dolanbaker wrote: kublikhan wrote:
AgentR11 wrote:YOU DOG YOU!!!
You had TWO floppy drives!!! TWO!!!??!!?!?!?!? *RAGE*
You had a floppy disk??? A DISK!?!? RAGE!!!!
In my last year of high school, it was a 140 CPM remote teletype. No screen. You stuffed the actual telephone receiver into an audio coupler for the 300 BAUD modem. Paper tape was the only way to save programs. (About 8 bytes per inch storage density on thin paper strips that tore easily). Nerds carrying calculators had nothing on us. WE carried our programs on rolls of paper tape.
Punch cards (college until 1979 when we finally got a modern minicomputer) seemed like nirvana after paper tape UNTIL I dropped a large COBOL program in a mud puddle. My RAGE needed plenty of exclamation points that night as I shouted the F-word several times... We had a whopping 16K main menory on that 60's era IBM college computer, it filled a large room, ran one program at a time, and the (1 meg) hard drive platters were so slow you started writing code trying to minimize movement of the access arm, which groaned like an old man. There were many hundreds of lights. It really did look sort of like a giant WOPR computer from the "Wargames" movie.
I never DID get a tape to actually READ anything on a Commodore 64. I called it a "write-only device", though I dunno if it ever successfully WROTE anything either.
So, when floppy disks came out that actually tended to WORK RELIABLY-- it was just amazing to me.
When the first 10 meg hard PC drive came out and I could quit shuffling through LOTS of floppies several years later -- amazing again.
Now I want my 2 TB portable drives to cost under $100 and prefer USB-3 support, and my 16 GB jump drives to cost under $20 AND be relatively fast. How quickly we become spoiled.