[vcf-midatlantic] H89 for museum; gotek?
hjohnson at retrotechnology.info
Sun May 9 19:38:18 UTC 2021
Just as a matter of courtesy: consider starting a new thread when the
conversation changes greatly from the "subject" line. I am a user, I'm
not in charge. But since I'm posting a response, I'll change the subject
The subject of the thread "Needed SD card solutions for museum" was
about SDcard adapters to replace floppy drives on 8-bit computers. But
most of the thread now is entirely about an H89 acquired which may be
donated to the VCFed museum; and/or about the utility of a "Gotek"
hardware product for it that emulates various vintage floppy drives with
I would have ignored the thread, except by luck. I read this list
online, after the fact; not by emails. And anyone looking backwards or
search, would not find those H89 interests among the subject lines,
The H89 by Heath and Zenith is a great 8-bit Z80 system. It works fine
with original hardware and software, and hard or soft sectored disks.
One needs a controller for each, with drives dedicated for each. That's
how it was done in the era. But people today do like putting modern
widgets and new boards on it, some use modern mass storage. The H89 and
support for it, or a system to restore or to pass to the Museum, are
certainly worth their own discussion threads.
As for modern SDcard or CompactFlash devices that emulate floppy drives,
like GoTek. I don't follow them much. But it's unusual for them to
support formats like Heath's hard-sectored USART based floppy
controller. It's a technical challenge, not just "bugs" to fix. If GoTek
supports that better over time, that's interesting and good news.
Regards, Herb Johnson
Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey in the USA
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