My reply is quite a bit off the topic, but I think it will help you with what you what.
Strickly speaking, the "FREE" BASIC that came with DOS didn't die. It is being called VBScript nowadays on Windows 95 and beyond including Windows 2000 and XP. You must have "Windows Script Host" (WSH) installed on your machine to take full advantage of it. Just think of the WSH is the BASIC interpreter you used to work with.
You can do a lot of your windows automation via the WSH. The part that interact with your Windows desktop is called "WScript.exe". If you still prefer, you can use "CScript.exe" for your command line applications that you develope.
For example, say if you have a VB (or BASIC) program called TalkUp.vbs under the "LowMicGain" directory, then you would call your script from the command line like this:
Back to my original question:
Any CAT DEVELOPER out there hearing me?
de David, AF4BHaf4bh@zoomtown.com