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Ejecting A Floppy Disc In Space  
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7951 posts, RR: 12
Posted (9 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7411 times:




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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (9 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7331 times:

Okay - something I had never considered !!!

User currently onlinecjg225 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 807 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7246 times:

That is AWESOME. Thanks for the post.

Somehow, the simplest things are the most amusing.



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User currently offlineNBGSkyGod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 809 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6814 times:

Glad I am not an astronaut, I would be ejecting disks for hours of amusement (yes I am entertained by simple things).


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29792 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (9 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6753 times:

Wow, NASA still uses floppies?

At least it wasn't a 5 1/4 disk. Those probably could take somebodies head off!



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User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1645 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6603 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 4):
Wow, NASA still uses floppies?

I might be one of those high end 2.44MB ED disks!!! Fancy stuff.



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User currently offlineboacvc10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 611 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 months 19 hours ago) and read 6407 times:

Pretty good evidence supporting Newtons laws of motions in the clip ...  


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User currently offlineSLCPilot From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 582 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 months 18 hours ago) and read 6386 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.

SLCPilot



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User currently offlinewoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1031 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (9 months 18 hours ago) and read 6380 times:

Google reveals a YouTube video posted in 2006 of the same scene

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_MfM4j09ME

But still don't know how old it was before it was posted

It does appear to the space shuttle mid deck. Beyond the computer are the sleeping bunks on the far wall.

[Edited 2013-11-24 14:21:04]


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User currently offlineSSTeve From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 700 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 months 17 hours ago) and read 6339 times:

STS-43, 1991
http://support.apple.com/kb/TA30635
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macintosh_Portable

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!


User currently offlinerwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2340 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 months 7 hours ago) and read 6192 times:
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Quoting SSTeve (Reply 9):

STS-43, 1991
http://support.apple.com/kb/TA30635
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macintosh_Portable

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".


http://oldcomputers.net/grid1101.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grid_Compass


User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 911 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5852 times:

Quoting Sinlock (Reply 5):
I might be one of those high end 2.44MB ED disks!!! Fancy stuff.

It is probably a Sony Memory Stick floppy adaptor, you could squeeze like... 64mb on those puppies! That was so hard core back in the day!


User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5614 times:

Quoting SSTeve (Reply 9):
16 Mhz!

It's amazing isn't. My first laptop had a 486DHX processor with an amazing 50Mhz clock speed.

Which is precisely 76 times less than what I have today.

RAM memory... 8 megs... 3000 times less than what I have today.

Hard drive storage space... 720 megs ... 1388 times less than what I have today.

But interestingly enough... i used it to run Excel and Word, on Windows 95... and it worked awesomely.

Gets me thinking - why do I need so much more processing power to do the same thing today? Well, that and Adobe Premiere. But still!



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12422 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (8 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5541 times:

Quoting Oroka (Reply 11):
It is probably a Sony Memory Stick floppy adaptor, you could squeeze like... 64mb on those puppies! That was so hard core back in the day!

I put a 8GB usb thumb drive onto a computer and in essence the computer told me I had a 8GB floppy drive available for my use!  
Quoting AF1624 (Reply 12):
Gets me thinking - why do I need so much more processing power to do the same thing today? Well, that and Adobe Premiere. But still!

If you'd like, we can set you up with a 486DHX at 50 MHz and you can do the exact same thing you did back in 1995 today!  



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User currently offlineSSTeve From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 700 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5100 times:

Quoting AF1624 (Reply 12):

Gets me thinking - why do I need so much more processing power to do the same thing today? Well, that and Adobe Premiere. But still!

Any graphical effect that's not a simple colored rectangle in the GUI...


User currently offlinebond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5408 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (8 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4775 times:

Quoting SLCPilot (Reply 7):
Columbia first flew in 1981. Did laptops exist then?

Late 80's I had a huge portable Compaq PC ...you couldn't call it a laptop, it weighed around 25lbs - it had to be plugged into A/C, no battery. It had some kind of orange LCD screen, and 100MB drive.

They did have 'portable' computers since early 80's AFAIK.

We also used 'cellphones' around that time, that had batteries so big and heavy they had to be carried separately using a shoulder strap.

We've come a long way, looking at my smartphone!

Jimbo



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User currently offlinewoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1031 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4729 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.



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User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3564 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4523 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.


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