Sitenotice: 11/29/2018: The wiki is back. It turns out, some anti-virus product on my web server had an issue with the latest version of PHP. My server techs have resolved this issue, and things should be working again. During the investigation, I did restore to a backup from September. There is a chance that any changes done since then were lost, but I do not recall any edits. --OS-9 Al
8/30/2016: Massive re-work is being done on the InfoBox Templates. Read that page to keep up with the plan for that, and adding better keyword tags (categories) to all the pages. --OS-9 Al (talk) 15:28, 31 August 2016 (CDT)
|Looking for CoCo help? If you are trying to do something with your old Color Computer, read this quick reference. Want to contribute to this wiki? Be sure to read this first. This CoCo wiki project was started on October 29, 2004. --OS-9 Al|
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1/25/2007 2:09 PM From: Mike Pepe Joel Ewy wrote: > > What about including a controller that would look to the CoCo like a WD > > FDC, but which actually works with CoCo disk images on removable flash > > media, such as MMC or CF? The hardware could include a way to select > > from multiple disk images via an external 3.5" form factor control > > panel, perhaps with a 3-digit 7-segment display, and also an extra > > internal register that new software could use to do the same > > programmatically. This would work with existing DECB and all other > > current software, but could provide a much more reliable, convenient, > > and compact removable mass-storage system. Also, if the embedded > > microcontroller can manage its CoCo image files on a FAT filesystem on > > the flash drive, it also becomes a very convenient way to transfer files > > between the PC and CoCo. If the microcontroller core was sufficiently > > similar to a real controller, these things could also be made as > > stand-alone units for older CoCos, and they'd remain compatible. That's a really great idea, but I'm thinking all the external hardware to control that pseudo-floppy is expensive. Wouldn't it be cool if the CPU core had an alternate register set and memory space? Like a user/supervisor mode- you hit a hotkey and the normal processing is suspended, you get an on-screen menu to mount/unmount floppy images with names and descriptions (instead of a number on an LED display) then you can just resume normal operation. Kind of like how MESS works. It would probably be less costly from a hardware perspective I would assume.