[Coco] Hosting for CoCo Projects - Can Anyone Help???

Roger Merchberger zmerch-coco at 30below.com
Tue Oct 19 19:19:06 EDT 2010

On 10/19/2010 01:14 PM, Little John wrote:
> Thanks Gene. I have heard from quite a few folks. This list really is
> loaded with great people. I tried to set up a home server like yours
> using DynDNS (I think you recommended it to me and so did C.W.), but my
> darned wireless router kept it blocked. Couldn't get it working, but I
> won't give up.

You could use Gene's suggestion - it's a good one, but another "best 
kept secret" is Mikrotik's RouterOS.

It's not free, but for what you want, I think it's $30 for a level 3 
license; it's extremely compact and supports even the "big boyz" routing 
protocols like OSPF, BGP & MPLS... It will run wireless cards just fine 
(heck, for a Level 4 license it supports wireless hotspot 
functionality). It's a very optimized Linux distro designed solely for 
routing & proxy systems; it runs (quickly) on 486 & up.

> I'm not sure how many friends my son has made over these past few years,
> but I've been browsing through the archives of stuff that many of you
> folks have mailed, emailed and uploaded to him over the years. There's
> got to be a couple hundred GIGs - over half of it CoCo (but a lot of
> duplication), some for all the other Tandy Models - also what appears to
> be a complete set of Tandy FAXBack documents (well probably not all of
> them but quite a bit). There's a good deal of TI-99/4A and sinclair
> stuff in there too. This archive is what I've been trying to get online.
> I believe I'll run a hardline to his shop rather than wireless and this
> should hopefully solve my problem and let me get this FTP set up.

I don't have access to hundreds of gigs without spending for a HD 
upgrade -- but I can get you about 50G, tho, if you need it. My 
bandwidth isn't crazy fast; it's my home DSL connection but I have 
static IPs, webservers and mailservers. 3Meg download, 512k up. Unforch, 
in my area the fastest up I can get is 768k up, so I'm pretty much 
staying pat for now anyway.

I have over 15 years experience as an Interwebs dude guy so if you need 
help with mail/FTP/www/nntp/ntp/snmp servers, let me know. I will warn 
you: my experience is mainly Linux, secondarily Slowaris (not nearly an 
option now that Larry's got the reins) -- extremely little on Winders 
servers, tho - IIS scares me... ;-) )


Let me check... I may have access to a few other options... ;-)


> $600 for OS-K.... sigh... I wasn't expecting it to be such a large
> price, but I suppose it makes sense - lower volume sales = higher price.
> This will definately throw a wrench in the works with the 68K card - the
> 68008 is pretty limited, so Linux would probably crawl... but, you've
> given me incentive to create a more powerful card - could you imagine
> firing up the CoCo and running Linux via a 68K card? That would be great!

Instead of (or in addition to) Linux, you might want to see if there's a 
Minix version that's 68K -- AFAICR it's microkernel based (better for 
small memory footprints) and I don't think requires an MMU. I haven't 
looked at 68K OS options in several years, tho... A lot fewer software / 
utility choices, tho, for sure.

Let me know if I can be of service!

Roger "Merch" Merchberger

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