Odd jobs

Strange Software is happy to discuss odd jobs and more unusual requests. We enjoy solving problems, undertaking difficult projects and applying all our experience and expertise to create an effective custom solution. We're also aware that a task that can be a nightmare with packaged software can be child's play with a small, straightforward program tailor-made to do the job and that 'impossible' data conversion tasks can unravel like a Sherlock Holmes case faced with the right tools and approach.

Some of the projects we've undertaken include:

PC-process equipment disk conversion

We reverse engineered the disk format and filing system for a piece of factory equipment for our client, creating a PC utility that gave them full access to the machine's proprietary disks (format, copy, delete, rename, etc.). This gave the client, a major UK computer manufacturer, the ability to easily create, manage and archive jobs for the equipment.

PC game patched in binary to support unusual UK video card

The Amstrad PC1512 low-cost PC clone was a startling breakthrough in its day but had one or two eccentricities including a non-standard version of the IBM PC CGA display. We patched a licensed American product for a UK games company at object-code level to make it work on the best-selling machine.

Generate winning and non-winning numbers for competition cards

We generated winning and non-winning car registration numbers for lottery cards for a UK car dealership chain, providing the printer with the data in a suitable format for their press.

PC support for a piece of electromechanical art

We developed an RS232 link and end-user interface to the artwork's Forth-based controller with real-time logging of machine's operation and on-demand colour printouts of the machine's current 'work'

Windows VxD support for bar code scanner

We created a Windows Virtual Device Driver to allow a client's DOS-based handheld barcode scanner to drive new Windows-based terminals in their shops across the UK.

9-track tape reading and data conversion

We hired a 9 track tape controller and read hundreds of tapes in almost as many different formats for a city client, converting the data into a common format and compiling in a manageable PC database for future processing.

Anything legal & reasonably decent considered - try us

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