[ubuntu-uk] Reverse engineering data files

Tony Pursell ajp at princeswalk.fsnet.co.uk
Sun Nov 23 00:01:43 UTC 2014

Ghex will show you what is in the file in hex and ascii format.


On 22 November 2014 at 22:12, Gareth France <gareth.france at cliftonts.co.uk>

> I am a PAT tester and have found over my time in the role that the
> software is a total rip off! If you purchase a digital camera, scanner,
> webcam or anything else that interfaces with a PC you get the software to
> make it go. Spend £1,000 on a PAT tester and you are then expected to pay
> £300 on top just for the privilege of being able to download the data!
> The latest version of the software in question is even worse, it costs
> £109 + VAT annually! And of course it doesn't work on Linux. I have methods
> of accessing the basic data required but have just found out the latest and
> greatest machine I would love to have has several features which are only
> downloadable in their custom format which is not text readable. My machine
> has the old version of this custom format and the machine I would like uses
> a revised version. I am told it is very difficult to reverse engineer it.
> An example of the older file format is here:
> www.cliftonts.co.uk/SSS
> So my question is this, how does one go about accessing a file like this
> when they do not know the format? I have worked with text based files, CSV
> etc but never something which does not load in a text editor.
> Any assistance would be appreciated.
> Thanks
> Gareth
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