Scor­pio News


April–June 1987, Volume 1, Issue 2

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much ‘better’ results? In the case of ComPas, this would be mostly due to its


eeplaing why David Parkinson didn’t bother firing ComPas to use the HSA there would be quite « lot of work involved a that Lind of patcht

5330 seconds, seven ti ‘at HPS and eleven times mach a case of horses 7

after all that, ws don’t know how Jong it took, a Printed thea, le Hy contact ie hoping to get the program to send the FSeareed’ and *Finished’ to his terminal next time he rune {t1 Soon T will try it’ on the Open University DEC 20 malafra

Gratuitous Attacks on Other Contributors

Wot really, just a few comments on the content of issue 1. Quite « lot of it vasnie really directly concerned with the hardware Listed on the front cover of The magazine. In particular, there were a lot of pages about Fortran, & Language that should have died out youre ago. And Dave Hunt’s dictionary was rather incomplete. Items of this nature should be up to date, and include Gefinitions relating to important languages Like Pascal. You know the sort of thing T mean, “Recureion, see recursion”

Anterested by the article about Gemini’s Multinet, as I think there is far ‘tn having oh user than having Lote of

tied onto If Multinet vorke properly,

unlike the awful Econe why it dene mentioned in

Network magazine? Back to Dave Wont, ply to Bert

four times ae long as the letter itself Methinks he doth protest too much!

Installing HDsO for use with the SVC.

EDS is the progcam editor T use, which {s suppiied with Language Hisoft produce Iv comes with an installation prog tiser to set it up for a particular system’s display hardware, and very good it Uet"eo0., What st doesn’t dois word processing, with the vord-veapping and justification tha implies. Programs tend not eo need that sort of thing.

When 1 finished installing mine, following the instcuctions carefully (and the manual does explain the process clearly), I found I had a problem The SVC was Rot showing any cursor ‘After a few minutes trying to work by pressing a key fand watching where # character appeared, I decided Thad to do something.» Going back to the manual, T Found out how to get EDO to send an initialisation string fo the SVC, and set it up to enable the cursor, in the form of a flashing block: Whappen to prefer that sort to the more weual underline character. on running EDGO there wee ay flashing cursor blob | However, as soon ae T touched a Fe it vanished, Further investigation suggested that CP/M wee resetting it to ti original invisible type for inscrutable reasons of ite own. So T dug out the Ch/H BIOs Liscings, and found the routine that was doing it I made a CP/M with that routine eemoved, and can EDSO again The cursor still vanished ag soon as in wan moved from the top left of the screen. T went to the pub

In the end, 1 had @ look at the code of E080, using Hisoft’s MON COM utility, and found that being Jolly good chaps, and tidy progranmers, they had routed all calls to the CP/M screen writing routine to a single routine of their own. Even better, there vere useful areas of zeros dn the progeam, whith looked as if & patch ingerted in them would do no harm. So I cobbled together a patch, and put Pein “Te may be ugly. it may be longer than it needs to be, ie may even break

obscure lew of Dijkstra or Codd, for all T know, but it alsa happens to

Here it is, In case anybody needa it:

This is an OCR’d version of the scanned page and likely contains recognition errors.

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