Why is TC08 better than TD8e Re: Is this slashdot or Classiccmp? Re: Microsoft bashing

Rich Alderson RichA at vulcan.com
Fri May 22 19:56:16 CDT 2009

> From: Charles H Dickman
> Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 3:48 PM

> Dave McGuire wrote:

>> Mmmm, TU56, one of my favorite devices.  It makes me feel really old 
>> when I think that I've had mine for 24 years now; I got it when I was 
>> 16.  Its left transport has become flaky; I'll be digging into that 
>> soon.  Even with a TD8E they're really sweet drives.  I'd love to find 
>> a TC08 someday.


> So what can you do with a TC08 that you can't do with a TD8e? I would 
> like to have a TC08 also, but with OS/8 it does not gain me much 
> function. Or does it?

The ability to control more than 2 drives, and the TC08 does not involve
the CPU in interpreting data read backwards from the tape (the complement-
inverse feature/problem).

I'm really glad Ian got the power supplies back together.  I was never
gonna get them done right.

Rich Alderson
Vintage Computing Server Engineer
Vulcan, Inc.
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Seattle, WA 98104

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