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Richard Erlacher
01/13/13 13:05
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Denver, Co

#189147 - OK ... I meant "useful to me."
Responding to: Erik Malund's previous message
I really don't see much more useful stuff. I do see lots of stuff, though. It's just that much of it is so poorly suited to what I want to do, and how reliable I need it to be, that I just can't justify the outlay.

Now, just as an example, I broke down and purchased the X4 level package of Corel's graphics suite. It does a few things that I wanted it to do, but ... among other things ... I found it couldn't read and interpret the files that were created under version 4.0 ... years ago, for sure ... but still, shouldn't it be able to import and process its output from earlier versions? As a result, I have to maintain an old machine that runs the old version 4.0, because it can't save its output under XP and beyond ... not that I'm likely to use any Windows version beyond XP. Fortunately, it's able to create output that I can process under XP. I'm told much of that isn't even possible under Windows7. Who knows what Win8 will do with 'em. I'm told it's quite different, wanting to behave much more like a smartphone or tablet.

Documentation is another issue. Software vendors seem to have taken a page out of Microsoft's book and simply stopped producing documentation describing how their product(s) should work. Instead, they protect themselves by skipping that step and allowing the end-user to guess as to what supposed to happen when they type <control-v>, or, in some cases, simply ignoring the command. How can we tell folks to RTFM when there is no FM?

Third-party books give the software houses some cover, but many of those books belong on the FICTION shelves rather than Technology. I suppose there'll soon be a Technology Fiction section ... <sigh> ...

I'm still curious as to whether anyone's encountered a fully implemented parallel port that interfaces through USB. The old PC's with a motherboard-based printer port, or using one on a PCI card did it pretty well. From what I've read, even on 8052.COM discussions, serial ports don't always work in the same way as the "classic" ones did. Moreover, it's easier to use a USB<=>device link than to build a USB<=>RS232<=>device link. Now, I'm not prepared to say whose "fault", if it is a fault, this is, but things certainly don't work as they once did, first in that they don't work as often as they once did, and secondly in that they don't work in the same way. It's interesting, too, that those devices all masquerade as COM ports.


List of 38 messages in thread
Stellaris Arm Tools      Michael Karas      01/06/13 00:04      
   Me too ... and I agree ... it looks promising      Richard Erlacher      01/06/13 00:49      
      These you mean?      Mahmood Elnasser      01/06/13 07:48      
         when I ordered mine ...       Richard Erlacher      01/06/13 12:53      
            when I ordered mine ...      Michael Karas      01/06/13 15:43      
         Current Price      Michael Karas      01/06/13 15:52      
      a "standard" GCC       Andy Neil      01/06/13 08:36      
   CCS      Mahmood Elnasser      01/06/13 08:10      
      No, I don't think that's right      Andy Neil      01/06/13 08:29      
   What does the TI Code Composer Studio actually consist of?       Andy Neil      01/06/13 08:34      
      Your Development      Michael Karas      01/06/13 15:41      
         RE: Your Development      Andy Neil      01/06/13 16:59      
            Keil MDK      Mahmood Elnasser      01/07/13 00:20      
               RE: Keil MDK      Andy Neil      01/07/13 04:05      
                  Are we paying twice?      Kalpak Dabir      01/11/13 03:27      
                     $$$      Andy Neil      01/11/13 06:19      
   Keil "evaluation" now called "Lite" & OK for commercial use        Andy Neil      01/06/13 08:42      
      That was a contributing factor in my decision to buy      Richard Erlacher      01/07/13 10:31      
         RE: VGA      Andy Neil      01/07/13 11:16      
            As I wrote ...       Richard Erlacher      01/08/13 00:55      
               Historical interface connections...      Andy Neil      01/08/13 01:03      
                  There are reasons ...       Richard Erlacher      01/08/13 15:39      
                     Here's one      Richard Erlacher      01/10/13 11:13      
                     KVM switches      Andy Neil      01/10/13 23:50      
                        Those Adapters      Michael Karas      01/11/13 04:50      
                           I thought as much!      Andy Neil      01/11/13 06:22      
                              Some USB adapters only "sort-of" work ...      Richard Erlacher      01/11/13 19:24      
                                 Don't shoot the pianist      Andy Neil      01/12/13 04:44      
                                    While I agree, mostly ...       Richard Erlacher      01/12/13 21:54      
                                       says who?      Erik Malund      01/13/13 06:47      
                                          OK ... I meant "useful to me."      Richard Erlacher      01/13/13 13:05      
                                    Have you ever ESD tested USB kit?      Oliver Sedlacek      01/14/13 05:17      
            Here's one example ...       Richard Erlacher      01/13/13 17:50      
   FYI - open source tools      Andy Neil      01/08/13 00:55      
      Thanks for the link!      Richard Erlacher      01/08/13 00:58      
      Thanks....but what gives?      Michael Karas      01/08/13 01:25      
         RE: what gives?      Andy Neil      01/08/13 02:24      
            I find the info on the TI site rather confusing      Richard Erlacher      01/08/13 15:42      

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