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November 1999
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Knights to the Rescue

Last month, Rhonda Miller asked about White Knight software for Macintosh. Among the replies:

Editor:

We used to be in the Mac environment too and did have an application called White Knight, a communications software used to access Lexis and Westlaw. Any documents that we saved in this program on the Mac were actually text based documents that would have had a .txt type ending in a PC environment. I was not aware that there was a White Knight application for arbitration research for the Mac, just that White Knight allowed an individual to dial out and possibly download software. It was not a friendly piece of software.

Christine E. May
Bethesda, Md.

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Editor:

White Knight is the name of an Apple Macintosh shareware telecommunications program that was originally called Red Ryder (or, perhaps, Red Rider). It was the most highly rated shareware program in its category for many years. The name was changed because the developer had licensed the former name from a third party and the license fees became prohibitive when the program became a huge success.

The program may still be available through shareware sources. If not, I own a registered copy of White Knight and may be able to get some information from which the developer can be identified.

Herb Mang
Mang, Batiza, Gaudin, Godofsky & Penzato
Baton Rouge, La.

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Editor:

The program was a terminal emulation program used on the Mac to make a connection with a bulletin board system or BBS. (Old timers recall BBSs before the Internet.)

In actuality, White Knight did not do her arbitration research, but rather she used to connect to a BBS that contained a database of research.

Of course, today, we have Web sites with such databases. I hope she finds her source.

Gary B. Hoffman
Computer Services Manager
Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
University of California San Diego
La Jolla, Calif.

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Editor:

White Knight is a serial communications application for the Macintosh and provides terminal emulation. Consider it to be the Procomm for Mac. Which online legal service your reader was accessing is a different story.

Kenneth M. Stasick
UNIX Systems Administrator
Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Cleveland, Ohio.

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Editor:

White Knight is the commercial version of a longstanding and popular modem communication program.

It has disappeared with the dominance of the Web. It was used by many mac lawyer but did not have any specific legalfunctions.

They apparently used it to search online databases which, if the databases are still functioning in the same manner could be done now with any communication program.

Paul A. Frederiksen
Legal Computer Solutions
Denver, Colo.

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Editor:

Re: White Knight software, I believe it might be out of business. They are referenced on most all Mac software pages, with a Web site: www.screenshare.com. But no such Web site can be found.

Anne Harle
Legal Computer Consultants
Miami

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Corrections

In the Sept. issue, page 57, in an item about FormScape 2.2 document management software, we incorrectly spelled the name of its manufacturer, AFP Technology, of Morrisville, N.C.

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