Diskette size (was: Repurposed Art (ahem...)

Eric Smith spacewar at gmail.com
Thu Jul 20 23:18:34 CDT 2017


On Jul 19, 2017 10:15 AM, "Fred Cisin via cctalk" <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
wrote:
> That Steve Jobs was pestering them for a cheap drive, but due to the
holes in his jeans and personal hygiene?, they never took him seriously.

I think Shugart settled on 5.25" for the size of a minifloppy at least a
year, and more likely two years, before Steve Jobs would have visited. I
don't have proof, but SA400 public intro was in 1976, and they probably
took more than a year of development to get to that point.

There's evidence in engineering notes recently published indicating that
Woz did some design work using a normal SA400 before Shugart was convinced
to sell Apple the SA390, which was the SA400 sans the standard drive
electronics PCB.


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