|September 2002 Newsletter||
Realms of Wonder Newsletter, Volume II, Issue #4
Greetings all. Sorry I didn't come up with an August newsletter. I hope everyone is doing well. This is just a quick update. I'll add some new articles later this week (first week of September), but I wanted to get some of the info up to date.
This is issue 3.5 of the "kind of / sort of" monthly (or bi-monthly, as you see) Realms of Wonder Newsletter (Volume II).
|SPAM on the list-serv||We're getting occasional spam on the list-serv. The sending email address
usually looks random (email@example.com)
for example, and usually, the subject line is non-specific ("Great site!", etc.)
I try to catch these, but some get through. Just delete them, and I'll do the best I can to control them.
I've been receiving A LOT of emails attempting to spread a virus that must have accessed the listserv addresses somehow. They come from valid addresses on the listserv, including my own - firstname.lastname@example.org
I will NEVER send an attachment to the group, and I don't think anyone else would either, so do not open attachments unless you absolutely know who it is from, and you were expecting it.
Also, I discovered that if you don't have Service Pack 2 of IE 5 installed, the attachment can be run JUST BY OPENING THE EMAIL IN OUTLOOK EXPRESS. That was a surprise, as I didn't think that was possible.
Just a word of warning.
Version 5.2.8 (beta)
|Version 5.2.8 is in beta. Sorry for the delay in getting this into production,
but I've been working on a number of enhancements/fixes that are pretty much done
now. I'll be moving into production in early September. BTW, there's no real
meaning to the numbering, so don't worry if you didn't see a 5.2.6 or 5.2.7
If you're at all unsure if you have the latest version, check the About option, on the Help menu.
Email me directly if you need the upgrade location.
|That's An Order (TAO) Sept 2002 Data available||That's An Order (TAO), an application that automates the process of
ordering from the Previews Catalogue each month, can be found at
It's updated with the information from the September 2002 Previews Catalog
|For What It's Worth (FWIW) through Sept 2002||For What It's Worth (FWIW - pronounced
like Elmer Fudd saying "free"), the monthly value update program, has data
through Sept 2002. The application is available at
|How to Handle TPBs and Reprints||This is a fairly common question. As long as you are using the
latest version (beta 5.2.3), ROW offers pretty significant support for
handling TPBs and Reprints. You can go from cursory entry with almost no detail, all
the way to complete detail for each issue contained in a TPB.
Click here for a fairly in depth explanation of your options for handling TPBs in ROW. BTW, this information is also in the help file. Click Search under the Help menu, and then type in TPB in the keyword(s) box.
|Undocumented Features (yeah right <g>)||"Undocumented Features", like "beta testing" are a couple of the
many programmer tricks of the trade for pretending a mistake is actually a benefit.
What an "undocumented feature" really means is "Oops, I forgot to put this
in the help file". Well, I'm as guilty as the next person, so I will try to
document each month, here at least, the ones I think cause confusion.
|Table Tips and Features||Realms makes use of quite a few tables of data, most notably on the Summary window. Click here to read an explanation of a lot of the common features of these tables.|
|See you all next time||As always, if you ever run into any problems, have any questions,
suggestions, etc., please never hesitate to let me know. I'll always try to get back to
you the same day. If you do send me an e-mail, and don't here back by 2 days, I probably
didn't receive it, so you might want to try again. My email address is email@example.com
Best wishes to all,