Making Hard Sector Floppies

Rob robert at
Wed Mar 31 10:12:37 CDT 2010

On 31 March 2010 15:39, Ben <bfranchuk at> wrote:
> E. Groenenberg wrote:
>> Aaarggghhh! A laser and a vintage computer(part)?
>> Next stop a paperpuncher with a laser to cut the holes???
> That reminds of the write once media, that was to out 20?
> years ago.

Reminds me of an actual paper hole "punch" that I encountered at
Ferranti back in my youth in the print room.  We used to photo-copy
compter manuals and transport them over to this beast.  You could put
a 2" or more high stack of paper on it, clamp it down, and have it
*drill* through the stack at the relevant points for the ring binders.
 Beat feeding it three sheets at a time through the desktop punch!

Hey, those manuals would be on-topic now :-)

More recently, I've seen laser cutters for sheet steel - now those are
impressive! I was shown what looked like a paper doily, but turned out
to be made of 6mm thick steel!!  Impressive.


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