FYI SpinRite's Development Roadmap

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Aldo

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Okay I figured it out. The secret passphrase needs to be compatible with an SMTP username; it cannot contain any special characters that a password generator may come up with. The attached PDF is a how-to, with screenshots.

I use Interlink Mail & News - a modern and actively developed incarnation of the Thunderbird-style technology base, built on a modern and actively developed incarnation of UXP, the best application platform from the Mozilla of old.

Interlink is much more capable of handling my demanding email usage than recent versions of TB, and doesn't crash nearly as often.

To clear up confusion above, *reading* from a news server uses an NNTP port on an incoming connection, while *posting* to a news server uses an SMTP port on an outgoing connection. This does *not* mean the server accepts email. Both connections can be an SSL port or a non-SSL port.
 

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Barry Wallis

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Okay I figured it out. The secret passphrase needs to be compatible with an SMTP username; it cannot contain any special characters that a password generator may come up with. The attached PDF is a how-to, with screenshots.

I use Interlink Mail & News - a modern and actively developed incarnation of the Thunderbird-style technology base, built on a modern and actively developed incarnation of UXP, the best application platform from the Mozilla of old.

Interlink is much more capable of handling my demanding email usage than recent versions of TB, and doesn't crash nearly as often.

To clear up confusion above, *reading* from a news server uses an NNTP port on an incoming connection, while *posting* to a news server uses an SMTP port on an outgoing connection. This does *not* mean the server accepts email. Both connections can be an SSL port or a non-SSL port.
Thank you very much. That PDF file is exactly what I needed.
 

Aldo

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Thank you very much. That PDF file is exactly what I needed.
Might have to take another pass at this. Cancel worked a few times, and then I continued changing things supposedly to agree with the how-to, and eventually Cancel became greyed out. Duh. Will try again tomorrow.
 
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DanR

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Sep 17, 2020
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Cancel worked a few times
Thanks for the PDF! Very useful.

I was experimenting with TB late last night re posting and cancelling. There was a lot of seemingly random non-repeatability re cancelling posts., and with getting/not getting a Poster header line. :(
 

AlanD

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There was some discussion and testing in the Newsgroups some months ago about this issue.

Basically, when Steve did the latest upgrade to the News Server, he also had to apply his customisations for CECIL-ID (required to allow cancellation) and support of alternative ports.

IIRC, the concensus was that, for some unknown reason, if you posted using the secure port, in some cases, the post did not get a Poster-ID, and thus cancellations could not match it. There were no problems when using the standard NNTP port (119) and since postings are inherently public, there seemed little urgency in diagnosing and fixing the problem on the secure port.
 

DanR

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Any news on Spinrite progress? No update on roadmap post since March!
Steve has been concentrating on SpinRite 6.1 for the last 6+ months, doing a complete re-code. He has very recently been running the new code on his hardware, flushing out and fixing coding errors, edge cases, etc. Good progress is being made.

He may be close to having something for public testing. It looks like a test of the enhanced controller and drive detection and enumeration system, and drive benchmarking, important for SpinRite operation.
 
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DanR

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More like 21+ months! Did he not start after the completion of SQRL in January 2020
Depends on your perspective, I'd say.

2020 was the year of AHCI technology development. After a few months of preparation, Steve began working on AHCI drive technology at the end of April 2020. Along the way InitDisk 1.0 was developed and released in late June 2020.

In Sep 2020 the now complete AHCI drive tech was merged with the complete IDE tech from 2013 to produce a "hybrid' tool that would handle AHCI and IDE controllers with equal ease. Activity in the fall of 2020 resulted in the release of four (4) enhanced and improved versions of InitDisk, bringing it to the still current 5.0 release, and culminating in the release of ReadSpeed 1.0 on Dec. 24, 2020.

2021 began with Steve pondering things, making some design decisions, etc., and then beginning to code SpinRite 6.1. Along the way he made an important decision to do a total major re-code of SpinRite 6.1 to facilitate the eventual transition to the RTOS-32 environment for SpinRite 7.x development. That effort is essentially complete. The result will also be a much improved SpinRite 6.1 for us.

Steve now has SpinRite 6.1 running on his hardware for debugging. Indications are he may soon have something for public testing (per my post just above), and eventually beta testing for registered SpinRite owners only. Nope, no timeline exists for this. :) It will be when it will be. :)

In summary, if you include the 4 months of 2013 activity, 12 months of 2020, and 9 months (so far) of 2021, that is 25 months and counting. If the the SpinRite coding of 2021 is considered as a separate entity (with what came before as preliminary stuff), that is 7 months or so. I do not see either view as being any more or less right or wrong than the other.
 
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