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One of the great secrets of Britain's online world is the CIX online service. Like the US-based WELL, this is an online discussion forum, based around the venerable COSY conferencing software. It's an excellent online community, full of interesting and intelligent people. The development of offline readers meant that it was possible to quickly "blink" online, pull down messages and then post replies. In the days of modems and long distance phone calls to an ISP or bulletin board this was a good thing, and kept costs to a minimum...

I've used CIX for many years now, and find it a fun place to spend online time. But there's one big problem, a lack of up to date OLRs. While I currently use AMEOL on the PC, the next version has been in a closed beta for well over a year. marypcb's choice Virtual Access has just been open sourced, and most of us are waiting for codepope to finish writing Augur...

I'm planning to do our Worldcon trip using just the iBook, so have been looking out for a Mac OS X tool. Luckily codepope pointed me at Parlance, a recent development - a brand new CIX OLR for the Mac that is designed for OS X.

So, now I can do pretty much everything I want on the iBook. I rather like this idea.

But it needs more stickers.


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Aug. 20th, 2002 08:39 am (UTC)
Parlance looks nice. I only wish I had a Mac to run it on!
Aug. 20th, 2002 10:33 am (UTC)
Eeeek.... haven't been on CIX for years. Did think about going back once but I couldn't get my old user id back. Used to use Semaphore (the original mac olr) but it was not the greatest. Seemed to remember that one of the Atari ST ones was quite good.

I'm sure if I was to go back now it would be nothing like I remember it and I'd be horribly disappointed.

- Neil.
Aug. 20th, 2002 02:23 pm (UTC)
(My (failed) attempt to start a new CIX acronym. Oh Good It's Not Just Me.)

So is Mac OS X not the coolest thing to happen to personal computing this century? I am hugely taken with it so far, and that's on an old unsupported Mac, a wobbly tower of upgrades and regular crashes.

I am on the very threshold of abandoning Windows for personal use.

Parlance looks good, but there's no Next Priority Message function, which is a deal-breaker for me, I'm afraid.

Aug. 20th, 2002 11:55 pm (UTC)
It is excellent. And it just keeps getting better.
Aug. 21st, 2002 01:56 am (UTC)
Agreed. I have a new 30gig drive all ready for Saturday. My powerbook will be getting a transplant and a clean install. Apparently if you want the best performance then that's the way to go.

Now if only I could find a mail client that didn't use a proprietry file format, could pick up and send mail over an ssh port forward and allowed for offline use I'd be happy....

- Neil.
Aug. 21st, 2002 03:24 am (UTC)
Yes, I must look into doing a hard drive transplant on the iBook at some point.

See my comment to your post in your blog to a possible solution to your mail problems... I'd suggest looking at Mozilla for OS X...
May. 8th, 2004 03:23 pm (UTC)
So, now Augur is out.....
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