New DSDD 5.25" floppies?

Allison ajp166 at
Sat Oct 6 11:01:36 CDT 2007

>Subject: Re: New DSDD 5.25" floppies?
>   From: "Ethan Dicks" <ethan.dicks at>
>   Date: Sat, 06 Oct 2007 17:41:24 +0200
>     To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk at>
>On 10/5/07, Zane H. Healy <healyzh at> wrote:
>> And you all seem to have missed what I'm referring to. :^)  Note the
>> "III" portion of 1541-III. :^)
>I've seen that before, and have often contemplated throwing one together.
>> I'm about ready to start collecting the parts needed and to see about
>> getting at least a couple circuit boards made.
>Would you mind sharing where you are getting Nokia 3310 phones (or the
>Phillips PDC 8544 LCD display)?
>> BTW, I currently have 3-5 1541's, 1 1571, and 1 or 2 Excelerator+Plus
>> (minus power-supplies) drives.  I tend to use a pair of the 1541's.
>> Though the 1571 is at home rather than lost up in storage. :^)  I use
>> the 1541's as I don't have a spare 1571.  I prefer to only use drives
>> if I have a spare.
>I've never had a 1571 - I started with 1540 in 1982 (and wish I could
>find it - I think it has my Spartan Apple-II interface mounted inside
>it), then acquired a number of 1541s in my C-64 days, but never moved
>over to the C-128, so froze there in time (except for the 1581 I have
>that came from a defunct Commodore dealer - it works, but I haven't
>put more than a couple floppies through it).
>I _am_ interested in the 1541-III, but I'd *really* be interested in a
>FLASH-storage-based 2031 - i.e., with an IEEE-488 interface.  I still
>do lots with PETs, and the .D64 support would solve one of the
>problems I have with running old programs - Infocom used "random
>files" (unstructured raw block access) for their Zmachine.  The games
>were very much floppy-based, with no obvious way to migrate them to a
>hard disk or other non-floppy medium.

Something similar to that would be appealing for my Epson PX-8.


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