For most computers, yes. However Commodores were always a little --
shall we say -- idiosyncratic?
"Sometimes history doesn't repeat itself. It just yells
'can't you remember anything I've told you?' and lets
fly with a club.
-- John W. Cambell Jr.
I sold a _bunch_ of 8" floppies in the time leading up to Y2K. Had a
stack of 'em, with the "too good to toss, not good enough to use" stuff.
As Y2K came near, people with ancient systems needed to patch 'em.
My employer at the time was one of those. As an employee, I wasn't
allowed to sell to my employer (huge megacorp with stupid rules),
so we bought from the local media supplier. But, I wasn't prohibited
from selling _to_ the local media supplier, so...
I think I got something like 5 bucks a piece for aged, used, 8" floppies.
About half of what they were worth when new, but a whole lot more
than they're worth for any other reason. Purely a supply:demand situation.
Stuff's only worth what you can get for it. When the company I worked
for closed out a product line many years ago (software) we dumped all
the old masters. Some of the variations ran 40 5 1/4" floppies (Apple
II). We had different master for each system and often had both
double-sided and single-sided sets for the same thing. They were also
all duplicated in 3 1/2" disks (again often both single and
double-sided). The upshot was that we almost filled and entire
dumpster with nothing but disks - probably more than 10,000 all told.
The guy with the garbage company actually called the office to make
sure he was supposed to be dumping all that stuff.
You got me curious enough to go upstairs and get out my O-1 and fire it up.
It runs CP/M 2.2
My CP/M boot floppy is labeled as..
Single Side, Double Density.....185k
in the help screens on the boot floppy, it mentions...
"The diskettes used by the Osborne 1 should be soft-sectored, 5 1/4 inch,
single-sided, and single density. This is the information you need to tell a
salesman to insure that you buy the proper diskettes."
another window on the help screen indicates ..
"If you recieve a message like "DISK FULL" or "NO SPACE" you need to get out
a fresh diskette.
CP/M CAPACITY = 92k"
Single Side Single Density = 92k
Single Side Double Density = 185k
But you can.
->apt-cache search bricks
gnome-breakout - Clone of the classic game Breakout, written for GNOME
lbreakout2 - A ball-and-paddle game with nice graphics
lbreakout2-data - A ball-and-paddle game with nice graphics (DATA FILES)
Or close enough. I'm sure there's got to be something for Windows too.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
I still have an Autocoder manual around here someplace. Also did a fair
amount of machine language programming. Punched paper tape was the
medium of choice although patches could be entered in octal via a string
if toggle switches and a nixie light display. Gaggers. Fun though.
Since you seem to be a collector I tlought I would ask this since I have
wondered if it's worth anything. I have a QuadRam board that was made to
convert the original IBM PC to work like and run Apple II software. You put it
in one of the PC slots, ran some software from the 5 1/2 floppy and you could
use any Apple software. Is this worth anything to collectors? Worth listing
on eBay, or should I just pitch it? Have the original box and I believe the
few cables and things that came with it.
Mike in Arkansas
Well, don't get me wrong, I _use_ the computers at home, but I'm not
going to go rebuilding kernels for the hell of it to see how it goes.
That, after all, is what the lab at work is for. Time to build that
FreeBSD mailhub running postfix, I think.
It's probably genetic. My parents and grandparents lived thru the Great
Depression (and my birthdate is not that far removed from it). I remember
growing up that NOTHING was wasted...even if it was never used.
Perhaps in a few more generations the trait will dispppear.
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