Prino’s “technical” hitchhiking resources
The following files are made available to those visitors of this site that want to work
a bit more with the data Prino has collected over his years on the road, and some contain
the actual output of some of his programs. Prino usually updates the five
asterisk’ed (*) files after every trip.
The available files are
- all software to process Prino’s hitchhiking data has been released under this license.
- a batch file used by Prino to create updated versions of files to be synced to
here and his Google Drive.
The file contains a check for the presence of “zappy.rex”, and if this REXX exec
is present, it removes
- personal notes and all Google Maps URLs from “lift.dat” (in “liftdat.rar”)
and changes, if it’s present, some other personal data in
- “ntop.txt” (in “lifttxt.rar”)
- “xtra.txt” (in “lifttxt.rar”)
- “ntop.rtf” (in “liftrtf.rar”)
- “xtra.rtf” (in “liftrtf.rar”)
- “lift & v100+.ods”
- lift32bit.rar (*)
- liftdat.rar (*)
- an archive containing a sanitised version of “lift.dat”, the input to lift,
containing the data Prino recorded since 16 June 1980.
- lifttxt.rar (*)
- an archive containing the box2txt’ed “raw” output files of
lift, dayform, and
mnthform, renamed to “*.txt”, allowing them to be displayed
without all kinds of “funny” characters on Windoze.
- liftrtf.rar (*)
- an archive containing the h-h2rtf’ed output files of
lift, directly loadable by many word-processor programs, such
as LibreOffice Writer and M$ Word. Main difference with the “*.txt” files
above is that the tables in these files have their headings, and, in a few cases,
contents of their first columns bolded.
- lift & v100+.ods (*)
- a LibreOffice spreadsheet that Prino uses to also keep track of his rides. It
contains a tiny subset of the number of tables produced by lift.
However, it also contains some additional tables that Prino uses to keep track of
the various days he still “needs” to hitchhike, and a number of graphs
looking at distances, times, average velocities, and waiting times per year. By the
virtue of having the data in a spreadsheet, it also allows (some) tables to be
modified on-the-fly, and filtering data, but…
… the spreadsheet only contains a subset of the data in “lift.dat”,
information about day-splits, country-splits, and in-ride waiting times is completely
missing from “lift.csv”, the file generated by dat2csv,
which is used to feed the sheet.
A final note about this file? It’s a “Prino” special
- if you open it with LibreOffice, and, without changing it, do a “Save as”,
the resulting file has a size that is about 100kb bigger,
- if you open it with any ZIP processing program (an .ODS file is just a ZIP
file) and look at all the timestamps, you will see that, well you will see, and
- if you look at “meta.xml” in the “root” of the file
with a tool that allows you to display the formatted data, and most, if not
all, internet browsers can do this, you’ll notice that it was created
well before LO existed, was edited exactly as many times as Prino has had
trips, but that the editing took no time at all, and that it was saved the
moment Prino got home from his last trip!
- the REXX exec Prino uses to create the “special” version of “lift & v100+.ods”
mentioned above. It requires the following programs, or equivalents to do its
- Regina, a REXX interpreter
- RAR, the command-line version of WinRAR
- sed, the GNU stream editor
a utility written by Andrzej Kubaszek, to update timestamps of files
Note that this exec also relies on the presence of “lift.dat” to obtain
the data it changes in the constituent files of the .ODS file, and that it would be
possible to also apply some of the rounding changes to other constituent files, an
exercise left to those skilled in the art.
- a version of lift written in Prino’s favourite programming
language, PL/I. JCL to compile, link and run it, on IBM’s z/OS will be provided in
due course. (Use Cut & Paste to save it)
- the Scribus sources
to create the notes, and the resulting PDFs, Prino has been using to record his
Note: Prino uses the
font in the .SLA file. This is not a free font, you’ll have to fork out USD 29 (a
pretty good bargain) to buy it, or alternatively, use a fixed pitch font
of your choice.
Note: To obtain Dutch versions, use these links,
[Dutch .SLA] and
- an SVG version of Prino’s liftnote, for a single ride. Like the .SLA files above, it
uses the Cubiculum font.
- a Windows URL file with a link to
site, where you can find the “touch32” program Prino uses in many of his batch files and
The following three files are for those people who still like to play with DOS, either the
real thing, or its emulated vesions, such as the DOS box of Windows XP (even the one in the
M$ Virtual Windows XP on W7-64 Pro), and (obviously) in
DOSBox-X, the DOS emulator actively
developed by Jon Campbell.
- an archive containing the final (60th) Turbo Pascal V3.01a 16-bit version of
lift, with full sources and an old format copy of
“lift.dat”, containing the data for the first 40 trips of Prino.
Only “lift.com” is present, Prino never wrote any of the follow-up
programs that are now in the suite of programs for use on plain DOS.
- an archive containing the last published version of the late Vern Buerg’s famous
“list” program, which seems a bit harder to find nowadays.
- an older version of Vern Buerg’s “list” program, which,
untested, should still allow access to networked files.
Last updated on 27 November 2022 (Remove direct link to Google Drive)