'Re: PICLIST Digest - 15 May 1995 to 16 May 1995'
| >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
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 microchip.comtnguyen
|Thang Nguyen <microchip.com> writes : tnguyen
> 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
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.
> 3. You want internet connection, and we hear you!! :-)
Thank you !
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