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1994 Fools: Announcing WSGopher 6.0
From firstname.lastname@example.org Tue Apr 5 12:06:28 EDT 1994 Article: 2385 of comp.infosystems.wais Path: bigblue.oit.unc.edu!concert!news.duke.edu!MathWorks.Com!news.kei.com!news.byu.edu!cwis.isu.edu!mica.inel.gov!pebbles.tis.inel.gov!dob From: email@example.com (David L. Brooks) Newsgroups: comp.infosystems.www,comp.infosystems.wais Subject: Announcing WSGopher 6.0 Date: Fri, 1 Apr 1994 21:52:57 GMT Organization: Idaho National Engineering Lab Lines: 82 Message-ID: <dob.330.2D9C97B9@inel.gov> NNTP-Posting-Host: pebbles.tis.inel.gov X-Newsreader: Trumpet for Windows [Version 1.0 Rev B] Xref: bigblue.oit.unc.edu comp.infosystems.www:11508 comp.infosystems.wais:2385 Announcing WSGopher 6.0 WSGopher, Inc. is pleased to announce WSGopher version 6.0, the latest in a long line of information retrieval tools. The following summarizes the features of this new version. ** Network support WSGopher 6.0 supports all current WinSock stacks, and includes direct support for most other networks currently in use today. If WSGopher is installed on a computer without a network, it will attempt to locate a networked machine via the electrical power lines, and use that machines network access. ** Additional protocols supported WSGopher 6.0 continues to support the Gopher, Gopher+ and Gopher++ protocols. In addition, a "state of the art" neural net enables WSGopher to support other information retrieval protocols, including but not limited to: - HTTP; WSGopher is now a full fledged World Wide Web client - Z30.50 protocol used by WAIS; WSGopher is now a WAIS client, eliminating the need to set up the Gopher server to do this - SMTP, POP and IMAP; WSGopher can now send and receive email directly, or function as a mail client - EDI and related protocols for electronic data interchange, including full support for electronic funds transfer; you can now do your personal banking with WSGopher, eliminating the need for writing checks to pay regular bills (see the section below on "Methods of Payment") The advanced neural net used by WSGopher is able to "learn" new protocols by analyzing the messages sent between a client and server. For instance, we ran WSGopher while using a popular news reader, and after a week WSGopher was also news client, with the added benefit of multimedia support. See for yourself how WSGopher displays images and movies posted to Usenet! ** "Virtual bookmarks" The same adaptive neural net mentioned above also gives WSGopher a distinct advantage by recognizing not only the full gamut of Gopher bookmark formats, but the 200+ variations on URLs. You can now use every variety of information locator in use today with WSGopher. WSGopher can also recognize simple English commands for locating information, such as "Please play the third song on that 8 track", and "Is this file on my latest backup?" ** Tachyon network support Probably the most important new feature of WSGopher 6.0 is it's support for the new "tachyon networks". As you know, tachyon networks allow server requests to be received before they are sent, and the more tachyon repeaters in a network, the earlier the delivery. WSGopher capitalizes on this in several ways: - allows for early delivery times to be scheduled during non-peak hours. This is particularly attractive for those trying to do Veronica queries, only to find that every server is busy. - whenever you make a request over a tachyon network, WSGopher checks the responses that have already arrived, and presents the appropriate ones if found. - If a response arrives but you've already changed your mind about making it, WSGopher will delete the response to avoid a paradox. ** Method of Payment You may use WSGopher free of charge for thirty days; after that, WSGopher will automatically deduct $15.00 from your bank account. This new form of payment is called "payware"; you never see an annoying message, and it keeps our costs down. Government and educational users will continue to use WSGopher free of charge. ** Problem reporting Use the Problem Report dialog in the Help menu to report any and all problems you may experience. WSGopher will automatically mail it to the appropriate address, along with a $1.00 handling fee deducted from your bank account. ** Availability WSGopher 6.0 is available for most personal workstation platforms beginning today, April 1, 1997.; FTP to ftp.wsgopher.com and get the file wsg-60.exe from pub/aprilfools. Thank you, WSGopher, Inc.