Bruce W. Calkins
brucewcalkins at charter.net
Mon Jul 14 12:11:47 EDT 2008
>> Since the data is input to the WordPak serially, it can get
>> behind. Under OS-9 Level 1 release 2 I went to a 64 by 24 software
>> display and shelved the WordPakII.
> So the Workpak II was just too slow? That sucks. Can you define 'get
> behind'? :) Was it terribly slow on scrolling, perhaps?
The WORD-PAK output will occasionally get behind a fast typist. You will
watch the characters being placed on the screen too. It was faster than a
300 baud modem, but you do often watch them printing to the screen one
character at a time. The normal screen output has to be converted and fed
to the WORD-PAK through an output address in high RAM. IIRC, this address
was reassigned in the CoCo 3 so the WORD-PAK does not work with the CoCo 3.
OTOH the CoCo 3 has 80 by 24 (26 with a poke or two) so the WORD-PAK would
be redundant, unless you wanted to run two monitors.
I have not scanned the manual in to make a PDF yet. Seeing as said manual
has a copyright notice I might not even get around to it.
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