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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,

Stefan Posthuma

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