Re: Is an optical burner obsolete now days?
- From: Daddy <daddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 14:14:31 -0500
Ben Myers wrote:
Daddy wrote:A 2.88 floppy - that's practically a collectors item.
I won't admit to being old, but I remember feeding punched paper tape into a tape reader.
William R. Walsh wrote:Hi!
Before you get too far with this, I readily admit that "unique" would
be a good way to describe my computing environment.
How many here actually BURN DVDs or CDs now days?
I do, and I do so very often. Many of my optical discs are rewritable,
and as such, they get rewritten very often when I need to use one for
a different purpose. It's hard to beat the price, especially for discs
that you give away.
I also still use diskettes very often. Where I used to make sure that
all my computers had floppy drives, it's come to the point where a few
do not simply because the case makes it impossible or the motherboard
lacks the connector. For them I keep a USB floppy drive handy,
although it does not come out all that often.
Perhaps the most used medium of exchange that I have between computers
is the network that links them. I don't have any computers that are
not members of the network in some capacity. I have a couple of
servers used for various things and one network attached storage
Of course, having multiple generations of computer technology (386 and
up PCs, 68K, PPC and Intel Macintoshes, RS/6000, Linux) in operation
means that one medium won't do it for data transfer between systems.
The lowly 3.5" high density floppy diskette probably comes the closest
of anything to being a common denominator across all of these systems.
(I have a very few systems with 2.88MB floppy drives. These are
*sweet* when I'm using one and find something that won't fit on a 1.44
diskette by just a little bit.)
I'm starting to think that as cheap as flash memory and
hard drives are getting that having a "burner" is a
waste of money.
I have yet to prepare a bootable USB key. The systems I have that can
even boot from a USB device all have floppy or optical drives. This
may change with my recent acquisition of a netbook.
I have more external hard drive enclosures than I can shake a stick
at, but those aren't set up to be bootable either. I use them
primarily when I go offsite to work on a customer's computer and find
that I need a safe place to stash their data while I work on another
problem or perform an upgrade that would require moving their data
temporarily out of the picture.
Want to buy a couple of 2.88MB floppy drives pulled from DEC systems? I still have a couple.
Want to buy a 10-pack or even a carton of 100 2.88MB floppy diskettes, factory sealed?
Back in the prehistoric DOS days, there was also a funky utility that allowed you to format a regular 1.44MB floppy to have around 1.6MB, IIRC. Used it a few times.
Long ago (when else?), I wrote software to process paper tape input. What a pain in the ass paper tape was, piling up on the floor, tearing and tangling... Ben Myers
"...a funky utility that allowed you to format a regular 1.44MB floppy to have around 1.6MB..."
As I recall, it incorporated a portion of the diskette surface that was normally unused. But there were compatibility issues that prevented it from becoming widespread.
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