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System Hacker v0.9 Released
Posted by Michael on 10 July 2004, 18:24 GMT

[System Hacker]System Hacker is a 86 utility very similar to Calcsys for the 83+ and Command Post for the 89. System Hacker features a hex editor, disassembler, system flags listing, port manager, and link console.

Update (Joey): Program updated at 18:00 GMT on July 13th.

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Re: System Hacker v0.9 Released
CajunLuke Account Info

Hey... a victory for all those diehard 86-lovers! Now everyone's got one of this manner of program! Dissassemblers everywhere can be happy!

Reply to this comment    10 July 2004, 18:35 GMT

Re: Re: System Hacker v0.9 Released
KermMartian Account Info
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Usefull - I'd say it's a good addition to any 86 programmer's toolbox.

Reply to this comment    10 July 2004, 20:45 GMT

Re: Re: System Hacker v0.9 Released
Brian Gordon  Account Info
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there are diehard 86 hackers? ;p

Reply to this comment    11 July 2004, 03:34 GMT

Re: Re: Re: System Hacker v0.9 Released
Chivo  Account Info

Heck yeah! The 86 RULES!! :)

I saw this program yesterday (before the news) and thought it was a very nice and capable program, at least judging from its description and readme. I'll go download it now to see if it's any good.

Reply to this comment    11 July 2004, 07:25 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info

If you downloaded version 0.9 and liked it, then it might be a good idea to download version 1.1 (it just got into the archives). There are a few bugs and missing features in 0.9, but I've fixed them in 1.1.

Reply to this comment    11 July 2004, 18:46 GMT


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Chivo  Account Info

I tried the 1.2 version. It's pretty nice, but I have a few quesions.

1) What do the number and letter on the right side of the title bar mean? The title bar says something like (underscores are spaces) "SysHacker 1.2_________1___D" or "5___D". Are these

2) Why does nothing show up in the "asm" mode? (I ran it in VTI with ROM version 1.2)

I have some suggestions too:

1) "Link port com" exits when I type an invalid value, but it should stay in the Link port com mode. It should also show if it's in char or hex mode, maybe just a "C" or an "H" in the title bar.

2) When scrolling up in the hex edit, the cursor should go to the bottom of the previous page.

3) Use the regular A-F characters, not the hex A-F characters. The regular A-F are the same width as 0-9, so it would look better and be easier to line-up the hex

4) Accept either upper- or lower-case characters in the hex editor.

5) In "edit" mode, sometimes when I hit 2nd then hit EXIT, the editting part of the screen goes blank (the title bar and menu bar at the bottom are still there), and sometimes it goes to "hex" mode.

6) allow the user to delete characters in text entry boxes (e.g., "Go to address" and "Go to var").

7) can you speed up the printing in the hex mode? It's slow when scrolling long distances.

8) make the hex mode display possibly 8 bytes per line: the address takes 16 pixels, the 8 bytes in hex take 64 pixels, and the raw data on the right take 40 pixels (5 each), so there are 8 pixels left for padding. Perhaps 6 bytes per line would be better than 8. It's not as "round" as 8 but it's rounder than 5.

Besides these minor problems, it works pretty well. Thank you for this nice program!

Reply to this comment    14 July 2004, 03:42 GMT

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Chivo  Account Info

Woops! In question 1 I didn't finish my question:

Are these (the number and letter) some kind of mode indicator?

Reply to this comment    14 July 2004, 03:44 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info

As I said in the readme, they show which RAM page (the first one) and which ROM page (the second one) are currently being viewed.

That's strange about the disassembler...it works fine for me (with ROM 1.6).

Thanks for the suggestions-I'll try to implement them!

Reply to this comment    14 July 2004, 13:18 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info

I added everything you suggested (except the delete key, which I'm working on), and I'll upload it as soon as possible.

Reply to this comment    14 July 2004, 17:02 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info

Yes!!!!!

Reply to this comment    11 July 2004, 18:44 GMT


Re: Re: System Hacker v0.9 Released
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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When I saw the screenshot, the first thing I thought of was Command Post. I was kinda surprised when I saw it was for the TI-86... you don't see as many TI-86 programs anymore. Anyway, congrats to the author and all. It looks nice. :)

Reply to this comment    11 July 2004, 15:19 GMT

Re: System Hacker v0.9 Released
dabud15 Account Info

What exactly is a link console (in non-assembly-programmer terms)?

Reply to this comment    10 July 2004, 18:38 GMT


Re: Re: System Hacker v0.9 Released
Jason Malinowski  Account Info

It lets you send / recieve individual bytes through the linkport. It's useful for debugging any linking software. You can also do fun things with it, like on the 83+ you can send keypresses over the linkport, so you could use Calcsys's Link Console to do this.

Reply to this comment    10 July 2004, 19:39 GMT

Re: System Hacker v0.9 Released
W Hibdon  Account Info
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Hey, this is great. I find it hard to believe that a program like this was never made. I do believe it, because obviously it is true, but still....

-W-

Reply to this comment    10 July 2004, 18:58 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info

I found it hard to believe too...that's why I wrote this program. It was annoying having to keep about 5 different progs on my calc just to do the same things as System Hacker, and always having to remember addresses, var names, etc. when switching between them.

Reply to this comment    10 July 2004, 21:27 GMT


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W Hibdon  Account Info
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Why did I stop talking to you on AIM anyway?

-W-

Reply to this comment    11 July 2004, 06:36 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info

I think we ran out of things to talk about. ;-)

Reply to this comment    11 July 2004, 18:42 GMT

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burntfuse  Account Info

Oh my god, I never thought I'd get a program featured!!!!!! Thank you, file archivers and news editors!!!!

If anyone has suggestions for more features in this program, please e-mail them to me. I hope that someone finds it useful...

Reply to this comment    10 July 2004, 21:23 GMT

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Unknown1 Account Info
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Of course it's useful. My code tends to juggle register pointers to memory, and I'm sure it will be useful in making sure if I've indexed an array properly. Thanks for the neat prog!

Reply to this comment    11 July 2004, 00:33 GMT


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Morgan Davies  Account Info
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The fact that you wrote it for the 86 gives you lots of brownie points in my book :-)

Reply to this comment    11 July 2004, 06:36 GMT

Re: System Hacker v0.9 Released
Michael Vincent  Account Info
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I just noticed today (when running a counting script I made) that this is my one hundredth news item :)

Reply to this comment    12 July 2004, 17:49 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info

100th total? Cool. That's a lot of articles!!!

Reply to this comment    12 July 2004, 21:00 GMT

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