Gene Heskett | 25 Oct 12:00 2014

Something of interest to the design people here


I just got an email from TI advising me they will no longer ship samples 
to anyone requesting a sample if they are not registered at TI with a .biz 
domain name.

TV engineering is a funny business, and I have in my time designed and 
built several very unique things to do a labor saving job at a tv station.  
Unfortunately, the market for such an individual device is also limited to 
other tv stations facing similar technical problems, which is a roundabout 
way of saying that to sell even 100 such devices is a resounding success.

Thats not enough potential profit to put a 1 inch adv in the trade 
magazines, and you darned sure can't put an effective sales pitch in that 
1 inch adv.

Methinks, in setting such a samples policy, since they themselves 
are a .com domain, is both ironic, and the aim of that change will result 
in some holey feet, aka shot themselves in the foot since they have 
automatically disqualified 99.9% of the designers that are even web 

Methinks the marketdroid that came up with that idea should be encouraged 
to find a non-technical line of gainful employment.

Cheers, Gene Heskett

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didier derny | 24 Oct 23:57 2014

drivewire 4 with vcc 1.43beta

I tried drivewire with my coco2 

No problem, works fine  (a little bit slow to start with a .wav) 

Then I tried to use VCC with DriveWire 4

All I get with a  DIR  is :  IO ERROR

At boot it show:

The usual copyrights +


VCC is 1.43 beta

Drivewire updated this evening

I've just started with vcc and drive wire, I probably missed something

Any idea  ?





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Brian Blake | 23 Oct 20:23 2014

TandyCoCo domain

It's been a long road, but, it's coming to an end.

I'm going to let the TandyCoCo domain sunset. It started as a hobby 
project to practice and learn HTML. Then I got the bright idea 
(suggestion) to add a forum. Well, the last part didn't pan out so well. 
There's virtually no traffic to the site or forum, so...

Unless someone here wants it, I'll be backing up all the data, pulling 
it offline and letting the domain expire. This is another affect of the 
upcoming life changes mentioned in my other thread. I simply don't have 
the time or interest I once did.


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Brian Blake | 23 Oct 18:28 2014

Thinning the CoCo herd

Hey everybody,

Due to some major life changes coming soon, I'm going to have to thin my 
CoCo herd considerably. I'll be keeping a few items, but, the majority 
must go.
I'd prefer for them to go to people here on the list, rather than trying 
to sell them on eBay. Some of the items are listed below:

The Basket Case CoCo3:
CoCo1 with custom keyboard:
A CoCo1 with HJL-57 keyboard:
Several CoCo 3's 128k and 512k varieties.
Cloud9 SuperIDE.

I'm compiling a list if anyone is interest, please contact me OFF-LIST!



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Josh Harper via Coco | 23 Oct 05:08 2014

disto items wanted

looking for  

disto super controller II
disto  sc1 or sc2 expansion boards
disto 512k memory board
disto rs232
disto eprom burner

if you have any of these let me know usion my direct email please
will pay top dollar for these items



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Kip Koon | 23 Oct 03:38 2014

NitrOS-9 L3 Code and Disk Images

Hi Tormod!

Are there any plans for reviving the NitrOS-9 Level-3 Code?  

How do I put in my own changes into my local copy of the NitrOS-9 Repository
without the Build process removing said changes every time I try to assemble
the source code and make the disks?  I have some ideas I want to play with
including cleaning up some scripts, adding other scripts that I think are
needed or at least would be interesting and correcting at least one error in
a module.  

Another reason why I'm asking is I have a friend named Bas De Jong who is
running a homebrew 68020 VME system he made using wirewrap methods that runs
OS-9 68K 2.3 and he wants to add Windowing capabilities to His OS-9
Operating system.  

He asked me some questions about the windowing system in NitrOS-9 and I told
him as far as I know the default distro disks have no built-in GUI.  Then I
remembered the Multivue disks.  I tried the Multivue 6309 DW and Multivue
6809 DW disks in Drivewire with VCC 1.43Beta and neither of them booted.  I
also tried to boot the Multivue 6309 and Multivue 6809 disks in VCC Drive 0
with the Drive off Basic command and neither of these booted.  If I remember
correctly,  Multivue is the GUI application, but I cannot check it out to
get copies of the screen for Bas.  

Are the Multivue disks broken or did I make a mistake in my configuration in
Drivewire and/or VCC?

I tested a version of OS-9 Level 3 once quite a while back and it seemed to
work fine, but I didn't have a Coco mouse then so I did not pursue it any
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nickma2 | 23 Oct 03:27 2014

Midnight Commander for OS-9

Has anyone produced a "Midnight Commander" dual pane filemanager clone
for OS-9?

If there isn't one for OS-9, who wants to put their hand up to create
one. Maybe in BASIC09?

This looks like a text only version of the Amiga's Directory Opus
released way back in the 80's that I still use and on my Amiga. 

I wrote one in BASIC for my little Maximite computer. See it here...


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Tormod Volden | 22 Oct 22:37 2014

nitros9 daily clean build script for Gene

I suggested this so many times, but here it is on a silver plate, so
you have no escape :) Untested, so please tell if there is something
wrong, or if there is any reason you cannot use this.


# NitrOS-9 daily clean build script
# expects an existing repo in a "nitros9" directory
set -e
cd nitros9
if ! hg incoming; then
    echo "No new changes to pull"
    exit 1
hg pull
hg update
cd ..
BUILD_DIR=nitros9-$(date +%Y-%m-%d-%H-%M)
hg clone nitros9 $BUILD_DIR
make dsk dskcopy
cd ..

#only for Gene:
chown -R gene:www-data $BUILD_DIR


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Luis Antoniosi (CoCoDemus | 22 Oct 20:28 2014

The rgb2vga does MSX too

and also it works on coco2 peritel (scart rgb)

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Luis Antoniosi (CoCoDemus | 22 Oct 20:11 2014
Gene Heskett | 22 Oct 13:29 2014

I am back to not being able to format a floppy, help plz

Greetings all;

If you have a nitros9 l2 system that can format a floppy without locking 
up, I need to see the smap, vfy -x format, and ident -m rb1773 outputs.

Here, format is whats being built by yesterdays pull and build.

smap shows:

    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
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 3  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 
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 5  U _ _ _ U _ _ U _ _ U U U U U U 
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 7  U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U 
 8  U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U 
 9  U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U 
 A  U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U 
 B  U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U 
 C  U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U 
 D  U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U 
 E  U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U 
 F  U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U . 

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