Re: Profile emulation on a PC or Mac

From: James MacPhail <uo957_at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2000 20:50:47 -0800

Hi John et al,

>There was someone trying to interface a Lisa to a PC
>Anyone know what happened to the project, or are there others who have done

The web page implies that Tom Stepleton is planning to finish the project "during the summer", but the last time I had email from him was April, so I imagine he was distracted with other things.

As suggested by the web page, Paul Capes and I successfully developed an ISA board and software to emulate a ProFile. Although we did not bring it to market, we both ran prototypes for quite a while and they worked just fine.

The page also states that I requested the information that I provided not be distributed; in fact I would be pleased to provide it to others, but ask that the software not be re-distributed without our permission. As far as I know, the reverse-engineered protocol and hardware design is still freely available on CompuServe. I was recently thinking of taking it off CIS and putting it on a web page to make it more accessible.

Although I believe the ISA version will still work, I would certainly applaud and assist an effort to make an easy to build version that used the parallel port.


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