GRATIS #9, August12, 1996
GRATIS - a guide to free software and services of value -
Monday, August 12, 1996 - No. 9
Dedicated to the proposition that
Everybody deserves something for
Nothing every once-in-a-while.
-FWIW * From the Editor
Never Put Off 'Til Tomorrow
Presto, Change-o - Dirsize Upgrade
-BYTE SIGHS * Software
S.O.S. - Save Our (Windows) Screen
Talk, Talk, Talk - WinSpeech For Windows
No Carry-Ons - Unpacker For DOS
The Nearest Exit - W95 EZ Exit
Mandlebrot Is Not A Casserole - AppleVision Startups
-VARIOUS & SUNDRY * All The Stuff That Fits
Consult A Consortium - Edupage Newsletter
The Crispen Files - ROADMAP96 "Net Guide
What's The Meaning Of This? - Online Web Dictionary
FWIW -- by Bob Collister
Never Put Off 'Til Tomorrow
Walter Arbuckle is as much responsible for this and every other
issue of GRATIS, past and future, as I am. His wife, Joanne is as
much responsible as Walter. But this is not about her.
Walter never surfed the Web, never sent an e-mail, never downloaded
a file, never understood computers, and never had much patience
with them when he caused them to hang up. He told me once that he
didn't have time to learn how to use a computer.
Very few of you who read this will know a lot more about Walter
Arbuckle than I shall divulge here. I shall tell you simply that
Walter was good friend who supported me and encouraged me, and that
GRATIS would not exist were it not for him.
Knowing Walter, having him as a friend, broadened and enriched my
life. I told him just a week or two ago, how much he meant to me.
I'm glad I did.
I miss him already. And to top it all off, I don't have any idea as
to who is going to proof-read this.
Walter Arbuckle passed away last Tuesday.
Thanks for being here.
DIRSIZ24.ZIP, featured in last weeks GRATIS (Tattle Tale - Issue
No. 8), has been replaced by DIRSIZ25.ZIP. We have no word about
the changes, but can assume that those that were made, were for the
better. 8-) Our thanks to all who wrote to let us know about the
DirSize Author: Simon Carter, Crystal Software
firstname.lastname@example.org - http://ozemail.com.au/~launch
SOSPER20.ZIP S.O.S. Pers. Ed. v2.0 Screen Saver For Windows
S.O.S. Personal Edition v2.0 is a customizable graphic screen
saver for Windows. The freeware version of this program will
display four user-definable bitmaps (.BMPs) in slide-show fashion.
This version is expandable and upgradeable, and contains
information on incorporating other formats such as .GIF, .PCX,
.TIF, .JPG, etc. The S.O.S. archive is 332,330 bytes, and is at:
S.O.S. Author: Chuck Steenburgh, 72330.1776@CompuServe.COM
WSP201.ZIP WinSpeech 2.01 Win 3.1/95 text-to-speech program
WinSpeech reads text and produces speech. It has basic text
editing tools for load, save, copy, paste and editing text. It
supports DDE link that allows other Windows applications to send
text for speaking. A special feature called "coach" provides audio
instructions to users throughout the program, which lets the users
hear the current program status and the message box contents. An
exception dictionary and dictionary editing tool are provided for
customizing words that are mispronounced. It works with any PC
running Windows 3.1 or higher. A sound card is recommended but not
required. 430,377 bytes in size, and available from:
Note: This release of WinSpeech has been out since April of this
year. If you can't find it at the address below, try upgrading the
filename to WSP202.ZIP or even 203. --Bob Collister
WinSpeech Author: email@example.com
MUP119.ZIP DOS Multiple UnPacker For 18 Types Of Archives
MUP's configuration files make it unnecessary for you to remember
the correct syntax for each unpacker program. With MUP you can
enter the parameters of each unpacker in the configuration file
once, and then it is used whenever you unpack an archive. MUP does
not know how to unpack the files, it just looks in the
configuration file to find out which archive type it is, and then
calls the right unpacker (user-supplied).
MUP Features support for 18 types of archives: AIN, ARC, ARJ, DWC,
GFB, HAP, HPK, HYP, LIM, LZH, MD, PAK, PUT, RAR, SQZ, UC2, ZIP, and
ZOO. It also supports 5 kinds of SFXs: ARJ, LZH, RAR, SQZ, ZIP
Freeware, you can download all 30,685 bytes of it from:
MUP Author: Morten Isaksen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark,
EZEXIT95.ZIP Win95 Shutdown And Restart Utility
EZee Exit 95 adds an icon to the system tray of Win 95's taskbar
and replaces the all the steps you would normally use to display
the Shut Down Windows 95 dialog. EZee Exit adds an Exit icon which
you can double click to Shut Down your computer immediately. Right
clicking on the icon displays a popup menu from which you can
choose to Shut Down, Reboot or Exit to the MS-DOS mode. Ultimately
you will save yourself a quite a few extra mouse clicks. EZee Exit
requires VB40032.DLL which is available from Simtel.Net as
VB40032.ZIP. EZEXIT95.ZIP is 418,816 bytes ins size, and waiting
No author information is available.
MANDLEBROT-STARTUP-SCREENS.HQX For AppleVision 1710/AV Monitor
This is a collection of 8 startup screens designed for use with the
AppleVision 1710, 1710AV or similar monitor. They come complete
with documentation, including instructions on how to create similar
startup screens yourself. If you'd like to look at the
documentation and preview the images before downloading, point your
These startup screens are being distributed as freeware and
contributed by their creator. They are archived as:
Author:John W. Blackburne, johnb@HK.Super.NET
VARIOUS & SUNDRY
All The Stuff That Fits
CONSULT A COLLEGE CONSORTIUM
Edupage describes itself as "a summary of news items on information
technology, provided three times each week as a (free) service
by Educom, a Washington, D.C.-based consortium of leading colleges
and universities seeking to transform education through the use of
That might sound a bit stuffy at first, but we'll bet that you'll
find Edupage one of the most informative newsletters on the
Internet. The term "information technology" covers a broad
spectrum, including the tools and technology you are using at
this very moment, and those you are likely to use in the future.
One of last months issues offered these stories:
FTC Okays Time Warner Merger With Turner
"Orchid Club" Indictments For Pornography On Internet
Intel, Microsoft Cross-License Agreement
Net Results On "Reinventing America"
Wireless LAN Standards Boost Market
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THE CRISPEN FILES
The InterNIC has posted the following: "The InterNIC is pleased to
announce that it is now hosting the ROADMAP96 workshop series
authored and led by Patrick Crispen (ON THE ROAD AGAIN - Issue No.
3). Subscription information and details may be found at the
The posting, which appeared on several lists, goes on to say "We
are in the process of preparing HTML versions of the lessons which
will be hosted at the URL:
A reminder here that new workshop sessions start every two weeks.
Send an e-mail letter to email@example.com with the
SUBSCRIBE ROADMAP96 FIRSTNAME LASTNAME
in the body of your e-mail letter.
HTML, ZIP, and SEA versions of all of the Roadmap96 lessons will
*eventually* be available on the Roadmap homepage at
WHAT'S THE MEANING OF THIS?
O'Reilly and Associates has made their new book, _Dictionary of PC
Hardware and Data Communications Terms_ freely available on the
Web at http://www.ora.com/reference/dictionary/. The publisher
claims to have created this online version of the _Dictionary_ in
order to give you a convenient way to look up definitions "on the
fly." Just might be that they also want you to buy the book.
There are more than 900 terms, and each has its own URL. The Web
site also includes a search engine, so that users can quickly and
easily access the needed term. Author Mitch Schnier is keeping
the "Dictionary" current, so the terms will always be up-to-date.
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