Machine Independent Storage Idea...
cclist at sydex.com
Wed Dec 6 14:42:59 CST 2006
On 6 Dec 2006 at 15:23, Roger Merchberger wrote:
> With all this talk of "multiple floppies means multiple gizmos" I was
> internally translating that to "microcomputer systems" as I'd not really
> seen many specialty machines that took multiple floppies like that... ;-)
There are still boatloads of old CNC machinery out there in
productive use. Consider that the purchase price was often in 6
figures and that there's basically nothing wrong with the part that's
attached to the iron casting (i.e., the business end of the tool).
Tool vendors are most likely to encourage you to purchase a whole new
machine than upgrade parts of it.
> You're looking for something that plugs straight into the floppy cable to
> do it's "dirty work." If that's the case, *if* (yea, big if) the device
> supports multiple drives on the same cable, one could monitor the
> DriveSelect lines and automagically support multiple floppies from a single
> device... [[ "swapping" floppies would still need some form of external
> interface, methinks... ]]
That's what I was thinking of, all right.
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