Steve Ostrom | 1 Oct 01:16 2004
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Rainbow Guide

In 1987, Rainbow put out a book entitled, "The Complete Rainbow Guide to 
OS-9 Level II, Volume I: A Beginners Guide to Windows", by Puckett and 
Dibble.

I'm sure the answer is no, but was there ever a Volume II issued?  Was 
there ever one planned, being that this one is called Volume I?  Does 
anyone know what Puckett and Dibble are doing now?  They might be great 
additions to this list if someone could find them and invite them 
on-board.  They might even know the real whereabouts of Barden !!

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Kevin Diggs | 1 Oct 01:23 2004

Re: Nitros9 and the '86 GIME

Hi,

	Weren't there some obscure block switching bugs with the GIME that 
required you to order modules in your boot a certain way? Or was that a 
problem with OS-9 itself? Or ... did I just makeup a problem that never 
existed?

					kevin

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Dave | 1 Oct 01:39 2004
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Re: Rainbow Guide

Steve Ostrom wrote:
> In 1987, Rainbow put out a book entitled, "The Complete Rainbow Guide to 
> OS-9 Level II, Volume I: A Beginners Guide to Windows", by Puckett and 
> Dibble.
> 
> I'm sure the answer is no, but was there ever a Volume II issued?  Was 
> there ever one planned, being that this one is called Volume I?  Does 
> anyone know what Puckett and Dibble are doing now?  They might be great 
> additions to this list if someone could find them and invite them 
> on-board.  They might even know the real whereabouts of Barden !!

Puckett retired to Kansas after he retired from the merchant marine. I 
road on the shuttle with him to the air port in chicago at the last Coco 
fest put on by Falstaff. So that was some time ago.

Peter Dibble went on to get his degree in CS and worked for Microware. 
Someone else will have to tell you til when. I have one of his books. 
Might still be with Rydisis.

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Torsten Dittel | 1 Oct 03:36 2004

Re: Rainbow Guide

> Peter Dibble went on to get his degree in CS and worked for Microware.
> Someone else will have to tell you til when. I have one of his books.
> Might still be with Rydisis.

http://jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=001

Peter Dibble   TimeSys Corporation  
peter.dibble@...

http://www.timesys.com/index.cfm?bdy=home_bdy_news.cfm&show_article=11

Corporate News (2002)

New additions to the management team include Mike Bauer, new Vice
President of Product Marketing, and Peter Dibble, new Distinguished
Engineer. Mr. Bauer was previously Vice President of Product Marketing
at MarketSoft Corp. Mr. Dibble was previously Senior Scientist at
Microware Systems Inc. and is the third TimeSys scientist to have
membership in the Real Time Specification for Java Expert Group under
the Sun sponsored Java Community Process (JCP).

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Robert Gault | 1 Oct 04:37 2004
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Re: Nitros9 and the '86 GIME

Kevin Diggs wrote:
> Hi,
> 
>     Weren't there some obscure block switching bugs with the GIME that 
> required you to order modules in your boot a certain way? Or was that a 
> problem with OS-9 itself? Or ... did I just makeup a problem that never 
> existed?
> 
>                     kevin
> 

There was a boot order problem ("blob") which seemed to be related to 
whether some commands started on odd or even bytes. Actually this was 
correctly solved by changing the halt mode read loop in the boot module. 
The order of modules in the boot list then became irrelevant.

This current problem will be looked at and tested in the near future. It 
may turn out that the '86 GIME has long settling times vs the '87 when 
MMU blocks are changed or some other obscure difference. Time will tell.

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Ward Griffiths | 1 Oct 09:30 2004
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Re: Re: [Color Computer] Andy´sASCII-Circuit

On Tuesday 28 September 2004 07:26 am, Ray Watts wrote:
> Damn, Torsten, and I thought I was speaking good German!  I used to
> have a drawing of the interior of a U-Boat with everything described
> in the same mock (or pidgen) German.  It was Hilarious!  Torpedoes
> were schwimmenloudenboomens.  Too bad I lost it.
>
> Cheers,    Griz
>
> Torsten Dittel wrote:
> >>Care to give us Germanically challenged a proper
> >>translation? :)
> >
> >Actually it's not German, just something that *sounds* German at
> > least for an English speaking person. I was remembering this great
> > UK comedy show, "Monty Pyton's Flying Circus", they were talking
> > like that when they were acting as some German Nazis. Or Charly
> > Chaplin as the Dictator: "Wienerschnitzleritsch!" LOL
> >
> >Torsten

When in doubt, just turn on your machine with an external modem and gaze 
at dem blinkenlights for a while.

From the Jargon File, aka _The New Hacker's Dictionary_ (and if you 
don't know what that is you're much too young for retrocomputing):

blinkenlights /blink'n-litz/ /n./ Front-panel diagnostic
lights on a computer, esp. a dinosaur. Derives from the last word of the 
famous blackletter-Gothic sign in mangled pseudo-German that once 
graced about half the computer rooms in the English-speaking world. One 
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Ward Griffiths | 1 Oct 10:00 2004
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Re: NitrOS-9 on DriveWire diskette

On Tuesday 28 September 2004 05:20 pm, Robert Gault wrote:
> alsplace@... wrote:
> > Robert (see below) -- the current Mac OS X is based on a similar
> > style OS that would also be confusing, yet Apple has been able to
> > hide that away.  What keeps us from doing the same thing here?
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Robert Gault <robert.gault@...>
> > There is documentation both in the Cloud-9 package and the
> > nitros9.org site. The site also has source code for the NitrOS-9
> > system. OS-9/NitrOS-9 does not approach the friendliness of Disk
> > Basic, Windows software, Mac-OS, or other popular systems.
>
> Nothing, and MultiView was a stab in that direction. Some users
> really like MV, personally I am happy with the stock OS-9 command
> mode. Perhaps we need a dedicated user to spruce up MultiView to get
> it closer to a PC or Mac Windows package.

Yup.  Windowing systems can be fun, but I usually use them so I can have 
multiple terminal screens.  Well, and a web browser on a separate 
desktop -- sometimes I need to look things up.  And the desktop with 
the MAME CoCo emulator up to one corner and the xtrs Model 4 emulator 
down to the opposite corner (yes, I also love the Z-80 stuff, started 
with the TRS-80 before it was called the Model 1 before the Model 2 
showed up, and LS-DOS is my favorite single-user OS -- OS/9 is 
multi-user, after all).

Yes, I also have real machines (CoCo 1,2,3, Mod 1,2,4p,12,16,6kHD), but 
for day to day it's easier to use one desk and La Esposa doesn't whinge 
about the power bill as loud.
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eBay Member: coco_steve | 1 Oct 14:21 2004
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Instructions for use will be sent out with the memory minder to the lucky bidders - Stocks are limited and
sold on a first come first served basis
Remember the old wives tale about how to remember things, well it can’t be simpler than this.
Unfortunately this is a practice that has been almost forgotten. The basic principle for this device is to
tie a knot in the “Memory string“ . 
It can be knotted around the hand (as a fashion accessory), around the wrist, around your keyring or even
attached to your clothing or mobile phone. The principle is for each item you want to remember, you tie a new
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For those people who have lots of things to remember, a memory expansion pack is available (at extra cost)
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Torsten Dittel | 1 Oct 15:57 2004

Re: [Color Computer] Andy´sASCII-Circuit

by the way, I've been to Paris 2 years ago to see the bigger
blinkenligths installation:

http://www.blinkenlights.de/arcade/index.en.html

however, the "original" is still a classic

http://www.blinkenlights.de/index.en.html

Regards,
Torsten

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Neil Morrison | 1 Oct 16:54 2004

Re: [Coco][Color Computer] Andy´s ASCII-Circuit


I have to assume that watching 'Pong' being played on a 20 story building
was a very surreal experience!

Neil

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Torsten Dittel" <Torsten@...>

> by the way, I've been to Paris 2 years ago to see the bigger
> blinkenligths installation:
>
> http://www.blinkenlights.de/arcade/index.en.html
>
> however, the "original" is still a classic
>
> http://www.blinkenlights.de/index.en.html
>
> Regards,
> Torsten

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