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Web Site for Deaf

Robert Pluta rpluta at GTE.NET
Mon Sep 30 05:13:01 EST 1996

(Originally posted on the MacWay mailing list)

This tidbit is from:

<BigRuss at newmaticsound.com>

WEB pages and Bulletin Board System for the Deaf and Hard Of Hearing

A new MAC WEB home page and Internet Bulletin Board System has come
online for those of us who have become hard of hearing or are DEAF. If
the words CODA, DEAF, HOH, Hearing AID, CI, or ASL mean anything to you,
this site, and the BBS, are a must to visit. If you are not having
hearing problems, thank you for your time.

This ISP site is an all MAC site. The main server is an 8100. The server
for the web pages and the BBS is a 7500. The MACs are on a T1 line, and
we use, of course, Telefinder 5.1 to showcase our information. To get to
the WEB pages point your browser to: <http://www.newmaticsound.com> and
then click on "HEARING ONLINE HELP". This page has collections of pages
with information about other hearing related sites, Deaf/Hard Of Hearing
groups/clubs, and sources of information for hearing related problems,
along with gofers and other issue information.

The BBS consists of several areas. By joining, which is free, you will
have use of a DEAF/HOH folder with various topics including hearing aids,
ASL, CODA, JOBS, and many others. You will also be able to utilize a
computer folder for computer topics, along with software uploading and
downloading. There are seven chat rooms will allow you to talk with
others while online in real time, or send private instant messages that
only the recipient can see. Chat rooms are just like IRC, except without
the hassle. Want to kill an evening? Hours go by like seconds when
chatting to friends across the nation or around the world. Have a hearing
friend on the East coast, and you live on the West coast? Log on at the
same time and talk live (via keyboard) for as long as you like.

The BBS is on the Internet, so connecting to the BBS is as easy as
connecting to your ISP. The Telefinder 5.1 software can be downloaded
from the web pages for both MAC and PC computers. You must use the
supplied software for the BBS as the MAC version of Telefinder is highly
customizable, and we did just that. The graphics are GREAT! For the PC
users, sorry, that software isin't as pretty. (go buy a MAC). If you had
a choice, get the MAC software. It looks awesome. Once decompressed,
double click on the Telefinder icon. A connection window will open. Under
users will check the TCP/IP box. Then click the Setup button and type in
newmaticsound.com, port 1474 and close the window. (THE DEFAULT MAY BE A
LONG DISTANCE PHONE NUMBER, DO NOT CALL IT! It is the manufacture of the
software). Type in the screen name you want. Connect to your ISP as you
normally would, then click on the connect button in the Telefinder window
and you will be connected to the BBS. Fill out the registration, and you
are using the BBS! The BBS has virtually unlimited lines. (Saturation of
a T1 line is the limit). There are no limits as to how long you can be
online. The SYSOP is online almost every night to answer questions in the
SYSOP's LOUNGE. Even if you don't have a hearing problem, you might want
to log on just to join in the conversations. The BBS and the WEB pages
are new, and will be changing continuously. What you see now may not be
what you see in two months. The WEB pages change an average of once a
week. There are 50 pages.

The connection and use of the BBS is free.

If you have any questions, comments, or problems with connecting to the
BBS, please contact me and we will get you connected.

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