OT: OT (TECH): Old media revisited (< OT: TV (was: OT: Dvorak))
|Date:||Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 14:27|
> [mailto:CONLANG@listserv.brown.edu] On Behalf Of Lars Finsen
> At least you held out for longer than most, which can beapplauded.
> Myself I was perhaps a TV addict when I was a kid. I rememberbeing
> very unpleasant when I was dragged away from my favourite TVshow
> ("The Monkees") to go sailing in the Oslo Fjord with a familyfriend
> who had invited us. But now I have a time-consuming job, atime-
> consuming house and garden, and time-consuming hobbies, like
> conlanging, so I don't watch much. I still have a couple of
> favourites, and I do sit down to relax from time to time. Butthe
> best advice I think is to avoid serialised entertainment asmuch as
> possible. I guess TV really is invented in order to stealpeople's
> time away from them.
I too was part of the TV generation, but later became completely
digusted with the quality of the programming so I avoid it like
the plague now. The couple of shows I actually do find
entertaining can't even be enjoyed any more because of the
deplorable practice of running obnoxicons across the screen
during the show.
But enough of that. This was originally about Dvorak and that
triggered my thoughts about another older thread. Not long ago
we were discussing different types of media and preserving our
works. Well, I decided to see what, if anything, I could get
from some old 5.25" floppies I had left from my Apple II days.
Locally, I found a working Apple IIc (with Dvorak keyboard)
advertised on Craig's List. To my surprise, most of these
25+-year-old disks are still readable! To my disappointment
though, I didn't find any of my old fonts, conscripts or
anything language-related. A few of the floppies are CP/M
formatted so I'll need to find a utility to see what's on them.
Now I just need to find or build a serial cable so I can get the
data from the disks onto .DSK files for my emulator.
I'll be putting the computer on E-Bay when I'm finished with it.
I may end up with two of them because I had a bid on another one
before I found this.