[Coladam] Coladam Digest, Vol 68, Issue 1

Joe Blenkle jblenkle at sacnews.net
Sun Feb 13 22:04:02 CET 2011

Well, I have a list of 50 or so BBS'....perhaps if I call all of them I 
would eventually connect. Unfortunately the list only includes BBS name, 
phone number, location and software it's running. No information like 
300/1200 like I used to see on BBS listings.

I don't think it's so much the speed, but rather ADAM's ancient modem. I can 
set my telecom software on my PC to 300 baud and connect to the BBS' I've 
tried calling with no problem.

My Atari modem is 300/1200 and while I can connect with it at both speeds, 
the text at 300 is unreadable....just random letter and number characters. 
It is a "Hayes" compatible modem. I don't know what you would consider 
ADAM's modem.

----- Original Message ----- 
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To: <coladam at adamcon.org>
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You should be able to talk to another 300 baud modem over a phone line as 
long as both computers are set to the same configuration for protocol. If 
there was a text based BBS out there that still supported 300 baud you 
should be able connect. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = 
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
            You would be much more successful at connecting to other 
computers if you had an external 19,200 baud or 9,600 baud modem. Back in 
the late 80's and early 90's people used external modems with the Adam.
            It’s too bad the Adam computer does not have software and 
hardware to allow it to connect to the Internet. The Adam would be much more 
enjoyable if someone were to develop an Ethernet home networking adapter and 
special software that allowed text based web browsing. A entire upgraded 
processor, graphics card, and operating system would be needed for color 
graphics and sound web browsing on the Adam.

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Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2011 16:19:54 -0800
From: "Joe Blenkle" <jblenkle at sacnews.net>
Subject: [Coladam] adam's modem
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I will open this question up to the knowledgeable people here on the mailing 

Is ADAM's ADAMLink modem too ancient to connect with modern day modems?

Recently I have tried both PC to ADAM direct connection between modems (see 
September 1987 Issue #33 of NIAD - Interfacing ADAM to a PC) as well as 
calling some of the few remaining existing BBS'.

In both cases, ADAM appears to connect briefly, but immediately disconnects.

I have successfully connected with the same BBS' using my PC and an old 
telcom program called Procomm set at 300 baud, N81 as well as my Atari 130XL 
computer using a 300/1200 modem. In that case, the computer connected at 
300, but there just appeared to be random letters and numbers on the screen. 
At 1200, it was OK.

So has modern technology rendered ADAM's 300 baud modem useless -- except 
for talking to another ADAM 300 baud modem?


Joe B.


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