Frequently Asked Questions about Buddy

These questions and answers apply to Buddy version 3 only.


  1. What's new in version 3 (Q1)
  2. Fn-A and Fn-T functions (Q2)
  3. Generating the "ae" character using Fn-K (Q3)
  4. Function keys in Memo (Q4)
  5. How to register and upgrade (Q5)
  6. Re-registering on a new machine (Q6)
  7. International versions, foreign language versions (Q7, Q8)
  8. Menu-dot in DOS (Q9)
  9. Phases of the moon (Q10)
  10. WorldTime map overlay terminator (Q11)
  11. WorldTime map overlay position (Q12)
  12. Unzipping (Q13)
  13. Unloading (Q14)
  14. d-letter (Q15)
  15. Crashes, lockups (Q16)
  16. Blue keys in Memo (Q17)
  17. 200LX Filer-to-application link problems (Q19)
  18. D-clicking on autoexec.bat (Q19)

  1. What's new in version 3?

    For details about the differences between version 2 and version 3, see the file Version3.TXT in the distribution.

  2. When I push Fn-A or Fn-T to create an appointment or a todo from a phone book entry, Buddy flashes the SmartClip window but nothing else happens.

    You have to define a special SmartClip for Buddy to use. The clip's name can be anything, but it must start with a greater-than sign. For example, the SmartClip could be named ">Buddy". In that clip, you define which fields are clipped, and those fields become your appointment description. If Buddy does not see that SmartClip, it stops and does nothing. (Note: if you are in a full-screen note or a Memo file, then Buddy uses the line under the cursor instead of a SmartClip.)

  3. I'm an international user. How can I disable the Fn-K feature to get the "ligature used to represent a diphthong in some Latin words, the low front unrounded vowel like that in Modern English 'hat,' or the character in the International Phonetic Alphabet and some other transcription systems representing this low front unrounded vowel" (Thank you, Mr. Webster), also known as "ae," and which was originally assigned to that key? (What key was that? Oh, we're still talking about Fn-K here.)

    Whew! That's a complicated question with a simple answer. Just set the "(Int'l) Normal Fn-A, Fn-I..." checkbox or use the "(Int'l) Require MENU before Buddy..." feature. (EXM screen image)

  4. What happened to Promote, Demote, Underln, and Bold in Memo?

    Those function keys are only used in "formatted" Memo files. If you push one of those keys, even by accident, your unformatted (ASCII) file will become formatted. You may not want that to happen. So, unless you are editing a formatted file, Buddy disables those Memo functions and uses those function keys (plus F6) for other things. (Screen image.) To get access to those keys for the first time in an unformatted file, just push MENU first. Once your file becomes formatted, Buddy restores those keys to their built-in functions. (To access the original F6 function in an unformatted file, use MENU Edit Insert.)

  5. How do I register? Can I upgrade from version 2 or 95Buddy?

    Fill out and mail the registration form (REGISTER.TXT), or use CompuServe's GO SWREG (look for program ID #2101). If you have already registered your copy of 100Buddy version 1 or 2, then you do not need to register again for version 3. Sorry, there is no upgrade from 95Buddy.

  6. I was a registered user of version 2, but when I loaded Buddy on my 200LX, I was unregistered. Do I have to register again?

    No, previously registered users can upgrade at no charge. When you move Buddy to a new machine, however, you have to re-enter your serial number using the confidential instructions I mailed to you. If you have lost those instructions, please contact me.

  7. Does Buddy work on an "international" machine?

    Yes, if your machine is an English version, or an international version that has English-language displays, then Buddy will be happy. But, Buddy only understands English, just like me. On machines with non-English displays, many Buddy features don't work. I do not have a list of those features; you'll have to try it yourself (there is no danger) or ask other people on a BBS.

  8. Do you have plans to make a version for German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Russian(?), etc.

    No, it would be too much work. For starters, there are hundreds of places in the program where Buddy (1) makes decisions based on particular pixels, letters, or words that appear on the display and (2) outputs certain characters to the application. Sorry.

  9. Why doesn't MENU-dot work for me in DOS?

    This can happen if you have manually changed your APNAME.LST file. For example, if you changed it to assign a blue key to "acCIS." To test this, rename your APNAME.LST file and then try MENU-dot in DOS. The proper way to assign a blue-key to an application such as acCIS is to use Buddy to re-assign the blue-key to the hotkey you have assigned to the application.

  10. Can you also indicate the phase of the moon on the map overlay?

    This is easy to do yourself just by looking at the map overlay. If the moon is near the sun, then it is a new moon. If the moon is near the center of the night region, then it is a full moon. If the moon is near the terminator, then the moon is at first or third quarter. See? You learn something every day!

  11. The day/night terminator lines on the WorldTime map overlay aren't curved -- both lines are vertical. What's wrong?

    Nothing. Check your calendar: it's either March 21 or September 21, right? Think about it.

  12. Why is the map overlay out of sync with the actual time of day?

    You need to tell Buddy the location of your "local city." This is set on the WorldTime Overlay settings screen in the Buddy EXM. Be sure the "Time zone," "east," and "DST" controls are set correctly according to the instructions and examples on that screen.

  13. I cannot unpack the Buddy ZIP file. What's wrong?

    Some of my ZIP files have a "header" on them, courtesy of my Mac software. Unzippers are supposed to simply skip over anything before the ZIP signature, but some older unzippers don't do that. You need PKUNZIP version 2.04g or newer. On the CompuServe HPHAND forum, that would be PK204G.EXE in library 1.

  14. How do I unload Buddy? Sometimes, it refuses to unload even though I have followed the instructions.

    To unload Buddy, be sure you have checked "Unload Buddy when terminating sysmgr" in the Buddy EXM. Then, terminate sysmgr by pressing &More MENU A T ENTER. If Buddy says it is still loaded, then you should check your AUTOEXEC.BAT and be sure you did not load another TSR after Buddy. TSRs must be unloaded in reverse order, and Buddy will not unload if it determines that a later-loaded TSR is still running.

    You can also unload Buddy from DOS by pushing SHIFT-MENU-DEL, or by typing BUDDY -U.

  15. I have the d-letter "inhibit after a lower case letter" box unchecked but I still cannot use d-letter within a word. What's wrong?

    There are two ways for d-letter to be inhibited. One is "inhibit after a lower case letter," and that will inhibit d-letter after a lower-case letter in all applications where d-letter is active. The other, "dot after white space" in SmartCaps(tm), will inhibit d-letter in all places except the first character position of a word (not just after a lower-case letter), but it will do so only in those apps where SmartCaps is enabled and if SmartCaps is on. SmartCaps figures that if you really want a capital WITHIN a sentence, you'll push the period key before typing the word. SmartCaps is trying to help you keep proper nouns like "Lee" from becoming "LE". Both of those checkboxes are on the SmartCaps Settings screen.

  16. I just loaded a new Buddy. I tried to execute BUDDY.COM (or BUDDY.EXM) and I get "not enough memory" or, worse, my machine locks up or crashes. Why doesn't Buddy work?

    Buddy works fine, but what you have is not Buddy -- it's garbage. I bet you transferred the COM and/or EXM file to your palmtop in "text" mode. That will corrupt the file because it adds line formatting characters. Do the transfer again, but be sure the file does not get changed. A properly loaded, uncorrupted copy of Buddy will NOT crash your machine.

  17. When I push a blue key in Memo, why do sometimes I get a shifted blue-key symbol instead of the desired application?

    There are two Buddy features that will automatically shift a blue key for you. Both are set from the "Blue Key Controls" screen of the Buddy EXM. You probably have the "Blue-Key Auto Inhibit" timer enabled in Memo. This feature will shift the blue keys for you if you push one within the specified number of seconds after typing a character. A little "tornado" character appears on the Memo title bar when this timer is running.

  18. OK, confess! What's wrong with version 3?

    There are no bugs that will cause file corruption. Buddy.COM only reads two files (BUDDY.ENV and FILER.INI at startup), and it doesn't even know how to write a file. Buddy has been thoroughly exercised by a beta test team, and there are thousands of regular, satisfied users.

    However, here are two things to watch out for:

  19. 200LX Filer-to-application link problems, autoexec.bat d-clicking

    (200LX only) If you are using the FILER.INI file, you might find that the Filer-to-application links (e.g., double-clicking on a text file in Filer to start Memo) do not operate and that autoexec.bat will be executed when d-clicked. There are two things you can do about this:

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Updated: February 19, 1999