> On Aug 10, 2017, at 07:23, Ron Hudson <hudson...@live.com> wrote: > > You have a device that plugs onto the serial port. It also has an ethernet > port and perhaps WiFi. To the M100 it looks like a floppy drive. But the > directory it shows is actually an sftp share out on the Internet.
Thanks for introducing this thread. I like how you're thinking. I've recently considered a similar concept where the directory it shows is a Dropbox directory. I was inspired by the cool work Peter Cetinski has done to create a Dropbox client (which requires an external proxy server, because of reasons) for the TRS-80 I/III/4 line. The same concept might be tweaked in all sorts of interesting directions: sftp as you suggest, scp, Amazon S3 bucket, NFS share, Windows SMB share, etc. The device might have local storage as well. Since I'm mostly a hardware guy, I naturally think of such a thing from the hardware side. I wonder how much one might be able to implement with an Espressif ESP32 module. It has WiFi and Bluetooth radios, enough processor oomph to do SSL, and it includes a user-programmable Tensilica dual core 32-bit processor. It's tiny and cheap. I get the feeling that developing firmware for it may be a bit of a semi-documented snake pit at this time. But the features, price and size make it look pretty compelling to me, so I'm naturally drawn to think about what sort of cool projects I might create with it for fun, and possibly even for some beer and pizza money. I don't have the free time to take on such a project at this time. Even the much simpler MicroTPDD that I hope to maybe actually complete will be a stretch because of all of the other stuff I have going on. But some sort of advanced WiFi peripheral for the M100 is on my wish list, and I enjoy blue-sky dreaming about what it might do from time to time. Maybe I'll even make one someday... but don't let that stop anybody from beating me to the punch! -- Mark J. Blair, NF6X <n...@nf6x.net <mailto:n...@nf6x.net>> http://www.nf6x.net/ <http://www.nf6x.net/>