The number of people discovering the year 2000 problem with the Master 128 has been increasing. All of the disc user groups, such as EUG and 8 Bit Software have had articles, but you need not worry.
But Doomsday extends the available date range from 1900-1999 to 1900-2299 also accounting for the fact that year 2000 is a leap year whereas 1900, 2100, 2200 aren't. Non Master 128 users can check if the ROM will work in their machine by first running the OSWordDetect program available from the software part of these pages. It's been ZIPped, so you'll need to get the tokenised BBC basic unZIPper too.
Alternatively, brief details are given on the letters page of the June 1997 Acorn User, and OSWordDetect appears on that issues' cover disc.
|BBC Micro||*ROMS||Lists OS recognised ROMS|
|BBC Micro||*SHOW||Lists function key definitions|
|BBC Micro||*CLOSE||Closes all files|
|All||*CONFIGURE TIMEZONE||Allows timezone offsets (see FAQ below)|
|All||*CONFIGURE [NO]DST||Switches between winter and daylight saving time|
|All||*DRIVE||Reissues this as *DIR for ADFS users|
|All||*DIR||With no parameters, reports the current directory|
|All||*LIB||With no parameters, shows the current library|
Does the 'timezone' command only handle European timezones?
No, the timezone command is flexible enough to add offsets in steps of 15 minutes from -13:45 to +13:45 hours onto the base time, so you could take it on holiday to New Zealand with you!
What about compatibility?
|Tube 2nd processors||Fine|
|MOS+ by Dabbs Press||Not compatible, as MOS+ stores its alarm settings over Doomsday's software|
|Scrabble by Leisure Genius||Can hang during complex games as its heap of guesses grows from page &C upwards and can overwrite Doomsday's software. Patch available here.|
|BioRhythms||Though not directly related to Doomsday, the 'BIO' program on the BBC Micro Welcome cassette can't handle dates beyond Y2K. A simple 3 line change is required, available here.|
What's the current version of Doomsday and how do I upgrade?
Currently, version 1.31. Users with earlier versions can upgrade by returning their ROM along with 3 first class postage stamps and your address details in a reusable padded envelope. You'll receive the latest version by return of post.
|Includes printed user manual|