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    Alpha Software Employee Selwyn Rabins's Avatar
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    Welcome to the new Alpha Software Message
    Board

    You will find many improvements in the way in
    which this message board operates. We hope you enjoy using it!



    Features of the Alpha Software Tech
    Support Message Board
    Attach
    files to messages.
    Attach a Zip file to your message. This allows you to
    attach a sample of your database to demonstrates the problem you are having.
    Often it is easier to explain your problem with an example file that it is to
    describe it in words!
    E-mail notification. Specify that you
    should get an e-mail notification whenever someone replies to a message that
    you posted. You will know immediately when an answer has been posted to your
    question.
    Search old messages. Search through the
    whole archive of old messages.
    Sort messages. Sort messages by either
    the date on which a thread was started, or by the date of the last reply to a
    particular thread. Now, if someone replies to a message that you originally
    posted some time ago, it will sort to the top of the list. This makes it very
    easy to see the new messages in a forum.
    Include HTML in your messages. Make your
    messages look good! Include HTML text in the body of your message.






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    Bob Kieffer
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    Nice job. I am glan to see that you have redesigned the message board. I use this all the time and would be lost without it.
    I have used your programs since your first version and refuse to change to another program.

    I love the support on this message board.

    Thanks again
    Bob
    NB: your efforts are appreciated!

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    Jose de Leon
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    Just a test, please ignore.

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    Selwyn,
    the new message board is a big improvement. One thing though, the login procedure can be a real pain. You should specify that passwords are to be all caps only and perhaps the cooky with the password could last longer. I don't know what it's set at but a month or so seems reasonable.

    Thanks
    Russ

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    At the bottom of the screen you will see a Modify Preferences link. Use this to change the password that was assigned to you.

    The cookie is set for two months.

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    Thanks Selwyn

    The cookie seemed to expire in a few days but I'll check again.

    Russ

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    Selwyn
    I still think there is a problem with the cookies. They are ok if I am on every day, but skip 2 (or so) days and I have to log on again. I'm not getting anywhere 2 months. Is anyone else seeing this or is it just me.

    Russ

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    Jim Rowlen
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    I've never gotten a cookie that remains after rebooting (3 different systems) and still have to log in after going to another site, but figured I probably had set something wrong in my internet settings.

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    Jim & Russ:

    Are you actually logging out of the forum when you leave each time? My experience is that if you do log out then yes, next time you return you have to log in. If when leaving you don't log out and just move on then next time you return, voila.....

    Regards

    Glen Schild

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    That's how it works for me.

    Bill

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    Nope, never logged out - I guess that explains it. (Loggin out is an extra click, doesn't seem to me it should be necessary)

    Russ

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    Jose de Leon
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    Hello Russ,

    Possibly you have a third party program on your system that "cleans cookies from your system". I have seen these programs for the privacy minded persons.

    Assuming you are using Win95/98, check your Internet Options from the control panel. Select Security tab and click on Custom. You may need to set custom controls.

    There are two sections for cookies:

    1) Allow cookies that are stored on your computer.
    2) Allow per-session cookies (not stored).

    You want both checked. If you have only item 2 checked, that could be the problem.

    Jose

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    Jose de Leon
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    One other thing, what web browser are you using? If you have both IE and Netscape on your computer. Check to see if the cookie timeout occurs with both or only one browser. If it is just one browser then it is probably a setting in your browser somewhere.

    Jose

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    Jim Rowlen
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    Both sets of cookies are enabled, and am using IE 5 (Netscape never loaded). Also don't log-off when leaving.

    Will be building a new system in a couple of days. Maybe I'll be able to save the cookies on that one.

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    Login is not working for me.
    Silicon investor works fine, which knows who I am.
    Yahoo knows who I am.
    Alpha asks me each time, maybe not each time, but it seems like each time.
    Netscape 4.7 preferences "accept cookies that get sent back to originating server"
    Steve Pick

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    Jose O'Brian
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    Try putting the cookie setting to: Accept All Cookies.

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    John Lassiter
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    What a nice improvement !
    I really appreciate the support on this site, too.

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    Thank you for the new Message Board, howerver can you tell me how I can close the side panel so that the text can be seen on the screen as it would on a single page and not keep having to use the bottom scroll bar to read each line.

    I have been using Alpha since version 2.

    I know it is a tuff world but more people should be made aware of Alpha. I am a novice and have been able to do more things on my computer with the use of Alpha than I could of without it.

    Regards

    Keith Hubert

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    Default RE: Welcome to the New Message Board

    Kieth:

    two options...
    use the message board URL www.http://msgboard.alphasoftware.com/alphaphorum/
    or from the Alpha Five page right click over the link to the message board and choose "Open in New Window"

    Once on the Forum List page bookmark it.

    Steve

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