Archimedes Level 4 File Server

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Re: Archimedes Level 4 File Server

Post by lcww1 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:51 pm

The folks at the Cambridge CCH have now confirmed with me that they do have a copy of the RISC OS 3 Level 4 File Server Network Manager’s Guide. As BeebMaster mentioned, this document is spiral bound, so it'll need scanning page by page on a flatbed scanner. CCH are happy for someone to visit them to do this scan on the premises, so I'll plan another visit to get this done sometime in the next few weeks.

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Re: Archimedes Level 4 File Server

Post by matt_nottm » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:00 am

Excellent news, thank you for volunteering for this. When you do visit, would you be able to sound them out about others visiting to scan some of their other econet manuals/books. They seem to have some really interesting stuff I have not seen before, and others where there is not a high quality scan.

For example:
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... fications/

If they are willing, I may pop along later in the year for a scan-a-thon.

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Re: Archimedes Level 4 File Server

Post by lcww1 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:12 pm

matt_nottm wrote:When you do visit, would you be able to sound them out about others visiting to scan some of their other econet manuals/books.
Will do, Matt - from my dealings with CCH so far, they do seem to be very willing to help with this sort of scanning/archiving effort - why don’t you just drop them an email via their address at the bottom of the webpages? They just seem to need some notice to sort through things, and then extract the required documents from wherever it is that they’re stored. If there’s something specific you’d like to get scanned soon, then just let me know and I’ll see if I can add it on when I visit to scan the fabled L4MG!

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Re: Archimedes Level 4 File Server

Post by matt_nottm » Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:39 pm

Thanks will do for sometime in the summer when I make a trip across.

This was the list of things I was looking at:
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... fications/
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... n-Leaflet/
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... t-Network/
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... ogramming/
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... cro-Guide/
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... ocomputer/
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... Whytehead/
SJ Research File Server System Manager's Manual July 1985
SJ Research Modular Disc File Servie Manual April 1987
SJ Research various information relating to Econet Products

Interestingly it seems there is an option to download for free via a Shopping Basket, but I cannot seem to get it to work? I click Buy Now and there is nothing in the Shopping Basket?
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... t-Network/

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Re: Archimedes Level 4 File Server

Post by lcww1 » Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:37 pm

Here, at last, is a scan, admittedly not a very good scan, but a scan nonetheless, of the Acorn RISC OS Level 4 Fileserver Network Manager's Guide - Issue 1 - 1990. This scan was not easy to get done. Still, for all its faults, it's better than nothing.

The PNG files (in case someone wishes to have an attempt at creating a better PDF file) in a Zipped Dropbox folder: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qr2iykwznn7cs ... G.zip?dl=0

And the PDF file itself (all 662Mb of it):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/rb97chw65j4hr ... G.pdf?dl=0


Many thanks indeed to the generous and helpful Staff of the Centre for Computing History for their kind assistance.

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Re: Archimedes Level 4 File Server

Post by matt_nottm » Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:49 am

Excellent, thank you, a brilliant contribution to the econet material available here...

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Re: Archimedes Level 4 File Server

Post by tomc » Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:42 pm

Yes, thanks very much for spending the time to do this and sharing it with the community.

My old PC was struggling a bit so I've done a quick convert of lcww1's png files and compiled them into a pdf of just over 9MB

Obviously the quality is not as good as the original scans, and monochrome. The front cover came out worst but apart from that all text and images are still very clear. Might be of some use to someone so here it is...

PDF (9.3 MB):
http://tomm.no-ip.org/riscos/L4FSMG_lowq.pdf

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Re: Archimedes Level 4 File Server

Post by lcww1 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:17 pm

Many thanks for this much more manageable pdf conversion Tom! That’s a big improvement, and the pdf is perfectly readable - now I can easily read this on my phone whilst commuting :D

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Re: Archimedes Level 4 File Server

Post by gazzaD » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:21 pm

Should anyone be interested, I wanted a searchable version so ran the zip of scans through Acrobat Pro OCR. By some kind of witchcraft the PDF has come out even smaller at 7.12MB, and is now fully searchable with the page numbering fixed so the PDF pages match those in the index.

Available from here:
http://garethdav.is/shared/Acorn_Level_ ... _Guide.pdf

Incidentally the process is pretty much automated, you just give it the files and leave it to chew through them for a few minutes. So if there are other manuals in a similar state, I can probably help transform them into smaller searchable PDFs.
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Re: Archimedes Level 4 File Server

Post by lcww1 » Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:31 pm

gazzaD wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:21 pm
Should anyone be interested...
I am!
Many thanks for this - a most welcome improvement in the pdf!

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