Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Aug 2012 12:07 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Hardware, Embedded Systems "n the fall of 1977, I experimented with a newfangled PC, a Radio Shack TRS-80. For data storage it used - I kid you not - a cassette tape player. Tape had a long history with computing; I had used the IBM 2420 9-track tape system on IBM 360/370 mainframes to load software and to back-up data. Magnetic tape was common for storage in pre-personal computing days, but it had two main annoyances: it held tiny amounts of data, and it was slower than a slug on a cold spring morning. There had to be something better, for those of us excited about technology. And there was: the floppy disk."
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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 29th Aug 2012 12:34 UTC
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I also started with cassettes and we just to smile upon earlier generations and their slow machines and storage methods. Then the floppy came and we were living the future.

Now kids don't even know what a floppy is and am I part of the generation people wonder about how we ever managed with cassettes and floppies.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Thu 30th Aug 2012 08:26 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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2005-07-06

Now kids don't even know what a floppy is and am I part of the generation people wonder about how we ever managed with cassettes and floppies.

They might not know what a floppy is - but, curiously, the kids probably use it relatively often, in a way: after all, a stylised floppy is still quite frequently used as a "save" icon in application toolbars.

Overall, "In the fall of 1977, I experimented with [...] a Radio Shack TRS-80. For data storage it used—I kid you not—a cassette tape player" came out a bit... strange. After all, many home computers that launched even half+ decade later still had cassettes as a sort of default format; in some even built-in (Amstrad CPC); remaining in frequent use well over a decade later (but we discussed this recently, starting from http://www.osnews.com/thread?523020 I believe :p ).

What would really be quaint AND AWESOME, in 1977 - datavinyl! ;) (which in fact does exist: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floppy_ROM )

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by Doc Pain on Fri 31st Aug 2012 03:02 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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2006-10-08

"Now kids don't even know what a floppy is and am I part of the generation people wonder about how we ever managed with cassettes and floppies.

They might not know what a floppy is - but, curiously, the kids probably use it relatively often, in a way: after all, a stylised floppy is still quite frequently used as a "save" icon in application toolbars.
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See ny comment regarding "old people icons" (floppy, radio buttons, bookmark, folder, envelope and so on) that are still in use today, with their origin mostly unknown by its young users:

http://www.osnews.com/thread?522235

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