Would you like to publish your trunk tracker findings?
When you post them to USENET or mention them in one of
the mailing lists like Scan-L or Trunkcom the data may be
missed by a new user coming in after the fact. Publishing
the same data by posting it over and over again can begin
to anoy non trunk tracker owners. the folloing
observations are offered as friendly suggestions and not
as 'do it my way'.
You can publish your data free on the web by using
They give you up to two megs of free space and only
require that you update something at least once a month.
I lost my account since I could not remember to update
the darn thing regularly. :>(
Do you have a geocities account that is maxed out. You
might try getting a free email account at juno.com and
then using that id to establish a new geocites account.
I have not tired it but I suspect that would work. You
need a unique email account since geocities emails your
password to you.
Publishing your data.
If you have OFFICE 97 it is super simple. From Excel 97
merely save as html. A wizard helps you create a great
looking web page out of your Excel data. Remember to use
a little color in fromating the background of some of
your cells. I use light red for fire, light blue for
police etc. Format the cells before you save your data as
In win 95 to see your new page from start menu drop down
to 'Documents....' and you should see the name of your
new page listed since it is one of the ten latest
documents modified. Selecting this page should instantly
display this page (or near instantly if you have a slower
PC) in your browser.
FTP that page of trunk tracking data to your free
geocites account and the whole world can read it.
Add a pointer to your data in all your posts as part of
your signature file.
Arrange the data in a public directory of your harddisk
and allow users to connect to you via http while you are
online. This works even over a 28K dialup since
relatively few will be connecting at any one instance.
You have to be runnig a copy of personal web server which
is free for win 95 from Microsoft. Instructions for
setting it up are in the software. NT is even better for
this IMHO. The advantage of this is it makes publishing
and updating the data a lot easier and less time
Solving the problem of getting the IP address so a user
can view your pages found on your own PC.
The IP address changes for most users every time they
dial the Internet from home. This occurs when your ISP
uses 'dynamic IP addressing' as most now do. A user will
have to connect to you using this format.
The number 184.108.40.206 is an example of a the address
you would have used to connect to me via http or ftp this
morning. BTW I run the free war.ftp.server when I want to
allow someone to connect to myself via ftp. Check
shareware.com for this FREEWARE server. Did you notice I
like everything that is 'free'?
Use win95's hidden program winipcfg (run winipcfg) to see
your current ip. Publish that via email, IRC chat or
Better join the free ICQ server and whenever you set it
to online it automatically publishs your current IP
address for other users to find and use. They can locate
your IP address by clicking on your name and selecting
'info'. The IP address is displayed in the upper right
hand side of the first tabbed page. This is also the area
to how you can find out what the true email address is if
you need to contact someone registered with ICQ via
email. IMHO ICQ notes are faster then regular email for
messages of 400 characters or less. See my signature for
pointer to ICQ. This latter idea involves simplicty and
no extra work on your part. The disavantage is not enough
Internet scanner users know about ICQ and its advantages.
If you haven't tried MSIE that is another must have for
easy, really easy dramatic web pages, especailly MSIE 4
which still is in pre-beta has fantasitc featues. Next
month they plan to release MSIE4.2 according to email I
got this week. You might want to wait for that one since
this is a major download for the full ball game. (17MB!)
If you are using Netscape be warned that there is a
serious security flaw in all versions from Netscape 2.0
and up including the new Communicator 4.0 that allows a
devious person (wink) to browse your hard disk after you
connect to a web page. More on that problem which was
confirmed last night is at
Netscape has a major problem on their hands with this
IMHO since all previous versions that Netscape considers
obsolete will have to be updated. Otherwise they will
have to force everyone to buy Communicator version 4 and
update that one only.
If you want to try out any of these ideas or need help
setting up a method of distributing your trunk
tracker data via the web please contact me and as time
permits I will assist you.
Victor Healey Ki4je SPAM BUSTER/HACKER ;>)
On ICQ network Ki4je's UIN -> 1341701
Please use the free worldwide ICQ pager to reply ;>}
ICQ -> http://www.mirabilis.com/index.html