IRATA.online - a PLATO-like online space for retrocomputing

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IRATA.online - a PLATO-like online space for retrocomputing

Post by BigEd » Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:35 am

If you like retro online services, this might be up your street. Especially if you like multiuser online systems with device-independent text and graphics.
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Especially if you fancy a multiplayer dogfight game over the internet using an 8-bit computer as a terminal. Although you'd have to stay up very late into the early hours of Sunday to enjoy the first session...

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Unfortunately, there's not yet a Beeb (or Archimedes) port of the client: you'd need a Commodore or Atari. However, your PC or Mac can run a client, and there's a C client which could probably be the basis of a port to a Beeb, or maybe a Master, and surely for an Archimedes.

"We not only provide a complete protocol specification, but also two complete implementations in C, as well as the source code to the Atari PLATO cartridge."
- IRATA.online ("A Community For Retro-Computing Enthusiasts") is the place to sign up, and to get your client software. There isn't presently an in-browser client.

I'd be interested to know: how many here have a setup to connect their Acorn kit to an internet service? I think that means either a serial cable to a host computer, or a Wifi adapter thingy.

"PLATO, (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations), was a computer-based education system created in 1960."

Edit: tweaks
Last edited by BigEd on Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:41 am, edited 1 time in total.

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