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+4 1. huldu commented 4 years ago

Man, those floppies. I remember using those 5" to store stuff back in the days, like for example Monkey Island. It was rare for me to have all discs functions at the same time, there was always at least one disc that didn't work. At least the 3" floppies were more reliable but, one was wise to *never* trust them. I rarely carried around CD's, they were just too big and back in the days games and programs were generally quite small to fit on a bunch of floppies.

We're blessed these days with USB sticks, they're a miracle!(at least you'd see it as that if were unfortunate enough to have lived through the days of the floppies).
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+7 2. fjwjr commented 4 years ago

Anyone remember loading programs onto a Commodore64 from a cassette tape?
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+1 3. mitimeter commented 4 years ago

#2 Um, no. We didn't have anything so advanced. Try page after page of handwritten 8080 machine code, with a 2 rows of switches (think Altair and IMSAI). The output was a row of LEDs. At least they had gotten away from the incandescent bulbs. Eventually my friends and I graduated to teletype machines with paper tape. In college after high school, we built logic circuits using vacuum tubes. In college several years later, our HP computers used 180kb 8" floppys. That was hot stuff then!
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+2 4. mitis77 commented 4 years ago

I have my Timex (no, not a watch...), working with original tapes, and almost 30 years old screwdriver for adjusting heads in tape-player for optimal signal. Loading software for 30 minutes only to get a message from my mom "turn it off, I want to watch my TV" ? Yeah, good old days ;)

My first PC ( with joke of a HDD (20MB). It only had 5.25'' floppies with 360Kb of storage! It took over 20 of them to get me a game. I had to zip my OS, copy from floppies, unzip a game, remove zip's, unpack OS and play. If I wanted another game, well, start all over + remove old game.
You had to think twice, before doing anything, because everything was working so slow! If I wanted to play in weekend, I had to give my PC a command to launch it on Friday ;)

It would take few seconds, for my Olivetti to render this comment from file - you could see it spitting text character-by-character.

..... I miss it :'(
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0 5. Judge-Jake commented 4 years ago

Okay so I would look for my abacus on a Monday................ >:)