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The "ACNet" name

The ACNET is a peer-to-peer, client-to-client network. No WWW servers involved. Total security. This network is for the internal use of ALL Autodiners, who wish to communicate in a fully protected, private environment, with other Autodiners. Many functions and activities are available on the ACNet. We are just geting started. The ACNet operates on the "edge" of the Internet! All you need is a FREE
copy of Groove installed on your PC!

ACNet stands for "Autodiner Communications Network. We Autodiners have been referring to that name for almost a year now. Until recently it has been a "name" only. The concept of the ACNet is to provide a closed communications network open to Autodiners and other interested usera by "invitation only. The ACNet mission is to provide a framework where Autodiners can gather to participate in the overall effort of researching, recoding, construction and preserving the history of the AUTODIN system.

Initially, the reconstruction and preservation of AUTODIN history was thought to be of significant technical importance in the field of combine computer and message communications, that a web site called the "Western Union AUTODIN Legacy Project"(WUALP) was developed and implemented on the World Wide Web. This launching of the WUALP site occured on November 11, 1998.

The WUALP web began to grow in content with the help and assistance of charter mmber Autodiners. The growth (increase of information) of WUALP continued until October 10, 2000 when the site was attacked by viruses durrng the upgrade of the servers operating systems and web server softweare. The WUALP web was destroyed along with auomatic backups. A major reconstruction beagn in middle October of WUALP and ASACS (AUTODIN Saga: A Continuing Story) sister web site. During the initial phase of the rebuild the webmaster and editor(s) agreed to consolidate the WUALP, ASACS (who name had already been shortened to AS (AUTODIN Saga), in order to increase the efficiency of the rebuild effort and subsequent site maintenance.

During that same period, the prefic "Western Union" was deleted in the web site name resulting in the site just being called ALP (AUTODIN Legacy Project). Since October, the site has grown in content, and upwards of 900 to a 1,000 pages, and is still growing. The work effort has become extensive and the workload continues to increase.

The virtual ACNet   was now to become the platform for inducting Autodiners into a on-line working type environment, where the creation of new ALP web sections and pgaes could be acco,plished by several participnats in a totallt collaborative and secured environment.

In November of 2000, Ray Ozzie (author of Lotus Notes) and crew began a serious effort of putting togerher a Peer-To_Peer platform. Peer-To-Peer in the Internet sense contrasts with the current Client/Server model used on the World Wide Web. Peer=To=Peer (P2P) bypasses the normal services of the Internet WWW, DNS, Mail services, and allows PC's running the P2P software (herein referred to as "Goove") to communicate directly from PC to PC, in a protected environment.

The Groove platform is till in beta, and a preview copy can be downloaded from the "Groove Networks: web site. Groove includes a set of tools that permits collaborative work and communication between users of "sahred space" to work, play or just habng-out.

We intend to use part of the ACNet facility, that we are now building on top of the Groove platform, to provide the conduit for continuing our primary goal of resaearching, collection, constructing, preserving and publishing the history of the AUTODIN system. We also envision provided a central repository for the operational DMS (Defense Messaging System) that replaced AUTODIN on January 1, 2000.

The following articles and references provides a plethora of information on P2P networkiong and where the future lies for P2P. P2P, and the Groove implementation of the concept, now allopws us in the ACNet Association to move forward to meet our intended goals.

We invite all Autodiners to join the ACNet. The ACNet has a few nodes, but hopefully eill grow into a world-wide network that supports the ALP web activity. The ACNet is now in it's infance and is operating in an Alpha Test mode. Anyone joining can use the virtual facility tolearn through communication with others. Once we establish the agend for ACNet, we can then proceed to a more controlled and methodical construction and maintencae of ALP.

Read all about the "Groove" Network and Groove tools at: http://groove.net/

Additional "Groove" information - what's coming in next releases

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Autodiner Communications Network is now operational!

The Autodiner Communications Network (ACNet) has now been activated. The ACNet is operating in Alpha Testing mode. If you wish to learn about peer-to-peer (P2P) networking then you are invited to join Autodiners and other interested users on this Net.

Currently there are five ad hoc nodes on the Net. The ACNet does not depend on servers on the WWW. The ACNet operates in a direct point-to-point mode called "peer-to-peer". Each node communicates through a "Groove transceiver", which is transparent to all ACNet members. The ACNet allows members to join "rooms" and work collaboratively. When a potential member (Autodiners and other interested users) receives an invitation via e-mail, it will contain a shared workspace attachment file. The instructions for responding and joining the ACNet are included in the Invitation E-mail text body. To become an ACNet member after receiving the invitation, you must download the "Groove" program from the specified link in the E-mail text body. The installation is simple and automatic. You should have the following resources on your workstation:

1) a 233 Mhz processor or greater (although lower speeds will work, the operation becomes somewhat sluggish),

2) a minimum of 64 MB RAM,

3) and at least 200 MB of free disk space (again you can get by with as little as 50 MB but this will limit the tool operations somewhat.

Once you have installed "Groove", then open the attached GRV file in the invitation E-mail Just click the "Accept" button on the file attachment, and you're in the ACNet room you were invited to. You may receive invitations to other rooms once you have become an initial member. You DON'T have to "participate" in any room function. You can just monitor the specific room activity. Some of the rooms may have tools that permit such collaborative activities (but not be limited to) the following:

Threaded discussion board - for posting comments
and reponses by others

Chatting in real-time small and large groups)

Messaging in real-time  (not requiring or the SMTP/POP3
Internet E-mail service) Post message notifiers

Voice mail using the messaging feature

Voice talk in real-time  (simplex or duplex) (if you have
a sound card and mic attached - no additional softwares
is needed

Conference voice talk in real-time  (rountable)

Meetings in real-time  w/agendas

Scheduling (calendar settings)

Create Agendas

Event Planning

Web Browsing in member groups or individually

File sharing (file libraries and application launching)
work on same application or file together in collaborative mode

Photo/picture library - maintain, swap and post photos etc.

All conversation modes can be simultaneous - (duplex sound card)
You know - like interrupting or "overtalking someone"!

Collaborative Notepad (built-in) - work collaboratively on
same documents in real-time

Collaborative Sketchpad - draw in collaborative modes - brainstorming etc.

Collaborative Idea creations - thinktank environments

Games (currently limited to TTT and Chess)

VCard - your own digitally sigbed VCard

... and the beat goes on - with new tools coming out all the time.

No one is really "in charge"! Common sense and courtesy prevails. Of, course you can remove any member in a room on your own node for whatever reason. Create your own rooms on your node, share rooms by invitation on other nodes. Invite others to join your room(s).

No one node has a monoply on room creation or who the resoective node operators ask to join. The only "real" link to the ACNet (or your own Network) is joining another node;s room as a member. The Net is under the "authority" of it'sindividual member node operators, and ONLY  for each operator's node.

Sign off with your node (shutdown Groove on your machine), then come back on later and rejoin the collective member group. Your node is automatically synchronized with the other Net nodes activities while you were offline!

All of this and more in a real-time, interactive, and collaborative mode set. All communications totally secured using 192 bit encryption, transparent digital signatures, and automatic public-private key generation and transmittal, Each node that you belong to as a member always knows who you are. ALL  of this security stuff is totally transparent to the ACnet users. Try it you'll like it!

Read all about the "Groove" Network and Groove tools at: http://groove.net/

Additional "Groove" information - what's coming in next releases

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Acknowledging an Innovator

Ray Ozzie, creator of Lotus Notes (65,000,000 users), has done a great job on "Groove". The ACNet created on top of the "Groove" platform permits us to move forward with the ALP concept. The "Groove" application has now allowed The ACNet Association to create the Autodiner Commuications Network.  All interested Autodiners can achieve communications and historical "joint" information gathering about AUTODIN, in addition to keeping track of information about AUTODIN's successor, DMS (Defense Message System), an important technological step in transitioning from pure message switching system to writing, delivering, and reading messages, and other media in packet switched format, all in consonance with the current Internet state-of-the-art! Autodiners, don't miss this opportunity to be an active participant in an important work. Much is still left to be done on researching and expanding the historical information about the AUTODIN system. Our thanks to Ray Ozzie giving us a better tool for accomplishing our mission!

Read all about the "Groove" Network and Groove tools at: http://groove.net/

Additional "Groove" information - what's coming in next releases

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Revised: October 14, 2001