BIOSCI WAIS server operational again

David Kristofferson kristoff at net.bio.net
Fri Oct 9 17:57:30 EST 1992


I am pleased to announce that the BIOSCI WAIS server is operational
again, thanks to Kenton Hoover's efforts this week, and a new feature
has been added - daily updates to the complete BIOSCI WAIS source
(biosci.src) and to the journal contents source
(biology-journals-contents.src).  This can be done in a more timely
fashion on net.bio.net now that we no longer have the added CPU load
from all of the database searches that were performed in the past on
genbank.bio.net.

Please note that if you have saved settings for the two WAIS sources on
your local machine, e.g., for your Mac WAIS client, the saved source
folders probably still point to genbank.bio.net (134.172.3.160).

*** USING THESE SOURCE SETTINGS IN YOUR WAIS QUERY WILL NOT WORK!! ***

We have sent updated information for both sources to the WAIS
directory of servers, but they have not been incorporated as of this
writing.  Either you can wait and retrieve an updated biosci.src and
biology-journals-contents.src from the directory-of-servers.src (query
for "BIOSCI" using directory-of-servers.src) or you can manually
change the host number in your own source file.  The address for
net.bio.net that should be entered is 134.172.2.69.  The port value
remains at 210.

On the Mac these options can be accessed by first clicking on the
appropriate source in the Source folder and then clicking on the
Contact box MacTCP option.  This brings up the address and port dialog
box.  Simply change the address setting as indicated above, save
the changes to the .src file, and then you should be ready to fly.

The BIOSCI FTP area will be reestablished soon, and the complete
newsgroup archive will be made available shortly thereafter.

***NET.BIO.NET WILL BE OFF-LINE THIS EVENING WHILE WORK ON THIS
   COMMENCES ***.

Kenton is also making progress on bringing the genbank.updates
newsgroup back into operation.

For those who are unfamiliar with WAIS, the software provides a means
of searching through the BIOSCI archives for any text of interest.
This is especially useful if you are trying to find postings about
experimental methods or recent articles on a certain topic using the
biology-journals source.  To use WAIS you must have a local machine
that has a connection to the Internet, e.g., a Mac or PC with a local
area network connection that ties into your campus'/institution's
route to the Internet.

				Sincerely,

				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				kristoff at net.bio.net





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