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    Ray7

    Courtesy of Gizmodo

    Though there was some stuff in there I wasn't sure about…

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    JoshRoss

    Hey, that disc isn't 8 inches, it's 5 1/4!

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    W3bbo

    , JoshRoss wrote

    Hey, that disc isn't 8 inches, it's 5 1/4!

    Can I say I've never encountered an 8-inch disk? Never even seen one in a museum either.

    We did have a load of BBC Micros in my first school and a load of 5" floppies for those though. We all had a good gigglg using pencil to cover up the 'f' in Shift on the keyboards.

    Hmm, this brings back memories. We also had "concept keyboards" (now called overlay keyboards) for the dyslexic lot.

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    giovanni

    @Ray7:I remember about 5 or 6 years ago I had to make a phonecall using one of these ancient phones: I think I had to redial the numer at least 4 or 5 times because I would get stuck on digits higer than 5...

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    JoshRoss

    Three Discs

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    blowdart

    , W3bbo wrote

    *snip*

    Can I say I've never encountered an 8-inch disk? Never even seen one in a museum either.

    We did have a load of BBC Micros in my first school and a load of 5" floppies for those though. We all had a good gigglg using pencil to cover up the 'f' in Shift on the keyboards.

    Hmm, this brings back memories. We also had "concept keyboards" (now called overlay keyboards) for the dyslexic lot.

    5.25", not 5". And 8" disks came in two types, hard sectored and soft sectored. Hard sectored ones had addition holes in them to mark each sector.

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    dentaku

    It's insane how floppies where just wide open. You could actually touch the magnetic part Smiley
    We used to use a hole puncher to make 5.25" floppies double sided for our Commodore 1541 drive. At least the audio cassettes we used in our VIC-20 Dataset where protected in a hard plastic case.

    I don't think I've ever seen an 8" floppy though.

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    DouglasH

    Egads never wanted to see a 8 in floppy again in my life.  thanks for the Memory:)

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    Harlequin

    We had 8" floppies in the late 80s when I was in high school in the graphics department. I think the typesetter computer used them, I think they stored the fonts or something.

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    ScanIAm

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    this was the first computer terminal I used.  The paper and tape was yellow, but it was basically the same.

    To the left of the keyboard is a paper tape reader/puncher.  If you wanted to, you could 'save' your program to the tape and feed it in again at a later date.  The tape was 7 or 8 bits of data represented by punched out holes for each bit of a byte.  They holes were laid out width wise on the paper tape along with a constant, repeated hole at a specific location along the length of the tape to line up each byte.

    The cool thing was that you could make it punch out text on the tape by passing in the appropriate bytes to build up the structure of the letters.  You had to embed the bytes into your program, but it wasn't that hard to get it to punch out something rude.

    This was after arcade video games were quite popular, and someone wrote a 'lunar lander' program for the terminal that would lamely attempt to simulate the vector graphics version:

    |                                                               <)0

    Enter Thrust: 1

    |                                                     <)0

    Enter Thrust: 1

    |                             <)0

    Enter Thrust: 1

    Game Over!

    Try Again? Press 1 for yes, 2 for no.

     

     

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    elmer

    @ScanIAm:I believe my first "terminal" was an IBM 029 punch... the flash wizz-bang model with the new keys for parentheses, +, -, = 

    It was all very high-tech, and I thought I was working on the cutting edge.

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    dahat

    Both adorable... and depressing.

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