[Coco] Internet via Coco
badfrog at gmail.com
Tue Jul 13 14:54:47 EDT 2010
One could always telnet to a linux/unix machine, and then use the Lynx
text only browser.
(But probably not what the original poster wanted)
On Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 8:11 PM, Aaron Wolfe <aawolfe at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 8:58 PM, Diego Barizo <diegoba at adinet.com.uy> wrote:
>> CW Gordon wrote:
>>> Please excuse me if I'm asking a question that has been asked before, but
>>> it possible to browse the internet with the Coco, and if so, can I connect
>>> the RS-232 Pak to a cable modem to accomplish this?
>> I don't see any answers (I might have deleted them), so I'll jump in.
>> No, you can not connect a RS-232 pack to a modern modem and browse the web.
>> The only practical way to do it, is using a PC as a tool, with either
>> Drivewire or CoCoNet.
> It's worth clarifying that neither DW or Coconet will allow one to
> "browse the internet". DW provides telnet, smtp, a web *server* (not
> a browser), direct TCP access for outbound and incoming connections,
> and virtual modems over TCP. A couple IRC clients are in the works
> but not ready at this point, and I've got a twitter client I keep
> meaning to finish. Both CocoNet and DW also provide a mechanism for
> downloading content from URLs, but this is only a way to retrieve some
> bytes. Quite useful for mounting remote disk images or pulling files
> across the network onto a local disk, but we are talking about
> transferring bytes, not rendering their contents.
> While it would certainly be possible to write a web browser using
> DriveWire's TCP mechanisms, simply getting the content to the coco is
> trivial compared to rendering it in any meaningful way. I am not
> aware of any projects attempting to do this, and not sure it would
> ever make sense anyway. Considering the limitations of the CoCo's
> graphics modes and memory space, implementing a web browser might be a
> fun project but it's never going to be something you'd really want to
> use :) On the other hand, things like telnet, ftp, IRC, etc can be
> done quite well on the CoCo. The IRC clients I've seen in development
> look like first class applications that are every bit as usable as
> modern clients on modern PCs.
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