Creator of the original electronic squad leader notebook software for personal computers, milMedia Group (Top Sarge) was an early inventor of products and services for soldiers.
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│ Computerized Leader’s Book │
│ CLB v5.1 │
│ (C)Copyright 1993-2001 Dan Elder │
│ ■Electronic Organization for Today’s Military Leader■ │ │
CLB is not a Public Domain program and is not free. CLB is
copyright (C) 1993-2001 by Dan Elder & Top Sarge Software.
Non-registered users of this program are granted a limited two-week
license to CLB to evaluate the programs suitability for their
requirements. Any usage of CLB beyond the evaluation time period
requires registration of each copy of the program used. Use of non-
registered copies of CLB beyond the original evaluation period is
CLB may NOT be modified in any respect, for any reason, including
but not limited to, de-compiling, disassembling, or reverse
engineering of the program. The opening title screen, help screens,
and all other proprietary program output must never be altered,
removed, bypassed or modified by any means.
You are free to distribute the PUBLICLY AVAILABLE shareware version
of CLB to others subject to the above restrictions and also the
- No fee is charged for its use.
- No renumeration may be accepted for CLB. This does not
apply to computer access charges the system operators
of or organizations owning bulletin board systems, online
services, etc… may charge subscribers.
- CLB must be copied in unaltered form, complete with files
containing license information, the FULL documentation and
all accompanying files.
- All shareware houses/distribution firms must make explicitly
clear that the diskette purchase containing any shareware
program has NOT registered the shareware with TheSoft.
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The above license statement does not apply to the REGISTERED
version of CLB. The registered software of Top Sarge Software and
Dan Elder is protected under United States Copyright and Trademark
Laws. It must be treated just like a book with certain exceptions
- Dan Elder and Top Sarge Softwre authorizes the making of
archival copies of the registered software for the sole purpose
of backing-up your software and protecting your investment from
- The medium on which the registered software is recorded is
transferred to the customer, but not the title to the software.
- The customer may resell or distribute unmodified copies of the
registered software provided the customer has purchased from
Dan Elder one copy of the registered software for each
one sold or distributed. The provisions of this software license
shall also be applicable to third parties receiving copies of
the registered software from the customer.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS…………………… 1
ABOUT CLB………………………….. 2
SETTING UP CLB……………………… 3
RUNNING CLB………………………… 4
ABOUT THE AUTHOR…………………… 7
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╒╤══ About CLB ══╤╕
The (C)omputerized (L)eader’s (B)ook is my attempt to allow
technology to make life easier for Squad Leaders, Platoon Sergeant/
Leaders, Section Sergeants/Leaders, or anyone in a leadership
position. With the integration of computers into the military and
the increase of privately owned computers by soldiers, it only
makes sense to allow the computer to lighten the burden. Current
doctrine (FM 25-101, Battle Focus Training, appendix B) requires
leaders to maintain a “Leaders Book.” As a young sergeant, I recall
maintaining a notebook with pertinent information of my soldiers.
It had many erasures, corrections, and updates, but it was always
Using this program allows you to enter information, edit, print,
make reports, and delete information. You can print out a hardcopy
of each soldiers statistics on a standard 8½ x 11 inch sheet of paper
that you can place in your in a document protector for inclusion in
your leader book, or print it to the screen for easy viewing.
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╒╤══ Set Up ══╤╕
OPERATING FROM FLOPPY DISK
You can run CLB directly from a floppy, though it will
operate slower than on a standard hard drive. To run,
change the directory to the drive you have the disk in
[type <B:> or <A:>]. Then enter CLB at the prompt to start
COPYING FROM FLOPPY DISK TO HARD DRIVE
First, make a directory on the hard drive you intend to
install CLB on [type <MD CLB>]. Place the floppy disk in
the drive, and change to that drive [type <B:> or <A:>].
Copy all files to your hard drive [type <COPY *.* C:\CLB>].
Change back to your hard drive in the CLB directory and
type CLB to start the program.
OPERATING FROM A HARD DRIVE
After you have copied all files from the floppy disk or
ZIP file, change to the CLB directory [type <CD \CLB>].
Type CLB to begin the program.
SETUP FROM ZIPFILE
Make a directory on the hard drive you intend to install
CLB on [type <MD CLB>]. Copy your zipped copy of CLB to that
directory [type <COPY CLB.ZIP C:\CLB>]. Unzip the file
[type <PKUNZIP CLB>]. Place your zipped up version in a safe
place for backup. Enter [type <CLB>] to start.
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╒╤══ Running CLB ══╤╕
Using this program is extremely easy, even for the newest computer
user. Help is provided to the user on the status line, located on
the bottom of each screen. Selections are made by using a ALT-<key>
combination. Each screen provides onscreen help from the status line.
The program provides you prompts throughout the program.
Navigating through CLB is a matter of simple keystrokes. By
pressing a ALT-<key> combination, you will be presented with the
option of your choice. By using your cursor key, you may move
between sub-menus. The following is a list of valid options:
ALT-F1 ON SCREEN Help
├───> About CLB
└───> Registration Info
└───> Enter a New Record
├───> View a record in database
├───> Edit a record in database
└───> Delete a record in database
├───> Print All Records
└───> Print a Selected Record
└───> Make a Report
└───> Quit to DOS
ALT-X Quick Exit
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[ Enter a Record ] This option is used to enter all
information for each record. You
may abort the record at any time
by pressing the <ESC> key in any
box. Corrections may be made by
using the cursor keys to jump
from one box to another. After
completing the template, you will
be prompted if all info is correct,
and then save the record.
[ View a Record ] This option allows to to view any
record in your database. You will
be presented with up to 15 records
per screen. You may select a record
by its number, or by entering the
last name of the person who’s
record you want to find. Press “N”
to use the “BY NAME” option. Press
<ESC> to return to the main menu.
[ Edit a Record ] This option allows you to update
data or make corrections. Selecting
a record is the same as viewing,
either by entering a number or
by entering the last name of the
person who’s record you want to
[ Delete a Record ] This option allows you to delete
a record in your database.
[ Print All ] This option will dump all the info
of each record to an Epson compat-
ble printer, and print each record
on a single 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of
paper, for inclusion in a leader’s
[ Print Selected ] This option allows you to print a
single record. Selecting records
is similar to [ View a Record ].
By pressing F1 at this screen allows
you to print a blank form to give
to subordinates so you may gather
data to put in your database.
Pressing F2 toggles the Privacy Act
Statement to be appended to the record.
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[ Reports ] This options allows you to make a
report of selected fields, which you
may print to your screen or to an
Epson compatible printer. You will
be presented a screen with all the
available fields. Select each field
by number to include in your report.
When completed, press the <ENTER> key,
and a listing of those fields from
each record will be displayed or
[ Quit ] Returns to your Operating system.
This program has been released by two methods.
DIRECT MARKETING – The author, through advertisement
and word of mouth from pleased users, provides
registered copies to buyers. If you recieved your
copy on a floppy disk directly from the author, you
have a fully enabled, registered version of CLB, and
have made the required payment.
SHAREWARE – Users who have download their copy of CLB
have a demo version of CLB, and upon payment will
receive a fully functional version. This version
has slower screen writes (due to UNREGISTERD label)
and does not support printing. Lack of registration
despite many downloads have caused this new feature.
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TO REGISTER YOUR COPY
Send a $15 check or money order to:
23a Sheridan Ave
Fort Riley, KS 66442
USE YOUR VISA OR MASTER CARD TO REGISTER
Go online to: http://www.vbnhq.com/clb.htm
╒╤══ Author Info ══╤╕
Dan Elder is an active duty Command Sergeant Major who has
served in many leadership positions for over 20 years. As
a computer hobbist, he has spent many years developing and
refining CLB. With this latest release, he has developed 3
military related program, and 3 Bulletin Board utilities.
Having been a BBS sysop for 4 years, and a member of
shareware organizations, Dan has been around shareware for 7
years. To contact Dan for information, you may contact him
via email at:
The latest versions of all my military related programs can be found
online, or thru contacting me direct. I will provide support
to all users of this and all my programs. The hard part is to locate
- As a active duty soldier, I tend to move a bit. Currently I am
serving in Kansas, and should be here until 2003. If you
are reading this beyond January 2003, you can bet the address
is invalid. Try to contact me via email for an updated address.