be held between the top
two candidates (or more, if there's a tie for second place), with
the second deadline being May 24.

The official announcement of the new ZC will be in the nodediff.

Steve Bonine, 115/777
Z1C
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Remember Campers!!!

To send mail from an Internet site or smart UUCP Site TO a user
that calls a Fido-Net system.

You need to know the name of the person and node number of the
Fido-Net system that the person uses.

The address of a FidoNode looks like this: 1:105/302.0. Usually
the 1: and .0 are left off, but they are there by default. (In
Europe it is 2: and in the Pacific Basin it is 3:.) That
address can be translated as "Zone 1, Net 105, FidoNode 302,
Point 0." or p0.f302.n105.z1. Add the FidoNet domain of
.fidonet.org to the end of that, chop off the p0 (it is again,
a default) and you have f302.n105.z1.fidonet.org - the "Fully
Qualified Domain Name" of a FidoNode. Another example is
1:105/4.3 which would be written as p3.f4.n105.z1.fidonet.org
(since there is a point number other than 0, we have to specify
it). Note also that we are only using zone 1. This will also
work for zones 2 and 3, just use z2 or z3 as appropriate.

FidoNet uses full names of the callers. Multi-part name folks
(eg. First Last, ie. "Dale Weber") will have a period '.'
seperating their names. So, lets say you wanted to send mail
to Dale Weber at 1:105/55.0, you would address your letter to:
Dale....@f55.n105.z1.fidonet.org.

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