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    Drop a line to Bruce Ray, master of all things DG...

    Drop a line to Bruce Ray, master of all things DG at Wild Hare Computing
  2. I had a look at the files pointed to by NAPALM. ...

    I had a look at the files pointed to by NAPALM. It's for the Novastor backup package. Tapestar.sys is a driver for a DC2000 QIC tape drive.

    Well, scratch that one.
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    Actually, it's a pretty smart move on China's...

    Actually, it's a pretty smart move on China's part. If you want a nearly hack-proof platform, release no technical details on it and restrict distribution. Now that hacking has been nationally...
  4. The Russian FTP indexers seem to be history,...

    The Russian FTP indexers seem to be history, pretty much.

    NAPALM is about the only decent one left, as far as I can tell. At one time Google had an ftp search capability, but that seems to be...
  5. Have a look at the NAPALM ftp server (hint)....

    Have a look at the NAPALM ftp server (hint). (Google doesn't index ftp sites).

    The SCSI tape interface is a standard ANSI X3T10 beast, so it's not difficult to write your own stuff if needed. I...
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    Again, the official distro has been in the works...

    Again, the official distro has been in the works for a couple of years now and the proposed course of action is to install it in governmental offices, a relatively well-defined user community.
    ...
  7. Thread: Ibm xt 5160

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    No, HGC and MDA will most assuredly not coexist...

    No, HGC and MDA will most assuredly not coexist in the same system. Both use the same I/O port addresses and memory address range. Of course, CGA and MDA/HGC can work together, but that's...
  8. That's what I discovered ~10 years ago. Same...

    That's what I discovered ~10 years ago. Same for Chi Corp.

    Fortunately, my only Qualstar drive (not that I use it much--at 6250, it's almost useless) is a SCSI unit, so generic utilities will...
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    The article refers to Chinese governmental...

    The article refers to Chinese governmental installations. It has nothing to do with the civilian market. As China holds to an intensive surveillance approach for cybersecurity, this comes as no...
  10. Do you (or anyone else) have any really...

    Do you (or anyone else) have any really Canadian-origin systems? (e.g. AES, MCM, etc.) Those would pretty much date back to the (Pierre) Trudeau days.
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    For the last 30 or so years, a system with a V20...

    For the last 30 or so years, a system with a V20 with a repaired pin has been functional. I used a bit of phosphor-bronze wire--very stiff. I originally got the wire to convert SIMMs into SIPPs...
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    We could settle the C vs. F matter if the world...

    We could settle the C vs. F matter if the world would just convert to Reaumur. That 25F would be about -3.1Re.

    That way, everyone would be at a disadvantage.
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    Mouser seems to have only a few in stock. How...

    Mouser seems to have only a few in stock.

    How about these from JDR

    or

    These from Jameco

    Both suppliers are old-line hobbyist stores.
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    I used pins from TI gold-plated wirewrap sockets...

    I used pins from TI gold-plated wirewrap sockets as prototyping board terminals. Just solder them in after clipping off the grabber ends. Honestly, TI sockets were some of the worst ever produced.
  15. In any case, if anyone is seriously curious, I'm...

    In any case, if anyone is seriously curious, I'm willing to do a Kyread photo of what happens when a floppy is run through my gizmo. Meanwhile, consider that, in the center of the gap shown, B...
  16. Larry, I don't do social media (not FB, not...

    Larry, I don't do social media (not FB, not Twitter, not Instagram).

    I don't think I'm alone in that, either. I leave that stuff for the politicians.
  17. I get a "page not found" Did you read my posts...

    I get a "page not found"

    Did you read my posts on the eraser? Said magnets are arranged with like poles facing. The effect is to "spread" the lines of flux. The effect isn't the same as unlike...
  18. For disk erasure, see my posts on using a pair of...

    For disk erasure, see my posts on using a pair of magnets from a microwave oven magnetron. It works very well--just as well as my old-style VHS bulk eraser.

    https://i.imgur.com/MUKTExa.jpg
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    There's also the issue of caching and read-ahead....

    There's also the issue of caching and read-ahead. I recall that Bill Godbout published a CP/M BIOS for one of his systems that read and wrote a track (at 1:1 interleave) at a time; i.e., there was a...
  20. I'd originally picked up a bunch of CD-RWs with...

    I'd originally picked up a bunch of CD-RWs with the hope of recording them as audio CDs.

    That was a mistake. There were comparatively few audio CD players that could deal with the things, so...
  21. I don't partake of the lesser Japanese brands. ...

    I don't partake of the lesser Japanese brands. Are these genuine Matshushita products or rebadged someone else's gear?
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    Too bad that he had to use an old Qualstar tape...

    Too bad that he had to use an old Qualstar tape drive, though. But I recall his postings here.
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    Looks like a 3 pin Mini-DIN power connector: ...

    Looks like a 3 pin Mini-DIN power connector:

    https://p.globalsources.com/IMAGES/PDT/B1043965069/Standard-Din-Connector-with-3-Pin-Mini-Din-Female-Socket-PCB-Mount-Dip-type-for-Power-Supply.jpg
  24. Try grounding pin 16 on the drive with a disk...

    Try grounding pin 16 on the drive with a disk inserted and the system powered up. pinout here. You won't ruin anything as the floppy drive protocol is open-collector.

    The motor should run.
  25. I pretty much implied that, didn't I? :) You...

    I pretty much implied that, didn't I? :) You can format a disk in a working drive no matter how far out of whack the alignment is.

    That being said, very few drives actually seriously go out of...
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