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 1   User Forum / User Post / Re: JR Times  on: Jun 14th, 2018, 9:46pm 
Started by Mikesan | Last post by Mikesan
Well, I was responding to,
 
"There are lots of OPL files there but no way of knowing what's missing!"

 
because there absolutely is a way to know!  Not only that, I've always commented ('REMarked') my code, so that even I can figure it out many years later and JRTIME is no exception.
 
In this case, as Boris urged me to do at the time, I even put a manual in there, which, of course, I didn't read either this time and went at finding out why by analysing the code instead in the video, but had I done so, I would have seen that it says;
 
Selecting The File.
 
The file to be loaded is offered as soon as the program is run.  This defualt filename and location is made possible by a small procedure which the user writes.  It MUST be called JRT$;
 
  JRT$:
  RETURN "A:FILENAME"
 
As you can see, it's very simple.  The first file prompted for by the program in this instance would be "FILE> A:FILENAME".  One would normally just accept this by pressing [EXE].

 
That said, what with the extremely laggy recording and unplanned format, yes, I'll admit that it is a pretty crappy video, but what I said stands.
 
This forum is about enthusiasts who are willing to take other people's code and figure it out and even enhance it - Psion didn't even bother with REMs in a lot of cases!  It's nice if one finds someone's program and it just works, "right out of the box", but the onus is on the finder of such programs to iron-out any bugs.
 
So sorry to disagree, but it is a really simple fix and one that was actually in the manual supplied in the zip and wasn't actually an error.
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 2   User Forum / User Post / Yu-Gi-Ho  on: Jun 8th, 2018, 10:24pm 
Started by Mikesan | Last post by MartinReid
Dear Mike
 
You got me thinking when you put that AutoQ was written for your son. My youngest used to play a card game called Yu-Gi-Oh, so between us we wrote a short routine to record and keep the scores. That was his introduction to coding.
 
For any Yu-Gi-Ho players out there I've attached an OPK and SNA in the attached zip.
 
In good faith
Martin
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 3   User Forum / General / Re: Calling top level routines from OPL  on: May 31st, 2018, 9:42am 
Started by MartinReid | Last post by jaap
Good to hear it's all working.
 
on May 31st, 2018, 9:03am, MartinReid wrote:

P.S. My questions are never ending. I read somewhere (probably in one of Jaaps pages) about changing the position in the Main Menu of a bootable item! Anyone got any idea how I can get Plan to boot to position 3 on the Main Menu. It is only a cosmetic thing but it would bee neat.

 
I don't think that is easy. Even if you delete all the other menu items and re-insert them after Plan, as soon as you press ON the pack is rebooted and it puts Plan back at the end of the menu.
 
The only way I see for doing this is to change the code in the pack image (i.e. find where it inserts the menu item and change it from -1 to 2 or 3, and update the code checksum accordingly). Then re-Make the pack image.
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 4   User Forum / Help / Re: Message for Mike Russell - Forum Access  on: May 4th, 2018, 7:25pm 
Started by MartinReid | Last post by Mikesan
His email is the old one and so he should try logging in-with that.
If not, http://forum.psion2.org/html/help/contact.html
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 5   User Forum / General / Re: New Hardware  on: May 3rd, 2018, 1:37pm 
Started by olivierg | Last post by MartinReid
on May 3rd, 2018, 12:13pm, jaap wrote:

I used a slot-cover or datapack case for this. Using a sharp knife I cut off part of the flat side the datapack case and glued it in place in the hole of the comms link case.

Dear Jaap
 
Good idea, will also be a good colour match.
 
My next project is to 'make' (actually re-make) my 128k workshop datapak. I'm struggling to use 'MAKE.exe' with DOSbox via the USB link, so I'm going to have a look at Filip's Load utility and mix in some .ODB, .OB7 and .NTS files. Should be fun. I'll practice on some 32k Datapaks that Peter TheSourcerer sent me with my Top Slot Adaptor cover.
 
Sincerely Martin
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 6   User Forum / User Post / USB Comms Link Port Covers  on: May 3rd, 2018, 11:30am 
Started by MartinReid | Last post by MartinReid
For anyone who uses a 'Comms Link' or 'Power Supply' Top Slot Adaptor to enase Olivier's 'USB Powered Comms Link' the attached shows some 3D printable 'port' covers to blank the holes that remain after fitting.
 
TheSourcerer has Top Slot Adaptors available if needed.
 
The Printable STL's are too large to post here, let me know if you want make use of them.
 
Sincerely and in good faith
Martin
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 7   Marketplace / Wanted Items / Re: Top Slot Power Adaptor Case  on: Apr 29th, 2018, 4:25pm 
Started by MartinReid | Last post by MartinReid
on Apr 24th, 2018, 9:13pm, thesourcerer wrote:
Of course Martin, a pleasure. I will leave the thread on, because I am sure a number of other people will need top slot cases for Olivier’s Comms Links. When I run out of the LED type, it is relatively easy to drill a countersunk hole into the older type. Having said that, I never know when I may get a larger order for them. Yes folks, there are still companies out there using Psion IIs commercially, they aren’t just collectors items!
On a similar note, if anyone wants any blank datapack cases ( for 256k Rampacks/Flash data packs, with unused labels) I can supply them for 1 each plus 1 p&p (irrespective of quantity, UK rate, but happy to post internationally.

Dear Peter
 
Arrived safely thank you, and free gifts wow.
 
Are the datapaks sized? or can I use them to practice when I'm using MAKE in DOSBox?
 
Sincerely
Martin
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 8   User Forum / User Post / Re: Using Jape with the OPK file editor  on: Apr 27th, 2018, 9:24pm 
Started by MartinReid | Last post by MartinReid
Dear Jaap
 
I see what you mean. I can crash Jape by trying to delete an OB3 from a paged 32k datapak.
 
Luckily I don't need to add or remove from my uploaded 128k pack, I just need to read from it. But thanks for the heads up about setting the Paged option; I'll also set the Write Protected option so it will return the Read Only Pack Error rather than crash.
 
While I'm waiting for my USB Comms Link to arrive from Olivier I'm trying to prepare my pack ready to practice using MAKE in DOSBox as outlined in your Using the Comms Link page.
 
Thanks again, sincerely
Martin
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 9   User Forum / Help / Re: Comms Link Problem  on: Apr 26th, 2018, 10:40am 
Started by DHeadshot | Last post by MartinReid
on Apr 25th, 2018, 8:33pm, starhawk wrote:
I don't run WINE. If you run WINE, you need all the trappings of Windows (antivirus, etc) along with it -- Windows' problems run just as well in WINE as anything else. Seeing as I switched to Linux at least in part to escape all that crap, I have no desire to invite it back with me. At that point I might as well just switch back!
 
Maybe I'm being greedy, but I want a *native* Linux application.
 
Also, be aware that Boris can't fulfill his offer (as stated on that page) any more -- primarily by virtue of, he's dead. Unless someone else has those routines in source form, you'd have to reverse-engineer Psi2Win to get them, at this point...

Dear Starhawk
 
Like I say I don't really understand any of this, but you clearly do.
 
Anyway as long as you have seen the thread, that's my two penn'oth.
 
As my old fella used to say "sometimes best not to get involved"
 
Sincerely and in good faith
Martin
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 10   User Forum / Help / Re: No Screen  on: Apr 10th, 2018, 3:12am 
Started by CTYankee310 | Last post by starhawk
Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat's not a good sign.
 
I really don't think there's anything left of PSION even to service that equipment any more you're basically down to trying to find an EE who feels neighborly. Maybe if you live near a local hackspace or makerspace, someone there could help?
 
I'd offer myself, but I can't do much beyond prodding it with multimeter and logic probe, and I have this feeling that that won't be too useful.
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