Call up a handy notepad or phonebook in mid-job and other CP/M utilities
When you're in the middle of using a wordprocessor and you need to look up a phone number, you can either hunt for your directory or maybe exit from the program and search a database. It would be nice to have trivia constantly available. This is what WHM does.
WHM, which runs best under CP/M Plus but also under CP/M 2.2. is installed on your working disk (preferably on your second disk if you have two drives) and is switched on by the command WHMT ON. WHM is loaded into a high memory address, and waits until you press Control with ']'. When you do - say from inside another program - WHM prints a little menu in the screen corner. When you finish, the screen is restored to what it was before.
Or at least, nearly what it was. Occasionally the screen may be slightly corrupted. It is not a serious problem, but it happens. It shouldn't make much difference to your programs.
These are the utilities WHM supplies:
- Notepad - a window for notes. If you need more space WHM will add another page to the notebook. This is saved to disk after use.
- Phonebook looks similar, but each page covers A-B, C-D etc. If you have a Hayes modem, numbers can be sent to it. A larger phonebook is available, with each letter having four pages.
- Two-week diary - When the week is over, bring down the next week and clear week two at the press of a button.
- Calendar shows the layout of months, days and dates from 1978 up to 2000. In CP/M Plus, you can update the system clock from here, rather than fiddling with the DATE program.
- Dir simply gives a disk directory.
- View lets you examine an Ascii file. No editing is allowed but this option is better than using TYPE.
- Calculator can add, subtract, multiply and divide up to 14 figure numbers.
- Keys does key macroing (in CP/M Plus). This is a usefull facility to have while inside a program - repetitive strings can be edited to a simple keypress.
More applications can be invoked with the Other command The manual gives a page over to this, but unless you know what you're doing, writing under CP/M is not easy. An excellent CP/M tool.
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