Software for the QuickPAD Pro


This page has my notes on some DOS software that worked on my QuickPAD Pro. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list. This is page is just meant to be a list of the software I tried myself, and that might be of interest to most QuickPAD Pro users.


APPLICATIONS


Lotus Symphony 2.0

Symphony screen

Description

Lotus Symphony is an office suite for DOS that contains a spreadsheet, word processor, database, and a communications program. The Symphony spreadsheet is based on Lotus 123 and is very powerful. Here is a review of Symphony from 1985.

Symphony comes with a tutorial and a help index, so if you have never used it before, you can install it on a PC and learn it there. To run the tutorial, execute the "tutorial.bat" file. To see the help index, press F1 within Symphony.

Obtaining Symphony

Lotus Symphony shows up on Ebay sometimes on 5.25-inch floppies.

Installation

Copy the all the installation disks into one directory on your PC. Execute the "install.exe" program to begin the installation.

Here are the steps I used to configure Symphony for the QuickPAD Pro:

The size of the directory is 2.27 MB. Copy the entire directory to the compactflash card, and run symphony.exe on the QuickPAD Pro.

But as a minimum, only the symphony.* and lotus.set files are needed, which only take up about 474 KB of disk space.

Running on the QuickPAD Pro

Since Symphony is designed for an 80x25 screen, the bottom and right edges of the screen will not be visible on the QuickPAD Pro. Luckily, Symphony supports the display of document "windows" on a DOS screen, so you can open a smaller window and reduce it to fit the boundaries of the QuickPAD Pro's screen.

This link contains a ZIP file with a file called qppro.wr1. That is a Symphony file that opens an empty spreadsheet document within a window that is already sized for a QuickPad Pro screen.

This link contains a text file which lists all the Symphony key commands.

Exporting to Microsoft Excel

The default file extension for Symphony files is *.WR1. From Symphony, you can save a file to Lotus 123 format by saving to a file name with a *.WK1 file extension. The Lotus 123 file can then be opened with Microsoft Excel.


Microsoft Word 5.5

Word 5.5 screen

Description

Microsoft Word 5.5 is a word processor for DOS that has many features including styles, macros, "glossaries" of frequently used text, simple line drawing, and an outline mode. The main Word screen has a menu interface and also supports multiple DOS "windows", each with its own document. These windows can be moved and resized, and you can edit separate documents on the screen at once.

Word can also be used to edit *.TXT text files, but note that Word always creates a *.BAK backup file when you modify a file.

Word 5.5 comes with a "Learning Word" tutorial and a help index, so if you have never used Word before, you can install it on a PC and learn it there.

Obtaining Word 5.5

The WD55_ENG.EXE file is available at this link. Right-click on that link and save the file to your hard disk. This version of Word 5.5 comes with a spellchecker for U.S. English.

There is also a version of Word 5.5 that comes with a spellchecker for British English. The self-extracting file is called WD55_BEN.EXE and is available from this link at Microsoft. Right-click on that link and save the file to your hard disk.

Historical Note: Microsoft made both of those EXE files available as part of the upgrades of their software for Y2K. In the official documentation, it says that those EXE files were "upgrades" to Word 5.0, but you can ignore that. Both EXE files expand into full versions of Word 5.5, and they don't check to see if you already have Word 5.0.

Installation

Note: If you install it on a PC running Windows, answer 'No' in the setup program when it asks permission to modify your mouse driver and system files.

Download the WD55_ENG.EXE file and copy it to an empty temporary directory on your PC. That EXE file is a self-extracting archive that will create the setup files. Run setup.exe to begin the installation.

Here are the steps I used to install Word on a PC and configure it for the QuickPAD Pro:

The size of the directory it creates is 2.1 MB. Copy the entire directory to the compactflash card, and run word.exe on the QuickPAD Pro.

The temporary installation directory contains files called WRD5READ.RTF and WRD5READ.TXT which contain a 50-page document called Using Word 5.5, which might be useful if you are unfamiliar with Word 5.5.

After installing Word 5.5, you can delete the temporary installation directory from the PC.

Running on the QuickPAD Pro

Since Word is designed for an 80x25 screen, the bottom and right edges of the screen will not be visible on the QuickPAD Pro. Luckily, Word supports the display of multiple document "windows" on a DOS screen, so you can open a smaller window and reduce it to fit the boundaries of the QuickPAD Pro's screen.

Word also supports keyboard macros, so you can automate the process. Here is a file called normal.zip that contains a macro in the file called normal.gly. To install it, copy normal.gly to the Word directory. When Word starts, open a file as usual and use the new Control-W macro to resize the currently-open window and change the margins to 1.5 inches. To uninstall the macro, and if you haven't added any new macros or glossary entries, just delete the normal.gly file.

Other observations of running Word on the QuickPAD Pro:

Since long menus are cut off at the bottom of the screen, here is a link to a file that lists all the Word 5.5 menus, along with the shortcut keys for those menu items.

Tip: In Word 5.5, the help screens appear in windows, which means that help screens can be moved and resized just like regular document windows. So when you are viewing a help screen, for example, you can press Alt-W, then 'S', to resize a help screen.

There was also some minor strange behavior on my QuickPAD Pro after you exit Word and go back to DOS. The 'dir' command lists a few files, but then it would stop scrolling the screen so wouldn't see the DOS prompt after it finished. Rebooting with Control-Alt-Del fixes it.

If you don't mind those disadvantages, Word 5.5 seems to work very well on the QuickPAD Pro.

Keyboard tip: While using Word 5.5, both Alt-F5 and the "Delete File" key function as the Insert key. This means that pressing either Alt-F5 or the "Delete File" key will toggle Insert/Overwrite mode if that is how the Insert key was defined during installation.

Exporting to Word 97 and Word 2000

Here is a link to a ZIP file which contains DOSWRD32.CNV. Download it, unzip it, and copy the DOSWRD32.CNV file to the \Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Textconv directory. To install the converter, use Word 97 to open a document that was created with Word 5.5. This will install the converter for both reading and writing Word 5.5 documents.

The DOSWRD32.CNV file may also work in Word 2000, but I haven't tested it. If you are using Word 2000, you may want to also take a look at the CONVPACK.EXE file, which is available at this page at Microsoft.


Microsoft Works 2.0

Works 2.0 screen

Description

Microsoft Works 2.0 for DOS is an office suite that includes a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a database program, and a communications program. The main Works screen has a menu interface and you can open multiple DOS "windows", each with its own document. These windows can be moved and resized, and you can edit separate documents on the screen at once.

Works comes with a tutorial and a help index, so if you have never used Works before, you can install it on a PC and learn it there. The learn.exe program starts the tutorial.

Note: If you install it on a PC running Windows, answer 'No' in the setup program when it asks permission to modify your config.sys file. MS Windows manages that setting automatically.

Obtaining Works 2.0

MS Works 2.0 for DOS shows up on ebay sometimes. You might want to check there periodically. But make sure it is the DOS version, not the version for Windows.

Installation

Works comes on four floppy disks. The setup.exe program is on disk 4.

Here are the steps I used to install Works on a PC and configure it for the QuickPAD Pro:

The size of the directory it creates is 1.4 MB. Then copy the entire directory to the compactflash card, and run works.exe on the QuickPAD Pro.

Running on the QuickPAD Pro

Since Works is designed for an 80x25 screen, the bottom and right edges of the Works screen will not be visible on the QuickPAD Pro. Luckily, Works supports the display of multiple document "windows" on a DOS screen, so you can open a smaller window and reduce it to fit the boundaries of the QuickPAD Pro's screen.

Works also supports keyboard macros, so you can automate the process. Here is a file called macros.txt that contains three macros. To install it, download the file, rename it to macros.ini and copy it to the Works directory. When Works starts, the FILE menu will be automatically dropped down - press ESC to remove it and use the following new macros instead:

Ctrl-w = Opens a word document formatted for the QPPRO
Ctrl-s = Opens a spreadsheet formatted for the QPPRO
Ctrl-d = Opens a database formatted for the QPPRO
Other observations of running Works on the QuickPAD Pro: There was also some minor strange behavior on my QuickPAD Pro after you exit Works and go back to DOS. The 'dir' command lists a few files, but then it would stop scrolling the screen so wouldn't see the DOS prompt after it finished. Rebooting with Control-Alt-Del fixes it.

If you don't mind these disadvantages, Works runs well on the QuickPAD Pro.

Exporting to MS Office

To open the Works *.WPS files in MS Word, you will need the wks2rtf.exe utility which is available at http://www.helpdesk.pdx.edu/software. According to the documentation, the converter works with Word 2000 and all earlier versions of MS Word.

The Works spreadsheet creates *.WKS files which can be opened directly by MS Excel.

The database program's *.WDB files cannot be read by MS Access 97. You can convert the database into a comma or tab-separated text file and probably import it that way.


QP Reader

QP Reader is a program for the QuickPAD Pro for reading large text files, such as ebooks.

You can find more information at http://petrostelos.wordpress.com/quickpad-pro/


VI (Elvis)

Description

VI is a full-screen text editor that is common on UNIX systems. "Elvis" is a clone of VI that has been found to work on the QuickPad Pro. One nice feature of Elvis is that it automatically adjusts to the screen size on the QuickPad Pro. It also can edit files larger than 64K.

Elvis supports nearly all of the VI commands, in both visual mode and colon mode. Like VI, Elvis stores most of the text in a temporary file instead of RAM. This allows it to edit files that are too large to fit in RAM. Also, the edit buffer can therefore theoretically survive a battery failure or a crash.

One difference between Elvis and the real VI is that long lines are handled differently; VI wraps long lines onto multiple lines on the screen, but Elvis scrolls sideways.

Obtaining Elvis

The Elvis zip file is called elv18exe.zip and can be downloaded from Simtel at this link

Installation

To install it, expand the elv18exe.zip file and copy both vi.exe and elvis.exe to the QuickPad Pro and into a directory in your PATH. Together, both of files are about 180K.

You will also need to set the TMP environment variable so that Elvis can store its temporary files. You can do this by adding this line to your startup batch file, which sets the TMP variable to the root directory on the C: RAM drive:

	SET TMP=C:\

Or you can create a B:\TMP directory and set TMP to point to it with "SET TMP=B:\TMP". This way the temporary files will all be in a directory on the flash drive in case of a crash.

In either case, you should check the amount of free space available on the drive of your TMP directory. This will probably affect the size of the largest file you can edit.

Running on the QuickPAD Pro

You can run Elvis by executing either 'vi' or 'elvis' from the DOS prompt.

To learn more about Elvis, you can take a look at some of the text files that are in the Elvis zip file.


Wordstar 7

Description

(This section was contributed by Robert S. Wilson.)

Getting Wordstar 7 to work on the Quickpad Pro in dos mode.

A. Installing and setting up Wordstar

1. Put your cf card in a windows xp pc and make sure it is drive d:

(if it is not drive d: you will need to change the drive letter of the cf card in Control

Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management. Find the drive letter that the cf card shows up as currently, right click on it, choose CHANGE DRIVE LETTER AND PATHS.., click on the drive letter,click change, and then choose D: in the drop down menu and click OK. Now your cf card should be set as the D: drive.)

2. Go to Start > Run.. and type CMD in the text box and click OK. you should now have a command prompt window up. from that window go to your Wordstar install files or disk drive if you are using the original disks and run winstall.

(If you have copied your disk files to a harddrive you will need to put them all in the same folder and go to that folder and run winstall like so WINSTALL /A)

3. Once winstall is running and you have put in your serial #,choose the disk drive you are copying from (the drive you have the files on) and then choose the D drive for the drive you are copying to. Press F10 and then choose the features you want (keep in mind that you won't likely be able to print from the Quickpad and you certainly won't be able to preview or do graphics in it.)

4. Next winstall will ask you to choose a monitor, choose IBM PC ROM or Compatible and press F10 and then choose Use alternate monochrome display (includes most laptops) and then hit return to move on. It will then ask you to install a printer, just hit F10 twice and it will skip that, then on the next dialog box asking to MOdify Autoexec.bat choose N, then it will give you a summary just hit F10 to finish the installation.

5. If you are not already there go to the D: drive in the command promt and CD to the WS directory. Type wschange and hit enter twice. Now you will have a menu of choices. Hit A to go into console, A to go into Monitor, and C to go into Screen Sizing. Change the height to 16, the width to 60, and the Horizontal scroll width to 16 or less depending on preference (16 will scroll exactly a page at a time). Then hit X three times so that you are back in the main menu.

6. Now, in the main wschange menu choose D to go into Wordstar, A for Page Layout, A for Page Size and Margins, and then I for Right Margin. Change the margin by typing in 5.75 and hitting enter.

7 (Optional) If you know your key commands well and would like to clear some screen space for more text to show up, go back into the wschange Wordstar menu and choose B for Editing Settings, A for Edit Screen, Help Level and change the help level to 2 or below. While in the Editing Settings Window you can also choose to turn off the style bar and the title bar to clear even more space. I however kept the title bar in case I can make sure my commands are showing up and can reference when wordstar is telling me to "Wait".

Now you should have a very usable Wordstar 7 on your cf card. Time to put it on the Quickpad and try it out!

B. Running Wordstar on the Quickpad

1. Eject the cf card from your pc and put it in the quickpad and turn on the power. If you do not know how to go into dos from the main menu hit ctrl and enter, it will ask you if you really want to exit to dos, hit y for yes. now you should go to either a b: prompt or a d: prompt.

2. Go into d: if you arenít already there and now you can simply type \ws\ws and wordstar will start up.

(If you would rather be able to just type ws in any directory to start wordstar you can add the line ďPath=a:\;b:\;d:\ws\;Ē to the file b:\qprun.bat with the edit program. Also, if you do not want the Quickpad Pro to start up the normal menu and would instead like it to boot into a dos prompt you can add the letters REM before the qmgr in the qprun.bat file. If you donít already know qmgr is the command to run the menu program that the quickpad normally boots into and can be ran from the prompt at any time.)

C. Switching the Ctrl and Caps Lock Keys (Optional, but really why wouldnít you?)

Switch would not work in my Quickpad. It may work if you copy it to the b: drive and run it, I didnít think to try that until after I found this solution. I prefer this solution anyway, some may want to try switch on the b: drive, however I have no idea if it will work or not.

1. Go to http://shareware.pcmag.com/product.php%5Bid%5D47265%5Bcid%5D172%5BSiteID%5dpcmag and download swapky11.zip file on your pc. Unzip the file and put it on the b: drive of the quickpad either by using the quickpad transfer software or by putting it in your cf card and moving it over. You can run it by typing swapkey. If you want it to run at start up so you donít have to remember to type it, simply add it to the qprun.bat file. Swapkey works differently than switch. Swapkey when ran, makes the caps lock key both ctrl and caps lock like so. When you hold it and hit another key it acts as ctrl. when you tap it, like you would caps lock, it works as caps lock. I believe it has other settings so you can change both ctrl and caps lock to either caps lock or ctrl, but I didnít bother with that, as I am happy with how it works initially.

D. Documents to and from the Quickpad Pro with Wordstar

When opening a wordstar file that you have made on a different machine with a different margin, the text will actually go off of the screen and you will have to scroll over to see all of it. All you have to do is type the command Ctrl-Q-U to reformat the file to the new margin. Same goes for bringing a file over from the quickpad pro to a computer with a different margin, just type the Ctrl-Q-U command and it will reformat the text to the new margin.

There you go. You should now have a usable wordstar installation on your cf card that you can run, smoothly, on your quickpad pro.

Additional Information

1. Installing Wordstar on the cf card instead of just copying a wordstar folder over is important, because wordstar usually resides on a c: drive and does not take kindly to being relocated. (For more advanced users of wordstar who know how to do this, I suppose you could simply change the drive letter of a wordstar folder in wschange, instead. This would probably be important for those who have a special configuration.) Furthermore winstall will not even run on the quickpad, nor will wschange. So all settings must be set up on another machine with a card reader. Any changes that you may want to make in wschange later on will also have to be done this way as well.

2. Any preferential settings you change can be tested within windows in the command prompt by simply running d:\ws\ws.exe so that you don't need to keep taking the cf card back and forth. For instance, if you want to see how much screen space you would have if you removed such and such menu or etc.


UTILITIES


Chop

The chop.exe program is a file splitter which can take a large text or binary file and divide it into smaller pieces. By default, it assumes you are splitting a text file, and it will split at the end-of-line boundaries in the file.

It also comes with a program called join.exe that can then recombine the smaller files back into one large file.

On my QuickPAD Pro, the word processor "edit.exe" can only read files smaller than 64K, so the chop.exe program can be used to temporarily chop a large text file into smaller pieces for editing or viewing.

Chop is available as a ZIP file called chop0595.zip, available here.

To install it, expand the ZIP archive and copy chop.exe (30K) and join.exe (26K) to the QuickPAD Pro. Place them in a directory that is in the DOS path.

Here is a sample run where we split a large text file into 63K chunks, rename the original large file, and then rejoin the smaller files back into one large file:

	[B:\] chop large.txt 63000
	327680 (20*16384) bytes allocated for I/O Buffers.
	  Input file size = 173856 bytes
	Created large.001 -- 63029 bytes
	Created large.002 -- 63059 bytes
	Created large.003 -- 47771 bytes
	Delete/Wipe/Leave Input File? (D/W/L): l

	[B:\] ren large.txt large.bak

	[B:\] join large
	327680 (20*16384) bytes allocated for I/O Buffers.
	  Input file large.001 size = 63029 bytes
	Output file Open (Create)
	  Input file large.002 size = 63059 bytes
	  Input file large.003 size = 47771 bytes
	Cannot open large.4 for input
	Exiting the program.
	Created large -- 173856 bytes
	3 files joined.
	Delete/Wipe/Leave Input Files? (D/W/L): l

	[B:\] ren large large.txt
	
	[B:\] dir large.txt
	
	 Volume in drive B has no label
	 Directory of B:\
	
	LARGE    TXT       173856  07-Aug-2002  09:16p
	         1 file(s)        173856 byte(s)
	         0 dir(s)         473088 byte(s) free
	
	[B:\] dir large.bak
	
	 Volume in drive B has no label
	 Directory of B:\
	
	LARGE    BAK       173856  07-Aug-2002  09:08p
	         1 file(s)        173856 byte(s)
	         0 dir(s)         473088 byte(s) free
	
	[B:\]

The 'dir' commands show that the new file is the same size as the original one, as expected.

If you need to do many changes to a large file, pehaps 32K is a better chunk size. That way, you can make major additions to the files before you hit the 64K limit in the editor. The edit.exe program also works faster when it is used with smaller files.


Tinyprog

Tinyprog compresses DOS executables (EXE files) so they take up less disk space. This is useful for programs that will be stored on your B: flash drive.

To install it, download the file tinyp3_9.zip from this site, expand the archive, and copy the file tinyprog.exe (81K) to the QuickPAD Pro.

Here is a sample run where we copy A:\edit.exe to a temporary directory, compress it into a smaller file called edit2.exe, and compare the file sizes. User input is in bold.

	[B:\] mkdir tmp
	[B:\] cd tmp
	[B:\TMP] copy a:\edit.exe
	A:\EDIT.EXE
	       1 file(s) copied.
	[B:\TMP] tinyprog edit.exe edit2.exe
	TINYPROG 3.9 3/11/94 (C) Tranzoa, Co. Makes smaller, CRC-che
	cked EXE/COM files.
	edit.exe ->
	
	   Ahhh!   Nice program.  Well, we're just about done.  But 
	first, as this  is
	not  the  paid-for  version of TINYPROG, you won't mind typi
	ng  in  this  one,
	little number, would you?
	
	
	|---------------> 9504 <---------------> 9504
	
	Thank you.  ------> edit2.exe
	54% smaller file.  From 206272 to 95856 bytes.
	Thank you!
	[B:\TMP] dir edit*.*
	
	 Volume in drive B has no label
	 Directory of B:\TMP
	
	EDIT     EXE       206272 20-Jun-2002 11:35a       
	EDIT2    EXE        95856 20-Jun-2002 11:35a       
	         2 file(s)       302128 byte(s)
	         0 dir(s)        461312 byte(s) free
	
	[B:\TMP] 

When Tinyprog is compressing the executable, it takes a few seconds to run, but it displays a line bar as it runs, so you can see its progress.

The new edit2.exe ran fine.

A few words of caution:


GAMES


Adventure

Adventure was the first interactive text adventure game, and is a predecessor to more detailed text adventure games like Zork.

The object of the game is to explore the "Colossal Cave" and gather treasure. To play the game, you just enter short phrases for commands.

To install it, download the file advent25.zip directly from this link. The ZIP archive will contain two files: adventur.exe (97K) and adventur.dat (63K). Copy those files to your machine and place them in the same directory. Type 'adventur' to start the game.

The first screens scroll too quickly on the QuickPAD Pro, so here are the help screens from the beginning of the game, to get you started. The words in bold are the ones you would type.

Here is the Adventure Home Page which has a history of the game, but be warned that there are also maps and other game cheats there. You should avoid those if you've never played this game before. What makes this game fun is exploring and discovering things on your own.


Games by Scott Adams

Scott Adams was inspired by the original Adventure game to create text games for the first home computers. (Not to be confused with the "Scott Adams" who draws the Dilbert cartoon strip.) His early games are now available for download.

Let's play his first game, called Adventureland.

First, we'll need the ScottFree interpreter for the QuickPAD Pro available here. (The DOS version of the interpreter needed some minor changes for the QuickPAD Pro.) Expand the ZIP archive and copy the file scott.exe (27K) to the QuickPAD Pro.

Next, go to the Scott Adams section of the Interactive Fiction web site and download the file called AdamsGames.zip. Expand the ZIP archive and copy the file adv01.dat (16K) to the QuickPAD Pro.

Here is a sample run of the beginning of Adventureland, with user input in bold:

	[B:\] scott adv01.dat
	Another Scott Free Driver, revision 1.20
	Derived from Alan Cox's "Scott Free" revision 1.14,
	that work (C) 1993, 1994, 1995 Swansea University Computer 
	Society.
	This driver (C) 1998 Robert Schneck.
	Distributed under the GNU General Public License, and with 
	absolutely no
	warranty; see the license for details.

	I'm in a forest.
	Trees.
	North South East West
	A voice BOOOOMS out:

	Welcome to Adventure number: 1 "ADVENTURELAND".
	In this Adventure you're to find *TREASURES* & store them 
	away.

	To see how well you're doing say: "SCORE"
	Remember you can always say "HELP"
	What shall I do now?
	help
	A voice BOOOOMS out:
	Try --> "LOOK, JUMP, SWIM, CLIMB, FIND, TAKE, SCORE, DROP"
	and any other verbs you can think of...
	What shall I do now?
	s
	OK
	I'm in a forest.
	Trees.
	North South East West
	What shall I do now?
	e
	OK
	I'm in a sunny meadow.
	Large sleeping dragon. Sign here says "In many cases mud is 
	good. In
	others...".
	South East West
	What shall I do now?
	quit
	Stored 0 treasures. Scale 0-100 thats 0.
	ADVENTURE over.

	NOTE: If the 'off' command doesn't work in DOS,
	reboot with Control-Alt-Del.
	[B:\] 

Note that there's a minor glitch with the program. After you quit the program, the 'off' command no longer worked on my QuickPAD Pro. I had to reboot with Control-Alt-Del. I looked through the source code, which is available in the ZIP archive, but I couldn't tell what was causing it.

The AdamsGames.zip file contains many other text adventure games you can try.

Here is the Scott Adams web site for more information.


GNU Chess

Here is a text version of GNU Chess.

To install it, go to this directory and download the file called gchs40_0.zip.

Expand the entire ZIP archive on your PC, change to the 'gnuchess' directory, and then run the batch file called init.bat which will install the program. One of the things init.bat does is create a file called gnuchess.dat.

Then, copy these three files to the QuickPAD Pro and put them together in the same directory: gnuchesr.exe (80K), gnuchess.dat (59K), and gnuchess.lan (7K). The command to start the game is 'gnuchesr'.

Note that it will create a data file called chess.lst in the current directory. It was less than 1K when I checked it, but I don't know if the size is variable.

The initial chessboard is displayed as follows. I added row and column labels, but the game doesn't print the labels in its board display:

	    A B C D E F G H

	8   R N B Q K B N R
	7   P P P P P P P P
	6   - - - - - - - -
	5   - - - - - - - -
	4   - - - - - - - -
	3   - - - - - - - -
	2   p p p p p p p p
	1   r n b q k b n r

The white pieces are at the bottom of the board. The columns are labeled A-H, and the rows are numbered 8 to 1, according to standard chess notation. To move a piece, you enter a move like 'e2e4', for example, which moves the white king's pawn two spaces up.

Here is a sample run. User input is in bold. When it asked for the number of moves and the number of minutes, I just pressed return:

	[B:\] gnuchesr

	Enter #moves #minutes:

	White 0:00  Black 0:00

	 R N B Q K B N R
	 P P P P P P P P
	 - - - - - - - -
	 - - - - - - - -
	 - - - - - - - -
	 - - - - - - - -
	 p p p p p p p p
	 r n b q k b n r
	
	Book used 4002 of 5000 entries.
	transposition table is 2048
	Playing without hashfile

	Your move is? e2e4
	1. ... c7c5
	My move is: c7c5

	Your move is? bd


	White 0:00  Black 0:00

	 R N B Q K B N R
	 P P - P P P P P
	 - - - - - - - -
	 - - P - - - - -
	 - - - - p - - -
	 - - - - - - - -
	 p p p p - p p p
	 r n b q k b n r


	Your move is? g1f3
	2. ... b8c6
	My move is: b8c6

	Your move is? bd


	White 0:00  Black 0:00

	 R - B Q K B N R
	 P P - P P P P P
	 - - N - - - - -
	 - - P - - - - -
	 - - - - p - - -
	 - - - - - n - -
	 p p p p - p p p
	 r n b q k b - r


	Your move is? quit

	[B:\] 

According to the documentation, the computer can still be "thinking" about its moves while it waits for your input. This means that it probably uses up your batteries faster than you expect. :)

The documentation for the program is in the file called gnuchess\doc\gnuchess.doc in the ZIP archive.


Mastermind

This is a text-based version of the Mastermind code-breaking game, written in GW-BASIC.

The computer will choose a secret "code" of colored pegs. The object of the game is to deduce the code using the clues that the computer gives you.

To install it, download the file at this link, expand the archive, and copy the master.bas file to your QuickPAD Pro. The ZIP archive also includes gwbasic.exe in case you need it.

Here is a sample run of the game, with user input in bold:

	[B:\] gwbasic master.bas
	
	
	                             MASTER MIND
	
	
	
	   Number of colors [6] ?
	Number of positions [4] ?
	Total possibilities = 1296
	
	
	Color     Letter
	=====     ======
	red         r
	green       g
	orange      o
	yellow      y
	purple      p
	tan         t
	
	Please wait...
	
	Guess my combination; for example, 'rrgg'.
	Or type 'board' for a summary of your guesses, or 'quit' to end.
	You can make up to 10 guesses.
	Move #  1  Guess ? rrgg
	You have  0  blacks and  2  whites.
	Move #  2  Guess ? ooyy
	You have  0  blacks and  1  whites.
	Move #  3  Guess ? gpor
	You have  1  blacks and  1  whites.
	Move #  4  Guess ? ygrt
	You have  2  blacks and  2  whites.
	Move #  5  Guess ? board
	
	         Colors: rgoypt
	Move     Black     White     Guess
	 1        0         2        rrgg
	 2        0         1        ooyy
	 3        1         1        gpor
	 4        2         2        ygrt
	
	Move #  5  Guess ? ygtr
	You guessed it in  5  moves!
	Ok
	system
	[B:\] 


Trek

Trek is a text-mode space battle game. It's been around a long time, and there are a few different versions floating around the web. Many people have contributed to it over the years.

The object of the game is to move the Enterprise around the rectangular "quadrants" of the galaxy. Your mission is to destroy all the Klingon ships, and you can dock at the starbases for refueling and repair, when needed.

This is the "bsdtrek" version of the game, which was ported to the QuickPAD Pro by Weemeng Lee from the BSD Unix source. You can download it directly from this link. To install it, expand the archive and copy trek.exe (47K) to the QuickPAD Pro.

Here is a sample run to get you started. It just shows the beginning of the game and a few scans around the ship. User input is in bold.

	[B:\] trek

	   * * *   S T A R   T R E K   * * *

	Press return to continue.

	What length game: s
	What skill game: n
	Enter a password: xxx
	5 Klingons
	2 starbases at 0,3, 3,7
	It takes 250 units to kill a Klingon

	Command: srs

	Short range sensor scan
	  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
	0 . . . . . . . . . . 0   stardate      3800.00
	1 . . . . . . . * . . 1   condition     GREEN
	2 . . . . . . . . . . 2   position      0,3/4,6
	3 . @ . . . . . . . . 3   warp factor   5.0
	4 . . . # . . E . . . 4   total energy  5000
	5 . . . . * . . . . . 5   torpedoes     10
	6 . * . . . . . . . . 6   shields       up, 100%
	7 . . . * * . . . . . 7   Klingons left 5
	8 * . . . . . . . . . 8   time left     8.00
	9 . . . . . . . . . . 9   life support  active
	  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
	Starsystem Arachnid I

	Command: lrs
	Long range scan for quadrant 0,3

	     2     3     4
	  -------------------
	  !  *  !  *  !  *  !
	  -------------------
	0 !   4 !  17 !   4 !
	  -------------------
	1 !   1 !   2 !   6 !
	  -------------------

	Command: c ch
	Computer record of galaxy for all long range sensor scans

	  -0- -1- -2- -3- -4- -5- -6- -7-
	0 ... ...   4 $$$   4 ... ... ... 0
	1 ... ...   1   2   6 ... ... ... 1
	2 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2
	3 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .1. 3
	4 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 4
	5 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 5
	6 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 6
	7 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 7
	  -0- -1- -2- -3- -4- -5- -6- -7-

	Command: abandon
	Officers escape in shuttlecraft
	Crew beams down to planet Arachnid I

	You have been captured by Klingons and mercilessly tortured

	*** Your score:
	Penalty for 5 klingons remaining         -2000
	Penalty for getting killed                -500

	***  TOTAL                               -2500
	Another game: n
	
	[B:\]

If you've never played the game before, here's a suggestion. Start a long novice-level game, and just practice moving the ship to other quadrants and docking at starbases, while avoiding quadrants with Klingons. If you run out of time, you can just restart the game. Then, go to a quadrant with only one Klingon ship in it and practice firing the phasers and photon torpedoes. Once you are comfortable with the basics of the game, you can restart it and play a real game.

To learn more, here are few links:


Yahtzee

Here is a text mode version of the dice game called Yahtzee. The object of the game is to roll five dice to make the best Poker-like combinations and get a good score.

This is what one roll of the dice looks like:

	     [6] [5] [4] [5] [3]
	      1   2   3   4   5
The numbers inside the brackets are the dice values, and the numbers below are used to label the dice, to let the program know which ones you want to keep.

In the roll above, if we would like to keep the first, second, third, and fifth dice (on the possibility of rolling a '2' and making a large straight), we would enter 1235. Note that there are no spaces between the digits. Enter 0 to discard all the dice.

This is what the scorecard looks like:

	 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13  Totals  Bonus
	-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --  ------  -----
	 1  2  3  4  5  6 3K 4K FH SS LS YZ CH  TT  TB  BT  BB TOT
	 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 40  0  0   0  40   0   0  40
The top row contains column labels. In the second row, the letters stand for Three of a Kind (3K), Four of a Kind (4K), Full House (FH), Small Straight (SS), Large Straight (LS), Yahtzee (YZ), and Choice (CH). The third row are the scores in each category. In the scorecard above, the user has made a large straight on the first roll, and a large straight is worth 40 points.

To install, download the yahtzee.zip archive from this link, expand it, and copy yahtzee.exe (15K) to the QuickPAD Pro.

Here is a sample run, with user input in bold:

	[B:\] yahtzee

	 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13  Totals  Bonus
	-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --  ------  -----
	 1  2  3  4  5  6 3K 4K FH SS LS YZ CH  TT  TB  BT  BB TOT
	 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0   0   0   0   0

	Roll #1:

	     [5] [3] [4] [5] [3]
	      1   2   3   4   5

	Dice to keep: (like 235) 345

	 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13  Totals  Bonus
	-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --  ------  -----
	 1  2  3  4  5  6 3K 4K FH SS LS YZ CH  TT  TB  BT  BB TOT
	 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0   0   0   0   0

	Roll #2:

	     [6] [5] [4] [5] [3]
	      1   2   3   4   5

	Dice to keep: (like 235) 1235

	 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13  Totals  Bonus
	-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --  ------  -----
	 1  2  3  4  5  6 3K 4K FH SS LS YZ CH  TT  TB  BT  BB TOT
	 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0   0   0   0   0

	Roll #3:

	     [6] [5] [4] [2] [3]
	      1   2   3   4   5

	Score as (1 - 13)? 11

	 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13  Totals  Bonus
	-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --  ------  -----
	 1  2  3  4  5  6 3K 4K FH SS LS YZ CH  TT  TB  BT  BB TOT
	 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 40  0  0   0  40   0   0  40

	Roll #1:

	     [4] [4] [3] [6] [6]
	      1   2   3   4   5

	Dice to keep: (like 235) q
	[B:\] 


Zork

Zork is an interactive text-based adventure game. It was very popular on the first personal computers. I didn't see any help screens in Zork, so if you've never played it before, you may want to try Adventure first, just to familiarize yourself with this type of game.

Zork is now public domain and available here. You will need to download two files: frotz-dos.zip and zork1.zip.

From those ZIP archives, you will need frotz.exe (54K) and zork1.dat (90K). Copy those files to the QuickPAD Pro and place them together in the same directory.

You will need to run frotz with some command line options, so I created a batch file called 'zork1.bat' that contains this line:

	frotz -d1 -w59 -h16 zork1.dat
Then you type 'zork1' to run it.

Here is the first screen from the game:

	ZORK I: The Great Underground Empire
	Copyright (c) 1981, 1982, 1983 Infocom, Inc. All rights 
	reserved.
	ZORK is a registered trademark of Infocom, Inc.
	Revision 88 / Serial number 840726

	West of House
	You are standing in an open field west of a white house, 
	with a boarded front door.
	There is a small mailbox here.

	>

If you get stuck and need a small hint, or if you want more information about Zork, you can find sites on the web with FAQs and solutions. Here's one of them.

After you finish Zork1, you can try Zork2 and Zork3. Have fun.


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