Author Topic: Snake oil  (Read 3286 times)

Feanor

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Re: Snake oil
« Reply #125 on: July 11, 2020, 07:22:05 pm »
Back to ancient technoloby - what was so special about Zip Discs? - I've got a Zip Drive and a few Zip Disks stored away, but can't remember why.

They had a significantly higher capacity than floppy disks.

But at a cost: they were prone to become WOM (Write-Only Memory).

Re: Snake oil
« Reply #126 on: July 11, 2020, 07:57:18 pm »
Back to ancient technoloby - what was so special about Zip Discs? - I've got a Zip Drive and a few Zip Disks stored away, but can't remember why.

They had a significantly higher capacity than floppy disks.

But at a cost: they were prone to become WOM (Write-Only Memory).
Is it possible to confirm WOM? Asking for a friend.  ;D
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Kim

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Re: Snake oil
« Reply #127 on: July 11, 2020, 08:01:02 pm »
Back to ancient technoloby - what was so special about Zip Discs? - I've got a Zip Drive and a few Zip Disks stored away, but can't remember why.

They had a significantly higher capacity than floppy disks.

But at a cost: they were prone to become WOM (Write-Only Memory).
Is it possible to confirm WOM? Asking for a friend.  ;D

My write-only memory story involves an EPROM (of the UV-erasable variety, with the little window onto the die) doing a surprisingly prolonged impression of a light bulb.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Re: Snake oil
« Reply #128 on: Yesterday at 09:05:51 am »
I haz a mini-disc player which I bought about 2 months before the first iPod hit the shops.  >:(
I also haz a Sony 3-head cassette deck, which has Dolby S. (And B & C)

quixoticgeek

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Re: Snake oil
« Reply #129 on: Yesterday at 02:11:54 pm »

With my first ever pay packet, aged 16, sometime towards the end of the last millennium, I bought myself a portable mini disk player. I used it to listen to music on my cycle commute to work. I think I still have it in a box... somewhere...

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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Snake oil
« Reply #130 on: Yesterday at 02:18:33 pm »
Does anyone ever remember a 16 rpm record? All the record players of my childhood had 78, 45, 33 1/3 and 16 settings.
My parents had that record player! They also had some 78s from my mum's childhood but I'm not sure I remember any 16s.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Snake oil
« Reply #131 on: Yesterday at 02:19:17 pm »

With my first ever pay packet, aged 16, sometime towards the end of the last millennium, I bought myself a portable mini disk player. I used it to listen to music on my cycle commute to work. I think I still have it in a box... somewhere...

J
That's a whole new thread! What did you do with your first pay packet?
Days become simply the spaces between dreams, spaces between the shifting floors of time...

Re: Snake oil
« Reply #132 on: Yesterday at 02:22:48 pm »

With my first ever pay packet, aged 16, sometime towards the end of the last millennium, I bought myself a portable mini disk player. I used it to listen to music on my cycle commute to work. I think I still have it in a box... somewhere...

J
I've just dug mine out, strapped a single AA to it and Bingo! It works! Buddah Bar II on my 'phones  :thumbsup:

I'm having lunch with friends shortly. I'll take it with me to show their 17yo daughter. It'll freak her out.
I'm also taking the tape deck with me, as they have a load of cassette tapes, which they want to check for serviceability, and they've killed their own tape deck.
Their VW Passat estate has a tape deck in it. Which gives you an idea that their car was built when they still made them properly.

Re: Snake oil
« Reply #133 on: Yesterday at 02:49:48 pm »
Does anyone ever remember a 16 rpm record? All the record players of my childhood had 78, 45, 33 1/3 and 16 settings.
My parents had that record player! They also had some 78s from my mum's childhood but I'm not sure I remember any 16s.
We had quite a few 78s. I remember breaking a copy of White Christmas.
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Re: Snake oil
« Reply #134 on: Yesterday at 03:18:08 pm »
Does anyone ever remember a 16 rpm record? All the record players of my childhood had 78, 45, 33 1/3 and 16 settings.
My parents had that record player! They also had some 78s from my mum's childhood but I'm not sure I remember any 16s.
We had quite a few 78s. I remember breaking a copy of White Christmas.
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Gattopardo

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Re: Snake oil
« Reply #135 on: Yesterday at 03:24:34 pm »

With my first ever pay packet, aged 16, sometime towards the end of the last millennium, I bought myself a portable mini disk player. I used it to listen to music on my cycle commute to work. I think I still have it in a box... somewhere...

J

From that comment I can gauge how old you are.....younger than me :(

frankly frankie

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Re: Snake oil
« Reply #136 on: Yesterday at 03:49:39 pm »
Whatever those skookum Gram decks were that the Beeb put into nice wooden cabinets with rotary fader start - EMT, I think

You mean the one with the parallel tracking arm(s) and the tracking weight measurable in lbs ?  They were 78rpm only, I think they might have been before your time.

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MikeFromLFE

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Re: Snake oil
« Reply #137 on: Yesterday at 08:13:49 pm »

With my first ever pay packet, aged 16, sometime towards the end of the last millennium, I bought myself a portable mini disk player. I used it to listen to music on my cycle commute to work. I think I still have it in a box... somewhere...

J
That's a whole new thread! What did you do with your first pay packet?
A battery powered slide viewer
I think I might still have it.
Don't know how much it cost, but I know my first month's pay was £63
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Re: Snake oil
« Reply #138 on: Yesterday at 10:14:26 pm »

With my first ever pay packet, aged 16, sometime towards the end of the last millennium, I bought myself a portable mini disk player. I used it to listen to music on my cycle commute to work. I think I still have it in a box... somewhere...

J
I've just dug mine out, strapped a single AA to it and Bingo! It works! Buddah Bar II on my 'phones  :thumbsup:

I'm having lunch with friends shortly. I'll take it with me to show their 17yo daughter. It'll freak her out.
I'm also taking the tape deck with me, as they have a load of cassette tapes, which they want to check for serviceability, and they've killed their own tape deck.
Their VW Passat estate has a tape deck in it. Which gives you an idea that their car was built when they still made them properly.

17yo daughter was astonished at the sound quality of the minidisc. :thumbsup:

Kim

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Re: Snake oil
« Reply #139 on: Yesterday at 10:19:37 pm »
17yo daughter was astonished at the sound quality of the minidisc. :thumbsup:

Probably a better bitrate than most of the rubbish the Young People listen to.  If they aren't too confused by the source material not having been through a vocoder.  </old fart>
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Re: Snake oil
« Reply #140 on: Yesterday at 10:27:57 pm »
17yo daughter was astonished at the sound quality of the minidisc. :thumbsup:

Probably a better bitrate than most of the rubbish the Young People listen to.  If they aren't too confused by the source material not having been through a vocoder.  </old fart>
My understanding is that a lot/most popular music is recorded these days with the intention of it being replayed on shite quality kit, and is therefore adjusted accordingly. Lovely.