Update on Bonn Archaeological Statistics Package (fwd)

Hugh W Jarvis (hjarvis@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Wed, 1 Mar 1995 14:36:33 -0500

I attempted to download and unzip BASP and had troubles. To save
yourself the same troubles, you might want to read the following
message from the author.
Hugh Jarvis...hjarvis@acsu.buffalo.edu
Wings Information Provider Consultant
Anthropology, 380 MFAC, SUNY at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14261-0005 716-838-3490 (res)

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Date: Wed, 1 Mar 1995 19:59:03 +0100
From: Prof.Dr. Irwin Scollar <al001@rs1.rrz.Uni-Koeln.DE>
To: hjarvis@acsu.buffalo.edu
Subject: BASP

Dear Dr. Jarvis,

basp4dos is **double** zipped with pkzip version 2.04g. That is, the zip
file is a wrapper for an internal zip file and a read.me. Pkunzip which
comes with pkzip version 2.04g should be able to handle the files without a
problem. At least when I tested it on my home machine before uploading
it via the LAN in Cologne it did. After that, the Gods of the Internet were
involved, and if one bit comes unstuck on a big file like that, that's the
end of it.

Versions of zip which come with Gopher, Mosaic and WWW often don't
work with the latest Pkzip stuff, I don't know why. Pkzip 2.04g is currently
on SimTel as pkz204g.exe for MS-DOS run the old fashioned way from the
DOS command line.

Let me know if pkzip204g fails, and if it does, I'll have to get on to Keith
Petersen at Oakland and reload it after checking the SimTel mirror in
Paderborn to see if their version has been corrupted too.

There is another, slightly different version in Cologne, where I put it there
via diskette on the local LAN when I was giving my weekly lecture there a
couple of months ago. It also has an installation batch file and some
utilities which the SimTel version doesn't have, since Keith, the SimTel
manager, objected to them as not being known to be in the public domain.
I couldn't be bothered to get confirmations from the companies involved,
so I just eliminated them, since they weren't vital. You can try that, if you
wish. And you can certainly set a pointer to it, although the transfers
between Europe and the States are agonizingly slow at peak hours.

BASP for DOS is free of charge, unless someone who isn't on-line insists
on having diskettes, and I have to pay for them and the postage. But since
most people can get on to SimTel nearby, this hasn't been requested since
supplies of the printed handbook ran out last year.

ftp ftp.uni-koeln.de
login anonymous
cd msdos/statistics
get basp4dos.zip

The Cologne ftp server has had a lot of hardware trouble during the last
few weeks, so if you get a non-existing server message, you can try my
private directory which is on another physical set of machines:

password: dj0coa
cd diskdos
prompt no
mget *.*

That will get you the files in the original installation collection, zipped
(again with pkzip 2.04g), but not put into one file. If rs1 is down, try rs2 or
rs3. One of them is usually available unless the whole LAN is down and
18,000 users at Cologne University are in an uproar.

If you are interested, you can also get the early February beta Windows
Basp 5.0 time limited test version (for your own use, not for posting
anyplace). The expiration timer is set for 45 days after February 7, so it will
still run for a few weeks.

same as above, but
cd diskwin
get winbasp.zip

This will soon be replaced by the non-time limited final version which will
be announced shortly. The price will be around DM 60 (about $40), but I
haven't yet heard from one of the major credit card companies, so I can't
fix this exactly yet. That's what's holding up the announcement.

The Windows version can handle more data than anyone is ever likely to
be able to enter, is much more user-friendly, has lots of new features and
has the full handbook in Windows Help format so that anyone can print it
out with all the pictures. The beta currently in Cologne does not have
the full handbook and there are a couple of unimportant bugs which have
been corrected in the version which will be uploaded as soon as I've heard
from Visa.

WinBasp can read and write DOS version files, so the test data in the DOS
file can be used for the Windows beta. The final version has its own test
data collection. The Windows version also im- and exports to dBase and
Paradox and it exports to Spss, Bmdp, and more so that makes
communcation with the outside world rather general.

WinBasp Version 5.1 which is being written with Borland's new Delphi 95,
for which I was a beta tester, has an ODBC interface which connects to
nearly anything in the database and spreadsheet world.

With all best wishes,

Irwin Scollar