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Old 5th March 2012, 14:17   #211
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I even had a portable (transportable?) which had 5.25" floppy drives and a keyboard that doubled as a cover for the unit.
OT: reminds me of a joke, may even be true, of a tele-communication between customer care executive and a user.

CC: Insert the floppy disk into the slot and close the door.
User: (inserts the floppy, gets up, walks to the room door and closes it) I have done as per your instruction, what next?
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- Remember when it was OK to smoke inside your own home without being labelled a bad parent? (my uncle did this all the time and it never occurred to anyone to tell him to stop!)
- Remember when a good Dad was one who held a steady job, signed the report cards twice a year and just about remembered which class the kids were in (my kid desn't know how lucky she is )
- Remember when a house cost under a lakh? (I do. The 2BHK we bought in suburban Mumbai cost about that in 1980. Now...don't ask)

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CC: Insert the floppy disk into the slot and close the door.
The 5.25" drives had an optical write protect - the LED used to get get clogged with dust and the PC would not write onto floppies. It was only with the advent of the 3.5" / 1.44Mb FD's that this got changed to a physical write protect.
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The 5.25" drives had an optical write protect ...
Did you ever try the floppy copy protection scheme based on a punched hole and it's 'unreadable' sector?
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Remember opening the side cowl and opening-cleaning the spark plug with a cloth and a piece of wire of a 2 stroke scooter stranded on the road side.

Remember the customary Tilting required before kicking the scooter to start "most common with bajaj scooters and funnily called the BAJAJ TECHNOLOGY"
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<Sigh> This makes me nostalgic! I might sound like I am from the Jurassic age, but my first computer had this configuration:
1. 8-bit processor running at 4Mhz
2. 64KB RAM
3. 2x 128KB capacity 8" floppy drives (1 for OS and programs, the other for data)
4. 80x25 character green-on-black screen
5. Superfast serial communication at 9600 baud
CPM (or maybe LDOS/ TRDOS)? Or Apple II.
But which model. The 8" floppy puzzles me.

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Stinginess with bytes was ingrained in us. Tight coding (imagine 64KB max. binary to fit in an EPROM) was a thing to be proud of.
Tried making your own programmer for the 25xx family (not 27xx)!

To add to the 'do you remember' theme, do you remember the time when the 6116 superseded the 2114. (I wonder how many will get it)

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  • Remember waiting with bated breath every Wednesday evening for Ameen Sayani on Binaca Geetmala on Radio Ceylon?
  • Remember Eric Fernando's 'Choice of the People' on Srilanka Broadcasting Corporation radio everyday?
  • Remember dimming / dipping your headlights with your foot on your Amby?
  • Remember looking at your car battery's charge on the display on the dash?
  • Remember signalling for your turns by flicking the lever atop the horn at the centre of the Amby?
  • Remember using your hands for asking vehicles behind you to overtake or slow down?
  • Remember crossing a huge line of bullock carts on the highway and cursing your luck?
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Remember when you had to wind the clock once in 2-3 days to keep it running?

In my father's house, there is his grandfather's clock that's more than 100 years old and runs properly for 2 days after winding.
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remember when you used to play book cricket
remember when you used to one pitch catch cricket
remember when you used to play french cricket with the exam board
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Did you ever try the floppy copy protection scheme based on a punched hole and it's 'unreadable' sector?
No sir, dont remember doing that :(
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  • Remember using your hands for asking vehicles behind you to overtake or slow down?
  • Still the best way to give indication when driving. Using indicators can be confusing. (This topic is discussed else where on TBHP)
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Remember those days on the forum when we had threads wishing members on their birthdays ?
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Remember when DD Metro (DD-2) was aired for only 2 hours in the night. Also, noons on DD1 had the show called Fun-Time and Giant Robot
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Remember on DD on Sunday afternoons, to find what language was the regional movie would really be?
Also, on chitramanjari to wait and see if they put a song in your regional language?

It made us watch different Indian language movies/songs which we dont do now.
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... The 8" floppy puzzles me. ...
CP/M, ISIS, home-brew (I used to write RTOS). The 8" were around for quite some time - Intel, IDS (ICIM), HCL (the 68K based Magnums had 5.25"), Wipro... Apple II/IIe were the first with 5.25", I think. Still have some of those floppies in my 'museum'.

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... the 6116 superseded the 2114 ...
NEC or Hyundai?

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... Still the best way to give indication when driving. ...
Like rotating the hand (finger pointed down) clockwise outside the window to indicate turning right? Or frantically pointing front and back to show the intention of going straight? Happens only you-know-where.

Remember the stickers on Ambys? "Power Break (Brake)", "AC No hand signal"!!!
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Old 6th March 2012, 17:33   #225
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Awesome thread.

Remember when we used to wait every fortnight for Indrajal comics esp. Phantom, Bahadur, Mandrake, etc.
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