THE BACKUP BUG by Stefan Posthuma
A dark shadow lies upon my spirit when I write these words for I
have failed. Yes, Stefan, Programmer of ST NEWS, creator of The
ArtiST and Lord of Digital Insanity has failed!
About two months ago, a period now dark and grim to me, I wrote a
routine to backup the files from the hard disk to a multitude of
floppy disks. After using this routine a lot, I have learned that
it is faulty. Fear not! It does not affect the integrity of your
precious hard disk in any way. It merely upsets Gemdos so it
starts producing unwanted errors. It particulary comes up with
error number -39, 'Out of Memory' in the Common Tongue. Why this
happens I don't know. Perhaps I use the Gemdos &H1A, 'Set disk
transfer adress' too much. I change this very adress every time
the routine ventures into another sub-directory or 'folder' we ST
folk tend to call it. But I find it hard to blame Gemdos for my
strange escapades. If there is anyone out there who knows where I
went astray, please contact me!
Meanwhile, I conceived another way of walking the File Tree of
the Hard Disk. I incorporated it in the latest Digital Insanity
product. Because the programming of this D.I. creation takes up
most of my time, this issue of ST NEWS does not contain an
'Advanced GfA' article. I am sorry to say so, but I am too much
engaged to do other programmings (beside ST NEWS itself of
Hope to meet you somewhere else in this issue.
At your service,
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