[Coco] DriveWire 4 beta
jcewy at swbell.net
Sat Feb 27 19:03:03 EST 2010
Aaron Wolfe wrote:
> Glad you got it working. If you are using the version on the web
> page, check for an updated file there later today. We've made lots of
> changes in the source since that was put together, need to get that
> one current. If you're building from CVS then you've probably got a
> more recent version so no worries.
I just tried out beta 1.3 and the java server in Ubuntu 8.04. It worked
perfectly the first try (which, frankly, surprised me a little.) I
installed RXTX using Synaptic package manager, fired up the server with
the default DriveWireServer.properties file, and booted NitrOS-9. I was
able to wget http://sites.google.com/site/drivewire4/beta.
One question: what's become of the FTP client? It would be very nice
to be able to grab goodies straight off of RTSI or maltedmedia.com...
Now I've got to make up a longer cable for upstairs, so my 7 year old --
Henry -- and I can use my wife's Ubuntu box as a DW server and play
loads of CoCo games. The basement (ok, and the attic) are full to
overflowing with computer junk of all descriptions, but computer
equipment in the the main floor of the house is severely restricted. We
can hook a CoCo up to the TV for short periods of time if we put it away
again when we're done. Getting out floppy disks, a disk drive, and
controller, in addition to all the ROM PAKs and joysticks makes that
quite a production. But with DriveWire, we will just need to roll out
> The telnet client is pretty weak right now and doesn't do any kind of
> terminal emulation itself. For BBSing, I have great luck using the
> virtual modems with a regular terminal program like supercomm. Just
> use /N as your "modem" and regular hayes commands should work. One
> strange thing is that echo is off by default due to some other
> requirements, so ATE1 is a good first step if you want to see what
> you're typing to the modem.
> "ATDsome.bbs.host:12345" will get you connected, and the ANSI
> emulation in supercomm makes the BBSing work very well :)
> Anyway its nice to know someone else has it running, I think that is
> about 5 of us now. You're the second Windows success I know of (after
> my test machine).
> On Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 12:25 AM, Joel Ewy <jcewy at swbell.net> wrote:
>> Aaron Wolfe wrote:
>>> This software is not for the casual user who just wants to use
>>> DriveWire. For that, please continue to use DriveWire 3, as it is
>>> well tested and easy to use. This beta is neither.
>>> If you are interested in dw4, or have a compelling need to use the dw
>>> drivers from CVS right now, you might find this software useful or
>>> even fun :)
>> Hey, I just briefly tried out the current beta of DW4. I started it up on a
>> Windows XP machine I had been using for DW3. I was able to wget the Google
>> home page and see lots of uninterpreted HTML scroll across the CoCo's
>> screen. I tried to telnet to some BBSes, but was getting an error 208,
>> which I appears to be an illegal system call. But it's definitely a
>> promising start. If I get some time tomorrow I'll see if I can get it going
>> under Ubuntu 8.04. Fun, fun, fun!
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