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Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: Welcome to Macintosh on CNBC January 4 at 9:30PM ET

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  • Ray Sills
    On Jan 5, 2010, at 11:30 AM, brian_cirulnick wrote: ... BUT.... the electronics for it were part of the early iMac motherboards. Some early
    Message 1 of 40 , Jan 5, 2010
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      On Jan 5, 2010, at 11:30 AM, brian_cirulnick wrote:
      <snip>

      > And When Steve returned to Apple, and the iMac came out, he got
      > what he wanted -- the floppy was gone.

      </snip>

      BUT.... the electronics for it were part of the early iMac
      motherboards. Some early adopters easily hacked the machine and just
      ran some ribbon cable from the mother board out to an external
      floppy, and it would work just fine, thank you very much.

      I opted to get an outboard Imation "super disk", which would read and
      write to their proprietary 120 MB disk or standard high density 1.4
      MB floppies. The Imation drive used a USB connection. Still have it
      somewhere, along with a disk that contains tax programs and data.
      But the latest date on the disk is 1998, so I'm unlikely to have the
      IRS ask me to explain anything on a tax return that old. Most people
      can discard tax stuff more than 7 years old without worry.

      73 de Ray
    • Ray Sills
      On Jan 5, 2010, at 11:30 AM, brian_cirulnick wrote: ... BUT.... the electronics for it were part of the early iMac motherboards. Some early
      Message 40 of 40 , Jan 5, 2010
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        On Jan 5, 2010, at 11:30 AM, brian_cirulnick wrote:
        <snip>

        > And When Steve returned to Apple, and the iMac came out, he got
        > what he wanted -- the floppy was gone.

        </snip>

        BUT.... the electronics for it were part of the early iMac
        motherboards. Some early adopters easily hacked the machine and just
        ran some ribbon cable from the mother board out to an external
        floppy, and it would work just fine, thank you very much.

        I opted to get an outboard Imation "super disk", which would read and
        write to their proprietary 120 MB disk or standard high density 1.4
        MB floppies. The Imation drive used a USB connection. Still have it
        somewhere, along with a disk that contains tax programs and data.
        But the latest date on the disk is 1998, so I'm unlikely to have the
        IRS ask me to explain anything on a tax return that old. Most people
        can discard tax stuff more than 7 years old without worry.

        73 de Ray
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