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This website is maintained using my freeware database - PsiDat - on a Psion netBook. This simplifies the design and dramatically reduces the time required for updates compared with traditional HTML tools.

Date Link Description
23/12/2004 Oppose Software Patents I'm completely opposed to the idea of software patents in Europe, or the rest of the world for that matter. If you want to continue to benefit from shareware and freeware/open source software, please sign up to this petition.
10/03/2004 LIMS... LIMS is my 'Laboratory Information Management System'. This software provides comprehensive management and reporting of laboratory test results and is designed for PCs running 32bit versions of Windows
13/02/2004 Compact Flash Recovery... Article describing how I was able to recover a compact flash disk corrupted by my digital camera. The failure occured as the batteries died while writing an image - a fairly common occurence I'm told.
17/01/2004 PsiDatBack Version 2... I've updated my backup routine so that the backup path is user-defined. This allows backups to drive E: on a netBook, or to the internal drive C: (memory permitting).
18/11/2003 WiFi part 4... The final(?) part of my article on setting up a wireless network gives a graphical overview of the completed network and describes the problems encountered in adding another PC using a wireless bridge instead of an adapter.
25/10/2003 WiFi part 3... ADSL was activated on the Blundeston exchange two weeks ago. I settled on a NetGear DG824M wireless router in the end and so far it's performed very well.
09/10/2003 New Support Forums... I'm moving the RealMaps and PsiDat discussion forums to a new phpBB-driven site.

I've also added new forums for General support and WiFi issues.
28/09/2003 WiFi part 2... In my first article on WiFi I described my initial setup for peer-to-peer (adhoc) networking and sharing my dial-up connection.

In part 2 I discuss the interim step of doing the same but with in 'Infrastructure Mode' using my new D-Link DSL-604+ ADSL modem/router.

(28th Sept) Update: unfortunately this device failed after just 16 days usage - I'm in the process of buying an alternative product and I'll let you know more about that in part 3.
13/09/2003 RealMaps v5.13... Major new release of RealMaps. Significant changes over and above those in the v5.13 betas, including improved referencing algorithm and UTM coordinate support.

I've also added some very high quality colour maps for netBook, Series 7, netPad, & WINS users

For more details, visit the RealMaps site.
11/08/2003 PsiDat v1.25 release 3... Release 3 of PsiDat v1.25 Released.

Further apologies - silly bug introduced that prevented text export from working.

Apologies - I accidentally REM'd out the single record HTML body tag field in the HTML Options dialog.

Changed the button for the zPsiDatHTML button in the 'Default Table' dialog so that the delete key works properly again.

Improved the SQL search dialog so that it now uses a multiline edit box.

Added an option to create a shortname for each saved query.
NB: this option is deactivated for databases that already have a 'zPsiDatQueries' table. To enable it either :
1. Delete the 'zPsiDatQueries' table (obviously not recommended if you have many existing queries)
2. Copy the 'zPsiDatQueries' table to a temporary name and then restructure the copy table as 'zPsiDatQueries' with an additional 40 character text field called ''Shortcut"

Embedded the toolbar button icons in their own mbm file instead of pulling them in from ROM icon files.

Added duplicate record functionality. Pressing Ctrl-N will create a new record with duplicate text, numeric, & datetime fields (NB: this will not copy memo fields. To workaround, filter the desired record(s), save-as to a temporary table, and then merge-in the temporary table).

Added a <ICN> field modifier for memo fields. When outputting HTML, this will insert an image link in the top left of the memo text. The modifier should be followed by the number of the field containing the image filename, eg.
would use the contents of field 3 as the image source.

Added <NCB#> 'No Column Break' field modifier - prevents this field from causing an HTML column break. The value of # affects how this field is separated from the following one :-

<NCB1> insert a line break (<BR>)
<NCB2> insert a space character
<NCB3> no separation

Added a user-defined escape character (escchar&) to the memo text. Everything between two escape characters in a memo field gets sent to a custom OPL routine userHTMLesc:(v$,id%) when exporting HTML. If the routine doesn't exist, then it is output as raw text instead (providing a simple way of embedding the odd HTML command, for example)

Modified the HTML tabular export slightly so that turning off the field labels will turn off the table headings.

Improved the editing of bit fields when tapped.

Enabled keyboard selection within the character map selector (Shift-Ctrl-C when editing non-memo fields).
10/08/2003 PsiDat Website Design... Overview and sample database file showing how to create and maintain websites using PsiDat
05/08/2003 PassThru32... PassThru32 is now freeware ! This program allows any PDA or other computer to borrow a Windows PC's hardware modem and/or printer.

It effectively turns your PC into a null-modem adapter or serial print cable (can anyone think of a better use for a Windows PC?)
03/07/2003 ChaDis v1.05... ChaDis has been updated to include a diagnostic test for wear on the Revo's battery-to-motherboard connector.

(a few people will have received this version directly from me in answer to queries).
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