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BORROCKS, Borrocksing software

(ASCII Newsgroup and E-mail Response Stamping Software)

"BORROCKS heralds a coming of age in open source software!"

Latest Distribution: "GUI WinBorrocks 2000"

(Last update: 17th August 2000 - new GUI WinBorrocks 2000!)
(Previous update: 5th November 1999 - new command line UNIX and Windows versions 1.1 of BORROCKS)

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The BORROCKS homepage is at http://www.borrocks.com

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|       This file has been borrocksed by Borrocks 95.      |
|   (c) 1999 Scott A. Belmonte, Lachlan M. D. Cranswick    |
|                 http://www.borrocks.com                  |
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BOLLOCKS NOW! BORROCKS NOW! STANES NOW! PANTS NOW!

What's New

  • 17th August 2000: New GUI WinBorrocks 2000!!! released

  • 20th April 2000: Fix up bad links to the command line Win Borrocks 95. Sorry about that.

Introduction to BORROCKS

Welcome to the BORROCKS software page. Borrocks "c" source code and MS-Windows 32 bit executable is distributed under the GNU Public licence. This is free software so please share, modify, distribute and enjoy.

GUI Win Borrocks 2000 for Windows is a full GUI version of Command line BORROCKS 95. Read below to get a feel for the high quality functionality you will obtain by using BORROCKS.

Command line BORROCKS 95 is a program to assist in summarize your feelings in respondable form to ASCII Internet Newsgroup posts or E-mails by over-writing a diagonal banner ready for a quick reply without the tedious need to type customized argumentative text. This thus negates much of the present generation of moribund internet technology that straitjackets conventional newsgroup and E-mail interaction. Borrocks95's rich functionality and design is based on the integral and mystical meshing of Pict, Celtic, Viking, Angle, Saxon and Norman cultures. Thus it should not surprise learned folk appreciative of the above, that Borrocks95's primary function is to overlay ASCII text with a diagonal ASCII banner stating "BOLLOCKS". And in special tribute to the Ancient and Honourable Kingdom of Fife (presently part of Scotland) and its rich linguistic traditions, "BORROCKS" can also do "BORROCKS" (from which the software gains its title) and "STANES". A late modification to satisfy the Oxford Toff types is the addition of the "PANTS" stamp.

As many people feel uneasy using ultra high quality, freely available, open source software, BORROCKS 95 also comes with "-s" (slow) and "-bugs" (bugs) options to give the type of enhanced application experience that only Windows users have the priviledge to expect. "BORROCKS95 heralds a coming of age in open source software!" The extreme high quality of open source, with the options of achieving and surpassing user expectations in functionality and performance that previously was the near exclusive domain of closed source PC based propriety software and operating systems.

Type borrocks on the command line with no options to get a simple help and options listing.

(Obsolete Message: A GUI full 100% MS-Windows look and feel version ("Win Borrocks 2000!") is in planning for the Millenium. To support exciting program enhancements, it has been estimated an extra 10,000 lines of code will be required just to accurately simulate the output and actions of the SETANG command of a CAD4 Kappa geometry single crystal X-ray diffractometer.
Why? "Because we listen to our users and because our users come first!")

BEFORE

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Version and Download Information

Technical/Usage Information

For GUI Win Borrocks2000, just open the file (ASCII and BINARY) or "Edit, Paste" the text in; then Borrocks to your hearts content. Either save as an ASCII file or Edit Copy/Edit Paste into your favourite Email program.

During being GUI WinBorrocksed . . . After being GUI WinBorrocksed . . .


Command Line Borrocks 95 V1.0 usage:

  borrocks [Options] input_file output_file
   Options:
    -1 or -borrocks   use "borrocks" stamp.
    -2 or -bollocks   use "bollocks" stamp (default).
    -3 or -stanes     use "stanes" stamp.
    -4 or -pants      use "pants" stamp.
    -stamp file_name  use the stamp in file file_name.
    -s #              run slow, deliberately, to emulate a 
                          Windows application.
                      # is the factor by which to run slow.
                      The greater the number, the slower borrocks 
                          will run.
    -bugs             adds features that you'd normally only
                      expect from commercial products.
    -debug filldisc|malloc|exp_malloc|const_malloc ##
    -debug malloc_free|exp_malloc_free|const_malloc_free ##|
       Debug Mode
         The BORROCKS debug mode is for expert BORROCKS developers and
         should not be used before becoming familiar with the code.
         Many of the options are related to stress testing and
         feasibility of killer functions in the upcoming
         GUI WinBORROCKS 2000: exploring advanced multiple processor,
         multiple server and 64-bit enterprise E-Commerce applications.
Important
The BORROCKS debug mode can have nasty affects of various operating systems when inappropriately used. Though it should be noted that a proper robust operating system should be able to handle user land programs in an intelligent manner. If for some strange reason, unqualified people do use the debug mode, please have pen (required to press reset button) handy. Results so far testing the ability of various operating systems to run at all cost despite what malformed "user land programs" running in user mode have been thrown in the ring is quite surprising (and to some UNIX lovers, quite disappointing!). However, one clear conclusion is that both DEC Alpha UNIX and FreeBSD UNIX rock!!!!

Note only can the various "malloc" options be used to test the ability of the operating system to handle iltemputed, mutated programs (possibly with "fricken lasers on their heads"), but the malloc_free options can be used to check whether an operating system correctly gives and takes back memory by cycling through requesting and freeing memory. (Win95 can give some interesting results here) (both the above are best used in conjunction with memory usage programs)

E.g., "Memory Usage Analysis Programs for Win95 and Win98 (try -debug exp_malloc_free and running multiple versions of borrocks in this mode)

Systems that die or can't handle Command Line BORROCKS 95 with its various -debug malloc memory leak options

  • MS Win95 (sort of soldiers on (very slow when swap starts filling) with the standard malloc debug but can be made unusable eventually with the exp_malloc debug option)

  • MS WinNT 4.0 client gets quite annoying and once memory is filled up, it keeps giving OK prompt boxes warning people to close down programs (which cannot be done as OK prompt boxes warning people to close down programs keep coming up as quickly as they can be OK'd)

  • KDE/XWindows on Linux (Redhat 6.0) Crashes or freezes depending on what shell. (borrocks -debug malloc txt_file_in txt_file_out)

  • Command line Linux (Redhat 6.0) becomes un-usable. (core dumps on attempts to log in) (borrocks -debug const_malloc 500 txt_file_in txt_file_out)

  • Gnome/XWindows on Linux (Redhat 6.1) Crashes or freezes depending on what shell. (borrocks -debug malloc 500 txt_file_in txt_file_out)

  • Command line Linux (Redhat 6.1) becomes un-usable. (core dumps on attempts to log in) (borrocks -debug malloc txt_file_in txt_file_out)

  • Command line Linux (SuSE 6.2) becomes un-usable. (won't allow log in on other virtual terminals or running programs) (borrocks -debug malloc txt_file_in txt_file_out)

  • KDE/XWindows on Linux (Caldera OpenLinux 2.3) Crashes the Xserver and logs out. (borrocks -debug malloc txt_file_in txt_file_out)

  • IRIX 6.5.x on an SGI Indy starts chugging disk then after a while gives up the ghost and freezes. On reboot, multiple desktops are blown away and have to be recreated. (borrocks -debug malloc txt_file_in txt_file_out)

  • SUN Solaris 7 (5/99) on a Sparc Station 10 reaches the point where "no more processes" are allowed. But does not give core dumps like Linux. (borrocks -debug malloc txt_file_in txt_file_out)

  • Note: No BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) could be achieved on NT.

Systems that refused to be intimidated by ommand Line BORROCKS 95 with a -debug malloc memory leak

  • Digital UNIX 4.0d on a Digital 600au Personal Workstation (DEC Alpha) is quite happy (even when using the "ulimit -d" in bash shell) (Scott thinks DEC Alpha's Rock!) (No problemo doing "borrocks -debug malloc txt_file_in txt_file_out")

  • FreeBSD UNIX 3.3 running KDE/Xwindows is quite happy (Lachlan thinks FreeBSD Rocks!) (No problemo doing "borrocks -debug malloc txt_file_in txt_file_out")

  • FreeBSD UNIX 3.3 on the command line and login in via virtual terminals is quite happy (Lachlan thinks FreeBSD Rocks!) (No problemo doing "borrocks -debug malloc txt_file_in txt_file_out")
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