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Welcome to the TapUBB page.
The latest executable is Version 1.15, dated 2010-Jan-21
Latest Executable (T6COM-1.15.ZIP) (Download this to just update the executable after you've already installed TAPUBB.)
Latest complete package (TAPUBB-1.15.ZIP) (Download this to get started.)
Don't forget to include TapLink, which lets you easily click on World Wide Web URLs inside TapCIS messages: Complete package (taplink.zip).
Revision Notes for version 1.15:
This version removes the "Re:" prefix in the Subject field, which means that threads aren't busted up in the TapCIS message display. I thought that "Re:" used to get stripped out, but apparently I broke it somewhere along the line.
Revision Notes for version 1.14:
The AVISG UBB software was changed, and TapUBB could no longer log in to the forum using the T6COM.INI username/password. Version 1.14 repairs that.
Revision Notes for version 1.13:
This week was the time for people to start noticing the initial downloading of headers was taking too long. I had been aware that something was not quite kosher for some time, and I had taken a closer look at it a couple of days before Ward Miller complained. But because 1) TapUBB is my baby, and nobody every notices the warts on their own babies, and 2) because if something really was wrong I'd have to actually fix it, I managed to convince myself it was just because there was a lot of activity on the board.
It turned out that as part of the upgrade to the forum software, the folks at UBB changed the mechanism whereby a user can adjust the active "lookback" period for which you see message headers. So, although TapUBB was trying to adjust that interval, it was doing it the wrong way for the latest version of UBB, and just getting stuck with the forum defaults for each section.
This version partly fixes that. The solution isn't ideal. TapUBB is still downloading the first page for each section at the default setting, and then it is adjusting the lookback. It has to do this on a section-by-section basis, and so there is some extra downloading that could be avoided if I could figure out the proper incantations. My gut tells me that such incantations ought to be available; the fact that I can't do it seems to suggest that the server is keeping track of what page I am looking it in a way that is inconsistent with general Web philosophy and implementation.
But, so far, this is the best that I can do, and it's a lot better than what's been going on lately.
As always with new software, I can't be sure I got everything right. So, please use it with a jaundiced eye and let me know of anything that seems weird.
Revision Notes for version 1.12:
Version 1.11 didn't handle message threading properly. Actually, it was the version of UBB that Mike Overly needed to be running that was causing the problems. First, the UBB folks changed the format of the expanded topics view, which kept me from properly recognizing which message actually started a thread. Second, they had bugs in their indented representation of the branches of a thread, including such lovelinesses as having messages show up as replies to messages posted after the "reply" had been posted.
Version 1.12 fixes both of those problems by extracting the information about the parent message from the header information of the message page, rather than by figuring that information out from the expanded headers page.
Revision Notes for version 1.11:
This version was forced into existence by AVSIG's migration over the weekend of 2007-March-24 to a new server. As part of that switch, it appears that some of the critical Web pages that TapUBB/T6COM has to work with in order to download and reply to messages.
Those changes appear to be fairly minor, and I think I've modified the program to cope with them.
Anybody who has been using TapUBB can download the new T6COM.EXE executable -- not the complete package, just the executable -- and put it into place in their TAPUBB folder.
As always, please let me know if anything goes wrong. When you do let me know that something is wrong, please include the DUBNER.LOG file that you'll find in the TAPUBB folder.
Here is a copy of the TAPCIS Version 6 documentation.
Although most of its 223 pages aren't applicable, because TapUBB enables only a very small subset of TAPCIS's capabilities, some folks have asked for it.
User Mailing List
I am maintaining a mailing list for people who wish to be alerted to updates to the TapUBB program; if you wish to be added to the list just send me an e-mail to the address below.
March 25, 2007
Questions, comments, problems, complaints and kudos: They all go to the same place: me