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    Zip Drive - The Archives
    I just plugged a zip drive into my desktop. Parallel Port connection. To read data off of a 10 year old zip disk.

    Capacity?

    100 megs
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    wow. IoMega. That's old school! Not quite as old school as the Atari 800 I saw at the state fair yesterday (I still have my Atari 400 from when I was a kid), but still pretty old school.

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    I have a zip disk!! Can I send it to you and you can tell what's on it?

    I had a stack of 20 meg drives that I finally tossed when I moved cross country last year. I figured they had been dragged around enough. Plus the card in my camera holds the same amount of data they did.
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    I have a zip disk!! Can I send it to you and you can tell what's on it?
    Nope. I'm having trouble getting Windows XP to recognize the device
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    lol. I am pretty sure I tossed that disk when I moved also. Since I tossed the computer that the drive was in.
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    I've still 8" floppies in a closet, the first edition of Windows on 5" floppies and hundred of 100 megs zipdisks. I kept one PC with an internal zip drive and several external zip readers. All that gathering dust. I've not been using them in such a long time I don't know why I'm keeping them. These 100 megs zip disks were expensive.

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    What are zip disks? *grin*

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    what are zip disks?
    Quote Originally Posted by Carolyn - ShareASale
    What are zip disks? *grin*
    more or less, they were slightly larger than 3.5" floppy disks, and held 100MB, which at the time was a whole lot. To put a comparison, 3.5" HD floppy disks (High Density, not High Def.) held 1.44 MB, so the Zip Drive had about 70 times the capacity of a standard disk. Mostly used for backup.

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    Tang knows what they are. She's just pretending to be younger than she is...

    Fortunately for her and I, we've aged really well...........
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    what are zip disks?
    I've been duped.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin
    Tang knows what they are. She's just pretending to be younger than she is...

    Fortunately for her and I, we've aged really well...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin
    Tang knows what they are. She's just pretending to be younger than she is...
    Hey buddy, no matter what, I'll ALWAYS be younger than you!!

    @BrettSaver never mind Kevin, you made my day

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    Haha, well in my defense, I'm not as old as I sound. I was using zip disks in high school. Ok, so I may not be as old as I might sound, but I probably am as nerdy as I sound.

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    So true, so true.
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    so any luck getting your computer to recognize the zip drive? Do you need drivers for XP? When I checked a couple years ago (before selling my zip drive) IOMega was still supporting their products with drivers for XP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herb ԿԬ
    CP/M anyone?
    I wrote my own OS using assembler on an Intel 8082 before I can put my hands on CP/M

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herb ԿԬ
    CP/M anyone?
    Yeah right, like anyone here is old enough to remember Z80 processors, dBase or actually used a measly 64K of RAM. My toe nail clippers have more memory than that.

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    hey, my old Atari 400 came with only 16k RAM, until we got it upgraded to 32K. So back in the day, 64k would have been a luxury.

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    Our first computer was an abacus. Top that.


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    Ahhh, the good 'ol days! Remember Iomega's Jaz drives and the infamous "click of death"? Lost tons of backups with them. SyQuests were fabulous, hard to destroy, but the company's proprietary issues squashed them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Powell
    Our first computer was an abacus. Top that.
    Finger math: http://www.cs.iupui.edu/~aharris/chis/chis.html
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    I made my first $3,000-$4,000 or so as a writer on a Smith Corona electric typewriter. The first thing I ever wrote for money, I did on a small, MANUAL Smith Corona portable typewriter.

    Remember when this was called "typing" instead of "keyboarding"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by writerguy
    I made my first $3,000-$4,000 or so as a writer on a Smith Corona electric typewriter. The first thing I ever wrote for money, I did on a small, MANUAL Smith Corona portable typewriter.

    Remember when this was called "typing" instead of "keyboarding"?
    Congrats...I think! How many WPM could you do? Oh my, I forgot that I also learned to type on a manual typewriter. I must be older than I can remember!
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    mines from 95 still works

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    I do have a few ZIP drives stashed around the office, a parallel port one and two IDE versions.. just in case I need to read a ZIP disk. Which I don't think I have done for at least 5 years!

    When I bought my new PC last year, I wanted to install XP on it instead of Vista.. at one point the installation asks for driver on a floppy disk. Of course, the machine doesn't have a floppy disk drive, so I had to go out to buy a USB one. Fine. Except that I also no longer have any floppy disks, and it was quite hard to find somewhere that still sold them!

    In the very dim and distant past, I have actually used paper tape to load a program into a machine. I think I've used just about every storage medium going, including some half-inch tapes (those big ones on reels) that I have at home (and of course, can't read).

    What's amazing is that I just bought a memory card for my camcorder that holds 16GB. It's the size of a postage stamp.. and it's only that big because it has to be human-friendly to handle!
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