[Coco] Hard Drive Problems

Robert Emery theother_bob at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 5 02:12:29 EDT 2004

--- Mark Marlette <mmarlett at isd.net> wrote:
> At 03:41 PM 6/4/2004 -0700, you wrote:
> Bob,
> Use the hard drive as memory......It is VERY fast through our interfaces.

To some extent I am already doing that, though currently from floppy. The HeLP
text used to be part of the program, now it is read from the disk and I can add
to it all I want... I can do context sensitive help this way by specifying a
starting record number from whatever is going on when the user hits F1. Even
from floppy it's not too bad, but I'm dying to get a hard drive interface. Then
I'd feel comfortable creating a virtual memory file.

I've already removed lots of variable declarations to data files, a good 2K
worth. I'm also using the one unused 8K memory block (of a 128K CoCo) to store
graphics and some variables... cool thing about this is it survives anything
short of power cycling the computer.

I still have too many ideas to add to it and never enough time. :-) Most of my
recent work has been organizational, in order to pave the way to allow more
features. Also made a cool installer which generates all these data files and
installs the correct FOG version for RSDOS or HDB-DOS. This will be in the v1.0


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