Mark McDougall | 1 May 02:55 2007
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Re: Linux Q -- SimplyMEPIS??

Merv Curley wrote:

> Simply Mepis is now a Ubuntu derivetive I
> believe, so why not Ubuntu [ Kubuntu ].

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Darren A. | 1 May 03:09 2007
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New floppy disk tool for Windows users

Hi all,

I finally put together my GUI program for reading/writing/formatting CoCo 
floppies under WinXP. It actually relies on the fdrawcmd.sys driver 
<http://simonowen.com> to do the low-level work. You will need to install 
that driver in order for my program to operate.

If anyone wants to try it, you can get it here:
  <http://www.coco3.com/users/DarrenA/CoCoDisk.zip>

It's pretty basic, but it gets the job done. It's also faster than OmniFlop 
since it can detect the sector interleave on the disk and read/write all 
sectors on a track in one revolution.

I've only tested it on WinXP, but it will *probably* work on 2000 and Vista 
as well.  If anyone can verify this I would appreciate it.

Cheers,
Darren

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wdg3rd | 1 May 03:27 2007
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Re: Color Computer Flex

Jeez, Frank.  I'd been misreading your .sig as refering to just have been "Motor", not "Motors".  Back during
the first half of the 80s, both a Gremlin and a Pacer spent the last year or two of their useful lives (about
100,000 miles each year) carrying parts and tools for Tandy computers around the territory ranging
between San Diego, Santa Barbara, Fresno and Baker (usually just LA County).  My ex was a Radio Shack Field
Service Rep (coworker to Steve Bjork's lady) and she drove those things into the ground.  Both were passed
to my ex sister-in-law and I have no idea as to their eventual fate, but Patty was a biker chick (well, she was
a stripper and most of her real boyfriends were bikers), so there's a chance that those machines were
restored backalong.

I'll be honest.  I never liked AMC vehicles.  They all tended to puke gas before the pump clicked off back when I
was a pump jockey (through the year that included the first OPEC crisis and the most infamous AMC vehicles
were brand new).  The worst was the Javelin.  The only worse vehicle for that was the International Scout.

I better get back on topic.  I'll go into the living room and play a game of Doubleback.  A shame I can't play it
for money like in the old days.
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> 
> -------------- Original message ----------------------
> > Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 12:28:23 -0700
> > From: coco@...
> > Subject: Re: [Coco] Color Computer Flex
> > 
> > I've read your book :-) It was excellent -r
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tim lindner | 1 May 03:48 2007
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Re: Question about the PIA RAM Size input

Roger Taylor <operator@...> wrote:

> The Single-Bit sound output part of the CoCo is one of those features
> that could have been done without.  What software ever used it, and 
> why?

Dungeons of Daggorath used it for the heart beat. Since the one bit
sound is independant of the 6 bit DAC the program mixes the sound
effects with the heart beat with zero CPU cost.

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wdg3rd | 1 May 04:10 2007
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Re: Linux box needs ethernet connection to router/web/LAN

I never took "bubble memory" seriously, though there was a fine project Dennis wrote up.  Couldn't afford it
at the time, by the time I could the parts were ancient history and even more expensive, hard drives were
faster and cheaper (Tandy didn't pay their tech support all that much).

If that was a primary drive you gave to the vivisectionists, you will get a kiloyear per megabyte extra in
Purgatory.  While secondary drives are easy to build from scratch, the primary drives contained the
control circuitry.  The adapter card, whether for T6k or Coco, was just something to present a Mod 3/4 bus to
the controller in the primary HD case.  Those of us with systems that prefer those (Mod 16, Mod 1, Mod 4 &cet)
want them alive.

Donating a Tandy primary drive to an electronics school is like donating a laughing child to a veterinary asylum.
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From: coco@...
> I remember the ''bubble memory'' thingie... and the multi thousand
> dollar 5 and 10 megabyte hard drives - donated a tandy 5 megabyte to an
> electronics school some while back - should have kept that sucker -r
> 
> 
> > You and I (plus a few folks on classiccmp) may be the only ones around
> > who remember when hard storage for microcomputers was well over a
> > kilobuck per megabyte (and let's not discuss the price of volatile
> > memory).  There are others who _would_ remember, but Alzheimers is a
> > pernicious thing.

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wdg3rd | 1 May 04:20 2007
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Re: Source code for High Speed Bit-Banger I/O

Especially since the discussion is about how fast you can get (data) off with four-pin plugs.
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> Okay, now that's the first laugh I've had in days....
> 
> > -------- Original Message --------
> > Subject: Re: [Coco] Source code for High Speed Bit-Banger I/O
> > From: David Roper <dave@...>
> > Date: Fri, April 27, 2007 2:33 am
> > To: CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts <coco@...>
> > 
> > I detect an element of my "9-pin male plug is larger than your 9-pin 
> > male plug" going on here...
> > 
> > Kind Regards,
> > 
> > David Roper
> > 
> > 
> > Roger Taylor wrote:
> > > At 07:42 PM 4/26/2007, you wrote:
> > > The speed increase, interleaved checksum, framing error detection, 
> > > variable request count and termination due to a pause in the 
> > > transmission were all my own enhancements.
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David Roper | 1 May 04:25 2007

Re: Crappy inuendo-based jokes (was: Source code for High Speed Bit-Banger I/O)

It's not the number of pins in your plug, it's how quick you can 
off-load your bits?

(this is taking a turn for the worse, but hey.. I'm overworked and could 
use some light comic relief :) )

Kind Regards,

David Roper

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> Especially since the discussion is about how fast you can get (data) off with four-pin plugs.
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Brian Goers | 1 May 04:40 2007
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Glenside IDE Board availability

It has come to my attention that some people do not know that Glenside 
IDE boards are still available.
I have the cost at $40.0 plus shipping (USPS)

If you would like a board, e-mail  and I'll send you my address.
I am not comfortable putting my address on the list. Thank You.

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Glenside Vice President of Special Events.

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Sylvain Rousseau | 1 May 05:23 2007
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Re : New floppy disk tool for Windows users

Thank you Darren,

I expect to try it next weekend.

Sylvain

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Objet : [Coco] New floppy disk tool for Windows users

Hi all,

I finally put together my GUI program for reading/writing/formatting CoCo 
floppies under WinXP. It actually relies on the fdrawcmd.sys driver 
<http://simonowen.com> to do the low-level work. You will need to install 
that driver in order for my program to operate.

If anyone wants to try it, you can get it here:
  <http://www.coco3.com/users/DarrenA/CoCoDisk.zip>

It's pretty basic, but it gets the job done. It's also faster than OmniFlop 
since it can detect the sector interleave on the disk and read/write all 
sectors on a track in one revolution.

I've only tested it on WinXP, but it will *probably* work on 2000 and Vista 
as well.  If anyone can verify this I would appreciate it.

Cheers,
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wdg3rd | 1 May 05:28 2007
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Re: (very very slightly OT) 6800 emulator

If you have the "more powerful" processor, that's the one you make and sell.  You develop the next generation
with the tools you have.  That means running a semblance of the next processor at 10% of its eventual speed. 
Or did you think the 8008 was built with 80386 CAD systems that wouldn't exist for a decade and some later?

The 6800 was designed mostly by _hand_ (and mind and HP calculator and drafting pencil).  It was used to build
the 6809 and the 68000, which would have been real tricky without appropriate tool evolution.
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> Well, I thought that normally the 'host' processor had to be more 
> powerful than the emulated processor to handle the emulation?

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