VAX on a cell phone

Ian King IanK at vulcan.com
Wed Aug 11 13:23:24 CDT 2010


> -----Original Message-----
> From: cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org [mailto:cctalk-
> bounces at classiccmp.org] On Behalf Of Patrick Finnegan
> Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 10:49 AM
> To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts
> Subject: Re: VAX on a cell phone
> 
> On Wednesday 11 August 2010, Ethan Dicks wrote:
> > On 8/11/10, Patrick Finnegan <pat at computer-refuge.org> wrote:
> > > In that vein, I have spent some time over the past week or so
> > > setting up my cell phone (an HTC Evo running Android) to emulate a
> > > VAX by running SIMH... And then using a VT125 for its console:
> > >
> > > http://worldofvax.blogspot.com/2010/08/htc-evo-and-vt125.html
> > >
> > > Enjoy the insanity!
> >
> > Nice.  It's handy that you have the terminal servers on hand - I'd be
> > scrounging for a way to get the bits from the terminal to the phone
> > and vice versa.
> >
> > Do you think it would work to get a bluetooth serial interface for
> >  the VT125, or would there be no way to induce the phone to pair up
> >  to that for a virtual 'comport'?
> 
> Sounds interesting.  I've never played with BT stuff, but it's just a
> Linux environment.  With enough effort, you could probably get it to
> work, but with Simh, it's easier to have something that just can telnet
> to a particular TCP port on the phone.
> 
> Maybe I'll try to find some sort of BT serial dongle to try it out. :)
> 
> Pat
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This is extremely cool.  About a month ago, I bought an "aPad" - a 7" tablet running Android.  I can't wait to run this on my aPad!  It has a *nix shell and both soft keyboard and USB, which will either simplify or complicate the UI.  :-)  

Great job, Pat.  -- Ian  





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