thinking of the "ultimate" retro x86 PCs - what bits to seek/keep ?

Swift Griggs swiftgriggs at
Thu Jun 2 17:13:00 CDT 2016

On Thu, 2 Jun 2016, Fred Cisin wrote:
> MOST of the "2.88M" drives (2.81MiB) drives could also do 1.4M; same FDC 
> but needed device driver and twice the data transfer rate for 2.8M.

Heh, 2.88" disks were like unicorns. I heard all about them, but I never 
saw them for sale or people using them. That was probably just my limited 
view at the time. The 20M floptical in the SGI Indy is like a tooth fairy 
riding a unicorn, I've seen pictures, but I've never actually seen one (or 
the disks) in person.

> > > No CD.
> Why no CD-ROM?  2/3G storage; SCSI or proprietary interfaces, even parallel
> port adapters. 

Oh, that was someone else. I'll put in a SCSI CDROM, probably a Plextor or 

> CD-ROM was less work for installing Windoze 3.10/3.11 than a couple 
> dozen floppies.

Or installing SLS or Slackware with 40 floppies. :-)


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