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31 May 2006
Is it possible? making a simple GUI using perl on the Z?

I do a lot of text processing and would really like to learn an "easy to master" language that I could use on multiple platforms that could also display a real simple GUI to make it a little more friendly. I've also heard about Python, but a bit in the dark about that. One condition is that it must be able to support Japanese characters for file input/output.

Any thoughts appreciated.
15 Mar 2006
What a day.. 12 hours fiddling. When the z is good, it's GOOD. BUT when I start to fiddle... We grow through pain.

To cut the story short, I replaced the HD in my 3100 with a CF. I couldn't format the card on my desktop (another nightmare story) so I thought I'd just throw it in and see what happened.

Not much.

After discovering the console in the bootloader (by pressing D+B after power is added - for a long time), I set the CF to the correct HDD1/2/3 values using fdisk (HDD1=1-20,83 HDD2=21-40,83 HDD3=41+ c). At last, I could now get it to boot, but only when I choose "restore the hard disk" (or whatever it's called in the startup menu thing) - a standard try at booting just ends in the message, "Hard disk not initialised". Well, at least it kind of boots.

OK, another 6 hours before bed - I can do this.

I then found the reason. The Z doesn't want to give you the time of day unless HDD1 and HDD2 have a few tiny, pointless files in a directory called ".sys", so I downloaded them with the intention of finishing this madness and getting some sleep (Trisoft, my hero).

And this is where I stand now. I've got the files, I've got a machine that can eventually boot normally (with a bit of fiddling), and I can even write normally to HDD3, but I have absolutely NO idea how to copy the files onto HDD1/2 on the card. Everytime I try to write to the card it says "Read only file system" GRRRRRH!HHHHHR!!!!!"$!"#$RSDAF!!!!!! are you doing this deliberately? I was VERY close to demonstrating Newtons laws with the Z and a concrete floor.

2:40am, I've had enough. How do I write those tiny little files to HDD1/HDD2 without it moaning at me? Is there a magic command that makes a filesystem read/write? and why oh why does HDD3 work! It's teasing me, isn't it. Playing with me for kicks.
31 Jan 2006
Can the dictionary files of the 3100 be used on my desktop? Would be handy..
28 Jan 2006
I use the text editor (in Cacko) to store lists of Japanese vocab but every now and again when I open the file, the whole file contents has turned to mush (mojibake).

It only happens once every month or two but it's still a pain. I've tried opening the file on another computer using various software but I always end up deleting the file. It's a shame because it's made me a little paranoid about using it..

There doesn't seem to be rhyme or reason, just seems to happen under normal operation.

Anybody else have a similar problem?
10 Jan 2006
After months of part-time geeky fiddling, I finally have something that threatens my desktop but where are the flashcard programs? Learning kanji is a necessary evil for me but nothing seems to be out there.

I played with the "theKompany" software - forgot the name, but it was a bit too basic. Anybody know of something else out there?
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