[Coco] Why DECB is important to OS-9 folk.
wdg3rd at comcast.net
Fri Sep 9 20:40:33 EDT 2005
On 09/09/2005 01:03 pm, jdaggett at gate.net wrote:
> Something good could be said of both approaches. I do prefer the
> instant on of DECB. It lends itself better for embedded porojects.
> While OS9 and Niros9 requires a learning curve and some
> familiarity with Unix would not hurt. I can't complain to much as
> learning OS9 and Basic09 made learning Fortran 77 real easy. You
> cannot believe the similarities between Basic09 and Fortran 77.
> j ust my inputs
Got that right, James. I was lucky, since I was doing tech support and
training at an RSCC so I learned Xenix before I had to deal with MS-DOS or
OS-9. That made the OS-9 L1 manuals readable enough so I could set up the
first $1k timesharing demo system in SoCal (possibly the first on the
planet). A 64k Coco with one floppy and OS-9, a 4k Coco with a Vidtex cart
and a kluged null-modem between bit-banger ports. Assuming you already owned
two TV sets (generally a safe bet) it retailed for $1,000.71 including CA
sales tax and the Los Angeles surcharge with that month's sale specials. A
bit slower than a Mod 16b Xenix setup, but about a sixth of the price.
The OS-9 manual had commands listed that implied it could be done. Turns out
the manual was right. Took less than a day to set up, including mangling and
splicing a couple of Coco printer cables.
Ward Griffiths wdg3rd at comcast.net
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