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                                From: D9U (Ray Thomas) Subject: Lottery check Program This program was devised to avoid the weekly chore of checking for winning lines in the lottery syndicate at my place of work. The original version was programmed on an Electron but is currently running on a new Master 128 which I purchased recently. My initial effort was functional but pretty boring so I asked my friend Roy Dickens (20G) to write a Display Screen. I think you will agree that Roy has done a splendid job!  From: D6G (Sprow) Subject: PROGRAM - SlimDFS This is another of my "squash it into a page" utilities which I believe will be of extreme interest to members. Using SlimDFS frees up ONE AND A HALF KILOBYTES of memory,ie.page is reduced to &1300.Yet the features of DFS are still available! To use simply *RUN the program,and it will install itself in page &C.There, it checks whether Acorn's DNFS 1.20 chip is present (sorry,it's only written to work with this DFS) and will stop if it cannot be found. However,as the majority of us have DFS 1.20 it will move the private workspace (see the Advanced User Guide for more details of what this is) down into what is normally used as the cassette buffer. Page is then dropped by 1.5k and that's it.You'll need to restart BASIC now using *BASIC so that it is informed of the movement of page,now typing PRINT ÷PAGE reports 1300. This is a boon to people writing large games,and programs,and who don't want to have to "relocate".There's plenty of memory now. Let me know how you get on, Robert Sprowson. TECHNICAL INFORMATION For the majority of users this section can be ignored. 1.Due to limited space,it is assumed that the DFS chip is installed in the lowest priority socket.This must be the case. 2.As the private ws is moved,swapping between filing systems is possible EXCEPT for the tape filing system as it's buffers would overwrite the vital information stored at &900 to &AFF. 3.The number of files allowed for BGET and BPUT operations is reduced to 1,and an error "Too many open" will be flagged if you try to open more. 4.Other than that all the DFS's functions remain the same. For further details SEE www.york.ac.uk/÷rps102/bbc/bbc.htm for a more formal manual & latest version EMAIL rps102@york.ac.uk WRITE 6 Bollinbrook road,Macc. 8BSmail me - I'm D6G  From: 3WU (Fred Price) Subject: Geordie Broon Once more our intrepid Geordie is on your screen and that poor lad from the north east has had to leave the pit due to health reasons and is working in a new job as hard as usual?,(with his tongue in his cheek) So as usual put your paper in the printer and see how Geordie keeps abreast of things in his new job when you bring in. GBSJOB The most difficult thing about the Geordie Broon stories is that they're written in the old Geordie accent. It makes hard work trying to keep lines to rhyme, and now and again I have to alter a word to keep it in context so how would you the reader like to see it? In its true and proper form as spoken by those to whom it is second nature a letter in the Mag or ring me on 0191 567 91 35. FRED PS they still tark like this yer naar thave nivvor larnt a thing yit aboot how to tark reet so be warned but its still Inglish langwidge yer naar marra. Phred Apreece  "SCRABLE" By Derek Hill, E2G, 21st April 1997 "SCRABLE" is a small program to choose seven random letters for four players at Scrabble. These are presented on screen very simply because so far that is the only task set. The next step would be to put them on screen in as attractive a display as possible, together with a board, but that is another story. In a Scrabble bag there are 100 letter tiles. There are 26 letters in the alphabet, and one tile which is a blank (£) making 27. Each has it's own score in the game. These three ( letters, numbers of each, and scores ) are read from DATA into 3 numbered lists for use by the program. A procedure ( PROCchoose7 ) is used 4 times to choose 7 random letters from the bag for the players. It uses a function to do some of the details in converting the random number into a letter.  From: D7Y (Andrew Medworth) Subject: Password Generator Documentation At school we have a number of independent computer networks of RM PC-5100 monsters. Each pupil has his own user name and password . Many people would just choose their own name, as they can't be bothered to remember a more secure password. Even those who do use a more random password may not use a totally random one - they will almost certainly subconsciously choose a password that is relevant to them in some way. But my program helps you choose truly random passwords for real security. It's easy to use - the purple question is the one that immediately needs answering. If you choose a password length longer than 39 characters it will be truncated to 39 characters. If you really need a random string of more than 39 letters the program will not need much doctoring. If you can't remember a password as random as this then there are some on-screen tips in the program. But here's an extra one. As a password for me, ANDREW would be useless - it would be the first thing any unscrupulous person trying to hack my area would think of. But if you add in a few numbers to this - eg AN8DRE3W - or substituted a few letters for numbers - eg A2DR33 - then you have a much stronger password, but a more memorable one. Happy memorising !! Andrew Medworth (D7Y) 45 Milton Avenue Bath BA2 4QZ Tel 01225 422892 out of school hours please!!  From: D2G (Neil Parry) Subject: Magazine Search       With this disk you will be able to search through the 8bs Magazine Menus contained on this disc. At present these include issues 28 to 55 inclusive. All the issues contained on this disk are ADFS but these contain the same information as the DFS issues. On startup you will be presented with a menu, I will describe briefly how to use these and what will happen. All the time displays that you will see in this program are approx; well thats what you get for using chimpanzees as a basis for time. Blame Paul for it. I hope you find this program as useful as I have, I know it is slow but if you can think of a way of speeding it up then you are a better programmer than I am, well let's face it, that's not going to be too difficult. Thanks for putting up with my drivel. 1: Specific Search This option allows you to search through the complete database for any string you wish. The program is not case sensitive, so you can enter anything you wish. 2: Title Search On pressing number 2, the program will produce a list of all the current Issues you have on disc. 3: Block Search On pressing number 3, you will be presented with another menu. A:Magazines B:Utilities C:Games & Demos D:ADFS E:Articles F:Adverts G:Program Info H:Messages When you press the above key the program will search through and display the appropriate menu you requested above. 4: Issue Search On pressing this key you will be asked for an Issue Number, the search is quite quick for a change. 5: Printer (On/Off) Well I don't really have to explain this one do I? 6: Add Issue This is the fun one, very slow but I am working on it. You first have to use Mr Harston's menu reader, load this in, select Output File, give it a name (I use 8BS), transfer this file to your Mag Search disk and press 6. You will be asked for a file name. This is the one you just saved. After this point DO NOT PRESS BREAK OR TURN OFF YOUR MACHINE or your Data file will become corrupt. The program will do the rest. If you don't want to do this Chris has said he will add up to date versions on the magazine disks. 7: Paged Mode Select to have the page scroll up or use the SHIFT key when neccessary. Criteria This program should work on a BBC or Master computer. So far it has been tested on a BBC with DFS and a Master with ADFS & DFS. If you have a twin drive and use this in drive 1, make sure there is a disk of the same format in drive 0 as the program checks 0 to see what format to use. Acknowledgements. Thanks to Johnathan for program assistance beyond my knowledge and his menu reader without that this program would never have existed. Chris for many a long phone call and lots of ear bashing from me. and lastly thanks to John Ripley for the disk identifier program.                    