Atari ST diskettes

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Mon Dec 7 13:21:55 CST 2020

On 12/7/20 10:32 AM, Van Snyder via cctalk wrote:

> The first computer I  was paid to write software for didn't require me
> to toggle in a boot loader: The IBM 1401 in 1966.
> All I had to do was push the load key on the card reader, or the tape
> load key on the operator console. And it didn't even have a teletype
> console.

The contemporaneous 1620 had it both ways--one could type in the loader
on the console typewriter (hit the Release key when done) or by pressing
the console LOAD key, could read a record from either card or paper tape
into 00000-00079.  On the CADET, one of the first things that most
loaders did was to have a small routine to read in the addition and
multiplication tables.  If you're going to do any arithmetic at all,
you'd better have those!


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