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Monday, December 9th, 2002
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Awesome, totally awesome!

Goals for today..

oh, right.
  • Finish last CMSC330 project
  • Do the homework that was the goal for yesterday (who am I kidding? not gonna happen)
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From: ex_md744
2002-12-09 11:54 am (UTC)
What about 8"? Was that it? I don't remember the larger size...
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2002-12-09 12:14 pm (UTC)
Heh, yeah. The one floppy disk I'm actually too young to have used.
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From: zztzed
2002-12-09 02:31 pm (UTC)
I've actually seen 8" floppies in person, but I never used them. Back when I was just old enough to start forming memories that I still retain today, the newspaper here used these huge machines that I don't know what they did and you had to boot them off 8" floppies. I watched my mom do that many times. I just called my mom at work and asked her if she remembered what they did, and she didn't. So I guess we'll never know. I'd suspect they were probably typesetting machines or something, though.

Apparently I also have seen a real live PDP-11, too...they used to have a publishing system called Atex. It ran on a PDP-11 clone. And it had washing-machine disk drives that, as I recall, held about 40MB. I don't know if anyone ever got the drives to walk across the floor, though.

They stopped using Atex in the early 90s, briefly switched to a PC-based system called Dewars or somesuch, and a few years later brought in a professional Mac geek and switched to Macs, which they're still using now. (Except in the customer service and circulation departments, where they have a Sun E450 that runs the software that manages the subscriber database and another program that does classified ads or something.)

And apparently only now is the New York Times switching away from Atex -- and they don't expect to switch every department to the new system until 2004.

But I digress.
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[User Picture]From: nonexistent
2002-12-09 12:33 pm (UTC)
YES! 110KB, baby! WOOHOO

MS-DOS 1.0 only supported 8" disks. I think the 1.1 supported those and hard drives of up to 10MB. Now that's power.
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