rprosperi wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:54 pm
Great news, that was faster than I imagined.
I'm not a user of Ruby and have no need to extract XM files, but I presume you have a very specific application in mind, related to your telescope IIRC, and it would be great if you could share the overall scenario and instructions here (or a link here to an article on your site) once it's all working.
You are most surely a Ruby user
Given that you surf the web, it is virtually inevitable. But, to run my program, you need to ave Ruby installed on your PC. I could just as well have written the program in Python, Perl, PHP, Julia, NIM or even FORTRAN. But it's faster for me to do it in Ruby.
My need to transfer XM ASCII files to my PC is two-fold. I have a program in the ISENE.ROM that is called HOURS. It is a simple way for me to register my billable hours for the range of customers I have. At the end of every month I tally up the hours for each and send the invoices. To go into the calculator and then go through the file and write the same on the PC is stupid work. So, I need to get the data from the calc over to the PC to get the list of dates and hours as a specification in my invoice. So, if I am to move from my HP-41CL to my DM41X, I need this transfer program.
Then it's my astronomy hobby (https://isene.org/astro/
). I make observation lists on my calc (lists of cool objects to look at through my telescopes (galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, double stars, etc.) with the program OBSERVE (https://github.com/isene/hp-41_observe
). I can use my HP-41CL as a hand-held controller for my scope by hooking it up to my PC and have my PC control the telescope mount via Bluetooth to point to the various objects in the sky from my observation list. That I can then just press R/S on the calc to have the telescope point to the next object in my list is obviously über-cool. Which is why I cannot actually move from my HP-41CL to my DM41X just yet. But I wish I could because the DM41X is more sturdy. But at least I can now transfer the lists I make on my DM41X to my PC without having to key in long lists of celestial objects manually twice.