[vcf-midatlantic] H89 for museum; gotek?

Bill Degnan billdegnan at gmail.com
Sun May 9 22:16:57 UTC 2021

Alex Bodnar, long-time member of this club, knows about as much as anyone
Heathkit. If he does not know he knows were to get the info.  He belongs to
a Heathkit group of some sort.

On Sun, May 9, 2021 at 5:42 PM Jeff Salzman via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> Now that the subject has been updated, I'll clear up any misunderstandings
> up to this point.
> I have an H89 that was donated to me, for my collection. I will not be
> donating it to the museum. The museum already has one. However, I will be
> bringing this system to the next Workshop to clean, troubleshoot if
> necessary, and test.
> Along with what I received are about 150 SSDD hard sectored disks of
> personal software from when this system was being actively used back in the
> late 70s/early 80s. These all include CP/M and HDOS, programs, games, data,
> etc. If I'm reading the disk labels correctly, these will be more than
> enough to compile a working set of disks for use on the Museum's H89 so we
> can get yet another system on display running demonstrations.
> Until I test the disks, which for all I know may have not survived long
> term storage, I'll know better what I have and what software is available
> from the collection. Making straight copies of this software will be easier
> than trying to convert from online disk images to real disks on a hard
> sectored drive. If the Museum has any blank hard sectored disks on hand,
> they will be very useful to have available if none of the disks I have are
> blank.
> What I learn from using my H89 should help me with triaging the Museum's
> H89 to get that up and running at least.
> As for Gotek solutions, I am aware that hard sector emulation is beta.
> However, I don't look to there being much need for one at the moment. There
> simply isn't a vast amount of software that's exclusive to the H89 since
> it's a CP/M machine, except for maybe the ability to boot HDOS. I don't see
> the need for more than three or four disks on hand for demonstration
> purposes, just like the Osborne and Zorba.
> Jeff Salzman
> On Sun, May 9, 2021 at 3:40 PM Herb Johnson via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> > 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
> > line.
> >
> > 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
> > file-storage.
> >
> >

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