Welcome to the TOM/Ayourk BBS Client. The TOM/Ayourk BBS client version 2.16 is the culmination of 11 years of combined experience in client/server programming. Version 2.16 has been in the works since late 1999, and has taken over 2 years to complete because of its intense testing, a ton of new features, and well, TOM and Ayourk have lives. :) There has been 1 pubically released beta of this program and several private ones. TOM and Ayourk are pleased and proud to present this final version to you.
The TOM/Ayourk BBS Client is a "middleman" between you and a BBS. It provides features not normally available on the BBS and takes some load off the BBS by doing some of the BBS's work. Unlike some other BBS clients, the TOM/Ayourk BBS Client is specifically designed to aid users in connecting to a wide vareity of BBSes on the internet.
This manual is designed to present all relevant information on the use of the TOM/Ayourk BBS Client version 2.16, as well as help the user obtain technical support, and answers to common questions.
Throughout this manual, certain conventions are maintained. Any keys which should be pressed are displayed surrounded by angle brackets. For example, if you should press the Enter key, you will see
appear in the text. Anytime the manual indicates to press the Enter key, you may press the key marked Return instead. Some keyboards have a Return key while other have an Enter key. They're the same, and will be referred to as the Enter key throughout this manual.
If this manual doesn't answer all your questions, please visit the documenation on the World Wide Web and check for the Frequently Asked Questions page.
You may need to contact the authors for various reasons, for example, to tell them how great the TOM/Ayourk BBS Client is, or to report a bug. For just about anything, you can contact either TOM or Ayourk. TOM can be reached either via electronic mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by sending Mail> to the user TOM on the ISCA BBS. Ayourk can be reached by sending Mail> to the user Ayourk on the ISCA BBS.
If you just want to send a friendly note saying how much you love the client, I suggest sending a postcard to:
THOMAS FRANCIS JR
C/O PKWARE INC
9025 N DEERWOOD DR
BROWN DEER WI 53223
If you have problems or questions that cannot be solved using this manual, please contact TOM or Ayourk. See above for contact information.
Note that just because you ask Ayourk a question doesn't mean Ayourk will respond. Sometimes, Ayourk will give information to TOM, and he will respond. The reverse is also true.
Contact either TOM or Ayourk with your suggestions. Don't worry if you don't get a response. Usually, we try to respond to all suggestions, but on occaision, we're very busy, and cannot find the time to send an immediate response. If you don't receive an acknowledgement of your suggestion in a week or two, try contacting the other author with the suggestion.