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01-10-2011, 12:56 PM

01-10-2011, 02:13 PM
Flash/thumb drives just can't compete. :D

01-10-2011, 02:29 PM
So we finally found a use for our old floppy disk drives. I am at present watching the X Factor on TV. Some of the music you hear on X Factor is a lot worse than what I heard on the clip. :D

01-10-2011, 03:06 PM
Haha brilliant!

02-10-2011, 03:50 PM
Back when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and I worked for IBM as a computer operator (around 1968) we had a 2nd-generation 7094 computer with a console that looked like it would drive the "Enterprise" and 32 tape drives. We could load up all the drives and start a program that would play Christmas Carols using the noise from the tape movement. We could also play tunes on the high-speed chain printers - "Anchors Aweigh" was a particular favourite.

See here (http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/mainframe/mainframe_PP7094.html) for a picture. The box at the back right of the picture is an IBM 1301 Disk storage system.
The IBM 1301 Disk Storage Unit was announced on June 2, 1961. It was designed for use with the IBM 7000 series mainframe computers and the IBM 1410. The 1301 stored 28 million characters on a single module (25 million with the 1410). Each module had 20 large disks and 40 recording surfaces, with 250 tracks per surface. The 1301 Model 1 had one module, the Model 2 had two modules, stacked vertically. The disks spun at 1800 rpm. Data was transferred at 90,000 characters per second.

02-10-2011, 08:51 PM
One word. Epic.