Prices to pay for old computers...

From: Russ/Alice Blakeman <>
Date: Fri May 22 19:52:37 1998

Tony Duell wrote:

> The pinout of the PC cassette connector is the same as that on a TRS-80,
> and the same cable works. My guess is this is not a coincidence - IBM
> probably intended PC owners to go to the local Tandy/Radio Shack and buy a
> cassette recorder and cable.

Or maybe it was a standard interface for the time, like RS-232 is supposed to

> > the C64's only accept Commodore tape decks), or could anything be used
> > if a cable was made up?

My understanding of Commode-Ore is that there is a chip within the cassette
interface that allows the pooter to talk to the cassette drive. Of course
Commodore (like many others, Apple comes to mind) was very good at keeping
most of their stuff proprietry in some (even small) way to dissuade the owners
from buying aftermarket.

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