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Old 01-27-2011, 09:11 AM   #1
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Old dog, new tricks


I first started using a PC in the very early 1980s. I guess before many of you were born. I worked for a very large Corporation. The first machines were made by ICL, who eventually went bust. The machines had a 1mb (yes, one!) hard dive and, I think, about 250kb of RAM. They also had a 7" floppy drive (really floppy) - the discs (that's how we spelt it then) were held in a cardboard case. The printers were continuous feed type with a 9-pin printer head. The output was text (ASCII) based on to a single colour VDU. Configuration (what little there was) was carried out in DOS. That's me and my background. pjr
 
Old 01-27-2011, 09:55 AM   #2
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:26 AM   #3
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lol my first hard drive was a radio shack tape recorder I had no idea how many kb's or just b's for that matter it would hold and I still don't. I remember thinking that if I hooked it up to a vcr tape recorder I would of had a huge drive
 
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lol my first hard drive was a radio shack tape recorder I had no idea how many kb's or just b's for that matter it would hold and I still don't. I remember thinking that if I hooked it up to a vcr tape recorder I would of had a huge drive
I had a VIC 20 with a cassette tape data storage unit. I remember thinking the same thing. Or, grab bunches and bunches of tapes, unspool them, then tape them together to make like a 400 minutes tape!

But, unfortunately, if it did work, it would only hold like 400k of data. And more unfortunately, it would take 400 minutes to load.
 
  


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