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Many of us here on Atari Age have P-Box's. Many of us also have RS-232 cards, but what about users without RS-232 cards or HxC's? How are they going to get new software to their disk drives? RS-232's are starting to get rare and more expensive, all while the TI user base is continually growing, so what about an alternative method? I'm wondering if at some point in the future a "virtual diskette" could be made on the PC, similar to the method used to make them for the NanoPEB or CF7? Sure, this disk would probably be 'read only' and considering the way the FG99 operates, this disk would probably operate like an executable program that would transfer its contents to the users disk drive. The new FinalGROM 99 is 512K, factoring the embedded programs overhead it should still be able to transfer a decent amount of data to users drives. Fact is, for most users 360K is max, so this could do a whole disk at one time for most people.
We all know a TIPI is in many of our futures. As hobbyists, we seem to find ways to exploit and improve our 'big boy toys' by giving them new applications and capabilities. WiFi capability on the Raspberry Pi is no big deal, but once it's hooked up to a TIPI... it makes all these TI's WiFi capable! So, what are we TI hobbyists gonna do? Well, the old X10 command module for the TI is almost unobtanium, but with WiFI there are all kinds of switches and outlets currently available to make a home automation system a modern reality on the TI. As usual, one component is missing... THE PROGRAM! Can you imagine a WiFi controller program stuffed in a FinalGROM controlling everything from the TI? Sounds like fun to me! Some of the many available devices: Number 1 -- Number 2 -- Number 3 -- Number 4
Another TI user made a GREAT comment about not cluttering up another persons thread with off-topic chit-chat about an OS for the TI. With that in mind, I thought why not start a new thread and see where it leads us. With the FinalGROM 99 on the horizon, now has never been a better time to start exploring options. With one megabyte of memory, and GROM capability, nearly anything seems possible. One thing is certain, as something like this grows and evolves, anyone will be able to download and install any new version within seconds. Since there is no doubt how popular this cartridge will be, I'm pretty confident the potential user base will be quite respectable. Since an OS suggests 'disk access', we know the target audience will already have either a P-Box, Nano-PEB or some other variant to save data, but what about video requirements? A large percentage of this demographic also runs F18A's, so would it not be wise to consider that a standard item as well?