N1MM Logger Website | FAQ – Installing or Upgrading N1MM

4.1 FAQ – Installing and Upgrading N1MM Logger

1. Should I upgrade each time there is an update announcement? Would it be more prudent to lag by a few months, as I commonly do with other software?

The N1MM Logger team has implemented the concept of “agile development.” What this means, for the user, is that you should generally plan to use the latest release. Typically there is one each Tuesday. If you wait a day or two, and there is no uproar on the reflector, you should be fine, because hundreds, if not thousands, of people will have downloaded and tried it already. We have a firm policy of slowing down the pace of development before major contests, and avoiding risky changes that may have undesirable side-effects.

Sometimes, a change published on Tuesday will be important for a contest on the coming weekend. Much less frequently, we hope, a change made in the latest release will cause a problem affecting the upcoming contest. If the change is important to successful use in that contest, we will make every effort to fix it in time for a re-release before the weekend. If it is not, the best strategy will be for you to revert to the last previous version.

Typically, we keep at least 6 months’ worth of prior versions in the “Latest Updates” under the Files menu of the web site. You can always re-install a last previous version, unless that is explicitly warned against – which is very rare. You need not be concerned about uninstalling.

If you report a problem with an earlier release, our first response will likely be to ask you to install the latest version and test with that. Often, we will have fixed a problem, particularly one involving multipliers or scoring in a given contest, even before you report it.

2. Should I update every version, or is the latest update enough?

In almost all circumstances, it is fine to skip versions and only install the latest update before your planned contest operation. However, when a new Full Install has been released – which only happens rarely – you will need to go through the sequence of instal;ling the Full Install followed by the Latest Update.

3. Where can I get the latest master.scp and country files? How do I get them into the program?

The master.scp file(super check partial, by another name) is used in common by all major contest logging programs, and is updated shortly before major contests. The update will be announced on the N1MM Logger reflector and on CQ-Contest.

This file comes in several different versions. You can download it from the author’s web site. A good strategy is to download the zipped file containing all of the variants, and extract them into your C:\User\[[login]]\Documents\N1MM Logger+\SupportFiles directory. The master.scp file does not have to be uploaded to your database, but check the Associated Files tab in the Contest Setup dialog for the contest you plan to operate, to make sure that the correct master file will be used.

The country file used by the program is WL_CTY.DAT which also needs to be put in the C:\User\[[login]]\Documents\N1MM Logger+\SupportFiles Directory. Updates are frequent and are announced on the N1MM Logger reflector. The CTY files are available from the author’s web site. Once downloaded, the file must be loaded into the database using the Tools menu. If the WL_CTY file in the directory is newer than the one in your current database, you will be reminded of that each time the program starts. It takes only seconds to get up to date.

4. My security software detected a virus in an N1MM Logger download from the website. What should I do?

You should probably refresh your anti-virus definitions, ignore the warning, and/or get a new anti-virus package. Although it could happen some day, the N1MM Logger team uses a variety of anti-virus packages and has never inflicted a virus upon N1MM Logger users. Due to the fact that the software has frequent releases and makes calls on the Internet (telnet and web pages), it is not uncommon for anti-virus programs to report false positives. Before creating yet-another false virus scare on the reflector, we recommend that you test the file against the on-line scanning site http://www.virustotal.com/index.html . If you receive a positive report from one anti-virus product, you may be the first person to test that file (due to frequent releases of updates). Run the scan again and the positive report should clear.

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