Wow, time flies, doesn't it?
For two weeks after the previous update, the 4P was virtually
ignored, a literal afterthought. However, when the Bulk Lot of Disks
I won on eBay arrived, things changed. I decided to back up my LS-DOS
disk, and discovered a little program called TED/CMD.
TED, if you aren't yet aware, is a Text EDitor.
A simple, bare bones text editor taking up all of 3K of space on my LS-DOS
disk, and quite possibly the best program ever written.. After backing
up my disk, I decided to poke around, to see what the program could do.
Nine hours (and one seriously numb behind) later, I had written nearly
fifty pages of text. It's funny, once I started, I couldn't stop!
I had to keep writing! I WANTED to keep writing! Everything
I had stuck in my head came out, stories, plans, articles, web page updates,
it poured out like water from a faucet. Some of it made it onto my
personal webpage, others are still works in progress, still others are
in the planning stages.
Eventually, I backed my Text Files diskette up onto my
P166 using David Keil's TRS-80 emulator and the EXPORT/CMD command on the
Model 4P utilities disk image...
For about a day after my nine hour writing session, I
wondered WHY I had the sudden burst of creativity. Why had the 4P
triggered such an outpouring? I thought about it for a while, and
the only thing I could think of was this:
Oh, and when I finally get around to sorting out my budget, I'll be using Visicalc on the 4P, simply because it's a more secure system... in that it's not connected to any networks... 'cause I've been too lazy to set up the Linux box or Sparc to accept null-modem console connections...
So, to recap the rambling bit of text above:
A:) The 4P rocks.
B:) TED is the best program ever.
C:) I had lots of ideas that finally made it out of my head (last count: 120 pages of unrelated articles)
D:) The 4P will be my text editing and personal finance machine.
E:) I need sleep.
See you next week!