Subject: Storage | July 19, 2016 - 01:49 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: floppy drive, apple, commodore, IBM
This video, about floppy disks, is a little bit longer and in-depth than their previous one about cassette tapes. The 8-Bit Guy and friends (I'm pretty sure they don't call themselves that...) goes through how many tracks each floppy have, how many sectors they have, and how that varies per-manufacturer (including the technical reasons of how and why they are formatted incompatibly).
The 8-Bit Guy likes to go through a bunch of hardware, spanning the gamut of Atari, Commodore, Apple, IBM PC, and others, and explain their history. The most interesting part of this video, to me, was his explanation of why the Commodore floppy drive was so much larger than its competitors, and what it meant for performance.
Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2015 - 03:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: commodore, amiga
30 years ago Andy Warhol and Debbie Harry's voice introduced a computer which had people dropping their ZX Spectrums and Commie64's in awe, the original Commodore Amiga. It had such incredible specifications, 256KB of RAM which was upgradable to 512KB, a Motorola 68000 CPU that could handle both 16 and 32 bit addressing and OCS graphics which could manage an unheard of 640×400 resolution with 12 onscreen colour or 4096 at 320x400. There was one problem though, they were rarer than hen's teeth as Commodore vastly underestimated demand and overestimated their production capability. If you happen to be in California then check out the link at The Inquirer for there is a celebration this weekend and you might still be able to score tickets. It is amazing how far we have come in a mere generation.
"1980S BEDROOM BRILLIANCE the Commodore Amiga computer has reached the ripe old age of 30 and is still blazing in the hearts and minds of anyone who took keyboard and joystick in hand and shut the door on their parents."
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