The 8-Bit Guy (and Friends) on Cassette Tapes for PCs

Subject: General Tech, Storage | July 5, 2016 - 02:52 AM |
Tagged: cassette, tape

Some old PCs didn't have storage, so users needed to add programs manually by typing in the source code. As The 8-Bit Guy explains, one of the first consumer solutions was to attach a cassette tape to the computer through analog audio cables. They would actually be programmed by pulsing electrical intensities, which would be interpreted as binary data, within the audio range. Near the end, he even plays a clip of normal data, and “fast loader” data.

He, and his co-hosts, talk about their experiences with the medium, such as using a two-deck cassette player to copy programs and share them with friends. It doesn't go too deep into the technology or the time period, unlike some of his previous videos, but it's still entertaining none-the-less.

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July 5, 2016 | 08:02 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Good old days...good old days. I still have cassette tapes but no more cassette recorder :(

July 5, 2016 | 12:36 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

That's a good thing ... can't accidentially put one into your walkman and temporarily deafen yourself!

July 5, 2016 | 12:48 PM - Posted by mb67 (not verified)

This brings back memories of my first computer back in '81: the Commodore Vic-20, and the cassette tape recorder for storing my programs. I had to save up money to buy the modem to connect it to the phone line, which of course pissed off my parents because in those days phone calls weren't cheap. :-P

July 5, 2016 | 06:35 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It's a huge problem and it's all AMD's fault.


July 6, 2016 | 12:53 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

I blame Matrox, personally.

July 6, 2016 | 01:53 AM - Posted by Hakuren

No that's most defo Trident fault. :)

July 6, 2016 | 01:56 AM - Posted by KingKookaluke (not verified)

I learned computers from a Tandy TRS-80.THis brings back fond memories.

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