|★ APPLICATIONS ★ COMMUNICATION/TELEMATIQUE ★ 8256UKM7|8000 PLUS) ★|
8256UKM7 is definitely a good starting point for beginners. It is easy to use and is far more versatile than the PCW's standard MAIL232. You can transfer files error free, unlike CHITCHAT, and it is not as complicated to use as say, COMM+.
Having run up the program from the CP/M prompt you will be presented with a full list of all the commands available to you. It will also telf you information about the way the serial interface has been set up. The default values are TURBO speed (31,250 baud) with each character set to 8 data bits, no parity and one stop bit.
Before logging onto a bulletin board which is using 7 data bits, even parity and one stop bit. you will have to use the OPT (options) command to set up the required configuration. This is very easy to do* just follow the instructions and choose the required options. Type T [RETURN] for terminal mode and you will be presented with a short menu of commands available from terminal mode.
If you want to receive messages into a file at your end then at the main menu enter terminal mode with a filename attached like this....
A>T DUMMY.TXT [RETURN]
This will then display a colon at the start of each line to remind you that you have terminal save mode on. To toggle between saving being on and off press | Y. When you exit back to CP/M or re-enter terminal mode with a second new filename, it will close and save the file for you.
There has been a further addition made in the last few years to the Xmodem system, called ‘Batch mode*. This is a beautifully lazy way of exchanging files: after telling the host computer which files you want, it automatically transfers them one after the other and puts them on your disc. Some services do not support this yet, but the Fido group of Bulletin boards certainly do, UKM7 defaults to this mode so it is therefore necessary to enter that you want NON-batch mode at the command prompt when about to start a transfer.