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The Calm Before the Storm
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 94. Wednesday, 3 Apr 1991.
 
Date:         Wed, 03 Apr 91 16:00:50 EST
From:         Ken Steele <
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Subject:      The Calm Before the Storm
 
Dear Fellow SHAKSPEReans;
 
Please accept my apologies, to the extent that I am responsible, for the
deafening silence which has reigned on SHAKSPER for the past week.  I have
been unable to keep the conversational pump primed, as it were, because I
have been entirely preoccupied with the imminent shift of my electronic
mail account from CMS to UNIX.  The University of Toronto has decided,
for some entirely laudable fiscal motives, to decommission its aging and
expensive IBM VM/CMS mainframe, known to most of you as "UTOREPAS," and
to replace it with a much more efficient and powerful UNIX system.
Unfortunately, it has also decided to enforce this relocation within the
next two weeks: the deadline is now April 16th.
 
For me, this entails learning a new operating system, mailer, etc. --
but also connecting SHAKSPER to a new editorial address, developing new
software to prepare daily message digests, and arranging new techniques
to post files to the SHAKSPER Fileserver.  The move from Bitnet to the
Internet will mean access to FTP, Telnet, and perhaps even (eventually)
the opportunity to post those long-desired Quarto and Folio texts
themselves... but it will also mean some real complications, and the
loss of a number of Bitnet-specific conveniences previously taken for
granted.
 
For you, the relocation of SHAKSPER's "editorial offices" will not
necessarily entail so much trouble.  Daily mailings and Fileserver
access will continue as usual -- although the digests may not be as
consistent in appearance until new software can be developed.  And
until I gain proficiency at the UNIX mailer, you may notice somewhat
greater delays in distribution than previously, but I promise to
try to keep such delay to an absolute minimum.
 
SHAKSPER itself, along with ListServ and the SHAKSPER Fileserver,
will NOT be affected by this relocation.  Their addresses will remain
<SHAKSPER@utoronto> and <Listserv@utoronto>, as they reside on a
separate mainframe.  It is now crucially important, however, that ALL
messages destined for the conference itself be mailed directly to
<SHAKSPER@utoronto>, rather than my address, since my address will
be non-operational beginning shortly before April 16th.
 
My personal address, for private correspondence or technical assistance,
is now <
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Bitnet shortform, there is no longer an initial "vm.", and there are
no longer any upper-case characters whatsoever.  (UNIX is case-sensitive
so KSteele or KSTEELE may not reach me in future.)  Any mail mistakenly
sent to my old account will (hopefully) be forwarded to me, but it is
advisable to change the entry in your "alias" or "names" files
immediately.
 
Willard McCarty, editor of the FICINO renaissance and reformation
seminar here at Toronto, has described this relocation as a something
of a disaster at sea, and issued a "small craft advisory" for members
of his conference.  My own advisory for SHAKSPER is more an apology
for the calm, than a warning of the storm ahead.  Once I have firm
information from reliable sources regarding the actual impact this
storm may have on you as members of SHAKSPER, I will share it with
you all, and probably revise the SHAKSPER GUIDE accordingly.  (For
example, I may require full-length "domain" addresses for those of you
currently subscribed under one-word Bitnet addresses.)
 
In the meantime, batten down the hatches, and remember:
 
      1) Post any and all messages for SHAKSPER directly to
 
                <SHAKSPER@utoronto.bitnet>
 
      2) Address messages to me at
 
                <
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Thanks for your patience.
 
 
                                       Ken Steele
                                       University of Toronto
 

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