Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Apr 2009 16:16 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Windows Remember, back in the day, before USB drives became common place, you had to use those weird square disks? We called them floppies, and they had about as much storage capacity as my current computer has in its power switch alone. One of the problems with floppy drives was that it was impossible to determine whether there was a floppy in the drive without actually spinning up the drive. Windows 95 almost had a feature that could detect whether or not there was a floppy in the drive without spinning it up.
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Of course, Amiga had that in 85
by spudley99 on Fri 3rd Apr 2009 16:33 UTC
spudley99
Member since:
2009-03-25

Yes, I know we're all well past the days when Amiga users gloated at Windows users, but Amigas did have this feature from day one -- ie 1985.

The downside was that Amiga floppy drives made random clicking noises every now and then, which was (as Microsoft's engineers rightly surmised in this story) rather annoying. But it was still a good feature.

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bibe Member since:
2005-07-09

Yes I remember that's the first difference i noticed on Amiga 500 and Atari TT after a guy way asked to insert a new disk, I thought wow, that's a neat detail. Today after i close the CD-tray on my laptop it still takes Vista approx 9 sec to figure out there's nothing in there...ts ts ts ts :'(

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Gorgak Member since:
2007-05-30

There were utilities for the Amiga called "clickoff", "noclick" etc, which removed the clicking noise while leaving the disk detection feature intact. I never figured out how that was possible, or why Commodore didn't include it by default in later Amigas, or why it even clicked in the first place if that wasn't necessary. ;)

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Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Wasn't a noclick Extension shipped with Workbench 2.0?

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

It was also related to the "feature" of the Amigas, at the time, that they had an even worse virus problem than DOS/Windows.

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Redeeman Member since:
2006-03-23

Yes, I know we're all well past the days when Amiga users gloated at Windows users, but Amigas did have this feature from day one -- ie 1985.

The downside was that Amiga floppy drives made random clicking noises every now and then, which was (as Microsoft's engineers rightly surmised in this story) rather annoying. But it was still a good feature.


you obviously didnt have that lovely program in your startup-sequence, which made the click almost inaudible, while still working ;) quite nice...

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JLF65 Member since:
2005-07-06

you obviously didnt have that lovely program in your startup-sequence, which made the click almost inaudible, while still working ;) quite nice...


Or just drag the icon into the WBStartup drawer. Much easier for the average person than editing the startup-sequence or user-startup.

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nywles Member since:
2009-01-16

Actually it was possible on the PC as well, well before Windows 95 ever came out: VGACopy/386 did it reliably when you needed to change disks.

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