[Coco] CoCoNet status
operator at coco3.com
Sat Dec 6 22:07:56 EST 2008
As of 12/6/08, the CoCoNet project is moving forward quickly:
CoCoNet is a base system patched into Disk BASIC 1.1 that allows you
to mount virtual disks from your PC or the web (through the PC's
connection), and also copy files from the PC or the web and put them
on currently-mounted virtual disks. There's no need to move back and
forth between the CoCo and PC. The PC server software gives what the
CoCo asks for.
some possible Disk BASIC 1.1 commands:
DRIVE 0,"http://www.coco3.com/coconet/dsk/d01.dsk" (read-only)
DRIVE 0,"d02" (automatically points to coco3.com coconet virtual
disk folder) + ".dsk"
DRIVE 0,"os9" (mounts os9.dsk stored on coco3.com/coconet server)
--ability to turn virtual disks on/off
(quickly grab internet files or PC files and port them instantly onto
your mounted virtual disks)
WLOAD "http://www.coco3.com/somegame.bin","game.bin" (automatic LOADM format)
WLOAD "http://www.anyserver.com/calc.bas","calc.bas" (automatic ASCII
or binary format detected)
Get the idea? Is all of this fast?? YES. 57600 bps on a CoCo 1 or
2, and 115200 bps on a CoCo 3 through the bitbanger port. USB serial
dongles work great, with any COM#, not just 1 through 4. I use COM8
in my tests.
an example of how you'd get an internet browser running:
DRIVE 0,"d:\coconet.dsk" (yours or anybody elses HTML renderer
program disk, stored on the PC)
the WWW.BAS program would do something like:
DRIVE 1,"d:\workdisk",FORMAT (or ,NEW) (doubles as a RAM Disk simulator)
WLOAD 1,"http://www.coco3.com/index.php","index.htm" (copy web page
onto disk 1)
OPEN "I",1,"INDEX.HTM:1" and read the contents and process it.
What about the possibility of:
1,"http://www.coco3.com/cgi-bin/cococafe.cgi","index.htm" (store a
web file onto the DRIVE 1 virtual disk)
20 OPEN "I",1,"INDEX.HTM:1" and read the contents and process it.
999 GOTO 10
Get the idea? CoCoNet itself won't do any HTML rendering because
it's not a web browser, but instead grab web files and PC files and
store them on currently-mounted virtual disks. This base system
gives SUPER power to the CoCo, but any ROM version would obviously
cancel out any hard drive capable DOS you rely on. You'd have to use
your MPI I suppose to switch between the various DOS'es you want to use.
I'm working to get this on an EPROM as Disk BASIC 1.1 (patched) so
it's *completely* ready to go on power up. No real floppy drives are required.
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