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  1. I am using PPP. I have a null modem cable between the serial ports of the MegaST and the TT and another between the serial ports of the TT and the server PC, ethernet to the other PCs. I am using bnet and STing on the Ataris and Samba on the PC. The TT is of course very snappy but the ST at 19200 can be a bit of a wait and being hertzically challenged takes it time rendering tabled web pages. I don't have the intestinal fortitude to use Microsoft products so I know nothing of connecting to Windows, I would like to get my 8bit into this LAN but don't know how yet. Tony.
  2. Hmmm. I don't have a Windows network so I dont know much about ST2Win stuff. I do have a TT and a Mega attached to my Linux LAN through the serial ports. I would be interested to know what transfer speeds you are getting? Cutter 2001.......not as good as the movie.
  3. Hello Guy, Only one of my 256k MIO's works but it has been giving steadfast service on my BBS for years now. I haven't heard of a disc cache for the MIO, sounds interesting but I'm using all my RAM for the most used BBS files. I could care less how long my users have to wait for disc access...haha In fact I also have APE and an SIO2PC which runs real slow with the DOS I have to use to make both the BBS and the MIO happy. I keep my message bases on the PC. I figure this is the one place where speed is not so important and I can max out my bases to take up some 20+ megs. I am very intrigued by your intention to connect your BBS to the net. I have BBS Express Pro which has multi line capabilities but I don't have the multiplexing hardware. I would really like to hear when you have this system up and also details of how you did it. The controller card that runs my MFM's from the MIO looks suspiciously like the card in an Atari ST SHO harddrive (shoebox) do you know if this will work. I don't have a working shoebox but I don't want to buy one if it's a waste of time. I can't seem to get my card to recognise an MFM drive over 20 megs. Cutter. Cutter's Eclectic Collective BBS (604)873-1131 since 1983 still going.....
  4. Hello Guy, I have heard of the command file you mention but haven't had the opportunity to see or use it. I don't have a particularly active board as its primary purpose was as a communal answering machine for a small group of friends. I have picked up a few users when I started networking but I don't advertise. I haven't had an 8bit connect in a while. I'm interested in more details so that we might network when you get your BBS up. As the tide of time flows on towards bigger, better and faster technolgical marvels it leaves in its wake little pools of festering activity where ancient technology not only still thrives. IT REIGNS SUPREME. This is one of them Cutters Eclectic Collective (604)873-1131
  5. Hello Albert, quote Thanks I've just installed it looks good so far, although I am using Konqueror(KDE GNU/Linux) right now. I fear it will be a while before I can ever run IE with Tux standing guard. Cutter
  6. The PCBridge Project This clever fellow has fitted ISA PC cards to his 8 bit Atari. Very interesting but could strain my soldering skills cutter
  7. Hello Guy, Well I'm interested. I not sure how to network using the net except manually so I would like to hear how you are doing this. Node 86 ready and waiting
  8. Hello Liquid, I have a pal that lives in a boat, when he got his ST he tossed the mouse out a porthole and replaced it with an Atari trackball...space is at a premium on boats. The local Atari dealer set it up for him though so there may have been some rewiring involved. I have a Logitech optical trackball on one of my PC's and a Radio Shack trackball on another. The RS needs the occasional degumming ala mouses, but is easier to use than the Logitech. I have a cute little joystick that sits over the cursor keys held in place with magnets that I use when I load MAME. cutter.
  9. Hello bsg, Steven Tucker's pages at Atari Peripheral Emulator has everything you need to know and the software to run it. The most rewarding 50 bux I have spent on my Atari. He also has pre-built cables for those soldering challenged for 60 bux each. cutter
  10. Hello smf_4ever, I am still using A.P.E.1.17 with a 486 DOS box, it certainly has no trouble keeping up with my Atari's (I added a switch so I can swap between them) I didn't see much point in using windows or any of my newer computers Have you discussed your proposal with Steven J Tucker? it seems to me that he would be the one guy with all the answers, he has been very forthcoming and helpful in my experience. XP? what a brave soul you are, must be the impetuosity of youth.... cutter
  11. Hello atari70s, You don't give enough information to trace the fault but if you are getting an error 141 then your x,y is out of range of your graphics mode. ?#6 will put you into the graphics window, I assume you're using one, at the 16th column and the Yth row. If the GR. mode and the string fall within these parms then it should work. Using a comma rather than a semicolon will push the string by a tab. HTH, cutter
  12. Hello Tempest, FORTH was quite a departure from any programming environment used at the time and the very foreign approach gave rise to many deprecators that had not explored the potential. The most horrifying thing to see is that the programmer appears to be making up keywords and syntax as he goes along willy nilly. It gets worse when you notice there is no concept of files supported and you get to put anything you want anywhere on a disk that you feel like. The advantage of FORTH over every other available language is the ability to code in your language of choice on the fly. Even ASM purists can use the FORTH compiler and their source code will produce an identical object code to any other ASM only compiler. The same goes for any other language you might want to use. The lack of a file management system means that you can save your compiled code as a boot, or a file that will respond to any DOS you care to write for. FORTH doesn't use the computer memory for much of anything in the Compiler, the source code is created on disc as you write it so if you decide try out a tricky routine that turns out to be an infinite loop you haven't lost anything you've written and remembering to save as you go is not required. There is not a lot of point in playing with FORTH these days but you can get a good feel of the kind of power if you use command line Linux. This too gives you the ability to programme cross platform, OS and language applications, not that I do much of that sort of thing. I only write for my own convenience and amusement ------------------------- Hello MOB, You don't really need emulators for chips or hardware unless you are testing routines and it wouldn't make sense to try a test on a non target computer. Hardware communicates predictable data from known locations so you would only need to write or read them in your programme so it doesn't really matter if they exist or are emulated. You just write and compile to the ROM or disc of the target. cutter
  13. Hello MOB, I guarantee you've never heard of our "DatFORTH" as we only made 9 copies. Following a FORTH convention in Sunnyvale California we started writing a FORTH82 Rochester standard kernel. The obvious choice for such a project had to be FORTH79 as we were true born again zealots....wrong, it was huge. Using what apparently is termed Redmond programming we had FORTH82 sitting on top of FORTH79 glued together with some of the ugliest code imaginable. Eventually we rewrote it with an assembler and our naked boot is just over 8k. Your memory is not failing, not just Atari coin-ops but most of the others were programmed with FORTH. It's biggest appeal being the somewhat trivial task of cross compiling your programme into anything your customer wants, not just the platform but you could also provide source code if they want in any language they want to use to maintain the programme. When I was at that convention I met several coin-op and home computer game writers but few Atari owners. The big dispute at that convention was whether a FORTH release would be allowed a "standard" designation if used on top of an operating system. Using a file sytem severely hampers FORTHs ability to cross compile, no longer a trivial project. The move to OS based FORTH was the death knell for this language on home computers and it is now only used for coding robots and appliances. I heard it was popular in the cell phone business but I have no verification of this rumour. ------------- Hello Al, I hope this doesn't sound condescending but I don't believe there is such a thing as FORTH interpreter, the concept is certainly very amusing though. All compiled languages run on processor specific native code. You don't need the FORTH compiler to run your compiled FORTH programme any more than you would need your assembler cart to run an assembled programme. There really is no such concept as programming in FORTH. It works in much the same way as Linux, allowing one to put scripts and strings of commands together and name them for execution. As with Linux you can use any language you want to compile these scripts if you are not comfy with the fundamental Linux commands. When programming with FORTH you can change language as you go. I have a 6502 assembler code compiler included in my boot compiler which has always been included but not required by the standards. If you need to write assembly for a routine that requires rapid execution you just notify the compiler at that point of the programme and change language. You can also add such things as a BASIC compiler and a C compiler or even stuff like LOGO and LISP. The novelty of such usually wears off very quickly with FORTH familiarity. The beauty of this is the ability to test stuff as you go. Any routine that you need to test can be executed from the compiler and you don't end up writing code that doesn't work or produces unexpected results. Anyone who has written code that had to be debugged can see an advantage here ---------------- Hello Tempest, I've seen pretty good games written in just about every language imaginable I've also seen sucky ones too. I think the programmer is the weakest link Cutter
  14. Much to the amazement and amusement of many of my customers I use an Atari 800 for all of my invoicing and accounting. I wrote a complete general ledger system in FORTH which is about 32k in size and it outperforms anything I can find for my obligatory PIII WinThing and it hasn't crashed in the 12 years it has been running. My question, is anyone using FORTH on their Atari? another, is anyone using their Atari for non-gaming purposes?
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