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Archivers and File Viewers

Compressed Archives: Zip, gz, bz2, 7z, LHA/LHZ, RAR, etc.

My personal favorite is Bit Zipper, which integrates with Windows Explorer, does drag-and-drop addition to archives and extraction, and supports extraction of all the popular formats and creation of eleven of them, including four types of self-extracting archives. If you want to experiment to find the tightest possible compression of your file collection with just one program at about $25, this offering is hard to beat. Also includes strong encryption, file viewer for files in archives without extracting them, choice of wizard or standard windowed interface, all for one price.

Bit Zipper does it all for $25 (forever license; major version updates may not be free). GUI or Wizard interface, Windows right-click-on-file access in Windows explorer, batch operation, etc. but Windows only. Offers strong encryption with passphrase protection as well as legacy weak ZIP password protection. My personal favorite; the first to support Unix/Linux archives and essentially all other archiver formats (RAR, 7Z, ISO, ZIP, ZIPX, etc.).

Other popular compressing archivers:

WinZip has versions for Mac, iOS (iPhone®, iPad®), and Android. Greatest market share among archiving utilities. $30 to $85 depending on feature set. GUI based; the excellent GUI is probably why this offering holds most of the market share. The company, Nico Mac Computing (now WinZip Computing), has been around a long time; they offered WinZipPM for OS/2 1.3.

PKZip, Phil Katz's old company, is now owned by McAfee. Originally derived from Thom Henderson/FIDONet's ARC, which added compression to file archiver capability and was inspired by data compression articles in the 1976 Kernighan & Plaugher book Software Tools (ISBN 020103669X, ISBN-13 978-0201036695). $29

SourceForge has many compressing archivers and related utilities as freeware or shareware.

PDF Viewers

The free Adobe Acrobat reader can be downloaded for Windows or Mac.

Acrobat Reader Download

The full Adobe Acrobat package for Windows and Mac is a commercial software package that allows generation of PDF (portable document format) files by "printing" them and selecting a PDF converter printer driver in Windows or Mac. You can view, edit within limits, comment with bubble windows, sign, re-compress, and store PDF documents in other formats including PostScript, plain text, RTF, Microsoft Word®, JPEG, and others.

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Files for Download

Costas Arrays: This began as the CD-ROM image from the CISS-2006 paper cited on my Papers and Interests page as a 142 MB Zip archive. It has a database of Costas arrays to order 200 and a data extraction utility. The database was extended to order 400 and the extraction utility improved for CISS 2008. Currently we have a database to order 500 and a GUI data extraction utility that optionally provides polynomials that generate the output Costas arrays in a finite field, computes an idealized ambiguity function for a waveform using Costas array based frequency hop, screening for clear or sparse central 3X3 and 5X5 range-Doppler cells, screening for minimum frequency hop, etc. Links for the current files are followed by links for files from CISS 2006 and CISS 2008.

These databases are generated by J. K. Beard's utility and supplemented by searches to orders 27 and 28. For special runs of the Costas array generator, or to suggest runs for a specific order or larger databases, please contact Dr. Beard.

For the extraction utilities, the database must be of the form of a host directory which contains two directories, "Generated" and "Searches" which contain the database files. We have broken up the database by orders of Costas arrays to provide manageable file sizes. The first file is the data extraction utility, and the second file is a set of files useful in working with the database. Sizes in the form (packed/unpacked), are given for large files.

For starters, you can download the new GUI data extraction utility and the "Orders three through 100" files quickly and anonymously.

For files over 100 MB, you may need to ask for another way to get them.

The new GUI data extraction utility now in Beta 8 uses Qt 5 DLLs that are included in the ZIP archive, including two in folders "printsupport" and "platforms." Unless you have Qt installed on your machine, put these DLLs including the folders in the same directory as Read_CA_Database.exe. This program does not use the Windows registry; sticky options are saved in a local text file. After accepting the BSD license, you have a menu-driven application with hotkeys:

Program Dialogue

The Costas array extraction dialogue provides selection of database and indexing of output Costas arrays either from 0 to N-1 or from 1 to N. In addition to selecting the order of the Costas array, you specify if you want only Welch 1, Golomb 2, or any of the nineteen generator variations supported by the generator program; this option is ignored for searched databases. Separately, you can select output only of only the essential set (just one of each set of 4 or 8 congruent Costas arrays), symmetrical, or glide-symmetrical Costas arrays. You can also screen by the number of ones in the central square of the discrete ambiguity function (DAF), either 3X3 or 5X5 - or, allow the maximum of 4 or 16, respectively. You can also screen by minimum frequency hop for each order, either within the Costas array or end-around. You can have a CSV file of the DAF that you can use with spreadsheets or other programs to plot the DAF or work with it however you choose. An esoteric option is to compute a polynomial fit to the vector of Galois field elements to the power of the Costas array, output as a vector of powers of a primitive element of the Galois field; for Lempel or Golomb Costas arrays, only two coefficients of this polynomial are nonzero. You must specify the order of the Galois field, which must be at least two greater than the order of the Costas array. The program will find the next higher value that provides an order for a Galois field, i.e. a prime or power of a prime.

Database extraction dialog

The dialog for the database analysis mode is similar, except that a starting and ending order are used, and several database analysis options are added. If you need something and don't see it there, ask, and I may be able to add it.

For those who downloaded databases before orders 27 and 28 were searched, the files for the Searches folders are included in a ZIP file.

A Windows 64-bit build is used for the new GUI data extraction utility because some database files exceed the 2 GB or 4 GB file size limit for 32-bit applications to "see" them properly. If anyone needs a 32-bit build, please let me know.

NOTICE: I have recently found that my hosting service may be resetting the server after about 100 MB. If you are having a problem with truncated downloads, I have arranged a temporary work-around the File Factory (contact webmaster if you want the larger files). Links open with a ad page, and you must scroll down to find a choice of "fast" or "slow" download. I apologize but this is a bridge to a better solution. Previously posted files there have expired; ask for them to be re-posted if you need them.

For higher orders please contact the webmaster. Data for orders up to 1030 is available now; you may request other orders. Files from CISS 2006 and 2008 are listed below, with links.

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Orders to 1030 are available. Storage requirements versus order is shown below. In the plot, 1 GB is 1,000,000,000 bytes. All orders to 1030 take up about 250 GB.

Costas Database Storage Requirements

Probability Density Functions: Executables, source code, and test file results. This zip archive includes a console utility that includes inverse probability distribution functions so you can input confidence levels and get threshold settings. Includes Gaussian, chi-square, Student’s t, F-distribution, and more.

BinHex: A Windows utility that provides hexadecimal listings of any file, with an ASCII column on the right. A reverse utility that generates binary files from a hexadecimal listing is also included.

File Splitter: Need to break up a file for e-mail, floppies, or multiple pass with flash hard drive, or even multiple CD-ROMs or even DVDs? This will do it, and also you get a batch file to reassemble the original file and clean up; the batch file that reassembles your large file runs under Windows, DOS, or OS/2. A Linux version that generates a bash script is TBA.

Quaternions: A 2.5 MB PDF file that shows how to use quaternions to model rotation of rigid bodies, including dynamic six degrees-of-freedom modeling. A Mathcad 14 version that also loads in Mathcad 15 is here. Many errors occur when loaded by PTC versions because of a change in the way that subscripts are entered; a mcdx version would require a complete re-write and is not contemplated.

An old report dating from about 1987, written in Word Perfect 4.2, Engineering Applications of Quaternions is referred to as "EAOQ" in the Mathcad file, which was originally written from that report. I have found the file and can load it in a version of Word Perfect from this Century, but the hot links for the TOC and Index don't track properly. I'll post it as a PDF file when I get a presentable output.

I plan to do the animations in Maple (TM) when I need them for a new application.

There is a presentation dated February 21, 2017, that updates and summarizes much of this material here. At that presentation, among the questions was a request for a computational package for quaternions. So I put that on my to-do list for a file here. The file will be Fortran 95+ code and a binary under the BSD license.

BJT v-i curves: A utility that produces v-i curves for bipolar junction transistors. Fortran 95 source code included. The program is principally a Fortran 95 module that includes a callable function that computes collector current as a function of collector voltage and base current. The model is very simple and assumes that the transistor is characterized by the beta, the Early voltage (where all the collector current lines intersect) in the constant current region, a constant low resistance in saturation, and a collector leakage current for zero base current. The transition between saturation and the constant current region is modeled as abrupt.

MOSFET v-i curves: A utility that produces v-i curves for metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs) and other insulated gate FETs (IGFETs). The program is principally a Fortran 95 module that includes callable functions that compute:

  1. Drain current as a function of drain voltage and gate voltage,
  2. MOSFET transconductance as a function of drain voltage and gate voltage, and
  3. Drain conductance as a function of drain voltage and gate voltage.

The model is very simple, and assumes that the transistor is characterized by the threshold voltage, the conductance parameter, and the Early voltage in the constant current region.

Radar Trackers Short Course

These PDF files are updated from a four-day short course prepared from multiple sources -- primarily author-generated -- in 1999 for presentation to the South Korean Air Force. Please contact me to negotiate A fresh, up-to-date short course which can be tailored to your requirements and presented at your facility.

Other topics are also available, including radar or tracker requirements and he System Engineering Process. Contact me through e-mail on slides or here.

Digital Signal Processing

FIR Filter Design (Release Candidate 2): Design high pass or low pass FIR filters, including dedicated decimation/interpolation filters, leaving one of four overall parameters blank (number of weights, stopband attenuation, passband ripple, or transition width) and the program will find the missing parameter, or define as many bands as you like and see what the design produces as passband ripple and stopband attenuation. The Parks & McClellan FIR filter design engine is used. Output files include CSV files for the weights, the frequency response, and the weights truncated to a user-specified number of bits. Program ends with a plot of frequency response suitable for export as a PNG file for use in reports and e-mail. A log file is also written for use in bug reports.

Reference: T.W. Parks and J.H. McClellan, A Program for the design of Linear Phase Finite Impulse Response Digital Filters, IEEE Trans. on Audio and Electroacoustics, AU-21, No. 3, pp 195-199, Aug. 1972.

Report bugs with adequate description of user inputs and all program outputs from a run that produces the error, in a single ZIP archive, to webmaster.

Reduced Frequency Reponse Plot

Click on figure to view the full-size PNG file in a new browser tab.

General FIR/IIR Decimation Filter Design

A GUI-based program (5.5 MB Zip file) that produces designs for general FIR/IIR filers, which have an independently determined number of poles and zeros. Decimation is included in the design, and the IIR filter is implemented at the decimated filter rate. The 5.5 megabyte ZIP archive includes

The ReadMe.pdf file contains three examples, with graphics. A new feature of this program is that it produces z-plane pole-zero diagrams of the filter designs.

The inherent nature of the problem makes overflow a problem for large-order filters. I have a software floating point package that has 16-bit or, if necessary, 32-bit exponents that will take away this problem. If anyone wants high-order filters and is having overflow problems, let me know; I can have it up in a day or so but I might not get around to that for some time unless I know of a need for it. Note that the principal advantages of this type of filer - low latency, simplicity, high performance - are best leveraged through low and medium order filters, with ten to 30 zeros and as few poles as possible for a given set of requirements - is well supported by the double precision program already in place.

Two-Dimensional Taylor and Bayliss Window Weighting

There are two ZIP files here: the binary for a Windows 64-bit executable that computes and displays two-dimensional Taylor and Bayliss window weightings, and analyzes the results by computing the beam patterns from a circular aperture selected from a square grid of omnidirectional elements. No source code is provided. One option for the use of this program produces binary INI files for the second program.

The second program is provided only as source code for a Fortran 2003 module that contains procedures for computing Taylor and Bayliss weightings. It uses binary INI files computed by the first program. This source code is provided without warranty under the FreeBSD license.

The ZIP file for the first program includes Qt DLLS, which are provided under the FreeBSD license, and also binary INI files for the default sidelobe levels used in the analysis.

Release history:

  1. 2014-07-09 First release.
  2. 2016-10-12 recompiled with Qt 5, license is now FreeBSD.

Digital Elliptic Filter Design

GUI based Digital Elliptic filter design. Originally ported to TRS-80 RATFOR and restructured in that process, recently rewritten in Fortran 2003 with a full GUI. Outputs include

  1. Filter design parameters, including both polynomial ratio form and listing of poles and zeros,
  2. Printer-plot of step response,
  3. Report-ready frequency response plot in window, savable to PNG,
  4. Text file of filter parameters and design, and
  5. CSV file with all filter specifications and design outputs for use with MATLAB, MAPLE, MATHEMATICA, Fortran, C/C++, etc.

Originally, this algorithm was published in December 1976 as Augustine H. Gray and John D. Markel, A Computer Program for Designing Digital Elliptic Filters, Proc. ASSP V24 No 6 pp 529-38. DOI 10.1109/TASSP.1976.1162868.

Release history:

  1. 2016-07-06, first release.
  2. 2016-07-06, added BSD license/disclaimer text to GUI.
  3. 2016-07-07, fixed loop on "Cancel," added check box to allow legacy command-line interface, added menu and hot-key ALT-R to make additional runs, minor bug fix in GUI error checking.
  4. 2016-10-09, recompiled with Qt 5.

Source code may eventually be released under the BSD license. Screen shot of GUI:

GUI Screen Shot

Typical frequency response plot:

Frequency response plot

For the text file for this design in a new window, CLICK HERE.

To Come: Other programs that may be released here include

NOTICE: About 1969 I was shown an article in an IEEE journal, I believe the Transactions on Speech and Signal Processing (now Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing) that showed a recursive lattice implementation of IIR digital filters, as opposed to the classical double-feedback, double-feedforward data flow diagram for each pair of complex poles and complex zeros. I am now unable to locate this article. Anyone aware of this reference, please notify me, the webmaster.


Photography Presentations: In February and March of 2003, I gave two presentations on photography.

Part I: Resolution in film, prints, slides, and TV

Part II: Color, contrast and the Zone System, lens design and trade-offs, digital and conventional photography, and scanners.

Cadillac Northstar exhaust sounds with turbo mufflers replacing stock mufflers.

Short version of Cadillac Northstar exhaust sounds with turbo mufflers replacing stock mufflers.

Cadillac Data Files

OBD Codes, mostly OBD II with separate tabs for the P, C, B and U codes, with an OBD I page too - and other data of interest such as GM manufacturer codes, 1990's RPO codes and a separate tab with 2011 RPO codes; a Microsoft® Excel™ file

Eldorado relays for the 2001 model year, probably good for all E/K platforms, from Caddyinfo user WarrenJ, with minor mods; a Microsoft® Excel™ 1997-2003 file. Seville and Deville parts for the same model years will differ slightly.

Coolant freezing point versus percentage of antifreeze, in C and F; a Microsoft® Excel™ 1997-2003 file

GM SI Document 641058, October 1999 torque-and-twist head bolt tightening specification change for 1993-1999 Northstars. A plain text file. Always use the specifications that come with new head bolts because torque-and-twist specifications are updated every few years.

GM Bulletin #02-06-01-009C, Higher Than Expected Oil Consumption (Clean Piston Rings) - (Oct 23, 2003).