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OK this is a genuine request. How can I write CD's under DOS2.2 ? (remember DOS ?)

This is an old controller that I have running genuine DOS2.2 - I've replaced the PC it's running in with a slightly more modern one that has a CD drive (actually a DVD r/w drive)

NB this is genuine DOS2.2 NOT a DOS window under Windows)

For date transfer it would be extremely convenient to be able to use the CD drive !
 
Quick search of Wikipedia led me to this:
Comparison of DOS operating systems

No variant of DOS listed has version 2.2. Anything before version 3 was only capable of max 16MB hard drive partitions. Anything that old also wouldn't have drivers for CD drives, let alone DVD R/W.

Good luck!
 
andrewmawson, you may have better luck installing a floppy-to-USB drive/emulator, and using its multiple-soft-drive emulation capability. The one I installed on my Haas (I think it's an EMFUDD) has the ability to divide a thumb drive into 100X 1.44MB partitions.
 
"Anything IT Related ?????"

OK this is a genuine request. How can I write CD's under DOS2.2 ? (remember DOS ?)

This is an old controller that I have running genuine DOS2.2 - I've replaced the PC it's running in with a slightly more modern one that has a CD drive (actually a DVD r/w drive)

NB this is genuine DOS2.2 NOT a DOS window under Windows)

For date transfer it would be extremely convenient to be able to use the CD drive !

Earliest DOS I remember was DOS 5.0. Is there something preventing you from upgrading to a better version of DOS, one where you could install the drivers for CD rom? All that stuff needs to be configured in the autoexec.bat and config.sys files before it can be used.
 
I just got Pandora out in my shop and love it except it will play for 5mins. to an hour at a time and then stop. I contacted Pandora and they said delete cookies and some other stuff as well as certain extensions. There were no extension I could find that that were the ones they mentioned. I was running on Edge but can also run it in Explorer. BTW, it does the same thing no matter which one. Any ideas.
 
Should manufacturers without a marketing department have a website? Do you have an opinion on SquareSpace and/or Wix? Wordpress? What are some best practices for upkeep and maintenance? Things to look out for?
 
Quick search of Wikipedia led me to this:
Comparison of DOS operating systems

No variant of DOS listed has version 2.2. Anything before version 3 was only capable of max 16MB hard drive partitions. Anything that old also wouldn't have drivers for CD drives, let alone DVD R/W.

Good luck!

Sorry, a typo ! It's DOS 6.22 I'm running the controller on - it was 6.2 but I had a set of genuine original Microsoft 6.22 distribution floppies so loaded that
 
Well, I know DOS could do that, but it needed MCSCD or something... may not even have those initials right.

I'm running Datalight ROMDOS 7.1 for its USB functionality, and it works well. It will also do PCMCIA/PC CARD, and I believe there are CD drives with those interfaces... It is said to autoload drivers for various hard drives and floppies. CD drivers will be the challenge, of course, and they're not like Windows drivers. It's $55 single license. Can get to web, too.
 
Sorry guys kinda fell of the earth for a while there.

In regard to the DOS DVD burning: Im sure it is possible, but i have to wonder what the end goal is there. You may be better served just networking and sending the information to a network share of some sort. I just wonder what sort of DOS era data would come anywhere near facilitating a multi GB DVD, and burning will likely be insanely slow once you get it working. I would also think it would grind the machine to a halt for other tasks while it does it.

In regard to Pandora: I have actually seen this happen before, also in a CNC machine shop (though that is just coincidence). Check your internet upload and download speed for sure. Enable lower quality streaming in Pandora and see if the 5 minute window increases. I would also skip internet browsers and use the Official Pandora Desktop Client. With a browser you are adding extra layers of complication.

In regard to the website question: I think every business should have a website these days. Even its a single landing page with some contact info and some shop capabilities information. This also comes with real @blahblah.com email addresses which look so much more professional than a gmail, yahoo, etc. This also means you can get a Google Business account set up, which opens you up being found in local searches/maps/etc. This alone will get you in front of people that otherwise would have never known you existed. Wix is garbage. It sacrifices almost everything to be idiot proof. I recently saw a WIX site that took almost 30 seconds to load. Do you think anyone is waiting 30 seconds for a website? Squarespace is in the same boat, though not quite as nasty.
Wordpress is actually a different product altogether, and one i do approve of. It can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be, and you are fully in control of the sacrifices made.

As far as best practices. make sure the information you post is accurate and timely. If you are still advertising the chicken barbecue from 2015, potential clients and customers are going to assume you dont care or are out of business.

99% of the companies the companies that offer guaranteed results for SEO,etc are lying to you. They will plaster useless links to your site on useless forums for viagra and tell you that you have 100K backlinks on Google. So stay away from that stuff.

honestly i could go on for days about specific best practices, meta info, SEO, etc, but without context its just going to be rambling. If its something you want to discuss, reach out to me privately.
 
hey makezee, on the specific topic of SEO, do you have any good resources for learning the basics or some best practices?
I maintain a couple sites but never had any mentorship on that aspect- and there's so much BS out there if you just cold search.
 
In regard to the DOS DVD burning: Im sure it is possible, ...
Never used it, don't know what version of DOS is required, but there is a DOS port of CDRecord (or maybe it's called CDRTools now.)

As I remember, it took version 5-ish to get a CD drive working under DOS. But that was a while back :)
 
DOS / CD issue : This is a 1989 Denford MIRAC CNC lathe the control software for which ran under DOS6.2 which I've upped to DOS6.22 as I happened to have the original set of three Microsoft floppies.

I am experimenting trying to get the software to run autonomously in a Command window under various versions of Windows, and IF I can get that going I can then get the machine onto my local network for file transfer purposes. I'm trying Windows 98 / XP Windows 2000 Professional and Win3.11 (I've set up a copy of the machine PC in a testbed machine)

(The issues are windows denying serial port access (the MIRAC control needs two) and of course timing issues)

Until I can get that working I'm reliant on floppy disks for transfer and that isn't straight forward, as Win7 Professional 32 bit can read and write external USB floppies in Windows Explorer but cannot format them (reports write protected) but CAN format them from the Command Prompt !
 
I am experimenting trying to get the software to run autonomously in a Command window under various versions of Windows, and IF I can get that going I can then get the machine onto my local network for file transfer purposes.
A problem there is that the DOS running as a command prompt in Windows has a bunch of differences from original DOS :(

If you just want to transfer files tho, why not use ftp ?


hey makezee, gotcher ears on ? this one is off the wall but maybe ...

Had an old server die, Solaris 10, two disks each one was a zpool. The boot disk I didn't care about, the other one was data. Went to use the bootdisk for something else so forced 'create' of a new zpool.

You guessed it. Wrong disk. Realized about .003 seconds after I blew it, so there is nothing written over anything, but the file system is gonearoni. I understand zfs has several layers of inode info written to disk for rescue so in theory, you could hack your way down to the previous file system tree ?

How does one get from theory to practice ?
 
hey makezee, gotcher ears on ? this one is off the wall but maybe ...

Had an old server die, Solaris 10, two disks each one was a zpool. The boot disk I didn't care about, the other one was data. Went to use the bootdisk for something else so forced 'create' of a new zpool.

You guessed it. Wrong disk. Realized about .003 seconds after I blew it, so there is nothing written over anything, but the file system is gonearoni. I understand zfs has several layers of inode info written to disk for rescue so in theory, you could hack your way down to the previous file system tree ?

How does one get from theory to practice ?

I have always had good results with Testdisk. TestDisk - Partition Recovery and File Undelete

It will scan through the whole disk and detect the start and end of the filesystem and give you the option to write the partition table based on that.

I would try this before diving to deep into ZFS stuff.
 
DOS / CD issue : This is a 1989 Denford MIRAC CNC lathe the control software for which ran under DOS6.2 which I've upped to DOS6.22 as I happened to have the original set of three Microsoft floppies.

I am experimenting trying to get the software to run autonomously in a Command window under various versions of Windows, and IF I can get that going I can then get the machine onto my local network for file transfer purposes. I'm trying Windows 98 / XP Windows 2000 Professional and Win3.11 (I've set up a copy of the machine PC in a testbed machine)

(The issues are windows denying serial port access (the MIRAC control needs two) and of course timing issues)

Until I can get that working I'm reliant on floppy disks for transfer and that isn't straight forward, as Win7 Professional 32 bit can read and write external USB floppies in Windows Explorer but cannot format them (reports write protected) but CAN format them from the Command Prompt !

Is it just a matter of sending raw serial data to the machine, and then it knows what to do with it? That is to say, the source of the data doesn't matter to the machine?

If so, i would go with a reasonably modern computer, run a VM of your DOS, assign a virtual COM port or pass through the physical COM port and you will be good go. You can share a folder from the host to the guest and use the host capabilities (windows 7-10 whatever) for your file transfers and management.

Im certain ive done this in the past with FreeDOS for and old Piano Tuning program for a guy. Cant say for sure with MS-DOS, but it should be easy enough to test and adapt if need be.
 
hey makezee, on the specific topic of SEO, do you have any good resources for learning the basics or some best practices?
I maintain a couple sites but never had any mentorship on that aspect- and there's so much BS out there if you just cold search.


It depends a lot on your goals. If you are targeting on a national or international level you will be primarily focused on back linking from credible sources larger than yourself at first. Blog posts, product reviews, press etc.

If you are looking for local exposure, Google My Business is a must. you will want to obtain quality reviews from local customers, hopefully specifically mentioning your product or services. Wording on pages should be hyper focused on your target area, mentioning city names, etc. Citation building, making sure NAP is consistent across all citations.

Beyond that, just make sure your technical fundamentals are set up correctly. Meta descriptions, H1 H2, ALT images and titles, etc. Optimize images for loading speed, proper compression. Optimize for Mobile as well. Google AMP pages are awesome. Not the easiest thing to set up, but once you do, the almighty Google will host and serve pages instantly from their servers, and give you ranking priority on mobile.

this is a good scan to give you an idea where you stand and what to change. SEO Tools, Software and Articles | SeoSiteCheckup.com

Probably the most important is dont try to beat the system on this. no fake reviews, no keyword stuffing. If you get flagged by google you will never stand a chance.
 
Had an old server die, Solaris 10, two disks each one was a zpool. The boot disk I didn't care about, the other one was data. Went to use the bootdisk for something else so forced 'create' of a new zpool.

You guessed it. Wrong disk. Realized about .003 seconds after I blew it, so there is nothing written over anything, but the file system is gonearoni. I understand zfs has several layers of inode info written to disk for rescue so in theory, you could hack your way down to the previous file system tree ?

How does one get from theory to practice ?

If you even have to ask, you should have looked more deeply into ZFS before adopting it.
Seems to me I had told you.

If you thought that was a personal opinion, and an unfounded one?

Not really.

One formed when participating on the same devel mailing lists with the world-class FS gurus who code and port these various and several critters.

MY contribution? Not code.

But WHEN you think a FS is bulletproof? I was "the guy" who could always find more than one way to prove otherwise. Re-writes ensued.

Now ...just go and prove us wrong, willyah?

:)
 
If you even have to ask, you should have looked more deeply into ZFS before adopting it.
Seems to me I had told you.

If you thought that was a personal opinion, and an unfounded one?

Not really.

One formed when participating on the same devel mailing lists with the world-class FS gurus who code and port these various and several critters.

MY contribution? Not code.

But WHEN you think a FS is bulletproof? I was "the guy" who could always find more than one way to prove otherwise. Re-writes ensued.

Now ...just go and prove us wrong, willyah?

:)

That's all good & well and totally useless advice, of course. *AND* doesn't address the many, many reasons one would use ZFS over a shit-ton of other options anyway.

As I did, for a mission-critical database system that had to run all the time. And it did, from commissioning to decommissioning after 8 years of 100% uptime.

On Solaris 10, Sun hardware, using ZFS. I'd do it again if Ellison hadn't bought Sun Microsystems. Now I use linux.

PDW
 








 
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