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RE: USAF retires floppy discs - 10/21/2019 5:25:08 PM   
Gridley380


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ORIGINAL: Zorch


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ORIGINAL: Hanzberger

I think I have some key punch cards laying around somewhere. We use to type notes to each other in class.

I would type, "Help! I'm trapped inside the keypunch machine" and leave the card in the machine.


Brilliant. :-)

I hope everyone here who has used punch cards realizes that you have experience with WWII technology? :-)

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RE: USAF retires floppy discs - 10/21/2019 11:05:02 PM   
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backup was not a top priority in those days....


Old school. Backup is always a top priority.

Still backup my game about once every game month to a tumbdrive. Saved my butt when I had a system crash a while back.

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RE: USAF retires floppy discs - 10/23/2019 10:10:40 AM   
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ORIGINAL: rustysi

quote:

backup was not a top priority in those days....


Old school. Backup is always a top priority.

Still backup my game about once every game month to a tumbdrive. Saved my butt when I had a system crash a while back.

I need to do this...

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RE: USAF retires floppy discs - 10/23/2019 10:13:04 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Hanzberger


quote:

ORIGINAL: rustysi

quote:

backup was not a top priority in those days....


Old school. Backup is always a top priority.

Still backup my game about once every game month to a tumbdrive. Saved my butt when I had a system crash a while back.

I need to do this...


dropbox.

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RE: USAF retires floppy discs - 10/23/2019 11:46:19 AM   
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Hi all,

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ORIGINAL: Chickenboy

Anybody else remember 'notching' a corner of a SSDD to make it-voila!-a DSDD? With a hole punch? Of course, this also reduced the reliability of the disc too-sometimes you'd overbite the notch and mess the disc up. But it was a quick and dirty way to double your capability.


I bought "shoe box size" 5.25" floppy drive for my Commodore C64 in USA in 1986... ahhh... fond memories...

I, of course, was buying SSDDs and then "notching" them to become DSDDs...


Leo "Apollo11"

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RE: USAF retires floppy discs - 10/23/2019 2:30:07 PM   
Ian R

 

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Has anyone mentioned on this thread that in the late 80s one of the NASA suppliers (???Texas Instruments???) had to re-create a production line to build tape drives to keep the 70s tech space shuttles going?

I suppose there must have been some reason they couldn't upgrade the on-board computers to something approximating a 286-XT device with 3.5" floppies and a wopping 40Mb hard disk, but they didn't.

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