DEC VT05 with OS/8 -- basic system rebuild?
mcguire at neurotica.com
Tue May 19 13:17:58 CDT 2009
On May 19, 2009, at 3:21 AM, Johnny Billquist wrote:
>>> In general, when talking about DEC equipment, the answer to that
>>> question is *always* no, for the simple fact that DEC didn't do
>>> hardware flow control. Hardware flow control is actually against
>>> the RS-232 spec, and DEC didn't abuse standards (unlike most
>>> other companies).
>> This reminds me of a comment I made about the HP82164 (HPIL to
>> RS232 interface). That thing follows the RS232 standard to the
>> letter (for example, it correctly handles the cotnrol lines in
>> half duplex mode). It's just a pity that nobody else does :-).
>> Getting it to work with some RS232 devices is 'interesting'..
> Yeah. HP was actually the other company that actually seemed to
> read the standard. I don't know of anyone else than DEC and HP that
> even tried to actually follow the specs.
> One could only wish companies had. Everything would have been soo
> much easier in that case. Now almost everyone is confused when it
> comes to serial communication, and it's not because it actually is
> difficult, but people have just become so confused because they
> think it works one way just because the equipment they have do it
> that way, and when coming to any other equipment, nothing works the
> same way they are used to.
Well, you've got to admit that things would've been a whole lot
easier if it weren't for the whole DTE/DCE fiasco.
Port Charlotte, FL
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