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John C. Ellingboe
john at guntersville.net
Thu Sep 22 20:16:44 CDT 2005
Billy Pettit wrote:
> John C. Ellingboe wrote:
> I never had a problem with all the elephant disk that I used
> back then but the absolute worst that I ever saw was a batch of
> CDC 5.25" disk that maybe half of them were really useable. I
> would take anyones noname disks over them any day.
> This brings back memories... I worked at CDC (OK City) when they were
> making floppies. The head of the division was Thomas Kamp, one of the
> founders of CDC. He had a CDC field engineer come out and install a couple
> of CDC drives in his system. This poor kid didn't know who his customer was
> and just acted normal. When it came time to run a diagnostic, the kid
> removed the CDC diskettes and used a Verbatim. Kamp asked him why, and he
> answered (honestly) that the CDC media didn't work on CDC drives. In fact,
> he said, nobody can read CDC media.
> A few days later, we had guests from Headquarters who went over the story in
> great detail. They verifed that CDC drives really couldn't read CDC media.
> And proceeded to give one of the nastiest public ass chewings I've everbeen
> witness to. Not long after that, CDC media was made by 3M and branded.
The Huntsville Computer Club must have gotten them before 3M
started to make them them. A couple of the members didn't want
to take a chance on any off brand disk so that is what we ended
up with as a major brand.
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