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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

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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 ( ) 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.)

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If you can program an infinite loop by the age of 10, you're all set for a career in software...

Another post in the same (excellent and fascinating) blog asks how you might teach CS by snail mail:


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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.

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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.)

According to this woefully inadequate blog post from 2008, it is possible to get the ethernet port on the eeePC to work under windows 3.11 on FreeDOS.

So, maybe I'm about to start seriously looking for an eeePC 701.

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.

Here are some other articles for my future reference:

How to make DOS Samba:

DOS apps for internet use:

DOS Networking FAQs:

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:

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. -

As well, microsoft's tools are allegedly available.

MS LAN Manager Client (1998) can be found at:

MS Client 3.0 (1995) can be found at:

Those last two links are timing out for me though.

Here's a link to 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, , , News, a web browser and .

Here is a whole mess of Packet Drivers

If it's possible to get wired networking working on the eeePC, I'll likely need one of those.