[olug] OT: But funny

Thomas D. Williamson twilliam at inebraska.com
Fri Jul 23 03:10:42 UTC 2010

Quoting Will Langford <unfies at gmail.com>:

> On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 7:32 PM, T. J. Brumfield   
> <enderandrew at gmail.com>wrote:
>> http://www.geekvintage.com/images/commodore-64-1530-datasette.jpg
> on our nec 8086 we just hooked up a regular cassette deck to the back of the
> keyboard.... although we had an excess of floppies hanging around from a
> warehouse that dumped a bunch of their inventory cheaply... so other than
> the amusement of listening to the recordings on a regular stereo once or
> twice...
> and of course everyone here has undoubtedly taken a pair of scissors or a
> xacto to a 5.25" .... or pieces of tape ... etc :)
> Not really 'vintage' -- but did anyone ever have one of those VHS based data
> archival things ?  You'd basically just feed it off the shelf standard VHS
> tapes.  It was marketed as a poor mans backup solution... but I think had
> failings due to variable quality of VHS tapes.
> _______________________________________________
> OLUG mailing list
> OLUG at olug.org
> https://lists.olug.org/mailman/listinfo/olug

I tried one of the VHS back up cards in a 486 system. I never got the  
thing to work, it seems like I got an error having to do with  
initializing the tape. I think it had to write a particular header at  
the beginning of the tape before it could write the data, and that  
part failed. I wasn't sure if it was the card, the VHS machine or the  
tape. I did buy a pretty high quality tape at that time, but it did  
not seem to make a difference.

The picture reminds of the Osborne portable a friend of mine had with  
the dual 8" floppy disk drives one for booting the C/PM the other for  
running the application and holding data. It was the video monitor  
that seemed the most bizarre, the small screen in the middle of the  

Tom Williamson

This message was sent using IMP, the Internet Messaging Program.

More information about the OLUG mailing list