Instructions and other information about Beenet UK Host and Frequently
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Getting started, install Beenet software
How to get an account on Beenet
Enter account details supplied by the Beenet System Operator
Reading and writing messages
Tips for reading messages
Message Base maintenance
Remove unwanted folders/message areas
How to register FrontdoorAPX
Frontdoor APX keyboard short cuts
Who is behind Beenet
13. Download software
1. Install software
This diskette has all the server information already entered.
From the Start menu (win95/98/NT) choose Run a:/setup
This will install the application software that will connect to the Beenet
Keep all the default settings during the install. Click on NEXT every
Go to Start menu select Programmes and Frontdoor APX and launch
You now need to enter your Name: Fred Flintstone (use your
own name not nickname)
System location: London? (Town/city not full address)
next screen will prompt for the serial port of your modem Select:
The modem defaults works with most high-speed modems. (You may have to
tweak if required later)
All done. Expand the screen and look around the software before stage2.
2. Joining the Beenet server (send a private message to the Beenet
Select with the ESC button the “Private messages” folder use up/down arrow
buttons to select then
Press Enter. Now press the INSERT BUTTON to send a message to the “Beenet
Enter this information in the “New Message BOX”
Name: Steven Turner
Subject: Join Beenet
will now be in the message editor.
Please supply this Information
3.Email address (if you have one)
4.Voice Phone Number (Important see below)
5.How did you hear about Beenet?
6.Say you would like to join Beenet
Then Press the F2 KEY (To send message) the next prompt will say “YES/NO”
NOW send the message to the Beenet Server press the F9 KEY (dial
out using your modem)
If all is well with your modem settings “Frontdoor APX” will dial the
Beenet Server and your message
will be sent. NOTE: If the initialising of the modem fails or you get
errors connecting to the Server we
can usually suggest a fix in most cases, see voice number below.
After receipt of your message the “System Operator” will contact you by
telephone with a full
Beenet account, issuing you with a new Client Address and Password.
3. Where to put the Client Address and Password
You enter this info in the Menu Options/Server” Server settings under
4. Reading and Writing
Messages using FrontdoorAPX
Change the ‘Network Client Address’ from 240:244/99 to what is issued
and enter the ‘Client Password’.
Assuming that your FrontdoorAPX is installed and set-up correctly with your
The Client information has been entered as supplied by the Beenet Host server
You are now receiving messages if the client and server are talking.
First load FrontdoorAPX from the Windows Start Menu (win95/98)
connect to the Beenet server press the F9 key on your keyboard
You will see the communications screen open and the server dialed through
will be transferred from the server to your client computer and the phone
line is then dropped when the transfer has finished. The mail packets
are then processed and all the messages are placed in their correct folders
for you to read now or latter on. To
view all the Folders where the messages are stored press the “ESC” key
(TOP LEFT) of your keyboard, you will see a list of Beekeeping subject
for each folder, select the “Private Messages” folder with the “UP/DOWN”
arrow keys and Press the “ENTER” key.The “Private Message” folder is for
private messages only. You can read through your private messages with
the “LEFT/RIGHT arrow keys, moving up/down the message body with the “UP/DOWN”
reply to any message press the “R” key or to send a new message press
the “INSERT” key. The new message window will ask for Name: Address: and
Subject. An address book for Beenet members is available, mouse click
on the “Address Book” box and the window will expand and show the address
book. Make sure you untick the “Use Private” box to see the full membership
of Beenet and use the Search box to find the person on Beenet that you
would like to send a message to. Double click on the name to place this
information in the “New Message” window. Fill in the Subject: field
and press the “ENTER” key. You are now in the message editor. Type
the message and when ready to send the message press the F2 key to save
the message. The option to abort the message can be made now [YES] to
Save [NO] Not to save message.
time you save a message they are save on hard disk and queued to send
out to the server next time you use the F9 key.
When writing messages in the general folders pick one that covers the
Stay on topic where possible. You can address messages to a Name using
the address book or send the message to “ALL”.
Tips for reading messages
trick to getting the most out of some message folders like Bee-L is to
be selective what you read. Pressing the “ENTER” key while reading messages
in a folder will show only the message headers and allow you to select
the message(s) to read that interest you.
the “ENTER” key will flip from message mode back to header mode.
6. FrontDoor APX can performs automatic Message base maintenance
at regular intervals
This operation is where FrontDoor APX scans the message base and deletes
messages according to the limits specified for each folder. The message
base is then compressed to restore any unused space.
To change the Number of days between automatic maintenance select
See the field “The Number of days between automatic maintenance”
This field allows you to specify, in days, at what interval this maintenance
should be performed.
The default value for this field is 3 days, and allowed values are 0 to
366. If you set this field to zero (0), automatic maintenance is disabled
and you have to run it manually.
How to Remove unwanted folders/message areas
Go to Menu Top Bar “Options/Folders”
Click on the REMOVE button if you want to remove the selected entries
in the Folder listbox.
When you remove a folder, FrontDoor APX automatically sends a message
to the server requesting it to disconnect you from the corresponding conference.
Make sure you have downloaded all available mail from the Server first
Delete all the folders in one session.
You will not be able to Remove the Folder displayed on menu top bar CHANGE
to the Private mail folder first. When all done use the F9 Key to dial
out and update the Beenet Server.
will receive a confirmation message of Folders removed.
8. How to Register FrontDoor APX
copy of FrontDoor APX is a shareware program. You are allowed to evaluate
the program during a 30 day test period. You continue to use the program
after this period has ended BUT with a 60 Second delay screen.
You can click on “Continue” on the delay screen to still use FrontDoor
APX, until you register in the near future (everything will
carry on working like before).
You can either register the program directly with Definite Solutions in
Sweden, or you can use one of the registration sites around the world.
The cost to register FrontDoor APX might vary between the different registration
sites, UK was £26 + Vat
How to register FrontDoor APX with your local registration site.
Book Express Ltd
Ask for Edward Hobson to process the application with a credit card
He will either ask for an email address or Fidonet Address.
It’s better to give an email address, as you would then get the registration
codes numbers sent to you direct.
If you do not have an email address use the Fidonet Address 2:254/214
and ask for Crash mail. The Sysop
will send you the registration codes using Beenet Private mail.
Remember the registration codes are generated on your System Name. Example:
Steven Turner, so it pays to use your First name & Second name, as
it should be in the Beenet Address Book entry.
Beenet has no connections financially with
Book Express Ltd or Definite Solutions.
9. Frontdoor APX keyboard short cuts to remember
RETURN List headers RETURN again flips back to normal
R Reply to
message on screen
Insert Write a message
F2 Save or abort message
when in message editor
F9 Dial server to send
and receive messages
Up/down arrow keys (move up/down in message body
Right/left arrow keys (move up/down messages)
Alt F X - Close Frontdoor APX
there is no spelling checker built in to Frontdoor APX
to our Internet gating software some messages will have Internet
header information displayed, use the up/down arrow keys to see the
of the Internet beekeeping mailing lists are read only areas.
server can be down for maintance at different
times, try to connect later before ripping out modems etc.
Who is behind Beenet? We are group of dedicated beekeepers with
an interest in computers and have created a European beekeeping computer
network with each participating countries linked together for a few minutes
each week to exchange messages. The UK Beenet host is run by Steven Turner
an experienced beekeeper and computer expert.
is a text based message system
is a non-profit making organization
is provided free for beekeepers to access and use
is NOT PART OF THE INTERNET
does carry, beekeeping newsgroups, mailing list that are from
has it’s own beekeeping conferences
you need extra help working the software contact :-
153 Thornsbeach Road
020-8698-0313 7.30pm -10.30pm Weekdays or weekends.
New version fully Y2000 compliant
Two versions are available ZIP or EXE, download
the ZIP version only if you have WinZip installed on your computer.
Download Frontdoor APX archive FDAPX115.ZIP
For Windows 3.11/95/98/NT(1.2MB) unzip to a TEMP directory and run setup.exe.
Download Frontdoor APX autoexec FDAPX115.EXE
for Windows 95/98/NT (1.2MB) Execute after download to install. To upgrade
from V1.12/13 To Version 1.15 (Y2 fix). Just change the install path to
c:\fdapx\. (default install) the old user settings will not be overwritten.
Beenet is a free service to the Beekeeper and should not be undervalued
because it's FREE.
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