Re: communications

 BBS: Inland Empire Archive
Date: 03-21-92 (22:42)             Number: 172
From: BEN KAHN                     Refer#: NONE
  To: BRYAN FLEMING                 Recvd: NO  
Subj: Re: communications             Conf: (2) Quik_Bas
BF> Once communications has been set up with a user over the modem
BF> with another program....would it be possible then to use a little
BF> program like this:
BF>             open "com2: 2400,n,8,1" for output as #1
BF>             write #1,"Hello"
BF>             close #1
BF> Would that be enough if a connection had been made with a program
BF> like maximus to work?

        Of course not!  Why would MicroSoft TRY and make it easy to do?
Everyone knows they don't care what happens to their
products after they are bought.  Anyway, you can't do an
open and then a close, because QB will make the modem hang
up!  There is a way around this nice little feature.  Well,
several ways.  You COULD edit QB and BC from debug.  It's
possible, and documented, I don't have the time to open
NotePad, copy it to the clipboard and pasting it on this
note, but if you write back, I'll send you the code. The
other way is not a sure thing, but try anyway.  Here it is:

open "con" for output as #1
        print #1,"Hello"
close #1

        This works because most BBS softwares have a TSR
that captures text coming from DOS.  This program opens the
monitor with DOS controlling it instead of BASIC which
writes to the video board makeing the BBS TSR not able to
"read" it.  You don't have the problem of hanging up
either, as you only are opening your monitor!

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