SLCPilot From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 598 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 12497 times:
Quoting Sinlock (Reply 5): Quoting L-188 (Reply 4):
Wow, NASA still uses floppies?
I might be one of those high end 2.44MB ED disks!!! Fancy stuff.
All this raises some interesting points. Columbia first flew in 1981. Did laptops exist then? What was state of the art portable data storage like? What was robust enough and certified by NASA for flight? I don't feel old at 45, yet it's still pretty amazing to think how much consumer electronics have changed since then.
I suspect 3.5" disks were not common by then, but then again, we have no idea when this was shot.
I don't like to be fueled by anger, I don't like to be fooled by lust...
It was the very first portable computer used in space, and it sent the first email. Definitely state of the art for the time. 16 Mhz! Trackball! Networking!
The GRiD Compass 1101 was flown on the Shuttle in 1983, on STS-9 (and on many subsequent missions). I'm pretty sure STS-9 was the first flight of the GRiD, but I can't completely rule out an earlier one.
Oh, and 8MHz 8086, 256KB of RAM, 384KB of bubble storage for "disk".
woodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 10840 times:
In the early 1990's in the military we used LCUs "Lightweight Computer Units" it came in a 5ft x 3ft x3ft container, it was waterproof and designed for easy mobility by 2 soldiers/Marines. Maybe 50-60pounds in weight. It was used to generate battery firing orders for an artillery battery.
Monochrome text screen maybe 7-8 inches in diagonal. An iPad mini has more screen real estate. Rugged used keyboard, SINCGARS radios for networking with the firing battery and counter battery radar and other headquarters, KY for encryption and hop set, batteries to keep the whole contraption running. Heavy duty plugs for external generator power hook up.
Bonus animus sit, ab experientia. Quod salvatum fuerit de malis usu venit judicium.
TheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3857 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 10634 times:
While off-topic, my 486 DX4-100 (AMD, tuned from a 486 DX 33 could not even play MP3s in Stereo, Mono only.
I even used it for internet in the 90s, with a 14.400 modem 14.4k Modem. That was 10 minutes/megabyte. Those were the days. It both had 3,5 and 5.25 floppy drives.
Still, it booted with windows 3.1. in less than one minute. I would guess, if you put it next to my PC and start with the following job "Switch on your pc and print one page with MS Word", it would win this challenge easily compared to my Windows Vista computer.
I should go to my mums cellar and see if it can work if I switch it on. Or maybe not.