On Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 2:06 PM, Jim Brain <email@example.com> wrote: > Possibly, but I think the joy connectors are a huge draw, and having to buy > expensive adapters or cables just to enjoy the limited use of a port that > has the least utility (save maybe for the cassette port, but there are > passionate folks who guard the cassette port with their lives, while there > evidently is only a handful of people so passionate about the user port). I am passionate about the User Port, but I have no problems with it not being clearly a 0.154"-spacing edge connector - one of the first things I usually do is make a cable from there anyway, so a 24-pin internal connector is just fine by me. In the past, besides serial comms, I've used the User Port connector for a 4-bit bidirectional port w/handshaking for binary transfer to another Commodore machine (VIC-20 or PET), I've made external keyboards, and I've made a variety of LED harnesses (including a 2-digit 7-segment display). What I never did was use any sort of 8-bit-parallel add-on for JiffyDOS or the like, and perhaps that's what has some people up in arms - their old cables won't just work. I think it's an interesting design, and while I might not be able to afford one, I do think that having _some_ way to access the User Port is a lot better than _no_ way. -ethan Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2017-07-17 19:03:39
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