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by Skiprr
Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Technical Tips, Questions & Discussions (Computers & Internet)
Topic: Firefox, WinXP and Norton Security
Replies: 16
Views: 4650

Re: Firefox, WinXP and Norton Security

Exactly.

BTW, strapped in like that, Russell, you look like you'd have been in grave danger if that loading container had begun to slip.

It was obviously the double-treadle model of the IBM 305 RAMAC. The 1956 drive had 50 platters, each 24" in diameter, with a total capacity of 5 million 6-bit characters. It had an astounding average access time of under one second! Just imagine....
by Skiprr
Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Technical Tips, Questions & Discussions (Computers & Internet)
Topic: Firefox, WinXP and Norton Security
Replies: 16
Views: 4650

Re: Firefox, WinXP and Norton Security

twomillenium wrote:The belt drives were so much quieter than the chain drives!
Wait. What? Drives? You had something steam-driven or electrical spinning your hard drives?

My first hard drive was an external Winchester 5 MB the size of a manhole cover and came with a treadle to run it...

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:biggrinjester:
by Skiprr
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Technical Tips, Questions & Discussions (Computers & Internet)
Topic: Firefox, WinXP and Norton Security
Replies: 16
Views: 4650

Re: Firefox, WinXP and Norton Security

Since rotor already conveyed the information, I don't know if we, er, more mature techies can really stray off topic (and if we do maybe I'll just move it over to the "Off Topic" category).

I helped start up a (cutting-edge at the time) small business in early 1981 and, following a few months of detailed and adequate research, we decided on the purchase of an IBM 5120. This space-age marvel set us back about $15,000. Man; this wonder had everything but the kitchen sink built in...and it barely weighed 100 pounds! A nifty 9" built-in monochrome monitor (64 characters x 16 lines of text), 2 built-in 8" 1.2 MB floppy disk drives, a massive 64K of RAM and 64K of ROM, with both APL and BASIC resident in ROM; you flipped a switch on the front before powering the system on to select which you wanted to load. And it even had both a parallel and serial interface! But no such thing as a hard drive; sorry. I still have some boxes of those 8" floppies somewhere in the attic.

And to think that technology only cost the equivalent of $40,000 in today's dollars! (http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/)
by Skiprr
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Technical Tips, Questions & Discussions (Computers & Internet)
Topic: Firefox, WinXP and Norton Security
Replies: 16
Views: 4650

Re: Firefox, WinXP and Norton Security

rotor wrote:All of this is still better than my RadioShack TRS80 computer loading programs from a tape drive. Ever try loading Microsoft assembly language from a tape drive?
Wow. Throwback Thursday on Friday. Nostalgia...sigh. Acoustic couplers to reach out and s - l - o - w - l - y touch the rest of the pre-internet world, and taking a plain ol' "portable" (meaning it was smaller than a bread box) cassette deck and plugging it into your whiz-bang TRS80 to load assembler or "C" into the computer's massive RAM.

Just a note that I'm currently limping along on an old Windows Vista laptop while my barely-one-year-old Windows 10 Pro workstation is back at Dell being looked at under warranty. :???: Firefox 51.0.1 (32-bit) does seem to function normally, but Google Chrome--as it would on your system--provides, every time it starts, the friendly notice: "This computer will no longer receive Google Chrome updates because Windows XP and Windows Vista are no longer supported." Yes-thank-you-very-much-for-the-constant-reminder-I-know-that.

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