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10 June 2012 - 02:25 AMhttp://forums.sonicr...ndpost&p=692151
So um, an ISDN terminal without keyboard makes more sense now...
But yeah, if the Mega Terminal went past the radar for so long, can we really trust anything?
10 June 2012 - 02:24 AMGot bored and started looking around for no reason...
Sansan uses the Mega Terminal?!
Apparently, Sansan had two ways to connect two players on-line: through the servers (for which MD support has been shut down by now) and by connecting two systems directly through ISDN terminals (which doesn't require subscription anywhere so it still should work). In other words, it was being used like it was the equivalent of LAN for Mega Drive.
09 June 2012 - 12:30 PMNope, not for testing. The keyboard is actually used for text entry in the GUI (pretty convenient for writing e-mails).Catapult must have found the leftovers and built something to make normal PC keyboards compatible with the console, probably for testing.
In fact, for testing they would build the program for Mac, using code to simulate the VDP (and removing the sound code). The keyboard simulated joypad input in port 1 (arrows for the D-pad, A/B/C/S for the buttons) while port 2 was emulated as being empty.
09 June 2012 - 09:57 AMI wouldn't bother too much about the looks (they could have easily completely changed the keyboard layout), I'd worry more about the interface. If it doesn't use Mega Drive ports then chances are it wasn't meant for it in the first place.
Fun fact: the Ten Key Pad has 24 keys, but it feeds enough data to hold 80, and there are many gaps in the order the keys are fed. The location of the keys don't seem to have any relation with their physical location on the keypad, and moreover, except for the numpad (d'oh) all keys are mapped to some ASCII letter internally. What are the chances that it's reusing the same protocol the Mega Keyboard would use? (I counted the amount of keys in that Beep pic, there are 69 keys)
Also, while looking to see if by pure luck I could stumble upon the keyboard (like happened with the Mega Terminal) I found this. Huh? o_O (source page)
EDIT: meant specifically ASCII letter, of course the numbers, * and # are also stored as ASCII characters (but not letters!).
07 June 2012 - 09:57 AMThey use bots to find anything that even remotely matches their stuff (even partial filenames!) and then send take downs without doing a proper check, take your guess. They even got in legal trouble with a file sharing site for wanting to take down files they had nothing to do with (and in fact, the only relationship was exactly one word in the filename - serious).Then why remove it? Huge corporations aren't normally known to do things just to troll people (one notable exception: Google on April Fools' Day.)