Blowing Up Old Computers

From: Roger Merchberger <>
Date: Wed Aug 7 16:47:00 2002

Rumor has it that Fred Cisin (XenoSoft) may have mentioned these words:

>If it was, indeed '86 or '87, or even '85, then it was absolutely NOT the
>first to have a built-in floppy drive! No matter what Radio Shack might
>claim. They also have, at various times, claimed to have invented the
>"clamshell" design, RS-232, modems, and microcomputers.

I was repeating what I'd heard other folks intelligent in the ways & means
of classic laptops; I've owned more than enough Tandys & even worked for
Tandy long enough to know that there's not an iota of truth in many of RS's
claimed "inventions" and/or breakthrus...

>Think Gavilan and Grid!

I'm thinking... I'm thinking... I'm thinking I'm coming up blank! I've
never seen (or heard of; other than a random post on the list "I just got a
Grid"...) either of these so I wouldn't know one if you hit me over the
head with it...

>And, should we consider the "built-in" tape drive of the Epson HC-20
>followed by the HX-20 in that?, or just those using a floppy disk?

_That_ I was being specific with... I knew there were many earlier laptops
with built-in magnetic storage...

Roger "Merch" Merchberger   ---   sysadmin, Iceberg Computers
Recycling is good, right???  Ok, so I'll recycle an old .sig.
If at first you don't succeed, nuclear warhead
disarmament should *not* be your first career choice.
Received on Wed Aug 07 2002 - 16:47:00 BST

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