On Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 7:55 AM, Eric Auer <e.a...@jpberlin.de> wrote:
>> No usb device like "usb wifi pens" or usb UMTS exist for a lack of drivers
>> in
>> dos .only exist older pcmcia 11 mb/sec wifi card (orinoco)
> As mentioned earlier, you can go a bit more wired:
> Even simple broadband routers like Edimax 3G-6200N
> (30 Euro?) today allow you to plug in UMTS / 3G /
> HSDPA / CDMA USB modem sticks, so they connect to
> the outside world through either the stick or DSL
> and connect to your computer through normal network
> cable (LAN / RJ45) or WLAN / WiFi (IEEE 802.11 with
> various variants). Of course this means you may need
> cable between the router and your DOS computer, but
> at least it allows you to get DOS online via UMTS,
> even if neither UMTS nor WLAN drivers are available.
> If you are lucky and have WLAN drivers but no UMTS
> drivers for DOS, you do not even need the cable :-)

Don't forget emulation. Sadly, I never got FDNPKG to work under
VirtualBox (oddly), though Mateusz swears it works for him (and DOSEMU
with appropriate [arcane] settings). At least with emulation you can
use your laptop wirelessly, if needed (or desired or if running a
cable from router is too long).

I know emulation isn't a perfect solution by any means, not to mention
slowness and bugs, but sometimes it works okay.

>> For browser (graphics) you can try
>> http://code.google.com/p/nanox-microwindows-nxlib-fltk-for-dos/downloads/detail?name=DILLODOS_beta2.zip&can=2&q=
> In other words, a DOS port of the small but
> modern browser Dillo :-)

Yes, Dillo is excellent. Though I do wonder whether Georg's build or
whats-his-face's [EDIT: Benjamin Johnson's] DPlus build (June 2012) is
ultimately preferred. (But I get the impression that DPlus will see
fewer updates, if any, for the foreseeable future. And similarly Georg
is always busy with new projects, heh. Still, awesome progress so far,
so I'm definitely not complaining. Having a port of Dillo at all is no
small miracle.)


>> or UNDER HX EXTENDER owb browser (read carefully this)
>> http://www.bttr-software.de/forum/forum_entry.php?id=7636
> Both are probably much better than classic Arachne,
> although the latter might be nice on 486ish PC if
> you install it on ramdisk to make speed acceptable.

I wouldn't bother with OWB. What advantages does it have (if any)?
Seems much less convenient than Dillo or Arachne. BTW, Ray Andrews had
a fork of Arachne with some cleanups, but I'm not sure how polished
and stable it is. I know he could use some help (assuming he's still
working on it), but it was yet another thing to do (that I wasn't
really qualified for anyways, as always). But it sounded interesting
at least (and is mirrored on Glenn's main site, IIRC).

BTW, Mik's old Elinks port worked pretty well in FreeDOS too. And, to
a lesser extent, Lynx will (mostly) work if you compile from sources
(or use an older build).

The "real" biggest problems nowadays are all the new web technologies:
 Flash, HTML5/CSS, Javascript, Unicode, etc. (It used to be all we had
to worry about was image formats, tables, frames, etc. Ah, the older /
simpler / crappier days.)

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