[NSLUG] Re: Home router advice? (USB->Centronics print service)

Dop Ganger nslug at fop.ns.ca
Mon Jan 8 09:49:16 AST 2007

On Mon, 8 Jan 2007, Rich wrote:

> On Sat, 2007-01-06 at 22:45 -0400, Dop Ganger wrote:
> That what the adapter wire it for - yank the wire to turn it off, and
> push the connector in to turn it on!

Except the plug isn't designed for such repeated stress, so the core snaps 
after a while, and the average consumer will buy a whole new unit because 
a $3 transformer is "dead". Nice con...

> I remember seeing PIP even on the DEC PDP-11 machines at vo-tech.  What 
> the heck does PIP stand for!  I can understand CLI, command line 
> interface, but what were they smoking in Toronto!  (Where were the 
> Commodore offices - I miss my Commodores)

Under CP/M, PIP was the Peripheral Interchange Program. A copy command 
with some really weird options that would, from one command, let you do 
things like copy 2 files, concatenate them, then write them off to a third 
file. Or just copy a file from one drive to another.  Or copy NULs out to 
a physical device.

According to wikipedia 
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peripheral_Interchange_Program) it would 
appear to have been ripped off from the PDP in the first place!

Cheers... Dop.


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