Wherein one of the developers of Dance Dance Revolution offers to release a baremetal c graphics library he developed for the game and ported to the pi
Wherein said developer drops the code
Also, I'm going to buy a USB floppy drive.
Does anyone still make floppy disks?
Can I buy any floppies that aren't NOS? or just used?
I'll probably emulate what I did as a teenager with regards to keeping my primary application store and primary data store on a removable drive (probably a flush mount flashdrive) that stays with me all the time.
Throw a copy of DOSBox on the flash drive, and I have my preferred work environment available at all times.
Write a script for the main machine that syncs the flash drive and the internal SSD, and have it available as a menu item.
Beyond that, I'm going to try to find an RTF and/or ODT comptaible word processor (open source if possible.)
Of course, I'm going to cheat. I'll install DOS2SSH and DOSVNC ( https://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/nino/dosvnc.html ) so that I can keep accessing my application server.
Beyond that, I'll look for an Email program. I'll want some kind of live chat program (there are a few, but I haven't audited any of them in 10 years).
From there, I'll get down to business building a backup system (around next cloud.)
A map of the SDFmud world. The SDFmud has existed since 1992 .. wow! https://mastodon.sdf.org/media/8txDslJpO4y7hdp-Nq4
That means I'll probably go ahead and install Windows 3.11 in case there are any windows exclusives I want to run. I will also certainly install GEM because GEM is my favorite DOS desktop shell at the moment.
I used to use something called SWORD or similar that was also very nice, but that was a long time ago, but I haven't seen that around recently.
I'll probably also try and get GeOS/Breadbox running if I can find a download source.
So it looks like I'm about to drop somewhere between $0 and $60 on an eeePC 701, and somewhere between $20 and $50 on an Ethernet-to-wifi adapter (could I just build one out of a raspberry Pi?)
Then spend a few days configuring it to run FreeDOS and setting up FreeDOS to be the best little OS it can possibly be.
This thread, in German, says that there is a Packet Driver available for the eeePC's network card.
Couple that with a $50 Ethernet to Wifi adapter, and I've got the wireless DOS system of my dreams?
(Also google translate has gotten Good.)
The lot of 5 doesn't include power cables, which is reasonable I guess. I don't remember the eeePC 701 using a particularly rare power cable. It was just a walwart, and I could look up the specs.
Looks like I could get a single unit in better condition for about $50.
I bet I have some friends with some old netbooks that I could just Have for Free, which would be appropriate because that's how I used to do this shit.
There's an ebay seller selling eeePC 701s in lots of 5 for $100.
If I could just buy one at that price, I'd have already done it (if it was three months from now, and we'd already closed on this house, I wouldn't hesitate either.)
As is, I guess I need to be responsible and not blow $100 on 5 mostly useless laptops.
I'm going to stop worrying about drivers until I've got hardware in hand, and I've had a chance to run that utility on it.
Now I'm going to start looking through the higher level stuff.
There is a tool that will scan through the hardware on your motherboard and see if it can be used with any of the packet drivers available from this collection: http://www.georgpotthast.de/sioux/packet.htm
The tool can be found here
This is a direct link to a zip file:
IT appears that Novell "NetWare DOS Client" and "TCP/IP Client" are still distributed widely around the net for free. - http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/tools/13555.html
As well, microsoft's tools are allegedly available.
MS LAN Manager Client (1998) can be found at: ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/Clients/LANMAN/
MS Client 3.0 (1995) can be found at: ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/Clients/MSCLIENT/
Those last two links are timing out for me though.
Here's a link to Minuet - http://www.fdisk.com/doslynx/minuet/
The University of Minnesota's "Minnesota InterNet Users Essential Tool" ("Minuet"), a packet driver based suite of TCP/IP applications. Minuet provided a mouse driven graphical interface that integrated client applications as E-mail, #Gopher, #telnet, #Usenet News, a web browser and #FTP.