strange storage devices

From: Sam Ismail <>
Date: Sun May 18 19:15:32 1997

On Sun, 18 May 1997, Jim Willing wrote:

> On the line of interesting storage devices - does anyone remember the
> "scanner" that read strips of encoded data. I don't remember what it
> was called, but for a little while they printed some of these strips in
> Nibble. I think it was an Apple II only thing. I guess you could read
> and print these strips and they generated programs when you scanned
> them.

Yes, I very much remember these and very much remember it always being on
my wish list of things to add to my Apple. I never did get one. I
posted a WTB ad on an Apple newsgroup a while back for one and some guy
responded but he gave me this bullshit "tell me what you're willing to
pay" line for it and so I told him $25 and he never replied. Anyway, if
anyone's got one and wants it to go to a good home, let me know.

> Also, some personal bad news - my van was broken into on Friday night
> and a large load of classic equipment was stolen (I'm preparing to move
> and the it was the easiest place to store it). So, if you live in the
> greater Seattle area and you see a good amount of the following show
> up when you're poking around, please let me know (I'm not as much
> concerned about the equipment as I am about my addressbook, insurance
> folder, and vehicle registration.).
> Stolen: IBM 6360 disk drive, Macintosh, Mac 512, Box of CompuPro s-100
> boards, Box of misc. manuals, Commodore DPS-1101 printer, TI99/4a
> expansion box, Turbo C64 disk drive, CBM 8050 dual disk drive, Atari
> 520ST, 2 commodore vic-1541 disk drives, 1 blue chip disk drive.

Now this is some seriously fucked up shit.

> I'm sure the thieves thought they really scored but I'm guessing it
> will soon turn up at a thrift store or pawn shop when they can't
> move it. Some of the equipment may be blood-stained. I have mounted
> razor blades across the bottom of my car stereo and they found them
> when trying to rip it out ;). The dash was very bloody - quite
> gratifying.

HAHAHHA! That's great. Well, I hope you get your stuff back, but at
least you made the assholes suffer.

Computer Historian, Programmer, Musician, Philosopher, Athlete, Writer, Jackass
Received on Sun May 18 1997 - 19:15:32 BST

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