Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jan 2017 20:20 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

The problem with laptops has, at least in recent years, been one of expandability. Once you buy a machine, you’re generally stuck with it, unless you’re willing to take it apart with repairs that have more in common with surgery than mechanics.

Part of this has to do with the complexity of our modern machines, but a bigger part is the fact that, simply, upgradability has become less of a concern for manufacturers.

But there was a time when laptop upgrades were a big deal - and that time was the 90s.

Here's the story of PCMCIA, an acronym only a 90s laptop owner could love.

I used a PCMCIA network card on my BeOS laptop (in 2001 or so), since the on-board network chip didn't have a BeOS driver. Good times.

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Quite popular on Amiga
by said1 on Mon 30th Jan 2017 22:18 UTC
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Both A600 and A1200 featured a PCMCIA port and is still quite popular.

Back in the 90s was used mainly as RAM expansion (I had a SCSI controller with a fast serial port), nowadays is still a cheap way to add a WiFi card.

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RE: Quite popular on Amiga
by bugjacobs on Tue 31st Jan 2017 10:21 in reply to "Quite popular on Amiga"
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I occasionally use PCMCIA network card for Amiga1200 and for connecting a CF card for storage transfer.

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RE[2]: Quite popular on Amiga
by JLF65 on Tue 31st Jan 2017 16:30 in reply to "RE: Quite popular on Amiga"
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I managed to get an SD card PCMCIA adapter that I use with my A1200. It's far better for transferring files than optical media.

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