Multi-platform distribution format (Was: Backups [was
cisin at xenosoft.com
Mon Sep 21 13:41:59 CDT 2015
>> and, of course, as a third type, Exatron Stringy-Floppy computer
>> based, but NOT entirely usable.
The department chair at one of the colleges attempted to convert an entire
TRS80 based student computer lab over to stringy floppy.
He was the same one who later had a lab full of TRS80 model 3s converted
into model 4s at a slightly higher price per unit than buying model 4s.
Nodel 3s were still quite in demand in that lab, and the student
technicians were quite capable of adding memory and disk drives. The same
expenditure could have resulted in almost twice as many usable machines,
plus a few 3s waiting for funding for RAM and drives.
Later, he thought that it would be cool to have all of the 5150 PCs on
their sides, ("to look more professional"), with the switch on the
And, of course, although it meant far fewer machines, all of the AT
machines used for teaching spreadsheets, word processing, and beginning
programming HAD TO have color monitors.
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