OS/2 stillborn, was Re: TRS-80 Model 1, etc
ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Sat Feb 3 17:55:42 CST 2007
On 2/3/07, Curt @ Atari Museum <curt at atarimuseum.com> wrote:
> That technology was also poorly adapted into the Colecovision Adam
> systems and was its downfall, add to the fact that if any magnetic media
> was within 6-8" of the printer which contained the system power supply,
> once energized it acted nicely as a Bulk Eraser !!!
> Fred Cisin wrote:
> > The Exatron Stringy Floppy was a big flop, and certainly the floppiest of
> > all drives.
Back in the day, when I had a PET and couldn't afford $2K+ for a C=
2040 disk drive, I really wanted a Stringy Floppy. It was (advertised
as) faster than a tape and less expensive than disks. Given the way
things shook out, I'm glad I didn't waste my money.
I do have a Stringy Floppy drive now - it's embedded in an all-in-one
PAL programer. You import the source file to it via serial port, then
tell the programmer to compile the source and burn the parts. One can
also apparently save files to the Stringy Floppy, but we never did -
we just kept the 30 or so PAL files for our various products on the
VAX and downloaded them as needed.
Block addressable tape _can_ be done well (witness original DECtapes),
but done well and done cheap, in this case, don't mix (if they ever
More information about the cctech