(Same Apple Here?) Re: the new Apple iMac

From: Hotze <photze_at_batelco.com.bh>
Date: Thu May 7 21:27:40 1998

Hi. It just occured to me: Apple is known (with the ][) to have pioneered
low cost floppy drives. They're the ones that made it a good alternitive to
tape. But still, I agree, floppies arn't really an important part today,
other than a remembrance of the past. (Has anyone seen those "Download
warehouses" wherer you download software?)
    Tim D. Hotze
-----Original Message-----
From: Kai Kaltenbach <kaikal_at_MICROSOFT.com>
To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Date: Friday, May 08, 1998 3:34 AM
Subject: RE: the new Apple iMac

>I don't know if I'd characterize the Sony 400K as "totally blameless",
>the floppy drives in all of my other old systems (both 5.25" and 3.5") have
>about a 5% dead-on-acquire rate, while the Mac 128s I find are maybe 75% in
>the dead floppy department. The 800K drives were much more reliable. The
>big 400K chassis has lots of lubricant on it which after 10 years or so
>turns into a rubber cement consistency and gums up the works. There's
>nothing to do but to hit the whole thing with TV Tuner cleaner and re-lube
>it. Pain in the butt, if you ask me.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Kip Crosby [mailto:engine_at_chac.org]
>Sent: Thursday, May 07, 1998 4:47 PM
>To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
>Subject: RE: the new Apple iMac
>At 16:15 5/7/98 -0700, Kai wrote:
>>One word: "Twiggy". (Lisa 1 floppy)
>Agreed, but: The Twiggy drive was superseded by the Sony 400K 3.5, which
>worked fine in the Lisa, went on to work fine in the Mac 128, and has been
>the progenitor of a line of totally blameless drives. If Steve is tarring
>the 3.5 with the brush of the Twiggy, he's doing it in the teeth of
>evidence that he's thoroughly familiar with.
>Kip Crosby engine_at_chac.org
> http://www.chac.org/index.html
>Computer History Association of California
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