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Re: Perl Module Stripping

by eric256 (Parson)
on Apr 19, 2006 at 22:02 UTC ( #544459=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Perl Module Stripping

Is that a 5" or 3"? ;)

Eric Hodges

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Re^2: Perl Module Stripping
by aufflick (Deacon) on Apr 20, 2006 at 02:18 UTC
    Back when I was a Mac technician I used to gloat to my PC technician friends about how I could go to any Mac site with just an external scsi drive and a few cables. They used to have a second briefcase just for boot floppies and installer floppy sets.

    Surely these days there's nothing that doesn't work with a USB 1.1 thumbdrive? Of course some organisations lock down the system so you can't use removable mass storage (and floppies are certainly not mass anything).

    If you really only have access to a floppy drive, you could try something like the Sandisk Smartmedia Reader Flashpath Floppy Adapter or the Sony Memory Stick 3.5" flopppy adapter and get access to larger storage via a floppy drive. I would imagine that performance should be at least no slower than a regular floppy.

      I feel a strange need to explain myself...
      First off, I think this is a cool exercise.
      Second, you use what you have, especially if there isn't room in the budget or you have no control of the budget.
      Third, I do plan to move this to a bootable CD-ROM with all my other tools like Norton Ghost, Partition Magic, Sysprep, etc... Right now we don't have time because of recent builds, trade shows, and other more pressing projects.

      Basically I just wanted to make my work a little more efficient, and it worked. I do appreciate the help, though.

Re^2: Perl Module Stripping
by BrowserUk (Patriarch) on Apr 19, 2006 at 23:09 UTC

    You forgot the little known 3" format :)

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Re^2: Perl Module Stripping
by johngg (Canon) on Apr 19, 2006 at 22:17 UTC
    I remember working with 8" floppies on a Wang machine back in the '80s. Did they ever make them bigger than that?
      According to Wikipedia, that was the biggest size. "The result was a read-only, 8-inch (20 cm) floppy they called the "memory disk", holding 80 kilobytes". Heh.

      I seem to remember seeing 12" disks as well somewhere, but I might be confusing them with vinyl. But no, they really existed!

        I remember seeing 12" floppies, too - a very long time ago... But even back then, I think they were becoming obsolete.

      <joke>Great, this is Justin_BSI's first post here and you start talking about the size of your Wang</joke>
      Yes, IBM had a 12" version.

      Well I recall wokring on CP/M and MP/M machines and Intel development systems that all had 8" drives. Initially Shugart single sided drives, but as time went on, double sided, double density, high density and half-height drives became common. Of course once the IBM-PC popularised 5 1/4" drives it was all over for the 8" types.


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