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'Re[2]: PICLIST Digest - 15 May 1995 to 16 May 1995'
1995\05\18@134421 by tnguyen

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    >I'll second (or third?) that. There are a few hundred million of us
    >here in Asia that can't get onto your BBS as it would cost far too
    >much, but we can get onto Internet for US$120/year. I would be very
    >interested in some method of gaining more information on your
    >products, so some sort of Internet link or archive for your BBS
    >postings would be very helpful.

    >(I can't get to your BBS via Compuserve either for you eagle-eyed

    Hi, folks, I am the Microchip BBS Sysop, and I have been following
    this thread about Internet and BBS for some time.  Let me add a few
    comments here:

    1. Many of you may not be aware of it, but the Microchip Boston Sales
    office does sponsor a Microchip Web and ftp site.

    The Web site is: http://www.ultranet.com/microchip
    and ftp site is: ftp.ultranet.com/microchip.

    You should be able to get latest Development software (like MPASM,
    MPSIM, etc.) from these sites.

    2. The term COMPUSERVE connotes an impression that Microchip customers
    must belong to the Compuserve Information Service (CIS) membership to
    participate in the Microchip BBS. It ain't so!  Compuserve, in order
    to support its CIS customers, installs a global network and offers to
    make it available for lease, not unlike AT&T offering its
    long-distance service.  Most Microchip customers, especially overseas
    like Europe and Asia, should be able to take advantage of this global
    network and dial into Microchip BBS with a local phone call.  The
    connection procedure for overseas varies with geographical areas.  If
    you have problem, send me an e-mail and I'll see if I can help you
    out.  Remember: you don't need Compuserve membership to participate in
    the Microchip BBS.

    Since H&R Block, America's biggest tax preparation firm, owns
    Compuserve, maybe we should suggest they change the name to H&R Block
    network to eliminate the confusion :-)

    3. You want internet connection, and we hear you!! :-)

    Thang Nguyen               spam_OUTtnguyenTakeThisOuTspammicrochip.com

1995\05\19@062807 by Adrian Godwin

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Thang Nguyen <.....tnguyenKILLspamspam@spam@microchip.com> writes :

>      1. Many of you may not be aware of it, but the Microchip Boston Sales
>      office does sponsor a Microchip Web and ftp site.
>
>      The Web site is: http://www.ultranet.com/microchip
>      and ftp site is: ftp.ultranet.com/microchip.

Yes, I've looked there (I think it's ftp.ultranet.com/biz/mchip) -
unfortunately, updating the site doesn't seem to be a high priority at
the moment : the pointers to device info sheets on the web page don't
work, and the application notes in the ftp directories are incomplete
(I think the popular AN589 is still missing).

This could just reflect the state of the BBS - I haven't checked these
files on there - but I get the impression that the BBS is kept rather
more current.

On the BBS, there's an improvement that could probably be made quite
easily : the implementation of Kermit that's in use seems to be the
old-fashioned one often included in BBS file transfer suites. It's
way out of date by current standards, and upgrading to a modern version
would improve transfer speeds considerably while losing none of the
reliability for which Kermit is famous. Kermit 3.14 includes a
'kermit lite' version especially configured to provide only the functions
needed for a BBS external protocol while minimising memory usage.

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>      3. You want internet connection, and we hear you!! :-)
>

Thank you !

-adrian

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