An Evaluation of Apple II & GS Communications Programs
Spectrum: (Commercial - Current version v2.3)
- 8 N 1, full duplex, 14,400 bps (19,200 bps computer)
- Reveal 14,400 bps fax/modem
Requires a IIGS (16 bit) system to run - will not
work on an 8 bit II.
- Navigating Chebucto Community Net with Lynx
Has a rather tattered history of problems beginning with a missing file
upon first shipping; Version 1.0 vt100 emulation with small characters
displaying as pluses ++ fixed with Version 2.0; system sometimes crashes
due to occasional incompatibilities with NDAs and CDAs; vt100 doesn't
support underline nor bold; text-based vt100 in a gui program; support of
arrow keys good; TCP/IP (PPP) support added via Marinetti with Version
2.1; telnet and graphic browser improvement with Version 2.2; continued
improvements with Version 2.3. The downside to Spectrum is that it has
become quite a resource hog in size and speed, taking a GS with minimum 4
mb ram just to coax decent performance out of it. Marinetti (freeware) as
a standalone TCP/IP program takes very space and power and can run on a
minimal GS system.
- Email using PINE
- News using TIN
- File Transfers using Kermit
- File Transfers using Zmodem
Above-average ZModem, automatic.
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