Termite Internet is an all-purpose communications package for the Acorn RISC OS range of computers. It gives you access to the a vast range of bulletin boards (BBSs) around the world, and to the biggest network of them all - the Internet.
Bulletin boards are often run as hobbies by many people, and Acorn enthusiasts are lucky to have several free high-quality bulletin boards dedicated to them. A wealth of Public Domain programs and information is to be found, and major systems such as Arcade have a huge database of the latest software, waiting to be downloaded.
There are also many specialist and general bulletin boards run fully or partly for profit, offering huge resources to the home user. Most bulletin boards also feature message areas for public discussion and chat facilities. You can even dial other people with modems directly, to transfer software and chat, using Termite's Chat mode.
One bulletin board you may like to call is Furzefield Hq, the DoggySoft support BBS. Latest versions of our software is available, including updates to Termite for registered users. There's also fidonet discussion groups (echos), on-line games, and the fastest way to contact us. If you have dial-up access, give it a ring on 01494 681711 (UK).
Termite is extremely easy to use: just click on the icon bar icon, and double-click on the board you want to connect to. Termite will make your modem dial the board, log on for you, and even run an automatic script for you, if you like.
Termite's script language is a very powerful and comprehensive language based on the BBC BASIC language supplied with RISC OS. It allows full manipulation of text and numbers, and provides the full set of BASIC V commands including
FN, and so on. The BASIC language is so popular and easy-to-learn that even the novice user may create scripts that can log-on, collect mail, send any mail written, and log off again as quickly as possible, to avoid unnecessary phone costs. Termite has in-built call-costing facilities too, so you can monitor how much you're spending and where.
Another way to cut call costs is to read and write messages from bulletin boards off-line, browsing through mail at your leisure without having to be connected to anyone. Termite is supplied with Offlite, which allows you to do this.
Termite is supplied with all the protocols you need to communicate with bulletin boards, from file transfers to terminal emulations.
Termite is the easy way for the Acorn user to access the Internet. After running the simple installer and entering your details, Termite can log-on with a double-click on your dialling directory, and present you with the most intuitive interface to the Internet yet. There are no arcane commands to remember; just click on the control panel to open graphical interfaces to the major features of the Internet:
Termite can work with any Internet service provider (ISP) that provides you with a direct SLIP or PPPconnection. All that Termite needs to be compatible with any particular provider is a script for that provider, in Termite's script language. (We are happy to create the necessary script for you, given details of the provider; there is also an automatic script-making facility which works for many new providers.)
Termite comes with ready-made scripts for the following providers, so use with them is simplicity itself: just choose the name of the provider, and their most local phone number.
Termite is compatible with RISC OS versions 3.1 and later. It is not guaranteed to work on older operating systems. A hard disc and 2 megabytes of RAM are required to run Termite.
Termite costs £79.95+VAT. If you have the non-Internet version of Termite, you can upgrade to the Internet version for £30.00+VAT (the difference in price). Postage & packaging is £3.00+VAT extra.
Orders can be made through the DoggySoft bulletin board, by phone to (01494) 673222 (in the UK), by fax to (01494) 675878, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to:
Bucks. HP9 1PQ
To use Termite on the Internet, you do need an Internet connection, which is usually from a subscription to an Internet provider, which can cost upwards of £10 (ten pounds sterling) a month in the UK. There are (with most providers) no on-line call charges when connected to the Internet, apart from the phone company's charge to connect to the (usually local) provider.
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