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    Have you thought about compressing the files before you write them down? You'll save yourself a lot of writing.

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    Can you recommend a compression program that will fit on a floppy disk? I don't have a hard drive in my pc, so I have one disk that someone works in my failing floppy drive, which I use to operate the machine.

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    Basic Programming Help!!-code.jpg

    One dumb question, I have never used "hex" things; in the photo, is the erratic, random data on the right necessary? next to the "E9_2D_0D......"? Or is that important to the coding as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchello_ View Post
    in the photo, is the erratic, random data on the right necessary? next to the "E9_2D_0D......"? Or is that important to the coding as well?
    No, that is what the text representation is. The hex is just the ## ## ## ## ## ## ## ## ##. Each one is an encoded byte.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchello_ View Post
    Can you recommend a compression program that will fit on a floppy disk? I don't have a hard drive in my pc, so I have one disk that someone works in my failing floppy drive, which I use to operate the machine.
    Zip and Unzip should work on MS DOS and fit on a floppy.

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    BUY A NEW FLOPPY DRIVE. That's the cheapest and best answer. They can be had on (for example) EBay for as low as $2.
    Floppy Disc Drive | eBay

    Or figure out how to hook up your DOS machine to that Windows 7 machine. Yes, it's more than possible. If your DOS machine has a serial port, it's not even TOO hard. Worst come to worst you could output to the printer port and rig up some hardware on the W7 machine that could read the printer port's output. Another possibility: install a new floppy drive into BOTH the DOS machine and the W7 machine. Presto! Data transfer.

    And I was not trying to be a comedian. I was dead serious about everything I wrote. I have been working with computers for just over 50 years now. And I worked on some of the VERY FIRST microcomputers. (The first I worked on was a 4-bit machine that had a maximum of 4000 bytes of program memory and 1000 bytes of user data memory...and even then we never would try to type in a program using hex numbers. I repeat: It's idiotic to try and do so, as goofing on ONE CHARACTER would likely mean the program will never run correctly. You seem to be entirely ignoring this aspect of your silly approach.
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