Article: 7909 of alt.hackers From: email@example.com (Tom Wemlinger) Newsgroups: alt.hackers Subject: Re: ToneLoc Date: 30 May 1995 01:43:13 GMT Organization: Infinet Lines: 33 Approved: Yes Message-ID: firstname.lastname@example.org NNTP-Posting-Host: rigel.infinet.com X-Newsreader: TIN [version 1.2 PL2] Status: RO
sw0@GANet.NET wrote: : Could anyone direct me to FAQ files or help files for the : toneloc war dialer. If so E-Mail me email@example.com I checked the headers on the above post (no ObHack) and didn't see anything special; I then tried posting a test message without doing anything special and it made it in. (I deleted it already.) Is we is or is we ain't moderated? ObHack: Set up a Lotus WYSIWYG spreadsheet which prints an envelope with the delivery-point barcode on it. I printed some sample labels containing a range of DPBCs using a Seiko Smart Label Printer, decoded the DPBC, and put the codes for each of the digits into the spreadsheet; I then set up a routine to parse the address, do a lookup on the codes, and concatenate them. I had to use special characters for the short and long vertical bars; the spreadsheet and the formulas look like crap, but it works, which was the whole point of the exercise to begin with. Word to the wise: It is not necessary to spend a lot of time decoding the DPBCs. As I found out later, the US Postal Service puts out a bunch of free publications which tell you everything you need to know. The packet includes the Envelope Manager software, which is really cool -- type in an address, press a key, and it dials into its CD-ROM-based lookup service and returns the ZIP+4; press another key and you get an envelope from your Laserjet printer, coded according to your setup specifications.