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PIL Box Success Stories
Message #1 Posted by Jeff Davis on 26 Aug 2009, 9:15 p.m.

I am planning to get one of these and wanted to know how everyone is using them and what they have been able to accomplish. Please let me know, Jeff

Re: PIL Box Success Stories
Message #2 Posted by Raymond Del Tondo on 27 Aug 2009, 12:17 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Jeff Davis

The PIL Box is the thing I have been waiting for for many years,
and near to the point where I had given up hope that s.t. like this would come true,
our wizard Jean-Francois Garnier announced it!

I have one of the earlier protos, and it simply works as expected:-)
You can easily transfer data between your real HP-41 (or HP-71)
and the virtual HDRIVE using the normal mass storage related HP-IL commands.

IMHO the PIL Box is _the_ interface between modern PCs and your beloved HP-41.

So my advice: Get one while you can!



Re: PIL Box Success Stories
Message #3 Posted by Egan Ford on 27 Aug 2009, 2:48 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Jeff Davis

I 2nd everything Raymond Del Tondo said above.

I use the PILBox with my MacBook Pro. Currently the PILBox PC code is Windows-based, so I have to use VMware with XP. Not a problem at all, it works great.

I was working with Khanh-Dang Nguyen Thu-Lam to get something native working with OS/X and Linux, but I had to clear my desk for a work project. I'll pick it up again in 3 weeks.

Edited: 27 Aug 2009, 3:18 a.m.

Re: PIL Box Success Stories
Message #4 Posted by Christoph Klug on 27 Aug 2009, 3:57 a.m.,
in response to message #3 by Egan Ford

The PIL-Box is the perfect interface solution for modern PC - which only support an USB port. The function test with the prototype I get from Jean-Francois is positive.

As Raymond explains the PIL-Box acts as gateway between your real HP-41 / HP-71 and HDRIVE1 of EMU41 / EMU71. Bidirectional transfer of programs, data and Ascii files is possible.

Not possible is the advanced control of external / real HP-IL devices by EMU41 / EMU71, actual for this applications you need the HP-IL/PC Interface Card.

When your PC supports a RS232 serial COM port you can use the HP-IL RS232 Interface for bidirectional transfer of data and programms (refer to IL2000 Interface System manual).

The software / hardware technology of the PIL-Box includes the needed plattform for future IL-devices, for example an IL-Massstorage Drive with simcard memory as replacement for the CMT-RAM-Disk. This device would be a really nice system extension for HP-41 + MLDL200 / NoVRAM / Clonix....

Best regards - Christoph

Edited: 27 Aug 2009, 8:55 a.m.

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