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Check out the Q&A from the last week or so. There is someone in there doing development in MS-DOS and can't seem to be able to find various pieces of software that will work with it. Apparently he found a functional floppy disk drive though.
"They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers! Can I get an amen?"
Apparently he found a functional floppy disk drive though.
My last 2 or 3 motherboards lacked a floppy drive connector, so I couldn't install a non-USB drive if I wanted to. First time it happened I was disappointed -- I had a floppy drive that included a 8-in-1 card reader (drive had USB cable as well as EIDE), and I wanted to install it for the card reader. But stick-type SD-card readers are so common these days -- I have 5 or 6 sitting on my desk at home.
I have an unopened box of 3.5" floppy disks on my desk -- found it in the back of a supply cabinet. It's a novelty.
It's bizarre to think of 1.44 MB of storage compared to the the idea that 16 to 64 GB flash drives are so inexpensive.
Huh! Nothing! Back in my days, we used 8" floppy disks! AND we had cold gravel for dinner!
Anything that is unrelated to elephants is irrelephant Anonymous - The problem with quotes on the internet is that you can never tell if they're genuine Winston Churchill, 1944 - Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. Mark Twain
in 83 I had a cpm system running at 4Mhz with an 8" floppy, But also a 10 MEGA BYTE external hard drive, with removable platters. Luxury.
The rest of the system was crap.
Filled up my car if I took it home to work.
We had three teletypes in high school. Connected to a PDP-8 and PDP-12 at the university across town via acoustic coupler. One day someone dumped the hopper full of the holes from the punched tape all over the floor.
Part of my first job - machine code programming a DEC LSI-11 (4K core memory + 16k RAM) to control a tomographic medical scanner and reconstruct the images (using de-convolution and back-projection). Teletype was only for development - working machine just had the core memory.
Punch tape? You were lucky; we started with punched cards and a manual punch. We progressed to a 12 hole punch with numeric keys, where you could press multiple keys at once, and it automatically moved the card on one column. pic[^] Before that, we'd literally used a jig that held the card securely while you poked a square pokey-thing through the card over a cut-out behind; once you'd done all the holes for that column, you moved the card along by pressing a separate lever that moved it the right amount.
As for ancient enough to understand the autoexec.bat joke, yes... but not to find it funny!