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  • JRouche
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    Originally posted by macona View Post

    Still I think you could tap into the read head amp and capture the signal and replay it as a lossless audio format like a FLAC.
    Now you got me digging down into the rabbit's hole That in theory sounds doable. I need to take a nap LOL!!! Thanks.. JR

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  • MikeWI
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    Originally posted by kopcicle View Post
    I'll just chime in with been there done that. My milk language is either VMS on VAX...
    Now you're talking! VMS is/was the best OS ever created, and don't even try to tell me differently. And DEC's documentation was also the best I've ever seen. I miss that stuff.

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  • kopcicle
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    I'll just chime in with been there done that. My milk language is either VMS on VAX or Apollo/Sol . So *BSD before it was fashionable.
    Today it's Linux on the desktop, FreeBSD for speed, OpenBSD to the outside, NetBSD on whatever, Sol on legacy back end, everything else on VM's.

    I find myself ssh into , into , into , into finally the machine I'm sitting at wondering who the other two users are...

    Lately It's been a far cry from a crap storm so I can't complain.

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  • The Artful Bodger
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    Originally posted by RB211 View Post
    Heck, my study guide for the ham Extra test included a CD-ROM, had to break out a very old, obsolete computer to get the files. Who the heck still uses external rotational media??? Oh, never mind ...
    You were lucky they did not send you a crate of undulator tapes!

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  • RB211
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    Heck, my study guide for the ham Extra test included a CD-ROM, had to break out a very old, obsolete computer to get the files. Who the heck still uses external rotational media??? Oh, never mind ...

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  • macona
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    Originally posted by JRouche View Post
    No, not micro-tapes. Mini 30 tapes. Yes, they are different and the mini is rare as the proverbial hens teeth. They are for data, not audio. JR


    Still I think you could tap into the read head amp and capture the signal and replay it as a lossless audio format like a FLAC.

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  • ChazC
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    10+/- years ago we needed a 5-1/4” drive to get some drawings for a past project at work. I have a usb 3-1/2” drive and adapter cables to connect hard drives/CDROM/floppy drives via usb, but no 5-1/4” drive to plug into.

    A friend ran a (mostly) PC resale shop so I dropped in to visit. We were in his living room so he called his nephew in the shop and told him to check the scrap box to see if they still had the old pc’s they had taken in a couple of weeks before to see if there were any floppy drives. He got frustrated at the response on the phone, excused himself and went back to the shop. He returned shaking his head and said, “he asked me what a floppy was.”

    It’s tough getting old.

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  • PStechPaul
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    I actually started in 1966 at Johns Hopkins using punch cards and an IBM 7094 programming in assembler, ForTran, and AFBIC (All Fortran BASIC Interpretive Compiler). A year or two later we used a teletype and acoustic modem to program an IBM 360 in Kentucky or somewhere. I also had an original Sinclair ZX80 (with a 4k ROM and 2k RAM) that used cassette tape for programs and a TV for monitor. I have probably close to a dozen PC type computers with various operating systems and in various (non)operational condition.

    I'm 73, and although I have many years of education and experience, I am not as sharp or industrious as I once was.

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  • The Artful Bodger
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    I learned enough with the Z80 system to start me on a 20+ year career writing software for airports!

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  • JRouche
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    Originally posted by The Artful Bodger View Post
    I started my experience with 'computers' with the Z80 CPU chip in a TRS80 clone and I well remember the challenges of cassette tapes!
    Too funny. I also started with the Z80 and audio cassette tapes. That was fun back then cause I was smarter than I am now JR

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  • no704
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    Get your grand daughter to update them to use a usb stick.

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  • The Artful Bodger
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    I started my experience with 'computers' with the Z80 CPU chip in a TRS80 clone and I well remember the challenges of cassette tapes!

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  • Tundra Twin Track
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    Originally posted by RB211 View Post
    You can't do everything. I'm getting tired of being a jack of all trades,
    Welcome to my world being a farmer requires a huge variety of tasks,some I would say I have conquered somewhat others not so much.Hope your back improves,I had some issues with that 30yrs ago.
    Last edited by Tundra Twin Track; 06-11-2022, 06:47 PM.

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  • JRouche
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    No, not micro-tapes. Mini 30 tapes. Yes, they are different and the mini is rare as the proverbial hens teeth. They are for data, not audio. JR

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  • JRouche
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    Originally posted by macona View Post

    The one with a magnetic tape drive. You might able to record the program as an audio file and play it back to the controller to boot it.
    Yes Sir. I kinda fibbed, I do have a laptop. An old one with a serial port. I made a fix around years ago and copied the tape info to the laptop and can boot the lathe up with the laptop if the tape drive or tape goes teets-up. Problem is? The laptop is really old and not reliable. And, I am not remembering how I did it to begin with.

    I have to keep some old 3.5" disks along with some back-up micro tapes (unavailable today) just to keep two machines running. Its getting kinda old dealing with this stuff.. JR

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