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Richard Murray opens QuickVoy source

By Chris Williams. Published: 12th May 22:43:21 | Permalink | Printable

QuickVoy is a vey useful internet utility from Richard Murray aimed at getting low level machines onto the net and something we have previously reported on this year. However today, drobe is happy to exclusively report on not only the release of QuickVoy version 0.39 but also that QuickVoy has gone open source. Below are two statements sent to drobe.co.uk by Richard detailing these developments.

QuickVoy 0.39 now available

"QuickVoy is a front-end/dialler which allows you to connect to the Internet without the overheads of the standard Voyager front-end. This may not make much difference on RiscPCs, but on the older machines, the fact that QuickVoy works entirely in 128K is a really important thing. The memory saved is enough to allow better web browsing, or JavaScript, or SSL.

QuickVoy's other selling points are:

  • Built-in email client, for those times when you'd like to send brief messages to mailto: links, without the overheads of loading a full email client.
  • Six user-definable icons which can reflect the status of a file, and perform one operation on a select-click, another on an adjust-click.
  • Fresco web cache lister.
  • Quit and resume feature. You can actually quit and unload QuickVoy for maximum memory, and reload it again later.
  • The script-based system allows you to set up events for startup, connection, disconnection, and every # minutes when on-line.
  • Can tell you your user information, login name and password etc...
  • Mailbox watcher, to report the status of your mailbox so you can choose to fire off a POP3 fetch or hold off until a more favourable call rate.
  • Image viewer. It will use SpriteExtend to show JPEGs, and ChangeFSI for other images. If you have JPEGTrans available, it will even convert progressive JPEGs for SpriteExtend to display.

    Also supplied is a stripped down version which runs in a mere 32K.

    Version 0.39 (9th May 2001) is now available.
    For further details, please visit: www.heyrick.co.uk/voyager/quickvoy/"

    Now onto the open source item. Opening the sourcecode of a program allows others to look at your work and contribute to it as well as learn from it. This editor apologises for the delay in publishing this article.

    QuickVoy is now open source!

    "Today is the 11th of May 2001. It is the fiftieth anniversary of the day Jay Forrester patented computer core memory. To mark the occaision (!), the popular front-end/dialler for Argo's Voyager is now becoming open source.

    This means you get to look at the source code, submit modifications, and generally hack until your heart's content. If you don't understand why you might want to do this, read up on the purpose of Open Source.

    You'll find QuickVoy's source and stuff at:

    Richard Murray: postmaster@heyrick.co.uk

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