[LINK] In the old days ... [was: Link archives]

Adam Todd link at todd.inoz.com
Wed Jul 12 03:03:55 AEST 2006

At 02:39 PM 11/07/2006, Howard Lowndes wrote:

>We used to call our washing machines

Didn't everyone?

>What about the 1/2" tape drives with the vacuum tape tensioners.  I 
>remember the local NCR tech having to replace the vac motor on the tape 
>drive and he couldn't get a replacement.  It turned out that the vac motor 
>out of a Hoover floor cleaner was identical, and considerably cheaper.

I only ever had the opportunity to work on DEC Tape Drives, vertical and 

>Ok. go back further.  '66 - Reading Uni - Algol 60 on a ICT (later ICL) 
>box of some sort - we never actually got to see it.  The pgm and data were 
>both submitted on the same paper tape - 5 channel Baudot, not even 8 channel.

Keh?   (Vwooosh ... )

Hey I've got some MICA computers in my garage.  They were the first 
Multitasking desktops.  Came with a BUILT IN SCREEN :) and DUAL 8" floppy 
drives!  Whooohhoooo!

They still work too :)  Or did last time I fired them up.

I think to do anything with them I've had to disassemble the ROM :)  I 
haven't tried to google the models yet, but I'm sure nothing exists on them :)

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