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PopNote 3.4 is a powerful and easy to use tool which is designed to give you an advanced way to work over the Internet or LANs.
PopNote was designed and tested on W32 machines. This includes ME, W2000 and XP. PopNote has not been tested on Windows 95 or Windows 98, but most functions should still work in those environments. Click W95-W98 for more details.
PopNote sends an IM or instant message that will pop up on the destination's Desktop, and on arrival, automatically echo what it received back to the sender, thus providing positive delivery confirmation. The inherent beauty of a PopNote is that it does not demand an immediate reply as is the case with more agressive real time chatting. In other words, a received Pop Note can be minimized for later disposition, or answered and returned back to the sender immediately as in conventional real time ongoing chat environments.
PopNote is more ideally suited to users with static IP addresses. Although many ISP's charge extra for a static IP, in many cases you can keep your current IP from changing if you avoid turning off your DSL or Cable modem, but you can turn off your PC. PopNote can also utilize FQDN's (or sub domain names), more info on that is available here.
PopNote was designed to be reasonably user friendly for both the novice and the expert. Everywhere, practical tips are built into various controls as mouse over events. However, that being said, PopNote is a highly sophisticated communications client and it is strongly suggested you read and study this document thoroughly.
PopNote is essentially a stand alone executable (meaning it is portable); that is, PopNote requires no dependencies such as additional library files like .DLL or .OCX's. All the code PopNote needs exists within the executable or in your operating system. Accordingly PopNote is ultra easy to install (or uninstall). Just run the PopNote installer and you are good to go! The installer will place a shortcut on your desktop from which you can double click and run PopNote.
Although PopNote is written in a high-level language (HotBasic), this modern compiler/linker generates W32 machine code as if written in assembler.
Technical Details for the Rocket Scientist out there:
PopNote receives and sends on two UDP Sockets using the default Ports of 54538 and 54539. An originating PopNote is sent out on port 54538. The destination receives on 54538 and then echoes the popnote it received by sending it back on port 54539 which the originator then receives on 54539 confirming his popnote was delivered. Why? First, to eliminate infinite echoes bouncing back and fourth; and second, because using UDP eliminates the need for virtual connections to be maintained between the PC's as required by TCP. Now, if you are savvy and wondering how the receiver of a UDP packet knows WHO the originator was (since unlike TCP which encodes the IP addresses and UDP does not) PopNote uses my own proprietary IP encapsulation technique for UDP.
- Lightweight: Only 170K in size with NO baggage files. So small in fact, that PopNote's tiny footprint can easily run 24/7 without ever being noticed by the operating system.
- Robust: PopNote uses a very minimum of the system resources to signal. In addition PopNote does not require a virtual connection between the PC's that are communicating as in a TCP protocol, thus it is lightning fast.
- Peer to peer: Direct or point to point communication between two PC's over the Internet requiring NO third party relays or servers.
- By using UDP sockets as opposed to TCP, your PC cannot be remotely port scanned using conventional TCP sync port scanners. PopNote contains no back doors or spyware, nor does it phone home or use a 3rd party DNS style server to relay your IP.
- PopNote writes nothing to your system registry other than an optional "Load when Windows starts" command in the registry's RUN key. NOTE: DO NOT use this feature (or place a PopNote Shortcut in your Windows Startup Folder) if you are on a Dialup Internet account as access to the Internet is required when PopNote first runs so it can acquire your WAN IP.
- In addition, PopNote does not modify or write to any of your other system files. PopNote stores all of its savable configuration data in three standard text files easily viewable with any text editor like Notepad or PopNote itself. Un installing PopNote is as easy as deleting it.
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