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In response to various questions here are some simple notes about CBT infrastructure and supplies. If you have a question that is not answered ask and I will add it here or in the FAQ.

The Web Site

cbttape.org is a rather simple web site as such things go.  The HTML is edited and published using Microsoft FrontPage 2000 which has a nice WYSIWYG interface.   Many pages with lists of files are constructed dynamically using Perl scripts.  Microsoft FrontPage extensions are not used as we feel they are difficult if not impossible to secure properly since they are provided in ojbect code only format.

I have not yet upgraded to FrontPage 2002 and may switch to another editor since I am less than comfortable with Microsoft license activation technology included with FrontPage 2002. 

I use an odd combination of FTP and Telnet to load and update files.

Files are compressed using genuine PKZIP Command line for Windows NT.

Email addresses in HTML are obfuscated using a script at http://www.manastungare.com/asp/preventspam.asp to help prevent SPAM.

The CD-ROM

CD-ROMs are mastered and locally copied using Nero Burning ROM on a PC running Windows 2000.  I used to use EZCD had some severe difficulties with EZCD under Windows 2000 have given up on it although I expect the worst of these problems have now been resolved by Roxio.

GoldenRom is our supplier of choice for CD-ROM replication

VideoLabs is our supplier of choice for CD-R replication although for small runs I have built an uber-CD-R machine with the retail version of Nero Burning ROM that supports two recorders and two Lite-On 52X CD-R/RW drives on a promise EIDE card that I can use to run off 50 to 100 CD(s) for local user groups or to supplement professional duplication which is more expensive.

The CD-ROM mailing package

I get the handy single use laser labels from Labelworks

The CD-ROM self sealing mailers come from Sterling Disk Duplicators 

The CD-ROM sleeves come from SHOP[4]TECH

 

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