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Is there a simple way to display ANSI art and animation files in a modern terminal window?

There are various ANSI art viewers for modern platforms which satisfy all your feature requirements (command-line syntax excepted), for example: PabloDraw for Windows, macOS, and Linux ACiD Viewer 6 ...
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How and what did it mean to connect to ARPANET from home?

You dial in with a terminal to a TIP (Terminal Interface Processor), which then offers a simple command interface to connect you to some host machine. Living Internet web site Wikipedia Functionally, ...
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What was the service offered by US Sprint for long distance data connections in the late 1980's?

It sounds like what you're looking for is Telenet (renamed to "Sprintnet" when Sprint acquired it) or Tymnet. Tymnet did not survive and Sprintnet became part of what we now know as the Internet.
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Whatever happened to the janus protocol

Short answer: Because it was useless to begin with. For a more detailed answer the whole picture is needed: Back in the real old days modems were symmetrical. A V.21 modem split the line into two ...
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Is there a simple way to display ANSI art and animation files in a modern terminal window?

This is a late answer to an old question, but there's a better way: iconv -f 437 file-here.ans | pv --quiet --rate-limit 7000 and if viewing an online file: curl www.ansi-art.com/ansi/ansi1.ans | ...
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Is there a simple way to display ANSI art and animation files in a modern terminal window?

I got bored over the weekend and created Ansi-Cat for a Windows command prompt. https://github.com/peteri/Ansi-Cat Does code page 437 -> Unicode conversion, tested it on Windows 8.1 & 10 but you ...
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How and what did it mean to connect to ARPANET from home?

Simply, he built a serial terminal which reads ASCII text from an RS-232 connection and displays it on the screen. Then when you type something on the keyboard, it sends that back over the RS-232 ...
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How was parity used with modems?

By the time I got my first analog modem, around 1980, my experience was the same as yours. Even and odd parity on 7-bit data was available, but almost all the BBSs featured 8N1. (The modems even still ...
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Is it still possible to access a BBS via dial up internet on the C64 (or other retro computers)

There are many and you can always create your own. The BBS Corner has a number of links to some that are running and links to software. It is true that many old BBSs still (sort of) running are now ...
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Is there a softmodem driver package for Linux?

There is the Linmodem project, made by (who else) Fabrice Bellard. Unfortunately, it is more of a proof-of-concept than a working, ready-to-use driver, and it has been abandoned in that state in 2000....
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YMODEM specification problem?

I'd say it's a documentation error, but not regarding the block length, as this makes sense, but the use of SOH vs. STX. This version, dated about a year later (November? 1986), shows the correct ...
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Is it still possible to access a BBS via dial up internet on the C64 (or other retro computers)

There are still a lot of retro-BBS out there, accessible via dial-up or telnet (or both). telnetbbsguide has a list. Typically they will work with retro computers (they are often made for that), but ...
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How was parity used with modems?

Parity is a "one-bit checksum over a single character". It can be used to detect single-bit errors in a serial asynchronous link (As the checksum is only one bit, two or more bits/char failed ...
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Is it still possible to access a BBS via dial up internet on the C64 (or other retro computers)

In the USA, analog landlines are going away in favor of Voice over IP (VOIP). But analog modems (and fax) don't work well over VOIP, depending on the voice codec. You'll want to choose a non-...
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How and what did it mean to connect to ARPANET from home?

re: "What could a "home user" do on the ARPANET in the months/years leading up to the founding of the Homebrew Computer Club in March 1975?" Kids in the mid 70s whose parents had ...
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How was parity used with modems?

I worked with serial-based systems in the 80's and don't ever remember parity being useful for anything; it was simply something to get right when you set devices up. The effect of receiving bad ...
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How was parity used with modems?

The main benefit of parity is that it was detected within the modem. It did not require processing power within the computer itself. Although, usually the modem would generate a "Parity Fail" ...
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Is there a simple way to display ANSI art and animation files in a modern terminal window?

Another late answer. This slowcat implementation has specific options for ANSI viewing: https://github.com/Eli-the-Bearded/vt100-slowcat The program is tiny, in C. The repo is huge because it also ...
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How do Bulletin Board Systems work?

Back before the Internet, BBS systems were accessed by dialup modem connections. The caller would dial the phone number of the BBS, where it would connect to a modem (and then to the computer through ...
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Is there a simple way to display ANSI art and animation files in a modern terminal window?

The ANSICON tool "provides ANSI escape sequences for Windows console programs. It provides much the same functionality as ANSI.SYS does for MS-DOS". It can start an ANSI-capable instance of the ...
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Is there a softmodem driver package for Linux?

There are people around who are running BBS on dialup and emulated lines. The answers given in this related question (which is C64-specific) give some sources of software that may be useful to you. In ...
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Is there a softmodem driver package for Linux?

Not terribly authentic if it is all simulated like that. But more importantly, there is the complication that while much of a modem's capabilities can be handled by software instead of hardware (...
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How do Bulletin Board Systems work?

Preface: That question is not only way to broad, but also not RC related in any way. A BBS is, per se, not more retro than word processing or a GUI. To make it retro, some genuine product from back ...
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Is there a simple way to display ANSI art and animation files in a modern terminal window?

Ditto for the color palette utilized on old EGA and VGA displays. I think both 16-color and 256-color palettes were common. I am not aware of any 256-color ANSI art editors from back in the 90s, nor ...
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How was parity used with modems?

Parity is generally used with unidirectional transmission where a recipient who observes an error would be able to take into account that the received data might be incorrect. When used with ...
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