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  • kabldb
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    Message 1 of 9 , May 1, 2008
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      :-)


      --- In ti99-4a@yahoogroups.com, ti99_forever <ti99_forever@...> wrote:
      >
      > I'd like to play with this "Rarity" db.
      >
      > Eric, where is that document you have regarding TI
      > Office and the included programs?
      >
      > I have no way to locate the original HCJ issue at the
      > moment - two weeks ago, and I knew where it was, but
      > everything is packed (and I mean PACKED) into the new
      > garage...
      >
      > --- Eric Bray <ewbray2000@...> wrote:
      >
      > > When I want all the programs in "TI Office" to run
      > > really fast I just
      > > run the 'Office Suite' in Classic99 with the TURBO
      > > option turned on!!
      > >
      > > --- In ti99-4a@yahoogroups.com,
      > > "computerclassics2000"
      > > <computerclassics@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I have posted PC99 and Win994A Simulator versions
      > > of the following
      > > to
      > > > Mark Wills' Planet-99 website: IS-BASE 3.3
      > > >
      > > > BACKGROUND: IS-Base is a data management tool. The
      > > original IS-Base
      > > > can be found on the Home Computer Journal disk for
      > > Volume 3. It is
      > > > also available on Planet-99 as part of Eric Bray's
      > > Win994aSim TI
      > > > Office disk. A follow up utility program for
      > > IS-Base, called IS-Base
      > > > Construction Set, that is used for merging files,
      > > renaming files and
      > > > the like may also be found on the Home Computer
      > > Journal disk for
      > > Volume 4.
      > > >
      > > > I started playing around with IS-Base when Eric
      > > Bray first put TI
      > > > Office together. I was disappointed by its lack of
      > > speed, but
      > > > intrigued by it's unique design and incredibly
      > > easy approach to data
      > > > management. Because IS-Base is written totally in
      > > Extended BASIC I
      > > was
      > > > able to make some changes. IS-Base 3.3 the result
      > > of those changes.
      > > >
      > > > A couple of items worth noting:
      > > >
      > > > 01. XB programming line number integrity has been
      > > retained as much
      > > as
      > > > possible with the original IS-Base program in case
      > > you want to
      > > compare
      > > > the two.
      > > >
      > > > 02. The DS/SD disk created for both PC99 and
      > > Win994aSim emulators
      > > > contains a 400 plus record database of cartridge
      > > rarity ratings to
      > > > give you something to play with.
      > > >
      > > > 03. I am NOT able to get IS-Base 3.3 to PRINT when
      > > using Win994aSim
      > > > v3.008. Win994aSim v3.007 works just fine.
      > > >
      > > > When the PRINTER ON command is issued in v3.008 an
      > > error message is
      > > > displayed. Trying again crashes the program at
      > > line 2330 or line
      > > 310.
      > > > Although the PR$ variable is populated with PIO as
      > > the device name,
      > > an
      > > > error occurs when it tries to OPEN #4: PR$,OUTPUT.
      > > I cannot explain
      > > > why this happens only in v3.008, and have not
      > > investigated further?
      > > >
      > > > 04. Because of the output queue used in Win994aSim
      > > for printing to a
      > > > Windows-Based printer, you must issue a PRINTER
      > > OFF command in order
      > > > to send the output to your Windows printer.
      > > >
      > > > 05. IS-Base 3.3 is NOT compatible with the
      > > original IS-Base in TI
      > > Office.
      > > >
      > > > MY ADDITIONS/CHANGES:
      > > > - Changed ISB 3.3 to use DIS/FIX 80 files instead
      > > of INT/FIX 80
      > > files,
      > > > making it compatible with any TI Writer editor
      > > (BA-Writer,
      > > FunnelWeb,
      > > > TI Writer).
      > > > - Added a record counter utility program that will
      > > display and save
      > > > the number of records in a file.
      > > > - Added a file merge utility program to allow
      > > merging of multiple
      > > > files (up to 9 at one time) into a single
      > > database.
      > > > - Changed original path/file access routines to
      > > allow ANY disk path
      > > or
      > > > file name to be used in creating or loading a file
      > > for use, not just
      > > > DSK1, DSK2 and an unchangeable database that is
      > > named IS-Base_DT by
      > > > default.
      > > > - Changed file name length requirement/limitation
      > > to a maximum of
      > > nine
      > > > (9) characters.
      > > > -- An * is used at the end of a file name to
      > > designate the "Counter
      > > > File" that holds the record count mentioned above.
      > > > -- An # sign is used within the ISB 3.3 program to
      > > replace the "_TP"
      > > > (temp) file extension in the original program,
      > > which is used when
      > > you
      > > > "CRUNCH" a database.
      > > > - Added a HELP routine to read a DV/80 file named
      > > HELP, that is
      > > > accessed by typing HELP at the ? prompt.
      > > > -- HELP is a DV/80 file that can be modified with
      > > TIW to suit your
      > > needs.
      > > > - Added support for the Thermal Printer by adding
      > > the word OUTPUT to
      > > > line #2330.
      > > > - Added a LOAD command that redisplays the
      > > path/file name prompts
      > > you
      > > > will see when the program first loads. This allows
      > > for changing to
      > > > another database while still within the ISB 3.3
      > > program.
      > > >
      > > > As I mentioned earlier, there is data on the ISB
      > > 3.3 disk along with
      > > > the programs just discussed.
      > > >
      > > > To test my changes to IS-Base, and to give the
      > > program something
      > > > useful to operate on, I created a database named
      > > RARE0408, that is
      > > > based on Bryan Roppolo's cartridge rarity list
      > > from
      > > > www.videogamehouse.net. RARE0408 however lists
      > > more than just game
      > > > cartridges. It is a subset of my TI-99 Cartridge
      > > Collection Kit
      > > > database. RARE0408 lists over 400 cartridges from
      > > every genre that
      > > was
      > > > available to the TI-99/4A owner.
      > > >
      > > > Because of the time it takes for searches (all
      > > searches are
      > > > sequential), I have also provided the contents of
      > > RARE0408 as 26
      > > > separate files, named A-Z. So, for example you can
      > > find out the
      > > rarity
      > > > classification of TI-CALC by searching RARE0408,
      > > but you can get to
      > > > the information much faster by searching the file
      > > named 'T' (for TI-
      > > CALC).
      > > >
      > > > Visit the www.videogamehouse.net website for an
      > > explanation of the
      > > > (1-10) rarity ratings used in RARE0408.
      > > >
      > > > Finally, all Rarity Ratings are subjective. No
      > > matter who created
      > > the
      > > > list, virtually none are based on actual number of
      > > cartridges
      > > > produced, because manufacturers don't usually
      > > release that
      > > > information. Nonetheless, I think that the
      > > experiences and knowledge
      > > > of some of the collector's and long time 99ers
      > > amongst us make the
      > > > ratings as useful as possible.
      > > >
      > > > To come up with the ratings in RARE0408 I drew
      > > upon my own
      > > experience
      > > > and knowledge as a long time collector along with
      > > that shared
      > > > personally and via the OLUG with Jim Fetzner,
      > > Bryan Roppolo, Mike
      > > > Wright, Charlie Good, Jerry Price and others along
      > > the way.
      > > >
      > > > Bill Gaskill
      > > > 04/29/2008
      > > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > === message truncated ===
      >
      >
      >
      >
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    • Eric Bray
      Go to the following site: http://www.99er.net/download2/index.php?act=view&id=143 Download the .zip file Included along with the Win994a disk of TI Office
      Message 2 of 9 , May 1, 2008
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        Go to the following site:

        http://www.99er.net/download2/index.php?act=view&id=143

        Download the .zip file

        Included along with the Win994a disk of "TI Office" are three .pdf
        files of the docs for 1) IS-Base, 2) Snap-Calc, and 3) Type Writer



        --- In ti99-4a@yahoogroups.com, ti99_forever <ti99_forever@...> wrote:
        >
        > I'd like to play with this "Rarity" db.
        >
        > Eric, where is that document you have regarding TI
        > Office and the included programs?
        >
        > I have no way to locate the original HCJ issue at the
        > moment - two weeks ago, and I knew where it was, but
        > everything is packed (and I mean PACKED) into the new
        > garage...
        >
        > --- Eric Bray <ewbray2000@...> wrote:
        >
        > > When I want all the programs in "TI Office" to run
        > > really fast I just
        > > run the 'Office Suite' in Classic99 with the TURBO
        > > option turned on!!
        > >
        > > --- In ti99-4a@yahoogroups.com,
        > > "computerclassics2000"
        > > <computerclassics@> wrote:
        > > >
        > > > I have posted PC99 and Win994A Simulator versions
        > > of the following
        > > to
        > > > Mark Wills' Planet-99 website: IS-BASE 3.3
        > > >
        > > > BACKGROUND: IS-Base is a data management tool. The
        > > original IS-Base
        > > > can be found on the Home Computer Journal disk for
        > > Volume 3. It is
        > > > also available on Planet-99 as part of Eric Bray's
        > > Win994aSim TI
        > > > Office disk. A follow up utility program for
        > > IS-Base, called IS-Base
        > > > Construction Set, that is used for merging files,
        > > renaming files and
        > > > the like may also be found on the Home Computer
        > > Journal disk for
        > > Volume 4.
        > > >
        > > > I started playing around with IS-Base when Eric
        > > Bray first put TI
        > > > Office together. I was disappointed by its lack of
        > > speed, but
        > > > intrigued by it's unique design and incredibly
        > > easy approach to data
        > > > management. Because IS-Base is written totally in
        > > Extended BASIC I
        > > was
        > > > able to make some changes. IS-Base 3.3 the result
        > > of those changes.
        > > >
        > > > A couple of items worth noting:
        > > >
        > > > 01. XB programming line number integrity has been
        > > retained as much
        > > as
        > > > possible with the original IS-Base program in case
        > > you want to
        > > compare
        > > > the two.
        > > >
        > > > 02. The DS/SD disk created for both PC99 and
        > > Win994aSim emulators
        > > > contains a 400 plus record database of cartridge
        > > rarity ratings to
        > > > give you something to play with.
        > > >
        > > > 03. I am NOT able to get IS-Base 3.3 to PRINT when
        > > using Win994aSim
        > > > v3.008. Win994aSim v3.007 works just fine.
        > > >
        > > > When the PRINTER ON command is issued in v3.008 an
        > > error message is
        > > > displayed. Trying again crashes the program at
        > > line 2330 or line
        > > 310.
        > > > Although the PR$ variable is populated with PIO as
        > > the device name,
        > > an
        > > > error occurs when it tries to OPEN #4: PR$,OUTPUT.
        > > I cannot explain
        > > > why this happens only in v3.008, and have not
        > > investigated further?
        > > >
        > > > 04. Because of the output queue used in Win994aSim
        > > for printing to a
        > > > Windows-Based printer, you must issue a PRINTER
        > > OFF command in order
        > > > to send the output to your Windows printer.
        > > >
        > > > 05. IS-Base 3.3 is NOT compatible with the
        > > original IS-Base in TI
        > > Office.
        > > >
        > > > MY ADDITIONS/CHANGES:
        > > > - Changed ISB 3.3 to use DIS/FIX 80 files instead
        > > of INT/FIX 80
        > > files,
        > > > making it compatible with any TI Writer editor
        > > (BA-Writer,
        > > FunnelWeb,
        > > > TI Writer).
        > > > - Added a record counter utility program that will
        > > display and save
        > > > the number of records in a file.
        > > > - Added a file merge utility program to allow
        > > merging of multiple
        > > > files (up to 9 at one time) into a single
        > > database.
        > > > - Changed original path/file access routines to
        > > allow ANY disk path
        > > or
        > > > file name to be used in creating or loading a file
        > > for use, not just
        > > > DSK1, DSK2 and an unchangeable database that is
        > > named IS-Base_DT by
        > > > default.
        > > > - Changed file name length requirement/limitation
        > > to a maximum of
        > > nine
        > > > (9) characters.
        > > > -- An * is used at the end of a file name to
        > > designate the "Counter
        > > > File" that holds the record count mentioned above.
        > > > -- An # sign is used within the ISB 3.3 program to
        > > replace the "_TP"
        > > > (temp) file extension in the original program,
        > > which is used when
        > > you
        > > > "CRUNCH" a database.
        > > > - Added a HELP routine to read a DV/80 file named
        > > HELP, that is
        > > > accessed by typing HELP at the ? prompt.
        > > > -- HELP is a DV/80 file that can be modified with
        > > TIW to suit your
        > > needs.
        > > > - Added support for the Thermal Printer by adding
        > > the word OUTPUT to
        > > > line #2330.
        > > > - Added a LOAD command that redisplays the
        > > path/file name prompts
        > > you
        > > > will see when the program first loads. This allows
        > > for changing to
        > > > another database while still within the ISB 3.3
        > > program.
        > > >
        > > > As I mentioned earlier, there is data on the ISB
        > > 3.3 disk along with
        > > > the programs just discussed.
        > > >
        > > > To test my changes to IS-Base, and to give the
        > > program something
        > > > useful to operate on, I created a database named
        > > RARE0408, that is
        > > > based on Bryan Roppolo's cartridge rarity list
        > > from
        > > > www.videogamehouse.net. RARE0408 however lists
        > > more than just game
        > > > cartridges. It is a subset of my TI-99 Cartridge
        > > Collection Kit
        > > > database. RARE0408 lists over 400 cartridges from
        > > every genre that
        > > was
        > > > available to the TI-99/4A owner.
        > > >
        > > > Because of the time it takes for searches (all
        > > searches are
        > > > sequential), I have also provided the contents of
        > > RARE0408 as 26
        > > > separate files, named A-Z. So, for example you can
        > > find out the
        > > rarity
        > > > classification of TI-CALC by searching RARE0408,
        > > but you can get to
        > > > the information much faster by searching the file
        > > named 'T' (for TI-
        > > CALC).
        > > >
        > > > Visit the www.videogamehouse.net website for an
        > > explanation of the
        > > > (1-10) rarity ratings used in RARE0408.
        > > >
        > > > Finally, all Rarity Ratings are subjective. No
        > > matter who created
        > > the
        > > > list, virtually none are based on actual number of
        > > cartridges
        > > > produced, because manufacturers don't usually
        > > release that
        > > > information. Nonetheless, I think that the
        > > experiences and knowledge
        > > > of some of the collector's and long time 99ers
        > > amongst us make the
        > > > ratings as useful as possible.
        > > >
        > > > To come up with the ratings in RARE0408 I drew
        > > upon my own
        > > experience
        > > > and knowledge as a long time collector along with
        > > that shared
        > > > personally and via the OLUG with Jim Fetzner,
        > > Bryan Roppolo, Mike
        > > > Wright, Charlie Good, Jerry Price and others along
        > > the way.
        > > >
        > > > Bill Gaskill
        > > > 04/29/2008
        > > >
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > === message truncated ===
        >
        >
        >
        >
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