Scor­pio News


January–March 1987 – Volume 1. Issue 1

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Multimet 1 to Multiler 2 The oreginal Multinet 1 software achieved an extremely high level of CP/M compatibiiity, but over the 2 years that it vag available certain anomalies were Brought to Light In addition s qumber of possible enhanc: became apparent, and so HultiNet 2 was introduced to imprave the CP/M compatibility of MuleiNet and to provide additional facilities. It is available from Geaini dealers


Auto-serving With MultiNee 2, the Server will automatically start-up network Operation, unless within the First fey seconds the user depresses » key on the Server, “ln which cose it becomes avaliable for maintenance purposes or stand=

If Server load {s deliberately aborted then the user is presented ‘oppoted vo the special

64K oyens with a conventional Gemini 64K CP/M environment, buffered system that the network software runs under.

Lacger Winchesters The maximum possible number of MultiNet users is incre St to allow the use of 3 logical drives (i.e. Wiachesters up to 3 x MByres)

ter screen cesponse All Server scceen upda EbiGca-atabessing to speed: eyocen ‘operation.

Free space displayed The amount of free space on the Server drives my ‘optionally be displayed on the Server display.

are now done using direct

Spooling changes The Spool queue length (i.e number of files awaiting printing) Eg alwaye displayed and is updated whenever the length of the quese changes

Additional Server features ‘kp operator is now permitted to perform certain functions on the Server while it isan operation” These are all initiated by typing <ESC> followed by a Control character

<esc> cert B Broadcast Message cesc> Cee c Initiate tyseem closedown <Esc> Ctrl D Display Directory space

Broadcast Message The operator may enter am of up to 50 characters to be broadcast to

ected (or all) stations that ace currently logged on. Once the message is Set up, the operator 1a prompted to enter the numbers of the Statione that are fo receive the Broadcast If the character ‘At Is encountered, Lt is understood fas ALL, and ali logged in Stations will receive the broadcast. an asterisk” is placed on the Server Logon display between the Station no. and User no. co indicate that the systen 1# waiting to broadcast to that destination At this time the screen display is altered to indicate that broadcast is am progress When the broadcast has been accepted by an tndividual Station, the *” on the Logon display is changed back tos” “ae normal. When all specified Stations have accepted the broadcast, the bottom portion of the screen ig cleared and Ehe Server is ready to accept further keyboard commands.

It is important to note that as the user stations cannot accept ‘unsolicited’ network messages, the droedcast can only be vent when the Station next. sends = Fequest fo the Server Thus If # Station is lett Jogged on but unused, ie will not receive the drosdcast. This ig the reason for putting the “s” into the Station logon display

System Closedown ‘ible to conerol the shutdown of the network. The following options

1)’- Shut-down immediately. a this instance all Server buffers are flushed, and Server operation (s aborted. A confirmatory ‘Y’ ie requested.

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