[Coco] Exatron Stringy Floppy
bathory at maltedmedia.com
Sat Jan 31 08:38:07 EST 2004
At 10:51 AM 1/31/04 +0100, dino at dds.nl wrote:
>Check this out (not sold by me):
>COOL! 8-0 I had no idea this existed!!
Where ya been? :)
I have several of these ... seem to have misplaced the 'wafers' (endless
loop micro-tapes), but somewhere I have a box of about 200.
Phil Hooper and I were the development team for the OSI version of the
stringy-floppy. We actually got the complete stringy-floppy OS finished for
it before Exatron canceled the project. I then adapted the operating system
(and clever error-checking) to use generic 8-track tapes for storage (yes,
really, it's in my TRS-80 Model I book).
These microdrives were amazingly durable little suckers, too ... the
original microdrives that Exatron bought and modified were used on buoys in
the ocean for data collection.
I don't think one was ever developed for the CoCo -- can't recall for sure
-- probably because regular floppies became affordable.
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