From: Marko Mäkelä (
Date: 1998-10-06 23:26:00

On Tue, 6 Oct 1998, Mark wrote:

> For what it's worth, GIF is a relatively inefficent format for stuff
> like this.  A common format for document imaging purposes is TIFF using
> CCITT G4 compression. 

Are there any freely available tools for handling such files?  E.g.
netpbm?  What about the PNG format?  GIF has the advantage that it is
supported by all web browsers I know (hmm, except FairligHTML), but I
guess it is its only advantage.

> Speaking of which, I have downloaded various Commodore US patents in
> 300dpi G4 TIFF format. Various ones cover aspects of the VIC-II, SID and
> other stuff. I think it would be a good idea to put these on the Funet
> site. 

Go ahead.  Just upload the files (preferably in one huge archive,
preferably .tar or .zip) to /pub/cbm/incoming and drop me a line.

> Changing subject, I want to find a connector for the PET/C64 user port, in
> order to make up a lead for prlink. Anyone know of a place that still sells
> these?

In Germany Conrad carried them as late as in 1996.  Maybe they still have
them?  Otherwise you can always solder the leads directly to the user
port. :-)  Or build an interface for the cartridge port. (Frank Kontros
had some plans for such a thing, didn't you?)


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