On Wed, 17 Jun 2020 at 10:46:15, Mike Ruddock
Post by Mike Ruddock
I recently came across a fragment of autobiography (well, somebody
might be interested!) I would like to know when I wrote it - I have no
memory of doing so.
The file was in .ASC format and I had a struggle to get it into
readable form. It was on a floppy disc (which says something about how
old it was). Is there any way of probing into the file to see a date
when it was first composed?
I presume it doesn't have a date stamp!
Which size of floppy? That would give some hint, though they overlapped.
(And what capacity?) The fact that you could read it (I mean physically
access the file, not see what's inside) suggests it was created on a PC,
not some earlier type of home computer. Does the floppy itself have any
tiny date code on the sleeve, which would hint when it was manufactured?
.asc sounds _vaguely_ familiar: I can't remember what created it,
though. (I presume it means ASCII, i. e. text.) When you say "probing
into the file", then certainly hex editors abound; HxD
(https://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd/) seems to be well-thought-of, for example.
If you want to email it to me (ideally zipped into another file, as that
usually preserves dates, but no matter), I'll gladly have a look.
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
Electricians do it 'till it Hz.