QuantumLink RELOADED!

Jim Brain brain at jbrain.com
Tue Aug 30 22:48:00 CDT 2005


For those who care, work is progressing nicely on the Internet 
re-implementation of the Commodore(tm) QuantumLink service.  The hope is 
to re-introduce the basic service on the 20th Anniversary of the Q-Link 
introduction: November 1, 2005.  There is still plenty to implement, and 
information to load, but the infrastructure looks to be in place.  We've 
secured the quantum-link.org domain for information and the eventual web 
portal. 

As of this week, the service has been set up for continuous operation, 
with new code drops loaded in the early mornings.  the server can be 
accessed at qlink.quantum-link.org:5190 by a real Commodore C64/128 
using an RS232 interface cabled to the Internet via PC or 
RS232-to-Ethernet adapter.  The server can also be accessed via the VICE 
and WinVICE C64 emulator. Details for both configurations are posted on 
the www.quantum-link.org home page.

As of 8-30-2005, People Connection and all main information areas are 
functional, as is email, online messages, and message bases.  File 
transfers will be implemented soon, and then the basic People Connection 
games.  Re-implementing Club Caribe and the Habitat system are also 
goals of the project, though more ambitious and will not be attempted 
before the launch.

Although the server is still in pre-alpha stage, it regularly hosts a 
lively chat in the PC Lobby with a dozen or so users. I encourage you to 
join us for some fun alpha and beta testing.

The system will be demonstrated and a discussion on the methods for 
re-implementing this complex service given at the SWRAP EXPO in Chicago, 
IL on September 17th, 2005. 

Although many folks have given support to the project, a few deserve 
special mention.  I want to thank the following individuals:

Keith Henrickson, who spent countless hours with the Q-Link client 
runnng in the VICE monitor deciphering and reverse engineering large 
portions of the Q-Link command structure and verb set.  Keith has also 
continued to oncover new portions of the verb set, including message 
bases and file transfers
Keith Elkin, whose archived videotaped Q-Link sessions proved 
instrumental in setting message layouts, response strings, and timing.
Raymond Day, who managed to archive a trace of 2 actual Q-Link user 
sessions.  One provided the key to fully implementing the information 
areas, and allowed the extraction of 200+ menu items and 100+ files from 
the original system, and the other held information crucial to 
implementing message bases and provided insights on how the file areas 
operated.
The VICE Emulator team.  Without this tool, development would not have 
progressed to this state.

Jim

-- 
Jim Brain, Brain Innovations
brain at jbrain.com                                http://www.jbrain.com
Dabbling in WWW, Embedded Systems, Old CBM computers, and Good Times!





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