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I was cleaning out my collection of stuff today, and came across this program called "Explorer". It looked too good and useful to just toss out, actually it looked good enough to share.

 

The included zip has the program in FIAD format with the the documentation in PDF format.

 

Oh, about the documentation, sorry, the quality looks to be 1970's Xerox quality, If any one has a better version of the documentation they could upload, I'm sure others would appreciate it as this looks to be a decent program.

 

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Explorer.zip

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In some latest post about old video i linked a video on youtube about this program too ;)

 

Well I'll be, you did! I guess this program was just meant to be taken out and dusted off!

This looks to be a real nice video Ciro, I embedded it here, so others would not have to hunt for it.

I'll be watching it myself tonight after I get home from work.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZJ8_QcTnw8&feature=youtu.be

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One of the Tigercub astronomy disks has a new/full moon calculator. I used it to figure out the phases for 2014. (IIRC the program will still be viable for another ~10-20 years).

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MG Explorer is one of the best! Had nothing really like it until emulators came along with their debuggers, like Classic99's.

I bought that when it first came out, and used it up until I packed my stuff up around 2006. I'm still trying to put it all back together again.

I think I just need to rent a 1 bedroom apartment for myself!

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How does it work, is the CPU executing the actual instructions when you single step or is it just a simulation?

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As far as I know it's emulating the instruction set. It's seriously cool :-)

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I have the original Explorer disk and manual. It's paperback-size, I'll dig it out to check how readable it is.

-Ed

 

Thanks. I looked high and low for a "one page at a time" type scan with no luck. That method ensures the user can easily print up a copy in multiple formats, either single sheet, double sided, or book form. Book form is my favorite because it's easier to handle, store and one gets the added bonus of four pages on one sheet of paper.

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My copy of Explorer was protected and defied my efforts to break the protection. I used this a lot back in the day, but have found that Classic99's debugger does pretty much everything that I want to do.

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You can copy Explorer with Copy-C there was a how to text file I got with it.

 

I made 2 copies for my TI using that.

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Copy-C was actually specifically developed in order to copy the various MG disks. Christopher Winter offered to give me a copy of the source code back in 1987, but I was not too fluent in Assembly at the time so I declined the offer. That, in retrospect, was a mistake.

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Did a quick look for the original Explorer manual, no joy yet. I guess it's in the loft of the shed, not quite so easy to get to. Might get to it this weekend. Had that box down a month ago and put it away again, rats.

-Ed

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I was cleaning out my collection of stuff today, and came across this program called "Explorer". It looked too good and useful to just toss out, actually it looked good enough to share.

 

The included zip has the program in FIAD format with the the documentation in PDF format.

 

Oh, about the documentation, sorry, the quality looks to be 1970's Xerox quality, If any one has a better version of the documentation they could upload, I'm sure others would appreciate it as this looks to be a decent program.

 

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where is the rest of it?

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You can copy Explorer with Copy-C there was a how to text file I got with it.

 

I made 2 copies for my TI using that.

I was able to duplicate the disk using a track copier but what resulted was a protected disk. I should have said that I was unable to make an unprotected copy that could be put on my HRD.

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I was able to duplicate the disk using a track copier but what resulted was a protected disk. I should have said that I was unable to make an unprotected copy that could be put on my HRD.

 

Curious, do you think you would be able to make a DISK IMAGE? That's is not something they ever expected or planned for back in the day, granted it is like a copy though, and the copy method may be too similar to normal methods. It would be interesting to see what DSK2PC and the HDX would do with the disk. It does work like a track copier though, so it "should" be portable to emulators and transferable over the Internet for people to put the 'protected image' on their systems.

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>>HERE<< The Manual !! :D, you can translate the page by the button on the right and downloads are at the bottom of the page.



It's in searchable .PDF Download and also Browse On-Line ;)



enjoy.


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>>HERE<< The Manual !! :D, you can translate the page by the button on the right and downloads are at the bottom of the page.

It's in searchable .PDF Download and also Browse On-Line ;)

enjoy.

 

 

 

 

AWESOME JOB CIRO!

I have to leave for work in two minutes, but I'll print it up later! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Curious, do you think you would be able to make a DISK IMAGE? That's is not something they ever expected or planned for back in the day, granted it is like a copy though, and the copy method may be too similar to normal methods. It would be interesting to see what DSK2PC and the HDX would do with the disk. It does work like a track copier though, so it "should" be portable to emulators and transferable over the Internet for people to put the 'protected image' on their systems.

Your original post has the Explorer in standard EA5 format, which is what I wanted back in the day. Don't know anything about DSK2PC or HDX and so I have no idea how to help you on this.

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