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USPTO Awards LOL Patent To IBM

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the wtf-industries dept.

IBM 274

theodp writes "Among the last batch of patents granted in 2009 was one for IBM's Resolution of Abbreviated Text in an Electronic Communications System. The invention of four IBMers addresses the hitherto unsolvable problem of translating abbreviations to their full meaning — e.g., 'IMHO' means 'In My Humble Opinion' — and vice versa. From the patent: 'One particularly useful application of the invention is to interpret the meaning of shorthand terms ... For example, one database may define the shorthand term "LOL" to mean "laughing out loud."' USPTO records indicate the patent filing was made more than a year after Big Blue called on the industry to stop what it called 'bad behavior' by companies who seek patents for unoriginal work. Yet another example of what USPTO Chief David Kappos called IBM's apparent schizophrenia on patent policy back when he managed Big Blue's IP portfolio."

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UYK (2, Funny)

presidenteloco (659168) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600372)

Hint: It's Scottish!

Re:UYK (3, Funny)

mandelbr0t (1015855) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600576)

Up Yer Kilt?

IMHO (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600594)

means "in my honest opinion", NOT "in my humble opinion"

Re:IMHO (2, Insightful)

aix tom (902140) | more than 4 years ago | (#30601016)

Wasn't it " In my Hesitating Opinion"?

Unless of course the messages deals with the "International Medical Health Organisation"

Re:UYK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600780)

How about FU?

lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (5, Funny)

selven (1556643) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600384)

"lol" hasn't meant anything close to "laughing out loud" for years. It's more like "your statement is slightly humorous, but I'm definitely not laughing".

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (5, Funny)

Tr3vin (1220548) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600442)

lol

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600556)

lqtm

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (1)

Romancer (19668) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600614)

From the filed doc:

One particularly useful application of the invention is to interpret the meaning of shorthand terms. In one embodiment, a group of databases may be provided that each define one or more shorthand terms. These definitions may be structured in the database as shorthand terms paired with longhand terms. For example, one database may define the shorthand term "LOL" to mean "laughing out loud." Another database may instead define "LOL" to mean "lots of laughs." A database may also include multiple definitions for a given term. For example, a user's personal database may have two entries for the shorthand term "OMW" including "on my way" and "oh my word"

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (5, Funny)

mqduck (232646) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600586)

Actually, "lol" is now an anti-abbreviation for a period. For example:
"today i went to the store and got some orange juice lol"

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (5, Funny)

Brentyl (685453) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600640)

This patent would have helped a co-worker of mine's uncle: He thought LOL meant "Lots of Love."

Pretty harmless, until he started using it inappropriately: "I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. LOL" or "You're better off without him anyway. LOL".

Apparently, they had to hold an intervention. :)

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (1)

Hmmm2000 (1146723) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600836)

This made me laugh a little :)

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (1)

Paaskonijn (1220996) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600998)

lal?

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (1)

nextekcarl (1402899) | more than 4 years ago | (#30601008)

It made me LOL. The typical kind.

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30601128)

You lying sack of shit, your "co-workers uncle" did not say that to anyone.

You made that up.

LOL (lots of love),

Mom

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (1)

lattyware (934246) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600676)

YSISHBIDNL

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600682)

Ya and WTF mean "Why The Face?" so I'm not sure why it's in your title.

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600698)

you texting with blond hot girls, aren't you?

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (1, Offtopic)

selven (1556643) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600724)

What's a girl and why is their temperature relevant?

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 4 years ago | (#30601106)

More interesting is his choice of words and their order. Why 'blond hot girls' rather than the more natural 'hot blond girls'? He places stress on the fact that they are 'blond' rather than hot. Which is an unusual choice to be sure, as if stating that the colour of the hair is intrinsically valuable.

Perhaps more suspect is the use of blond rather than blonde. Blond being reserved for males, blonde for females. So his most stressed point was to mention a blond male, 'hot' and 'girl' being merely secondary thoughts.

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600758)

I blame grade inflation. Nowadays, "OMGWTFROTFLOL" means a faint smile.

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (2, Funny)

selven (1556643) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600882)

Needs more BBQ IMO.

Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (1)

crispin_bollocks (1144567) | more than 4 years ago | (#30601118)

they're doing it for the lulz

Whatis bot (3, Interesting)

wmaker (701707) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600400)

as an IBM employee I use the "Whatis bot" all the time. It is just a chat bot on Sametime chat inside Lotus Notes that allows you to message it an abbreviation and it tells you all the meanings. This is very useful when you get an e-mail from a long time IBMer that knows every abbreviation and doesn't hesitate to use them.

Re:Whatis bot (2, Interesting)

wmaker (701707) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600432)

here's an example: William H. Maker: lol 5:38:00 PM Whatis Bot *Fu...: Found 9 results. (Buzz) Definitions Found (1) Laugh Out Loud (4) Limitation Of Liability (3) Loss Of Light (2) Laugh Out Loud (1) Laughing Out Loud (1) Lead Overlay Layer (1) List Of Lists (1) Log Of Log (1) Lots Of Laughs ... brought to you by Acrobot. http://acrobot.almaden.ibm.com/ [ibm.com]

Re:Whatis bot (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600518)

that looks like the most useless tool i've ever seen. how is it treating "(1) Laugh Out Loud" and "(2) Laugh Out Loud" as different entries? is it not cleaning whitespace correctly?

i've dealt with a lot of IBM crap in the past, and it's all lazily and incorrectly implemented as demonstrated here.

CRAP.

Re:Whatis bot (2, Insightful)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600668)

This makes sense given IBM's propensity for naming all their products things like WCTME (Workplace Client Technology, Micro Edition).

See? I bet you thought the W was for WebSphere! (I know I did, until I checked it before posting.)

Re:Whatis bot (1)

bongey (974911) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600762)

So it would translate
Lotus Notes: A email client that gives the overwhelming urge to kill yourself, similar to outlook.

Re:Whatis bot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600826)

Hah, if only.

Lotus Notes is a horribly inflexible database tool which is mostly used for its embedded, bloated implementation of an approximation of an email client.... but it still gives you an overwhelming urge to kill yourself.

Re:Whatis bot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600984)

Aarrrrggggh! WTF! Sametime is not something in Notes! Notes is something that can accommodate Sametime as a hosted app. And I doubt that whatis has been updated in the past 10 years.

OMG (1)

Airdorn (1094879) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600402)

OMFG! (tm)

The most trivial patent awarded so far? (3, Interesting)

Phrogman (80473) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600404)

Does this win some sort of stupidity award for the most ridiculous patenting of something that shouldn't be patentable? Whats next, patenting the use of punctuation in sentances?

Summary is wrong, read the patent (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600502)

/. always words the summary of patents awarded in the stupid and most trollish way possible.

It's actually a good idea and has nothing to do with patenting LOL.

Re:Summary is wrong, read the patent (1)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600692)

The Internet already does this. I see a 3/4 letter acrinum and I look it up.

Re:Summary is wrong, read the patent (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600744)

3/4 letter?

So J becomes I
O becomes D
B becomes R

or perhaps you meant something else??? 3 OR 4 work letter???

Re:Summary is wrong, read the patent (1)

MooUK (905450) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600860)

Three or four work letter?

Re:Summary is wrong, read the patent (2, Informative)

fuzzylollipop (851039) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600890)

How about using the Internet to look up "acronym" and learn how to spell. While you are at it, learn that every Abbreviation is not automatically an Acronym, Acronyms form pronounceable words, like LASER and RADAR. IMHO is not an acronym.

Re:Summary is wrong, read the patent (5, Funny)

lastchance_000 (847415) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600964)

Tell that to Imhotep.

Re:Summary is wrong, read the patent (2, Interesting)

Phrogman (80473) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600710)

Yes, but all they have patented is the functionality to look up a given abbreviation and substitute the long form of it. My IDE will let me enter "fore" and have it bring up a list of matching options include "foreach", how is this any different other than its in relationship to communications i.e. "texting" and presumably email? Its exactly the sort of functionality that someone building a message client might think to add - and probably has of course - and as such I think its ridiculous that it could be patentable, or even that anyone would try.

Re:Summary is wrong, read the patent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600898)

How about you stop moaning like a girl and submit your evidence of prior art? Hmm, thought so, you don't actually give a shit from your armchair.

Re:Summary is wrong, read the patent (1)

dem0n1 (1170795) | more than 4 years ago | (#30601024)

evidence of prior art?

Macro expansion from text typed in a document? I had a spell checker that did that back in the early '90s.

Re:The most trivial patent awarded so far? (1)

selven (1556643) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600910)

For many people, "lol" is punctuation. As in "I went to the store and bought some chicken lol"

Re:The most trivial patent awarded so far? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600950)

You need to know a few important things about IBM and patents (I work there):

1) Employees are given a bonus for submitting patents. So any idea you have, if you can get it past the IBM review board, makes you money. Expect stupid ideas to get through every once in a while.

2) IBM likes to brag about the size of its patent portfolio and they make a lot of money licensing it. A bigger number (2500+ per year) sounds impressive and few people will actually look to see how many are really any good.

3) They usually won't enforce a stupid patent like this, but they'll use it against anyone that sues them as a defensive weapon. (See the SCO case, although IBM dropped its counterclaims when they realized how ridiculous & weak SCOs position was)

IMHO?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600414)

IMHO, IMHO means "In My Honest Opinion"

the dude abides... (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600526)

TLYO,M

Re:IMHO?? (2)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600528)

I thot it was "humble", not "honest". Use "frankly" if you want it to mean "honest".

Re:IMHO?? (0, Flamebait)

madddddddddd (1710534) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600652)

why wouldn't i use "honest" if i wanted it to mean "honest" frankly, you're an idiot. can i not be frank and dishonest at the same time? i guess you'll have to decide if you want to honestly be an idiot or not.

Re:IMHO?? (1)

madddddddddd (1710534) | more than 4 years ago | (#30601026)

honest means honest frankly means frankly

Re:IMHO?? (1)

Seth Kriticos (1227934) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600536)

No, it means: I my humble opinion.

Get an IBM patented thesaurus, you douche!

Re:IMHO?? (1)

Seth Kriticos (1227934) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600564)

And my friggin' keyboard ate that missing 'n'.

I probably need an IBM patented dictionary adjustment program for posting this carp.

LOL (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600422)

There, I said it.

laughing out loud. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600500)

There, I translated it.

Interesting technchology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600430)

WTF STFU RTFA LOLZ

I.B.M. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600448)

Incredible Bowel Movements

Re:I.B.M. (2, Insightful)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600658)

In Business for Money

wtf is ibm? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600450)

omg cbit.wtf?watp?they r jk?lmfao&rofl

This made me giggle (1)

Setral (1027762) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600452)

November 2006 Fux et al

New rule! (3, Interesting)

headkase (533448) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600454)

If a patent application is found to be completely stupid one of your other patents is invalidated by random draw! *wishes*

Re:New rule! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600906)

...with exponential penalties for repeat offenders.

The first "silly" patent revokes one of your other patents.
The second revokes two; then four; then eight.

Re:New rule! (and unintended consequences) (3, Insightful)

qbzzt (11136) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600928)

With this rule, companies will be motivated to submit as many semi-stupid patents as possible. That way, when the examiner decides that a patent is completely stupid, the other invalidated patent is likely to be a useless one that was created just as patent fodder.

Or maybe incorporate a bunch of shell corporations, and have each of those corporations apply for a single patent at a time. If it is completely stupid, there is no other patent to strike down. If it is granted, the shell corporation will sell it to the real corporation.

Re:New rule! (and unintended consequences) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30601060)

They already do that to pad their patent portfolio and to give them more ammunition when it comes to patent lawsuits...

Prior Spam Art (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600462)

I've seen many websites that robotically turn ad-targetable words into hyperlinks and/or roll-overs.

Re:Prior Spam Art (2, Interesting)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600540)

First off, I'm glad someone understands what's going on and that they are not actually patenting LOL.

Second, read the patent; while you are correct, the patent talks about getting the means based on specific context; which is hard to do.

It's nt even about the definition, hell you could create your own definition, big deal. Determining context of a conversation automatically and then know what a abbreviation or Jargon means within that context is awesome.

Re:Prior Spam Art (2, Interesting)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600578)

How would this be any different than any other kind of grammar/context translation? I mean, fuck, but IBM probably had patents on that sort of thing forty years ago. It looks to me like a back door way of repatenting what's probably expired already.

Re:Prior Spam Art (1)

headkase (533448) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600664)

Um, won't the semantic web just kinda do this?!

Re:Prior Spam Art (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600834)

Figuring out which interpretation is meant using the context of a word seems to be a separate technical concern from highlighting a word to make it a pop-up/rollover. Was it merely an example usage, or are they patenting the actual joining of the two?

Re:Prior Spam Art (1)

belmolis (702863) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600962)

A system for determining the meaning of acronyms in context might indeed be sufficiently original and non-obvious to be patentable. However, this patent claims only the idea of doing so, not any particular method. A patent must be sufficiently detailed as to allow one skilled in the art to implement it. Since it does not provide this level of detail, I conclude that the patent is invalid.

Re:Prior Spam Art (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600778)

Licklorred>

WTF Indeed (3, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600464)

They've patented a dictionary? That's what it looks like to me.

how is this not original? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600468)

while dumbing the concept down to lol to make it seem abd, lets think about it in a practicla manner.

A system that auomatically knows what a abbreviation means withine the given context would be pretty clever.

I ahe read documents ful of initals, sometime the SAME initials just different context.

LOL, 555, mdr. all those mean the same thing.

Also LOL is a place in france, LOL is short for Lack Of Love LOL is also short for memory.

ASa side note, my kids actually say LOL sometime with pronounciation of each letter, sometime as 'Lawl'. The are 9 and 11. So expect everyone around you to be saying it soon.

Re:how is this not original? (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600916)

Also LOL is a place in france...

Thanks, dude, now you got that dirty limerick stuck in my head. BIH.
   

Re:how is this not original? (1)

Jedi Alec (258881) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600930)

Next step: SLOL (saying LOL out loud)

LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600470)

Oh shit!

LOLLERSKATES! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600476)

IBM patented stupidity.

Re:LOLLERSKATES! (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600554)

Apple invents it, Microsoft clones it, and IBM patents it.

Re:LOLLERSKATES! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600868)

Apple invents it, Microsoft clones it, and IBM patents it.

Researchers invent it, Apple shines it, Microsoft clones it, IBM patents it.

Did IBM just patent every geek's head? (2, Insightful)

syousef (465911) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600506)

I do those translations in my head. My memory is the database. Does that mean I owe IBM royalties?

I can't believe they just patented the lookup table, albeit in a very specific context.

Re:Did IBM just patent every geek's head? (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600674)

My memory is the database.

Mine too, but more like MS-Access after passing the 1-gig recommended limit.

Re:Did IBM just patent every geek's head? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600802)

So, you're ugly AND slower than hell?!???

I kid, I kid!!

Well, about you.

Re:Did IBM just patent every geek's head? (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600878)

At least my name is not "Postgre" ;-)

Re:Did IBM just patent every geek's head? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600810)

I do those translations in my head. My memory is the database. Does that mean I owe IBM royalties?

Yes. And you owe me, services rendered, for answering your question.

I owe money lol. (1)

Greymoon (834879) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600524)

I do this lol all the time lol. Who will keep track of this? lol Will I lol have to keep track? lol What if I mess up lol three times lol and then get banned lol from the internet? Where do I send the money lol. I will pay to type lol, lol.

So... (1)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600534)

I've been using these terms since 1992 for the most part, can I sue IBM now?

YATMV! (1)

dwiget001 (1073738) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600580)

Your
Abbreviation
Translation
May
Vary

Bury the USPTO (2)

pubwvj (1045960) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600590)

One more example of why the patent system needs to be eliminated. Let us invalidate _all_ patents, not just one other of theirs.

FU! (1)

jo42 (227475) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600600)

Dear IBM,

FU!

- The Internet

Re:FU! (1)

russlar (1122455) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600796)

Dear IBM,
FU!
- The Internet

PS- DIAF!

Instant Lawsuit, You Can Too! (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600604)

Just paste this roll-over pop-up implementation into an HTML document to get sued:

<span title="What the F*ck">WTF</span>

Re:Instant Lawsuit, You Can Too! (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600654)

or more like:

<span title="All Your Ideas Are Belong to Us">IBM</span>

But I likes the short form (1)

fyoder (857358) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600638)

If you click the graphic in the summary, you get a diagram of the translation. It takes a short economical phrase, then expands it into a longer one. What's wrong with economy? Ok, perhaps there's some vocab learning that has to take place first, but I'm still doing that with English perpetually anyway -- I'll run across a word for which I'm uncertain of the meaning and I'll look it up in an online dictionary. It's also safer to leave be, otherwise those poor parishioners at the Lord of Love church [lol.org] are going to have to change it's name to the Laughing Out Loud church. Completely different vibe, though I think personally I would be more inclined to attend the latter.

Please stop using WTF. (0, Redundant)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600672)

I have been ordered by IBM to stop using WTF and RTFM as that use violates the patent.

I think that Slashdot should stop using the WTF on their page before IBM sues.

Trillain? (1)

SomeWhiteGuy (920943) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600712)

This patent is for the word correction feature that has been in Microsoft Word for years. This isn't original. Complete bunk!

FWIW... (4, Informative)

guspasho (941623) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600776)

For those of you who didn't RTFA, they didn't patent LOL, but the process of using a database to tell you what LOL means, or something along those lines. Not quite as absurd, but still silly.

However, if you have ever worked for a huge company like Intel, you are swimming in a veritable alphabet soup of unrecognizable acronyms every day. They make an acronym for everything over there. So something like this database would be a godsend in an environment like that.

Re:FWIW... (1)

foospork (1699016) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600872)

They patented text substitution and lookup tables?

Re:FWIW... (2, Funny)

selven (1556643) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600932)

They patented the use of text substitution and lookup tables on the internet. That makes it new and special.

Re:FWIW... (2, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600912)

However, if you have ever worked for a huge company like Intel, you are swimming in a veritable alphabet soup of unrecognizable acronyms every day. They make an acronym for everything over there. So something like this database would be a godsend in an environment like that.

It's called acronymfinder.com [acronymfinder.com] , and it's been there for a long time [acronymfinder.com] .

Done years ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30601034)

In text-to-speech systems. It's a classic problem when you're building software to read text: you have to decide whether to "read" an acronym or "spell" it. For instance "RADAR" is read as a word and "IBM" is spelled out. An excellent example is "St." Is that "Saint" as in "Saint Louis" or "St." as in "Elm Street"?

You'll find the "St." example in a lot of papers and books on computer speech synthesis. It was a well-known problem in 1999 at Bell Labs, and more-or-less solved. (Obviously, you'll never get every instance right, but we had algorithms that were pretty good.) Look for "Richard Sproat," probably.

DIAF (1)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600880)

To explain IBM's patent schizophrenia, the corporate stance may be against silly patents, but they pay their employees handsomely for getting a patent approved. Gaming the system is both lucrative and easy, so we get shit like this.

ICQ (1)

future assassin (639396) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600940)

and other IM's used to convert LOL, BRB, etc into faces, little signs or sounds years ago. Isn't that the same thing?

I'm sure there was some option where the short hand was translated onto the screen to its full meaning.

icechat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30601110)

If that's what it's about, then I can mention that the "old" PC BBS chat door "icechat" had a configurable list of "write this and it's replaced with this", what the author called 'chat macros', which is just a generalized version of what's described here. Heck, I think they could contain ANSI codes so you could get pretty colors too.

IceChat v4.40 * Sysop-User Chat Utility * *** MAJOR ADDITIONS IN THIS NEW VERSION! *** For RA v2.xx, PB v2.xx, Door.Sys and Dorinfo1.def Compatibles * 10 completely configurable chat modes available, Chat Macros, Emergency Page, User Editor,Definable Chat ANSis, Configurable Strings, VIP Detection, File transfer support,HMB/JAM Support, External DOS Utility Option, Online TextFile Viewing, Auto-Templates & much MORE!! Released: 02/08/97

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