[Coco] kevin darling?
mmarlett at isd.net
Sat Apr 24 11:50:33 EDT 2004
At 02:06 PM 4/23/2004 -0700, you wrote:
Most things that are worth having, are worth working for.
Do you think what we do here at Cloud-9 comes easy or works the first time?
We do a ton of research then turn to the blood, sweat and tears portion of
the design. Worth while? For me, with out question. I have a two year
degree and I'm held in the highest regards at work among the hardware
Electrical Engineers. Back in '94 I left my job there because the company
didn't recognize that I was performing at an EE level. They since have
re-thought this out since they had many two year degreed people leave with
system experience that couldn't be replaced with a four degree, years of
OJT. I'm not an Electrical Engineer, by name but I'm paid as one. If I had
chance to do it all over again, I would go to college and get my degree.
Now I have a problem going back and getting it because I would rather spend
my time doing fun things, like working with the CoCo rather than learning
Linear Math, basket weaving or what ever......
I can say for a fact that I'm where I'm at today because of the CoCo.
People can laugh that it is a toy or people still use that computer? You
design to that computer? I'm the one laughing, it is all about concepts.
Concepts on the CoCo apply to the big computers today, just in a smaller
dimension. Which takes us to the Twilight Zone......... :)
> I have that. It looks like disassembler output. I don't think
>I have enough smarts to be able to figure out how this thing works from
>uncommented disassembler output.
> Also, if this is disassembler output, which version? The driver
>disk I have has a bunch of different versions on it.
>"Boisy G. Pitre" wrote:
> > I presume you are talking about the SDisk driver for the Sardis No-Halt
> > controller. Back on 4/1, you asked for an OS-9 Level 1 driver, and I
> > replied that all driver source was available up at www.nitros9.org.
> > The link to the source code for all sdisk drivers is:
> > http://cvs.nitros9.org/cgi-bin/cvsweb.cgi/3rdparty/drivers/ Look at
> > the sdisk and sdisk3 links on that page for the sources you want.
> > > Does anyone know where Mr. Darling is these days? If so
> > > can we beg him to see if he still has the source code for the
> > > SDisk OS9 disk driver?
> > Kevin Darling has long left the CoCo community. Please get it out of
> > your mind that you have to "beg" him for anything. He is not a diety,
> > and he does not need to be worshipped. If anything, Kevin and "cabal"
> > (as Alan DeKok says) kept the source code away from the common man's
> > eyes for a long, long time. I maintain that he and others stifled the
> > possible growth of OS-9 Level Two in the 1990s. Yes, I know he was
> > under "contract" from Tandy, but as of today, it's been 15 years since
> > the demise of the CoCo 3. If it weren't for the stubbornness and hard
> > work of people like Alan DeKok, Bill Nobel, and others, the operating
> > system would still be nothing more than pieces and patches.
> > I will give Kevin the credit he deserves. He was (and probably still
> > is) a great OS-9 programmer who contributed a lot to the understanding
> > of the operating system. I also maintain that he and his "Upgrade"
> > team stood in the way of progress, even when it was obvious that
> > releasing the OS-9 source to a long antiquated machine would have hurt
> > no one and would have benefited a lot of folks.
> > Take notice man... this is exactly why the NitrOS-9 Project exists.
> > It's a slap in the face of that elitism that typified the 80's and
> > early 90's. The source code is there for all eyes to see, and no one
> > is hoarding it. So please, stop asking for Kevin Darling for anything.
> > He is long gone, and I don't think he's coming back. Go grab the
> > sources yourself, and make a difference!
> > Gotta get back to work.
> > Boisy
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