Internet interface in X16 General Chat Posted July 11, 2021 10 hours ago, Scott Robison said: My biggest concern with a virtual exchange type of setup is the fact that it is one more piece that has to be working for two machines to communicate. If it should disappear at any point, no one can connect to anything. Which is fine if you want to use it for some sort of MMO (where the first M could be massively or moderately) but some of us like the good old BBS style direct connection (over telnet in this case). And it could work for people who wanted to scratch an itch to do IMAP or POP3 or SMTP or HTTP or ... whatever their imagination demands! This is always going to be a problem with tcp though, unnless you're directly connecting one x16 to another over tcp, which will have its problems since most of them will be behind at least one nat router. The exchange would be running very simple software (which would probably be either public domain or MIT if i wrote it), which could be run by anyone themselves anywhere. tcp is just really bad for making direct connections between two clients because of changing addresses and various nat routers that try to stop incoming connections. It does has a centralized server, but you really need a centralized server to do peer to peer tcp. I don't think there's anything wrong with writing IMAP, POP, SMTP or HTTP clients/servers for the commander x16 if people want to communicate with the internet. I just think that most of what people will want to do is use the internet to communicate directly with another x16.