A pleasingly retro look and feel

I have done almost all my development of Hexxed on a Macbook, but have now updated the git repo on my Linux laptop and run it Hexxed on Linuxthere – some interesting differences:

  • the Linux app has a pleasingly retro look and feel to it – no anti-aliased fonts here
  • on Linux key reptitition works as expected – ie if one holds down a key the application is sent multiple key events, which is what one expects and which works well with the vi-like interface I am building
  • On Linux the first file open dialog is a really crude/retro looking box (think Windows 3.0), while subsequent file open dialogs reflect the system windows toolkit.

The screenshot is of a VMUFAT volume, it was my experience of writing that driver that gave me the itch that Hexxed is meant to scrtach – in particular I wanted a hex editor that would allow me to display 16 bit numbers in a given endian form and partition the memory space by arbitary block size (VMUs use a lot of 16 bit little endian numbers and a 512 byte block size). Hexxed does both of these things now, though it still has no editing facilities – just viewing.

As for VMUFAT itself: Sadly no one on LKML seems much interested in that – the first posting got some helpful comments, but since I posted the corrected code six or so weeks ago, nothing. Suppose I will have to start poking people with an electronic stick.