Re: New Mac Client status?

Dakidd (
Tue, 20 May 1997 22:13:23 -0400

>>Last week, I recall hearing that there was a new Mac client in the works
>>that would take care of the problems that us dial-up PPP users are having
>>with timeouts when the connection gets closed then reopened. Seems I
>>remember hearing that it would probably be released Monday. Well, it's
>>Tuesday, and no word has come to me either way. Any update on this?
>Yeah, I'm busy doing "real" work, and Rocke disapproved of some of the
>changes I had made, which will require me to rewrite all the networking
>code using Open Transport rather than using the existing sockets code
>through an emulation layer, and the fancy new multiprocessor box that
>Apple had loaned me just cooked itself making it difficult to validate
>the MP code.
>>I'm about to put a couple more machines ("Only" Mac IIs, but "every little
>>bit", right? :) ) on this project full time (I'll be pulling them out of
>>mothballs, so they're still technically "spare" cycles) but to do so, I'm
>>going to need that new client version.
>There will be no new client version for 68k Macs. Letting my computer sit
>idle crunching keys during the time it would take to convert the changes
>over to a 68k build will likely make up for any 68k users that can't use
>the old client because of dialup problems. I just don't see that work as a
>productive use of my life.

Then let me play with the 68K code. Rocke! You seein' this? Gimme a shot at
messing with this puppy! I've got the development tools, namely CodeWarrior
6, 7, or 8 Bronze (Yeah, I know, they're "behind the times" since
MetroWerks is on version 11, but it'll do the job) a Mac IIci and 2 Mac IIs
to test it on, and enough C know-how that I should have little or no
trouble changing the I/O to properly force a reconnect that will work.

Added bonus #1:
I've got a decent amount of self-taught experience dealing with TCP/IP
using the GUSI package. I've managed to use it to build the net I/O kernel
that would be the heart of an IRC client if there were any motivation for
me to bother finishing it. UDP is (from my my "twiddlings" with it) orders
of magnitude simpler to deal with than TCP.

Added bonus #2:
I have little or no life outside of work and screwing around with ones and
zeroes :)

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