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JimmyB

JimmyB

Phase 1 complete, roll on Phase 2
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Thanks Greg. Maybe I'm too old for computers...:giggle:
Don't think so I've been using and building computers for over 30 years, and didn't start till I was over 30 myself!
 
David Palmeter

David Palmeter

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Budding Authors, look for the Disk Icon.....can Save your Masterpiece as you go along....
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Old guy thought - I wonder how many of the young smartphone users would know why that is called a 'disk'? It is certainly not 'disk' shaped! Going even further back - the floppy disk would probably be a real mystery if you hadn't been a computer user when 720 KB was adequate capacity for a project file!

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Hutch

Hutch

G Gauge, Raising Peaches, Apricots
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View attachment 246532 Old guy thought - I wonder how many of the young smartphone users would know why that is called a 'disk'? It is certainly not 'disk' shaped! Going even further back - the floppy disk would probably be a real mystery if you hadn't been a computer user when 720 KB was adequate capacity for a project file!

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is that an 8" or 5.25?
The lower one, that is?
 
Eaglecliff

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I’ve got a couple of discs that go round at 78 r.p.m...
 
PhilP

PhilP

G Scale, 7/8th's, Electronics
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The top one...

They *tried* to get them called 'Stiffy's'.. - To distinguish them from the floppy ones..

Strangely, the name didn't catch on? :think::think::think:
 
ebay mike

ebay mike

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View attachment 246532 Old guy thought - I wonder how many of the young smartphone users would know why that is called a 'disk'? It is certainly not 'disk' shaped! Going even further back - the floppy disk would probably be a real mystery if you hadn't been a computer user when 720 KB was adequate capacity for a project file!

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I've still got a Commodore 16, complete with datasette recorder.
 
GAP

GAP

G Scale trains, Lawn Bowls.
14 Jun 2011
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I call my computer "HAL" because it keeps displaying messages that read "I'm sorry GAP I' afraid I can't do that".

Is there any truth in the story that Arthur C. Clarke called the computer HAL to be 1 step in front of IBM?
 
Rhinochugger

Rhinochugger

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I've still got a Commodore 16, complete with datasette recorder.
Tornado aircraft use a cassette player for their ground mapping system :nod::nod:
 
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Paul M

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For ease of use, you cannot beatake a tape recorder
 
trammayo

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I can still look at my collection of floppies on the PC - although Wind-up 10 doesn't always like what I want to look at!
 
ebay mike

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This may sound made up, but I can assure you it's not. Back in the late 70s I was employed by a Bank that had adopted a fully computerised accounting system. I was working for the Area Manager at the time and was given the task of setting up a budget allocation programme integrated with actual and predicted business incomes for the whole of East Anglia. Product targets had already been agreed at a higher level and weekly monitoring was essential. Details of all achievements were entered into a spreadsheet which was backed up onto a 5 1/4 floppy a and copy was to be posted to me as we were not yet advanced enough to cope with file transfers. I conducted the training for all the branches concerned and awaited the initial batch of results. One rural branch (which allegedly had a local population with webbed feet and a propensity for inbreeding) duly posted a photocopy of their prepared disk. My boss was not amused and the person involved who honestly didn't understand what he'd done wrong, took years to live it down. My training methods were questioned, but as the other eighty odd branches had managed the task without difficulty I was off the hook.
 
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mardy

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Interesting reading.....I still use the floppies with my Electronic organs...each producing a different style of file...and have a USB disc drive to link to home computer.......main organ has is own computer which enables me to use sticks and cd's but still has to use floppy for main organ functions and not too complicated and everything runs fine until along comes windy updates and stuffs up once again...........................
 
Zerogee

Zerogee

Clencher's Bogleman
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Organs.... floppies....... MUST..... RESIST.......OBVIOUS......JOKES....... but it's getting very hard...... :rofl:

Jon.
 
Rhinochugger

Rhinochugger

Retired Oik
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Organs.... floppies....... MUST..... RESIST.......OBVIOUS......JOKES....... but it's getting very hard...... :rofl:

Jon.
Would you like to re-phrase that? :devil::devil: Possibly not o_O

Anyway, moving back to much safer ground. In 1999, our company used a major IT database that was the partner system for our client's system so that we could transfer data seamlessly - the only drawback being that the client hadn't bought the requisite module to export his orders to us.

However, our contractor had his own system, and we developed a method of data interchange whereby every evening, we took a disk across to his adjacent office containing all the orders issued during the day. In the morning, he brought back a disk containing all the orders completed the previous day.

In 1999 this was groundbreaking, and we were the most electronically advanced contract within the Defence Housing Association's portfolio of approx 20 contracts :D:D:D:D

That's only 20 year ago, and in IT terms it's very ancient history :rock::rock::rock::rock:
 
PhilP

PhilP

G Scale, 7/8th's, Electronics
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Organs.... floppies....... MUST..... RESIST.......OBVIOUS......JOKES....... but it's getting very hard...... :rofl:

Jon.
I refer the Hon. Gentleman to post #27!

Order!
 
PhilP

PhilP

G Scale, 7/8th's, Electronics
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However, our contractor had his own system, and we developed a method of data interchange whereby every evening, we took a disk across to his adjacent office containing all the orders issued during the day. In the morning, he brought back a disk containing all the orders completed the previous day.
The method of 'data-exchange' requiring walking, from one computer to another with a disk, was known as 'Sneaker-net'. :nerd::nod::nod:
 
NCS from Qbyn

NCS from Qbyn

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They are simply a machine that can add one, and take away one - no more and no less :nod::nod::nod: The fact that they can do it quite quickly, repeatedly and without fatigue is what puts them in the forefront of technology.

They cannot 'think' because they cannot reason, nor can they formulate a judgement. Jeremy Clarkson proved this some years ago when presented in America with a 'thinking' robot. His first statement was, 'What do you think of the Doobie Brothers?' The computer / robot could not provide an answer :D:D:D:D:D:D:D
Hmm, that may say more about the Doobie Bros than it did about the intellectual capacity of the robot. Maybe it had a profanity filter built in!:D:D
 
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What is strange in this case, if I type into the new post box, and don't hit the post reply button, that text will stay there even if I don't post it and go somewhere else.
Greg
I've also noticed that in Unity game development forum. I think it is just a feature making the user's text persistent even though not posted. Handy if the user accidentally leaves the thread before posting which would otherwise lose the text. I'm not sure if it is implemented on the client side or server side.