Importing binary files without removable storage nor non-bundled software (was: TKermitFTP

From: Pete Turnbull <>
Date: Thu Jan 6 14:23:17 2005

On Jan 6 2005, 12:05, Vintage Computer Festival wrote:
> On Thu, 6 Jan 2005, Steve Thatcher wrote:
> > the only reason Microsoft would not add binary transfer capability
as an
> > integral part of early DOS is that the people that needed it were
in a
> > small minority. It made no business sense to include features that
> > believed that most people really didn't need. Later in DOS, they
> What? It seems to me they had to do more programming work to prevent
> binary copying to the serial port.

No, actually much less. To make binary transfers work, they'd have had
to change the already-existing methods that they had. To prevent them,
they only had to add an error message and add one more case to a test
for a command-line switch.

Pete						Peter Turnbull
						Network Manager
						University of York
Received on Thu Jan 06 2005 - 14:23:17 GMT

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