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    Photographic enthusiast Misty's Avatar
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    Unhappy Can you remember??

    When file names could be no longer than (seven?) alphanumerics long?? Not really certain
    now how many it was? - but a real inhibitor and pain in the butt!
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    Default Re: Can you remember??

    It can still happen these days, ( to an extent) been several times when copying someone's files to save them you get the message the path/ Name is to long.

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    Default Re: Can you remember??

    To this day Windows still stores an 8.3 filename alongside the long one for backwards compatibility.

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    Default Re: Can you remember??

    I also remember when storage was expensive and coding had to be done efficiently with the least number of lines.

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    Default Re: Can you remember??

    Yeah, 8.3 (filename.extension).
    In hindsight it was a silly restriction, as each major app developer wanted their own unique extension to identify their products files, and a 3 digit extension limits you to either confusing issues by 'sharing' your extensions with other developers, or using less attractive extensions like .xf9 which might not give any hint to the purpose of the file or its app.
    Heaven forbid we ever have to return to the days when a 20MB hard drive was considered a large capacity. A modern day DVD holds 235 times that amount.
    A 4TB drive holds 200,000 times that amount, and is now a mediocre mid level degree of storage.

    I've wasted so much over the years to back up cr&p that I'll never ever look at.

    (Edit: For the South Park fans... Yeah, I 'member)

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    Default Re: Can you remember??

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul.Cov View Post
    I've wasted so much over the years to back up cr&p that I'll never ever look at.
    Tell me about it.
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    I used to sell business computers in the 1980s and I told my customers that with a 40meg hard drive, they would NEVER fill it.

    Now thats only 10 songs!
    So what colour is your Adkaf?
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    Default Re: Can you remember??

    Funny, I had to cleanup and repartition a HDD the other day for a friend who mucks about a bit with his PC. It had had Ubuntu on it which put a lot of small partitions when he installed it. He found you can't remove Linux partitions using Admin Tools and was completely lost. Thinking back, as I haven't done much over the last 5 or so years, I did a google and a quick refresh on diskpart

    Worked a treat....

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    Default Re: Can you remember??

    Quote Originally Posted by Digby View Post
    I used to sell business computers in the 1980s and I told my customers that with a 40meg hard drive, they would NEVER fill it.

    Now thats only 10 songs!
    Or maybe 1-2 songs, if you use a decent lossless codec like FLAC.
    Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and strike any key when ready.

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    Default Re: Can you remember??

    Quote Originally Posted by Digby View Post
    I used to sell business computers in the 1980s and I told my customers that with a 40meg hard drive, they would NEVER fill it.

    Now thats only 10 songs!
    During the life of that PC they may not have.

    My first hard drive was a 32MB drive for my Atari ST. Cost me $1000 second hand (can't believe I bought it now). I had to split it into 3 partitions due to the limitations of the computer and never managed to fill even one of the partitions.
    It was also big enough to sit my CRT monitor on and larger than the actual Atari.
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