|EMU41: A Little Late to The Party, but Loving It!|
Message #1 Posted by Les Wright on 8 May 2012, 5:20 p.m.
I have neither a suitable device nor the technical skill to upgrade myself to a 41CL, so to console myself I have been splurging on other HP41C accoutrement. I am eagerly awaiting a replacement NoV-64 from Diego (I was cursed with a faulty programmer, a rare occurrence, so an exchange was needed), and, am even more eagerly awaiting a PIL-Box from J-F Garnier.
In preparation for the latter, I have been familiarizing myself with HP-IL and mass storage issues via EMU41, and though the DOS interface requires some getting used to, it is giving me hours of retro fun. With some judicious searching of this forum's archives, I have learned already how to convert my text listings into a format with hp41uc that can be saved to EMU41's emulated mass storage media for easy access via the PIL-Box and ILPer software at a later date. The ability to compose my programs on PC and convert them to a format that, shortly, I will be able to read directly into the calculator without printing and wanding in barcode, as I used to do, is nerdily thrilling.
J-F hasn't developed EMU41 any further in a couple of years, and I don't see it discussed much around here these days, but I am fascinated with its power and how much it's teaching me about the extended capabilities of the actual calculator.
Just thought I'd share that.
P.S., I do indeed know that one can convert text or RAW files directly to LIF format which can be read by PIL-Box via ILPer, but in the meantime it has been instructive and fun to work with the EMU interface. I have a virtual HDRIVE all set with my favourite programs just waiting to get imported to my HP41CV once the PIL-Box arrives.
Edited: 10 May 2012, 5:30 p.m. after one or more responses were posted