[vcf-midatlantic] ISA Sound Card is going for $1500

Michael Lee mikelee at tdh.com
Fri Mar 11 14:00:16 EST 2016

On 3/11/2016 12:33 PM, Alexander via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> It starts with Windows 3.1, then they're using DOS 5, and the next thing you know, they're figuring out MFM drives on an IBM PC XT.

Who knew a Gateway PC can be a gateway drug down a path of 8-bit, until 
next thing you know, you're looking at flipping switches on a PDP and 
referring to everything in octal.

Yup, I've noticed this too, and honestly to keep the hobby around and 
maintain interest in it, there needs to be new blood and the helpful 
community assisting the n00bs with their MFM drives and sharing the 
years of experience and knowledge the elders of the hobby know.  As much 
as you can read books on this stuff, some of it just comes down to 

Sidenote: I still think MFM drives can be like voodoo magic.  The 
perfect balance of the right controller, sector/cylinder/head, bad block 
table, formatting and sometimes a mallet to get them to behave.

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