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My first love!

 
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Got my first Mac and I am loving every moment of it. Its like moving from Hell to Heaven.

 
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Mine: a DEC KA-10.
 
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Congrats on your MacBook Pro. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do mine!

And Pat, be sure to keep the dust of those DECTapes™ -- as I recall, they're dust magnets!
 
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Yes, a MacBook Pro is a really, really nice laptop.

I remember well how dectapes were dust magnets. And when the company KA-10 burned down (taking another KA-10 and a KI-10 with it), I was the one who had to mount boxes and boxes of smelly, smoke covered dectapes to transfer the data off and onto new clean tapes.
 
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I almost feel sorry for the younger folks -- they'll never have cool stories like that to tell.

I remember a colleague who had an RK05 disk that had been in a fire. The case was blackened and warped, and had opened on one side.

He painstakingly removed the platter, mounted it in a new case, and read the data off of it.



I do remember that it smelled horribly of smoke and burnt plastic.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:I remember a colleague who had an RK05 disk that had been in a fire. The case was blackened and warped, and had opened on one side.


yes, for the young-ens, an RK05 "It stored approximately 2.5 MB on a 14", single-platter IBM-2315-style front-loading removable disk cartridge." and it replaces the decTape according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RK05. The platter was only about an inch high, but the drive was 6U. These days, if you are going to use 6U for storage, you expect to have hundreds of terabytes with lots of RAID redundancy.

Bear's friend probably had his whole career's worth of code, or maybe a customer's entire database, which was critical to save.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:


I have one of these on my desk right now. it says "control data model 846-2-12". It was my father's, and when we cleaned his office I grabbed it for nostalgia sake. He actually used it...to me it just brings back memories of him.
 
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fred rosenberger wrote: it says "control data model 846-2-12". It was my father's, and when we cleaned his office I grabbed it for nostalgia sake.

DEC never made disks, they just bought them from vendors such as Control Data, and then added DEC-specific hardware to connect it to DEC computers.

Its good to have stuff that reminds you of your dad.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:I remember a colleague who had an RK05 disk that had been in a fire. The case was blackened and warped, and had opened on one side.

He painstakingly removed the platter, mounted it in a new case, and read the data off of it.

Your Apple will also still work when it's been on fire.

 
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