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chenpm
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Can I start a thread about my new Kindle novel?

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I will not post anything about it until you guys give me the go ahead. This forum has been most helpful to me in setting up my message board, but I would love to be able to talk about my latest project.

Edited to add that the knowledge I gained here in the last few months was extremely helpful in navigating through the Amazon DTP process.

Thank you,

Phil
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Re: Can I start a thread about my new Kindle novel?

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Thank you for asking. :)

You can't appropriately promote the novel here (that would fall afoul of rules prohibiting spam), but if there is something about it that we can actually discuss in some sort of generic way--plot devices, character development, etc.--then we can at least give it a try.
We should talk less, and say more.
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Re: Can I start a thread about my new Kindle novel?

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Sam,

That is why I asked. I have a lot of respect for what you guys have done with this support group and it has helped me tremendously in my message board.

One area that the group here could do for me is to discuss the accuracy of a computer specialist hacking into another computer in 1993, remotely using DOS. The computers are linked by an internal agency network. However, one of the computers is remote, via a modem.

I think I got that right, if I remember the available technology of the early 1990s, when the internet was really in its infancy. This agent is able to use her hacking skills to start and hack into the remote computer. This causes the hacked computer to display an "in use" display, alerting the hacked person that his computer was being accessed. This was all done in DOS.

If this couldn't have been done, I am going to plead literary license, but I would like to know.

Thanks,

Phil
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Re: Can I start a thread about my new Kindle novel?

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chenpm wrote:...One area that the group here could do for me is to discuss the accuracy of a computer specialist hacking into another computer in 1993, remotely using DOS. The computers are linked by an internal agency network. However, one of the computers is remote, via a modem.
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Is "using DOS" an essential part of the plot?
Windows 3.0 was released in 1990, and Windows 3.1 in 1992, so was certainly around in that timeframe.
(Windows for Workgroups 3.1 had native network support, and came out on Oct 1992)

If it has to be "using DOS", the the networking software was more likely to be Novell Netware.
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Re: Can I start a thread about my new Kindle novel?

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Ric,

I wrote this story in 1990 and have been modifying it since. I recognize that Windows 3.xx were available, but I did not think that it was generally that widespread, particularly with government computers. That is why I stuck with DOC, which enabled me to use my limited DOS knowledge at the time to construct what I thought was a viable scenario of this FBI agent using a computer in the secret agency to find out who had been tapping into highly secret files.

Phil
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