[Biococoa-dev] Reading binary files on intel machine

Koen van der Drift kvddrift at earthlink.net
Sat Apr 1 18:32:59 EST 2006

That seems to be related to the little-endian and big-endian difference between intel and ppc processors. See eg this article: http://blogs.adobe.com/scottbyer/2006/03/macintosh_and_t.html.

- Koen.

-----Original Message-----
>From: Alexander Griekspoor <a.griekspoor at nki.nl>
>Sent: Apr 1, 2006 7:04 AM
>To: BioCocoa Mailinglist <biococoa-dev at bioinformatics.org>
>Subject: [Biococoa-dev] Reading binary files on intel machine
>Hi guys,
>Someone reported that he couldn't read a DNA strider file with  
>EnzymeX on his macbook, does any of you guys have an intel based mac  
>or the possibility to test the standalone reader on such a machine.  
>My gut feeling says I have to add some code to do some byte swapping  
>(which I din't) and that's the reason reading binary files (strider/ 
>gck) fails using the current code...
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>Windows is a 32-bit patch to a 16-bit shell for an 8-bit
>operating system, written for a 4-bit processor by a 2-
>bit company without 1 bit of sense.

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