MCbx (Utilities, old computers, hardware hacks)


Welcome to my web site. If you're here for software, proceed down this page. If you're looking for information about old computers, you should go to If you want to read about hardware hacks or modifications, choose it from menu.
In fact, I'm still adding more stuff to Old computers section.

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There may be some problems while running some programs in really old operating systems, such as Windows 95 (these won't run in 16-bit environments such as Win3.x, even with Win32s libraries), but many of them will work well in Win98SE. All programs were compiled and tested on WinXP machine. All programs are freeware. I take no responsibility for these programs/results of them. T64EMP works quite well in Win98. Programs written in .NET require .NET framework and at least windows XP. Qt programs require Qt libraries and will run in Windows at least XP.

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Places for Windows T64EMP EPadRecovery SFCU AudiobookDB VPad Multidsk Small utilities


 Digital IC Tester software

An open-source software for Digital IC Tester from Everyday Practical Electornics, October 2002 (project by Joe Farr). Runs on Linux. The software can be used as a GUI application or as command-line program for batch or automated testing. Contains test sheet editor, configuration and visualization of pin states. Doesn't draw plot (yet).
Additional hints and test sheets for other circuits are accessible too.


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 FTD (Fast Text Downloader aka Burst Mode)   
A software which helps to "read" any text faster by displaying one word, or x words (chunk) a time, "transmitting" text with specified word rate. This allows to quickly read quite large articles or publications, maybe not to get a full understanding but certainly to get basic idea what is it about. Highly configurable (text font/size/color, background color/texture/align, adding time to longer chunks), Qt-based, GPL code (but buggy and full of terrible hacks).

I've made the first version of FTD (Fast Text Downloader) in Pascal in 2003, it was working in DOS window or VGA screen using Figlet-like fonts or Pascal's bitmap fonts. Later, I've re-written it in Delphi and shared quite hermetically (MITK FTD, TC/TSG FTD, later revised as GGPFTD after MITK-TSG splitting, later "Burst Mode 0.5"). In 2013/14 I decided to re-write it in something useful (Qt) using Burst Mode 0.8's code as a base and GPL the code.

If it displays black on black, use Text Color (TC) to fix it. Make sure that srrc.ini configuration file is writable. In Windows it's in program's directory, in Linux it's in ~/.srrc.ini, the structure is the same.

NEW VERSION 20141229 - released 2015-07-22. Added color morphing and better text fragmenting tools

Download Windows (EXE) - if it needs DLLs, Here are Win32 Qt libraries:  Part1, Part2

Download Source code - compiles with Qt 4.8.1 and Creator 3. Runs on Linux (Debian 7) too.

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A hint: If you use LCD, set a good contrast and brightness before using. If you use CRT monitor, make text larger and get about 1-1,5m away from screen (I'm using two 21" CRT displays). By this you may avoid headache.

 ROM Tools
These are small tools I've written to help dealing with ROM dumps/images of any kind.

- ROMCheck - Checks ROM image for:
  > Stuck zeros/ones-  bad data lines
  > Duplicated halves, duplicated parts - bad address lines
  > Chunks full of the same characters / patterns.
  > Strings/literals in files - dumps them as hex editor. Can print only strings of specified minimal length with allowed non-literal "exceptions" of custom length.
It prints the information on console as a report.
- hexcat - displays file like HEX editor does.
- interlace/deinterlace - interlaces/deinterlaces ROM files to use in EVEN/ODD set-up.
- roundTo - Fills ROM image with speicfied content to soecified size (as number, nearest multiply, nearest power).
All these programs work from command line usingparameters. Run a program without parameters to get information about usage.

Download Windows (EXE)

Download Source - Tested building in CodeBlocks IDE. Works and builds even under Linux, as it uses simple C++ functions, some POSIX (getopt).

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 RANTS (MCbx version)
RANTS (Remotely Accessible Note Taking System) was a small program written in PHP and MySQL to keep small notes on a server. It was written in 2006 by Eric O'Callaghan, but his web site looks dead now and it's hard to get RANTS source.

This is a modified version of original RANTS, these modifications involve:
 - Notes may be maximum 8192 characters long.
 - Characters '<' and '>' may be used in notes.
 - Each note may have space-separated tags, notes may be filtered by them. If no tags are used, it automatically gets "General" tag.
 - Dividing into pages finally works, so there's no note limit.

Requirements: MySQL database, PHP server, SMTP. Multiuser mode not much tested as I've used it to store my personal notes from administrator's account, but it *SHOULD* work.

Read README for installation details. After installation theme may be changed by editing CSS file and images.

Download Source - can be installed on a server.

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Bitmap Font Editor (HGCFEU)

A small program which allows to edit bitmap fonts in ROM dumps of many computers, video cards or devices. CGA, Hercules, MDA, Commodore and few other computers are supported. Not stable but works :).

Created as font viewer/editor for Hercules fonts, it was later extended more to support other standards including 8-bit microcomputers (Commodore PET, VIC, 16, 64, 128, Meritum, Cobra) and simple terminal devices with factury-pressed ROMs (MCY7304NAx).

This program is written in C#, so it requires at least Windows XP and .NET Framework. It probably won't work with Windows 98.

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Places for Windows

This is a quick-and-dirty program which allows to add something like Gnome's Places menu to Windows computer. One click and all drives are visible. It's written in C#, so it requires .NET framework at least v.2.0. Tested and working under Windows XP and Windows 7.  Configurable with text files. Some examples included. Source included too.

Strange colors in Windows XP screenshot are not default, they're taken from system theme, yours will be different.

If it crashes, check config files. Most of crashes are caused by mistakes in these.
Common problems are: non existing programs or directories, whose icons must be acquired, unmounted drives, typos in config files, using '''' (4 characters) instead of "" (2 characters), skipping empty "", errors in theme files.

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icon TEMP - T64 Extraction / Manipulation Program

Version: 0.96

Utility to manipulate T64 files. There are some front-ends for DOS programs related to C64, such as PUCrunch or Tape64, it can also convert C64 pictures to Commodore 64 executables (PRG).
If you do the hardware modifications with connecting C2N to PC, you can make your own C64 mixtapes!

PL  Program do tworzenia i modyfikacji plików T64. Dodatkowo nakładki na przydatne temacie programy konsolowe (rozpoznawanie z WAV, kompresja), konwerter obrazków na pliki PRG.

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icon EPadrecovery

Version: 0.0.1

Simple utility to recover unsaved files from EditPad 3.x.
Running in Win95 makes some troubles with column refreshing, but it will work (as EditPad works with Win95).

PL   Małe narzędzie do odzyskiwania niezapisanych plików programu EditPad. Może trochę nawalać w Win95.

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icon SFCU 0.9

Version: 0.01

This utility allows to create or delete files and directories with names same as devices in DOS-based systems (or all Windows systems including WinXP). These files can't be deleted in normal way. You can easily protect your thumb drive, USB Flash drive cards etc. to avoid infections by creating autorun.inf directory and unerasable file inside.

PL   Przydatny program do tworzenia i usuwania plików, których później nie idzie usunąć w sposób... konwencjonalny. Plik taki utworzony w folderze o nazwie autorun.inf na pendrive skutecznie chroni przed inwazją większości wirusów - wirus kopiuje się, lecz nie może się uruchomić.

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icon Audiobook Database 0.0.1 alpha

Unstable version of a simple, ADO-based audiobook database. It may not work on all computers, especially with Win9x.
It was made on my old computer with XP, so I don't know will it work in Vista or Win7.

PL   Niestabilna wersja działającej na ADO bazy audioksiążek. U mnie działa, ale ma pełno błędów i nie wiem jak z działaniem z najnowszymi Windowsami..

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icon VPad alpha

Version: 0.005 alpha

Strange text editor with toolbar-based interface and possibility to make hierarchical text files. Not a stable, not even final version.

PL   Testowy edytor tekstu z interfejsem opartym na paskach narzędzi i możliwością tworzenia tekstu hierarchicznego. Niestabilny.

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icon Multidsk

Version: 0.04

This program helps you while downloading from many servers to many partitions. It acts as small program manager, monitors free disk space and allows to move files from one to another download directory. This tuning helps getting along with drive space.

PL   Program pomocny przy ściąganiu plików - mały menedżer najpotrzebniejszych programów i ciągły monitoring wolnego miejsca na partycjach. A jak brakuje - jednym kliknięciem "przelewamy" na inną.

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 Small utilities


This small program virtually presses PLAY key on multimedia keyboard, which is quite rare on typical notebook's multimedia keyboards. Needed when PLAY/PAUSE key only launches notebook vendor's application and can't be reconfigured to be functional in, for example, foobar2000.

PL   Mały program symuluje naciśnięcie klawisza "PLAY" z klawiatury multimedialnej. Przydatne, gdy klawisza PLAY/PAUSE nie idzie oprogramować, lecz włącza on domyślnie jakiś program - podstawiamy wtedy mały programik i uzyskujemy łatwiejszy klawisz PLAY.



TIP Loader

This program allows to run TIP (diagnostics utility from after 1st of January 2010. TIP has a timebomb which makes it unusable after 1.01.2010, and author won't release a version without it (according to my e-mails with GRC). This program must be placed in a directory with TIP.EXE, and TIP should be launched by running this small program. It works even in my 486 ProVeisa with Windows 95, so it will go on old computer with ZIP drive without any software or hardware modifications.

PL   Program umożliwia uruchomienie programu TIP (narzedzia do ZIPów z po 1.01.2010. Należy umieścić w jednym katalogu ten program i program TIP.EXE, po czym uruchomić tipldr.exe.


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