A number of options are available for each of the commands. These include
suppressing checks when overwriting read-only files on a PC-DOS disk, and
directing the output from a command to a printer. The latter is useful because
control-P has no effect within the program, although it is still possible to get a
screen-dump with EDIT and control-D. The COPY command also insists on being
told the format (CP/M or PC-DOS) of the source disk as one of its options, even
though the program knows the format associated with each drive. .
The program’s major limitations are its inability to erase or rename a file, or to
overwrite a CP/M read-only file or disk (which generates that dreaded BDOS Err
on A: message !). Perhaps someone will release a version 4.0 ! However, it is easy
to use, so much so that it can be run without referring to the manual. Gemini owners
who also use IBM PCs will find this an invaluable aid to their productivity. I found
its main use to be transferring data files and source code for languages such as
TurboPascal, which are available for both CP/M and PC-DOS.
[IBM-COPY is available from Gemini dealers, or from Scorpio Systems by mail order
for £65 + VAT (P&P free to subscribers).]
by V.A. Rious
Real programmers would rather use a bank of toggle switches and read a row of
LEDs than use such cumbersome devices as keyboards and CRTs to talk to
Real programmers don’t write specs. – users should consider themselves lucky to
get any program at all and take what they get.
Real programmers don’t comment their code. If it was hard to write, it should be
hard to understand.
Real programmers don’t write applications programs; they program right down on
the bare metal. Application programming is for feebs who can’t do system
Real programmers’ programs never work right the first time. But if you throw them
on the machine they can be patched into working in “only a few” 30-hour debugging