[ubuntu-uk] Reverse engineering data files

Gareth France gareth.france at cliftonts.co.uk
Sun Nov 23 23:19:54 UTC 2014

The time and date is whenever the test was performed. I should imagine 
there will be a lot of 'flags' Earth bond 25A yes, earth bond 10A no, 
earth bond 100ma no, insulation test yes, visual pass, etc, etc. Plus 
the actual figures recorded. I can download in multiple formats so I am 
able to cross reference between the finished product and the contents of 
this file. I refuse to use the expensive windows software and have 
written my own.

Cracking this file would allow me potential extra functionality. I have 
extracted all the verbose content, name of site being tested, name of 
tester, description of appliance, location within building etc. So I'm 
half way there now.

On 23/11/14 22:16, Barry Drake wrote:
> On 23/11/14 18:21, Gareth France wrote:
>> Remember pass may be represented by a single letter or number (0 fail,
>> 1 pass etc). The date was 03-JUN-14.
>> I010000022S121111111
>> H172008021S121111111
> I imagine the time and date is always 'NOW', as the results are intended
> to be processed in real time.  I would also guess that some of the
> numbers indicate the type of test in the form of a numeric code - like
> error codes - but if the information is not available to cross
> reference, it's going to take a long while to find out.  Maybe that's
> why I got my daughter a rather old and very unsophisticated pat tester.
> It doesn't involve software and has analogue meters. But it does the job!
> When I ran a commercial heating maintenance firm, things were moving
> towards very expensive, Windows only, software.  My workaround was
> retirement!
> Regards,        Barry.

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