[vcf-midatlantic] portable terminal preferences

Bill Degnan billdegnan at gmail.com
Mon Jan 4 03:54:06 UTC 2021

Whatever has been proven to work reliably is what use.  If I want the
convenience of a modern laptop and usb2serial adapter it's because I need
to use the computer behind it too to send files or generate a log.  I
usually set up my super-reliable vt220 or something similar first, to make
sure the settings and target computer are functioning.
Then I swap in the laptop with usb2serial cable that is known to work with
the model of laptop.


On Sun, Jan 3, 2021, 10:01 PM Jameel Akari via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> As for having a dedicated terminal device… I have lusted after DEC’s
> handheld service terminal forever.  It’s not super practical but it’s
> really cool.  Same for something like a TRS-80 Model 100 or HP 200LX.
> The only problems I’ve ever had with USB-to-RS232 dongles has been dodgy
> drivers for the knock-off Prolific chips.  Actual PL-23** dongles have
> always worked fine for me up to 115200 baud.
> (On many generations of Mac, using either ZTerm, minicom, or GNU screen,
> and the same on various Linuxes.)

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