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Re: 8 GB: 1995 Vs. 2012

Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:47 pm

Back in the day, when our typing bureau threw away the typewriters and started using keyboards, they started off with, I think, a 5 meg Winchester that was housed in a cabinet the size of a washing machine. It was sufficient for a bureau of over 20 women to service a Department with over 200 staff.

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Re: 8 GB: 1995 Vs. 2012

Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:01 pm

But in 1995 I could boot up a PC and do useful work with one of those floppy disks.

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Re: 8 GB: 1995 Vs. 2012

Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:39 pm

So lets go back 10 years further...

When I started working on ICL Mainframes in 1985, the base model Series 39 (for about a quarter of a million quid as I recall) came fitted with 4Mb RAM.  It came with two 8" hard drives as standard each 300Mb in size.  Mag Tapes were proper reel-to-reel affairs (like in the movies).  If you wanted disk packs, they were a previous generation and game in various 12" multi platter packs of between 50 and 200Mb I believe

This was a big step forwards as in 1983 when I started there there were still punched card and paper tape readers.  We had 'mini' office computers that came with 8" 1Mb floppies and the server machines came with either a 5Mb or 20Mb hard drive (winchester drives as the previous poster has commented)

In 1990 I worked on a job (for another company) which was using 1970's vintage PDP-11's which had 5Mb RL02 disk packs as I recall - oh and no VDU, just DecWriter teletypes 'clackety-clack' - our super modern Silicon Graphics IRIX boxes (which talked to these PDP's) were fitted with a mighty 16Mb of RAM and twin 750Mb Removal 8" Hard Drives

Happy Days....
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Re: 8 GB: 1995 Vs. 2012

Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:43 pm

HEY LOOK!!! That's the pile of floppy disks I use to bring with me to the library to use their "high speed" internet. (O-o seriously… I brought like 100 floppy discs, so I could recopy the same file over and over across five disks using winzip. Just to hopefully get a full copy of that 5-6 megabyte file.)

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Re: 8 GB: 1995 Vs. 2012

Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:29 am

Caliber Mengsk said:


I brought like 100 floppy discs


You make me look like a wimp.

I only brought 5 pcs 3.5" floppydisks with me to the library, when I wanted to download files for my Atari ST (from shareware.com and sourcecode from mot.com)

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Re: 8 GB: 1995 Vs. 2012

Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:33 am

Hmm, anyone remember these wars ?

A: "Commodore 64 is better than Spectrum!"

B: "No, Spectrum is better than Commodore 64!"

...

A: "Atari is better than Amiga!"

B: "No, Amiga is better than Atari!"

...

A: "Mac is better than PC!"

B: "No, PC is better than Mac!"

...

I wonder what Raspi's oponent will be...

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Re: 8 GB: 1995 Vs. 2012

Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:36 am

chorlton said:


But in 1995 I could boot up a PC and do useful work with one of those floppy disks.



Now in 2012, I can still boot up my PC and (theoretically) do useful work with still one of those floppy disks. x3 Except nobody wants to.

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Re: 8 GB: 1995 Vs. 2012

Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:31 am

Only if the floppy has not gone unreadable
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Re: 8 GB: 1995 Vs. 2012

Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:24 pm

ReCat said:


chorlton said:


But in 1995 I could boot up a PC and do useful work with one of those floppy disks.


Now in 2012, I can still boot up my PC and (theoretically) do useful work with still one of those floppy disks. x3 Except nobody wants to.



Hmmm, now somewhere in my stash of old kit, I have a USB 3.5" disk drive. When i get my 'Pi ...

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Re: 8 GB: 1995 Vs. 2012

Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:25 pm

My friend install Win 95 using floppy disk.

It's about 30 disk.

When he came to 29th disk then DISK ERROR!!

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Re: 8 GB: 1995 Vs. 2012

Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:27 pm

At the time the company I worked for was moving from DOS to Windows applications, CD drives were still not standard. In the last release before they moved to CD we had to go from site to site doing upgrades with 52 floppy disks. In addition, there were different editions for certain sites so we tended to carry flight bags with hundreds and hundreds of disks.

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Re: 8 GB: 1995 Vs. 2012

Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:15 am

Thanks for all your stories guys - this topic has been fun to read

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