Bil Herd wrote: > When we included the Monitor program in the TED (Plus4, etc) that allowed > disassembly and display of memory the head of Commodore England sent a > Telex saying that we had created the perfect machine for software piracy. Surely a few earlier Commodore machines had some sort of built-in monitor, at least the CBM-II series? Now again, those were expensive and meant for businesses while the C16 and Plus/4 clearly were home computers. I presume software piracy back then was almost entirely associated with home users and games. However I have come across a number of Datatronic administrative software packages which require different key dongles in the cartridge port to run on the CBM 700. Interestingly enough almost all of them origin from earlier PET 3000 and 8000 versions, on which there was no cost effective way to create dongles, thus the business software on the PET side seemed completely unprotected? For the moment being, I'll archive those PET/CBM software packages that seem meaningful: Basic compilers not already present on Zimmers etc, but skip those billing, factoring and store handling softwares entirely in Swedish. A bunch of these are in 8050 or 8250 format which complicates the archiving further. Since we have have drifted off the original topic, could anyone suggest the best or easiest way to archive 8050 formatted floppy disks? These are my choice of weapons: PET 3032 / 4032 / 8032-SK / CBM 610 / CBM 710 VIC-20 / C64 / C128 Drives: 2031 / 8050 / 8250 / 8250LP / 1541-II Interfaces 1: VIC-20 IEEE interface, possibly C64 IEEE interface Interfaces 2: C2N232I, uIEC/SD (with CBM 610 patch), XM1541 The only possibly interesting cable I have not built would be a cbmlink cable, but I assume the C2N232I in many ways fill the same function. Obviously I would need the names of some good copying programs too. Some of those interfaces shut out access to other drives, i.e. it tends to be hard to use an IEC and an IEEE drive at the same time on a VIC/C64, but it depends on which IEEE interface one got. Best regards -- Anders Carlsson Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2009-11-27 09:00:04
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