HI STEVE, et al Really embarrassed here. I have been lurking on this group for quite a while as what you are doing is totally fascinating. Am totally
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, Apr 21, 2012
HI STEVE, et al
Really embarrassed here.
I have been lurking on this group for quite a while as what you are doing
is totally fascinating. Am totally embarrassed that I am not competent to
contribute any thing. Perhaps I thought I would absorb what is going
on by osmosis or something. LOL.
Got my first computer around the mid to late 70s. My secretary picked it
out, set it up and then he told me not to touch it. LOL . Consequently I
never learned what would be very useful to me today. As I could not
attend, he went to a charity luncheon where he met Peter Norton who gave
him a copy of his first Norton utilities. I think the
computer was something like a 40 or 60 mg, which was considered top of the
line hot at the time.
It was only when I got a computer for home that I learned a
bit about the workings. Anyway, I am fascinated following along here
as best as I can. Thank you for doing all of this and sharing.
I have most of the machines you are talking about - 2 of some so if I can
help with anything, I would be glad to do so. However, I cannot say that I
am familiar with all of them either. <G>.
I think that the general interest for actually knitting is
not multi-color or anything fancy. But for the non-software hackers,
hopefully I can explain why it's interesting to the people working on the
software side of things . . .
In order to create and improve the
software that talks to the machines and manipulates patterns, we need to
understand what all the different locations within the saved data from the
machine are for. Everything from the machine is saved - the knitting
pattern(s), the current row needle seetings, the next row needle settings,
the settings of all the switches on the machine, etc. A lot of work has
been done to figure this out but there are still big gaps in what's known
about how it all works. So by figuring out how things like multi-color
patterns are stored, it's very likely that we'll learn things which are
useful in the general case.
Right now, most of the work has been done
on the KH-930 data format, but the more we know about that machine and all
the others, the more we'll be able to extend knowledge about all of them.
This may not make sense to non-programmers, but after you've been looking
at something like this for a while, you can look at a data dump which has
things arranged differently, and sort of recognize different parts of the
I hope that this is a helpful
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