THE ULTIMATE EXAMINING UTILITY V2.8 by Richard Karsmakers
Originally published in ST NEWS Volume 1 Issue 5, launched on
October 5th 1986.
In the previous issue of ST NEWS, you might remember that I
promised "The Ultimate Examining Utility". Well, it took a long
time but it's finally finished. I might say it took quite a while,
and I am a bit disappointed in myself for not being able to
include the following options: Sector Examine (so all sectors,
and not just the boot sector), Get BIOS Parameter Block and Format
Track. My original plan was to include a monitor/disassembler as
well, but I couldn't do that either.
But it wasn't meant as a superb utility in the first place, but
more as an example of how to work with GfA Basic on a somewhat
higher level. You will find the program listing down here, while
there's also a working version of the program supplied on the disk
with this issue of ST NEWS.
If you have any questions with regard to "The Ultimate Examining
Utility" Version 2.8, I hereby ask you to send them to our
correspondence address. Please add a stamp (or, if you live
outside of Holland, an International Reply Coupon) so we can
answer your question(s).
A remark for people who like disk manipulation: Remember that the
positions of bytes in the boot sector starts counting at 0,
whereas the MID$ command starts at 1. That's why I define each
MID$ one higher 'as normal'!
The text of the articles is identical to the originals like they appeared in old ST NEWS issues. Please take into consideration that the author(s) was (were) a lot younger and less responsible back then. So bad jokes, bad English, youthful arrogance, insults, bravura, over-crediting and tastelessness should be taken with at least a grain of salt. Any contact and/or payment information, as well as deadlines/release dates of any kind should be regarded as outdated. Due to the fact that these pages are not actually contained in an Atari executable here, references to scroll texts, featured demo screens and hidden articles may also be irrelevant.