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Date: Thu, 25 Apr 96 01:47:00 +0300
Sahara Internet Service
The Information Package ver 1.7 (Feb. 24th, 96)
TEL (03) 8340788 FAX (03) 8345652 BBS (03) 8332082
I. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:
We, at Sahara BBS, have been promising our users to get them
into a world-wide connection that has -NEVER- been available
to anyone in Saudi Arabia. This connection was intended to
full-fill the needs of each and every user, no matter how
scattered the ideas and needs are.
Between 1992 and 1994 we have been searching for a network
that can do this. We have looked into diverse options and have
almost gone into tens of networks, from the small to the huge,
from the "just born" to the "old". We have found that the
Internet is with no doubt the best network that anyone can
connect with, that can supply us with such diverse needs. As
an example, on the Internet, you can send E-Mail to more than
45 million users around the globe (as of Dec. 1994).
As you probably know, the Internet offers diverse services.
> From just personal E-Mail, to file transfers (FTP), to logging
into remote organizations computers (telnet or rlogin) and
other such high-end services (WWW, Gopher, ARCHI..etc) which
made the Internet so popular.
We are not able to provide our users with the full services of
the Internet. Simply because we would need a permanent 24
hours connection to the Internet. Its obvious that this has
its huge costs that will not be covered no matter what we
choose to charge our users! Although this is a costly option,
we have been trying to do it during the first half of 1994. We
just couldn't do it. It has its huge obstacles that we will
need to work on for at least a couple of years! This attempt
has helped us greatly in learning about the Internet and about
the possibilities of connecting to it.
Sahara Internet Service -SIS- : (The Boom!)
Sahara Internet Service (SIS) is one great service you canlive without!
It opens your mind to the world around you. The
Internet is known as the largest and most growing network of
the computer communications world. It interconnects lots and
lots of other networks to make a huge grid of networks and
connections. Its links are so powerful and fast that e-mails
move around the globe in seconds!! You will be amazed how you
have been living without being connected to the Internet. More
into the fun of the Internet is its discussion groups
(conferences), or what they call in Internet terms the
"USENET" news groups. There are over 14000 news groups! They
discuss various aspects and subjects. Your favorite topics are
sure to be discussed somewhere ! Get connected to the largest
network in the world and be able to contact over 50 million
people and hosts world wide!
Tell me more about SIS ?
- Only paid members can enjoy this service.
- An annual subscription fee of 490 SR is required to be
able to read and write to others and have your own
account on the Internet. Example :
"firstname.lastname@example.org" or "email@example.com" or you
can have an alias such as firstname.lastname@example.org...etc.
(alias is an option with one time charge of SR 50)
- A six months subscription is available for 290 SR only!
- A three months subscription is also available for 190 SR
- You can start your own mailing list (Newsgroup) on the
Internet. If you would like to do so, then please
contact the SysOp for more details on the costs involved
and to get a feeling of what you should be doing to be
able to start such a thing!
- Please note that this service will DEPEND VERY GREATLY ON
THE NUMBER OF SUBSCRIBED USERS. As much as we have of
users as perfect the service will become.
- If you want complete information, then please download
the file SIS.ZIP or SIS.EXE which are available on
Sahara BBS. And if you want the users's guide then
download the file BBSGUIDE.TXT or BBSGUIDE.ZIP.
- This service has already completed one year of successful
operations and it is ready for you to utilize!
(Some of our subscribed members are already amazed by using it
and still lots to come!!).
- We have added a special conference for our subscribed
members to discuss all matters about the Internet and its
usage. (InterneTalk Conference # 21).
- Special prices are available for companies/groups (more
than 10 persons). Contact Sahara BBS now. Make your
company known worldwide! Join others and enjoy the
II. WHAT ARE OUR CAPABILITIES ?
Our connection will enable us, and all subscribed users for
this service, to send and receive private Internet E-Mail, as
if we are a complete, full fledged, organization on the
Internet. Each of the users that will be using this service
will have his/her own Internet address (look in section 3 for
more on this subject). It will also enable the BBS to
participate in USENET news groups.
There are thousands of these groups available on the Internet.
We just have to pick what suits us and then just subscribe to
them. We can add new ones or take-out any of the ones we are
subscribed to at any time. Currently we have seven of them.
Look at CURRENT.LST file.
These news groups are similar to the idea of a conference. A
group of people who are connected via an organization can
access these groups and so they can participate in the
discussions. We have to notice three things though:
1. That the postings to these groups should really be related
to the topic, or we will simply be reading about lots of
diverse things here and there.
2. There are thousands of people, or may be more, that are
reading these groups.
3. These people are simply from diverse backgrounds, and they
are really from around the world.
Examples of these USENET news groups are: alt.cd-rom,
bit.treavellers-l and alt.alien.visitors
This connection will also enable us to provide our users with
LISTSERVs. These are also similar to news groups. They are a
group of people who talk and discuss a topic. But these
listservs are mainly available through a network that's called
BITNET. Internet csonnected systems can also access these
BITNET listservs because there are a number of connections
between the Internet and the BITNET which allow the passage of
E-Mail. This also means that you can send private EMail to
anyone on the BITNET.
III. HOW ARE WE GOING TO WORK THESE OUT ?
The way we will adopt these USENET groups and BITNET lists is
that we will assign a CONFERENCE for each list or news group.
Of course any mail you write in the conferences assigned for
these news groups will be automatically sent to everyone
participating in these news groups around the world. But you
have to notice that you should address the mail to "ALL" from
within this specific conference.
PRIVATE E-MAIL(Mailing Box):
We also have a conference in which you can write any private
EMail you would like to send to someone on the Internet or
BITNET (that also covers big services like CompuServe,
AmericaOnline, Genie, and lots of others). If you are
expecting any E-Mail replies to you from the Internet or
BITNET, then you should enter this conference and you should
find it here if it has arrived already. (This conference is
now established as conference # 20, "Private E-Mail")
Each of the subscribed users for SIS will have an address of
the following format :
Example1: user name is "KAIS AL-ESSA"
Internet address is "email@example.com"
Simply speaking, each SPACE will be filled with the "_"
Example2: user name is "MAJED MATOUQ AHMED"
Internet address is "firstname.lastname@example.org"
** If you forget your address, you can simply type the
command [ADDRESS] while logged into Sahara BBS to get your
correct Internet address or alias (if you have one).
** Do not send mail to your friends in this BBS within
conference # 20, it will not reach them. (It is only for
There is also a conference that can be accessed only by the
users registered for SIS. In this conference, we will discuss
all and every problem you might face. This conference is also
meant for the exchange of information. Say that one of the
users found very well-known person on the net that others
might be interested in talking to, then he would tell about
him/her Internet address in this special conference.
We would like to make sure that you all gain benefit and have
fun from this Internet connection. If you have any questions
or comments then also this conference is made for that.
(This conference is established now as conference # 21,
IV. THE GOAL BEHIND ALL OF THIS !
Our main goal in this connection is to provide REAL world-wide
connectivity to the computer users in Saudi Arabia and the
Gulf region. This is the FIRST and only Public Internet
connection of its type! Sure there are BITNET connections, but
these are only for students of universities or faculty. These
are also limited for educational usage, and not open. You'll
not be able to get USENET news on these sites, and will not be
sure that your access is going to maintain for as long as you
Also, there are some Internet connections for some firms
like, IBM and NCR. But these are even more limited. They don't
allow any mails but the ones meant for business. You also will
not get any type of discussion group neither newsgroups nor
lists, and only executives are given these facilities.
Also, there are a couple of other BBSes in Jeddah and Riyadh
that promised Internet e-mail for their users. But these are
all primitive and less secure connections and have a long way
to come at the level we are offering you NOW. We are in no way
going to have benefit or profit from this service. It has its
huge costs that you'll not believe! Of course, you'd expect us
to say that, but this is the plain truth!
If you happen to have any questions after reading all of the
other documents included in this package, then please feel
free to drop a mail to us on Sahara BBS. We will be more than
happy to hear from you !
What do I need to get connected?
All you need is as follows:
- Personal Computer (PC or MAC).
- High speed modem (Call us on 03-8340788 for recommendation)
- Communication Software (Qmodem, ProcommPlus, CrossTalk..etc)
- Telephone Line (Any normal telephone line will do the job)
Do you know that Sahara BBS has
Installed on all of the nodes?
Call Nowres Trading for more information on ZyXEL Modems at
V. SAHARA BBS TERMS & CONDITIONS :
The following terms and conditions apply. These are subject to
change without further notice. To obtain the latest terms &
conditions, please contact the SysOp of Sahara BBS. (SysOp is
short for System Operator)
1. No user may use the SIS for any political, sexual or
2. No user should send nor receive any files through the
Internet. Either binary or non-binary files, uuencoded or
otherwise , through any source neither human nor
3. This service is meant to help and enhance our knowledge,
and it depends on the cooperation manners. We are not
looking for profit, we are simply looking for the day
where everyone is able to use the computer and
communicate with others easily. So please try to limit
your E-Mail within what you need and do not overload
the link bandwidth with huge E-Mails and things with no
4. We are also not responsible to teach you the way to do
it. It is all mentioned in our User's Guide . Please
download it or ask for it.
5. Please DO NOT SUBSCRIBE or send e-mail to any of these
addresses : LISTSERV, LISTPROC, MAIL-SERV, MAJORDOMO FTP,
LIST, REQUEST,..etc. (You are not allowed to do so).
(Anything that is in a listserv, or newsletter format).
Violators will be notified once, and on the second incident
they will be taken out of the SIS with no refund what-so-ever.
$$$ HOW TO SEND YOUR MONEY IN ?
The subscription fees are all indicated in the ORDER.FRM file.
You can pay the amount of subscription by any of the following
three ways :
1. If you have a VISA or Mastercard credit card that are
valid, then you have to just fill the APPLICATION FORM
(ORDER.FRM) and the AUTHORIZATION FORM (SIGN.FRM), sign
them both and send them to us by either mail or FAX
Our FAX is: +(966)-3-834-5652. Our mailing address is
2. If you are in Dammam, Khobar or Dhahran areas, then pass
by us at the Akariyah Commercial Building in Dammam.
We are in the 6th floor in suite # 601, together with
Nowres Trading. Give your money to Kais, Haitham, or to
any of the employees in there - PLEASE INDICATE THAT THIS
MONEY IS FOR SAHARA BBS ! and DON'T forget to fill the
(The working hours are : 8:00 - 12:30 and 14:00 - 18:30)
3. Send us a money order (Bank Draft) in the name of:
[ NOWRES TRADING EST.]
Please fill the enclosed FORMs along with the money order
of the amount due. And Mail it to our address.
Our Address: Sahara BBS,
TEL: (03) 8340788 FAX: (03) 8345652
BBS: (03) 8332082 Node#1 (Public)
BBS: (03) 8350421 Node#2 (Subscribed Members)
BBS: (03) 8333095 Node#3 (Subscribed Memebrs)
BBS: (03) 8333154 Node#4 (Subscribed Memebrs)
BBS: (03) 8343603 Node#5 (subscribed Members)
NOTE: sorry, we only have local access numbers. We do not have
access number in other regions (Callers from other than 03-
area code has to deal 03 first).
Membership Program Application Form (ORDER.FRM)
Firs (spelled correctly ) Last
If you are NEW to the BBS, then put a word of maximum 8
characters to be your password (not needed if you have logged
into Sahara before) :[______________]
Complete Mailing Address :
Work Phone # : [_________________________]
Home Phone # : [_________________________]
YES, I understand that this application will entitle me to no
more than 365 days from the day I am granted full access to
the BBS as a paid member. What I need of daily access time is:
[ ] New Subscription [ ] Renewal of
[ Description ] [ FEE ]
Tick One Only: (Basic Subscription)
[ ] Basic access of 60 minutes daily SR 100/year
[ ] Extra 10 minutes, totaling 70 minutes SR 110/year
[ ] Extra 20 minutes, totaling 80 minutes SR 120/year
[ ] Extra 30 minutes, totaling 90 minutes SR 130/year
(Internet subscribers must tick one choice of table#1 and one
Tick One Only: (Sahara Internet Service Subscription)
[ ] Internet E-Mail annual access SR 490/year
[ ] Internet E-Mail 6 months access SR 290/6months
[ ] Internet E-Mail 3 months access SR 190/3months
[ ] I would like to have an alias on my SR 50/one time
(Optional) Internet address
Example email@example.com (This could be any fancy name)
My Alias would be [_______________________]
Total is SR [ ]
* Payment method: VISA or MasterCard o CASH o CHECK o
(Please tick one of the above)
YES, I understand that in SIS I can neither send nor receive
any files of either binary or non-binary origin and that I'll
strictly be using this service for plain text e-mail messages.
If I violated the rules I will be notified once and on the
second incident, I will be taken off the SIS with no right to
ask for a refund. And I'll go by the terms and conditions of
Signature of Applicant Date Sent :
NOTE : If you are paying by your credit card, please download
the file "SIGN.FRM" and fill it and Fax it back to us along
with this form to FAX # 03-834-5652. or just mail it to our
address. P.O.Box 5480, Dammam 31422, KSA. The file "SIGN.FRM"
might be attached to this document.
SAHARA BULLETIN BOARD SYSTEM
Nowres Trading Est. (SIGN.FRM)
P.O.Box 5480 TEL 03-834-0788
Dammam 31422 FAX 03-834-5652
Sahara BBS requires all members to have a signed Credit Card
Authorization Form on file (see below).
Plesign and return the appropriate forms as soon as possible
so your subscription does not get interrupted.
CREDIT CARD AUTHORIZATION FORM
Sahara BBS Member Login Name [_______________________________]
Name on Credit Card [________________________________________]
Type of Credit Card [_____________] (Visa or MasterCard)
Credit Card Number [________________________________________]
Expiration Date [_______/________]
In accordance with SAHARA BBS TERMS AND CONDITIONS, I hereby
authorize Nowres Trading Est. to bill any charges incurred for
the above named account to the credit card specified.
Card Holder Signature: ______________________________
Name : _______________________________
PLEASE FAX IT BACK TO US ON 03-834-5652
Or Mail it to the above address.