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Re:They are here!!! (CSS-Chronik and Fossil)
« on: October 19, 2005, 03:57AM »
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Hello Mike,

Quote from: Mike Watters on October 19, 2005, 03:09AM   

Hi All

My CSS Chronik DVD arrived today. Very quick and efficient service, and easy to use the online form and Paypal. It is great to have this information at last. Although understanding it is problematic! 

I have read some of the criticism which has been aimed at the illogical choice of presentation (jpg files)and the woeful index etc. What has also struck me is the difficulty of printing anything off as you want it.

I happened across tables about the Oldies in 1983/1 pages 15-17. Oh I'll have those I thought and tried to print them off. Well it drove me mad.  >:(

There seem to be two options within the program, one way you get a 1/4 size image you can't read, the other way you get a giant corner of the image. In the end I had to take Robert's hint and view and print the images from another program, in my case Microsoft Paint.

There must be an easier way. Please can some kind person help?

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Mike

I suggest to use the in Windows XP built in Picture- and Faxviewer (i don't know, if it is called so in the english XP; in my german version it is "Bild- und Faxanzeige")

In the Windows Explorer a rightclick on the .jpg-file, then there should be a point as "Preview" ("Vorschau" in german)

There you can view, browse, rotate, zoom and last but not least print! 


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Re:They are here!!! (CSS-Chronik and Fossil)
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2005, 03:09AM »
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Hi All

My CSS Chronik DVD arrived today. Very quick and efficient service, and easy to use the online form and Paypal. It is great to have this information at last. Although understanding it is problematic! 

I have read some of the criticism which has been aimed at the illogical choice of presentation (jpg files)and the woeful index etc. What has also struck me is the difficulty of printing anything off as you want it.

I happened across tables about the Oldies in 1983/1 pages 15-17. Oh I'll have those I thought and tried to print them off. Well it drove me mad.  >:(

There seem to be two options within the program, one way you get a 1/4 size image you can't read, the other way you get a giant corner of the image. In the end I had to take Robert's hint and view and print the images from another program, in my case Microsoft Paint.

There must be an easier way. Please can some kind person help?

Best regards
Mike
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Re:They are here!!! (CSS-Chronik and Fossil)
« Reply #2 on: October 7, 2005, 04:54PM »
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Hi Robert "Fossil" Weck

I'm glad you liked it! I still love this little thing!
I use it just about every day!

Concerning the Byte, as always, I'm always hungry for information on it. I got an email from Hans-Jürgen with some details on where it appeared on CSS, in the ads section and that's what I was after.

He gave me the OK to share his email so here it goes:


In the german chess computer magazine CSS (Computer Schach und Spiele)
5/1990, p.24 there is an advertisment of the Hobby Computer Centrale
owned by the former Mephisto frontman Ossi Weiner.
Here he mentioned Xadrex as a very rare CC7-pirat copy from Brazil,
which he offered for sale for highest bider.

Ossi Weiner was a salesman who liked to exaggerate, so please dont take
the "very rare" too seriously.

Also in the following editions of CSS 6/90, p.22, CSS 1/91, p.38,
CSS 2/91 p.42 and CSS 3/91 there were ads made by Ossi Weiner.
Here again he offered (a) Xadrex for highest bid - unclear how many
he had in stock - or perhaps only one ?

Finally in CSS 4/1992, p.58 Ossi tried again to "get rid" of the Xadrex.
In this ad Ossi Weiner was looking for some Oldies from the years 1976-81
for his "chesscomputer-museum", he mentioned Challenger Grandmaster Voice,
Mephisto Excalibur, Compuchess, Novag Robot, Conic Master, Tracer Chess,
Hanimex, Chess Mate Commodore, SC 1, Tryom, Boris Handroid.

This time he offered Xadrex in exchange for one of the computers above.

Ossi Weiner was still active some years ago with Millennium chess computers,
but as far as I know nowadays he is no longer in business with computers.

Kindest regards

Hans-Jürgen
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« Reply #3 on: October 7, 2005, 02:45AM »
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Quote from: Ismenio on October  6, 2005, 03:09PM   

This is great news!! I still need to hear confirmation from Christian Muller on his Phantom and then I can rest!

You need to let us know your first impressions Robert.

Ok, you wanted it! 

Believe it or not; i had expected it to be bigger! Of course, i'm glad, that it is not the case! 

At the moment, i have Hiarcs 9.5 running on it and it works great!

It is a little uncomfortable, to bring up the menue with a keystroke, but that's ok! Maybe a little menue-button (left on the watch, above the  "Back"-button) would make this easier, but as i said, that's not a big problem, as i don't call the menue so often.

What i am a little afraid of, is to get scratches on the display! I always protect my other PDA's with a case; what i would have appreciated here: a small transparent flip-cover!

I would say, it's not a watch for every day or to go to work with it; for this, it is too beautiful (and cool! )

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So now it's you, me and Daniel playing chess on our watches

Now my cell-phone can play against my watch!

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Now, what would have happned if you didn't have the invoice?

Hm, good question. I didn't ask for this (i was to happy that it was finally here! )
I assume they would have taken the insurance amount as calculation base...

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I'm assuming because it was a brand new product they wanted to confirm the price? What happens when you get used items that don't have the invoice?

I think so too!

When it's value (including costs for shipping/handling!) is less than 45 Euro, and not-commercial (means foc) then there is no tax and customs fee to pay (just have read it on www.zoll.de; i didn't know this before!)

Too bad, it was a little bit above it; ok, this were about 13 Euro all in all, but still saved me a lotta money (compared with the prices for this watch on ebay.de!! )

With used items: i get them with the normal postal service (the Wrist PDA i had to pick up from the customs office and have to pay import tax (16%). Maybe they take the insurance amount as a calculation base...

I have sent the customs-info-center a mail regarding this; now i'm curious too! 

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On the CSS, I'm not sure if it's worth it but there are programs out there that will process images and extract the text and I think you can even batch them up. Kind of like the OCRs we use with scanners.

Sounds interesting! I will see, what i can get out of it!

@mychess: Can i do this with Copernic? (searching for text within jpg-images?)

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Let me know when you run across the issues with the Byte XD300

Hm, the first issues are from the year 1983. Didn't the Byte come out much earlier? (if it is a CC7 clone, then it was maybe a little too early for the CSS/CSI (means "Computerschach International" not "Crime Scene Investigation"  )

And I'm not sure, if they really were interested in a South American CC7 clone... 


all the best,
Robert
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Re:They are here!!! (CSS-Chronik and Fossil)
« Reply #4 on: October 6, 2005, 03:09PM »
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This is great news!! I still need to hear confirmation from Christian Muller on his Phantom and then I can rest!

You need to let us know your first impressions Robert. So now it's you, me and Daniel playing chess on our watches

Now, what would have happned if you didn't have the invoice? I'm assuming because it was a brand new product they wanted to confirm the price? What happens when you get used items that don't have the invoice?

On the CSS, I'm not sure if it's worth it but there are programs out there that will process images and extract the text and I think you can even batch them up. Kind of like the OCRs we use with scanners. Let me know when you run across the issues with the Byte XD300

Best regards,

Ismenio

PS: Olivier, I'm using Yahoo Desktop search right now. I may take a look at the Copernic though Is that free?

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Re:They are here!!! (CSS-Chronik and Fossil)
« Reply #5 on: October 6, 2005, 09:12AM »
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Hi,

For a search with index, why don't you use Copernic Desktop search ?
It can make index for your PC, only hard disks, directories and of course DVD,CD, memory cards.

Cordialy.
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They are here!!! (CSS-Chronik and Fossil)
« Reply #6 on: October 6, 2005, 12:31AM »
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Hello Ismenio and friends,


yippiiiieeeehh, yesterday i got the CSS-Chronik!!!

You don't have to install anything; you can start it directly from the DVD (you can also copy the whole thing to the harddisk, which makes viewing and handling a lot faster.

But i can't understand, why it took them so long for this GUI!! What GUI? That's all simply HTML!!

And the handling is so bad, that i don't even use it; the scans are all in jpg-format, so i prefer to use an external pic-viewer. The scans are really good to read and the contained pictures are also good to view

In the GUI( ) you can browse and view the scans, but there they are is too small to read! Here I have a very good 18"-TFT-display and i can hardly read it. You can zoom it, but then you can't browse anymore!! >:(

No PDF!! There is an index, but it has only(?) 1200 words, where I was first missing many chess computers (no "Turbostar", "Superstar"; then i found out, that you have to search for "SciSys Turbostar", "SciSys Superstar") 

You can only enter the first letter of your search-string and then you are on your own!

It's not possible to search for partial strings ("Turbo" or so)!!

Ok, i understand that you can't put all the issues in one big pdf-file, but one pdf per issue would have been ok for me.

With pdf, it would be enough, if an improved index-search said that e.g. "Turbo" is contained in issue 1/85, 2/86, then you could load them in your Acrobat reader and search there for "Turbo".


Enough for that, now i have good (relieving ) news for Ismenio:

I also got a letter from our local customs office, that i can pick up my Fossil!! I have to show them the billing info, so it's good that you had sent it!

So i hope that i will get it this day! 


relieved regards,
Robert
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