Over a year ago, someone uploaded to ftp.funet.fi some educational software that was supposed to be for the PET. I finally went through this bunch and found some educational games that were for the C64 only. Most programs were for the PET, as indicated by the uploader (who remained anonymous). Among the files, there was a copy of Superscript that does not seem to work. If I interpreted the code in the 4040 disk image correctly, it expects to find a 23,READ ERROR,30,15 (I'm not sure about the sector number). Disabling the comparisons did not have the desired effect; maybe this software has also ROM protection? Does anyone know? Or could someone compose a list of various copy protection ROMs for the PET? I also finally had a look at the *.lha files Olaf Seibert uploaded in early 1995. I decided to reorganize them as .lnx.gz files in various subdirectories. Why gzipped Lynx? Well, there is a Lynx creator and dissolver for the PET now, thanks to Ken Ross, and files in Lynx archives can contain any valid C= file name characters, including '/'. Why gzipped? I'm hoping that some day, Gunzip64 would have an option for dissolving .lnx.gz files. Until then, the files can be decompressed on the system that is used to access the FUNET file archive. I must say that I was truly impressed by the level of the educational software. It ranged from elementary school to advanced high school. In the Dutch "Onderwijs" collection, there were programs that did basic symbolic derivation and integration, in CBM BASIC V2! It at least appeared to construct some sort of a parse tree of the formula. I wonder if it was done by simulating pointers with arrays. There are still some uploads I haven't processed: most of the PET software uploaded by Ken Ross, some CD-ROMs I've received from various sources, and some C64 and C128 files I downloaded from somewhere in 1997 or 1998. I can't make any promises when I've sorted all those files, but I certainly will at some time. Marko Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list
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