Upgrading early BIOS
Paul_Koning at Dell.com
Thu Aug 14 15:06:04 CDT 2008
>>>>> "Chuck" == Chuck Guzis <cclist at sydex.com> writes:
Chuck> On 14 Aug 2008 at 12:36, Jules Richardson wrote:
>> Funny how SCSI seemed to get a bad name for that kind of thing,
>> yet IDE's reputation stood intact despite all the inconsistencies.
Chuck> If disks were bad, tapes were far worse. There was all manner
Chuck> of mutually-incompatible cheap tape backup out there. We
Chuck> insisted as SCSI being the only tape interface that we would
Chuck> support--there was an ANSI-defined common command set and most
Chuck> of the later units were read-after-write verification. I
Chuck> wonder how many of those old DC2000 carts written on
Chuck> floppytape drives are still readable? And who can still read
Chuck> their Datasonix Pereos tapes? (I've got some Irwin- recorded
Chuck> DC1000s that I really should check for readability one of
Chuck> these days).
Sure, but SCSI didn't necessarily cure these issues. I still have a
4mm DAT drive from Colorado Memories (or some name like that --
acquired by HP years ago). If I remember right it comes with a SCSI
controller, and it works with that controller -- but not with any
other SCSI controller. And it requires proprietary software that was
promptly discontinued by HP.
I can still use that drive but only because I still have the Win95
system that can support the software, and the floppies it came on.
Even the mainframe world isn't that painful -- at least not where 1/2
inch tapes are concerned. 7 track is more difficult, and I wouldn't
want to imagine the pain involved in reading 1 inch 14 track tapes
(CDC early 1960s) never mind even more ancient stuff like Uniservo
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