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Old 06-18-2010, 03:38 PM   #1
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Would you like another copy in 8" SSSD to go with that? I'm open to offers.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:37 PM   #2
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No, thankew very much!

I never had a confuser with an 8" drive. By the time I could afford one myself they had settled on 5-1/4. I did have an Ozzie with SS/SD. though<G>
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No, thankew very much!

I never had a confuser with an 8" drive. By the time I could afford one myself they had settled on 5-1/4. I did have an Ozzie with SS/SD. though<G>
And not just one, but TWO of 'em!!!

92kb each!

According to Opera, this page we're viewing is more than the two floppies would have held. How things change.

   
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And not just one, but TWO of 'em!!!

92kb each!

According to Opera, this page we're viewing is more than the two floppies would have held. How things change.
The first computer I used locally (my computing career started two years earlier via long distance telephone to mainframes in the US) had a single 8" floppy drive. The floppies were single-sided, 64K...

Oh, and all it did was word processing. But I still remember my wonder when the secretary who had the first one pressed a button on the keyboard and it printed a document on a daisy wheel printer on the other side of the room!

   
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Miraculous weren't they?

   
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My first computer was an ICL 1904E. They only ran a two-shift system on it where I worked so two of us would sometimes go in and play with it at night.

It was a huge machine with 6 exchangeable disk drives, 4 tape decks and a card sorter and reader. We had a programme that would play the tune of Eskimo Nell on the console while printing the words on the line printer.
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Hm. My first computer. I was thinking along the lines of

"my" = "ownership"

but

"my"="they let me drive it sometimes"

works too. Under that rule, I still couldn't quite claim the IBM 360 at my school. They let me drive the card punch machine but even if we checked our torches and pitchforks at the door, we peasants weren't allowed anywhere near Its 360ness.

   
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Well, I guess at 2 a.m. it felt like it was 'mine'.

Neither Chris nor I knew how to switch it on so we'd go in just before the evening shift finished at 11 p.m. and ask them to leave it running. Then we'd switch it off and go home before the day shift arrived at 7 a.m.

My first home computer was an Acorn Atom.

   
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Well, I guess at 2 a.m. it felt like it was 'mine'.

Neither Chris nor I knew how to switch it on so we'd go in just before the evening shift finished at 11 p.m. and ask them to leave it running. Then we'd switch it off and go home before the day shift arrived at 7 a.m.

My first home computer was an Acorn Atom.
Mine was a Sinclair. Same general idea, as I recall.

To our younger members: How it worked, see, was that you pounded two rocks together until you got enough sparks to power Sinclair up (you had to be pretty quick-fingered to catch them and put them in your collecting bag). Then once it was going, you could reach inside with some tweezers and arrange the bits just so (they left the tops off the chips to make this easier for you). With a bit of perseverance and a few hours hard work, if you did everything just right, you could get a letter to appear on the screen. Not the one you wanted, necessarily, but ... A LETTER. Imagine the thrill!

   
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My first computer was an Apple 2 — or should that be Apple ][? Bought in 1978 or ’79. The decision took an extra week while I debated the worth of extra ram (cannot remember how much, maybe 36K, but it added $350 to the cost of the computer, which otherwise cost something like $1,500). It had a 5.25-in floppy drive, which was pretty radical at that time.

   
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