Re: D9090 back to life !

From: Rob Eaglestone <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:05:43 -0600
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I won't say the ship has sailed, but it's certainly pulled out of the port.

I'm all for embedding metadata, if a place can be found.  At least, it's a
fun thought experiment.  I once thought about putting metadata in Block
Zero, but I suppose that's used more often than Track 18, Sector 18.

Overwriting the BAM with a Magic Word, for example.  (After all, rebuilding
the BAM is just one validate away.)

And I *do* like the possibilities made by the X64, unlikely tho they are to
be ever exercised.

On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 9:29 PM, Jim Brain <> wrote:

> On 1/27/2014 4:59 PM, Rob Eaglestone wrote:
>> re: container format.  Hasn't this been done already, i.e. the X64?  And,
>> it's rather moribund (although I think there are fun things one can do with
>> a container).  But yes, tradition tends to be a handy bond.
>> And, regarding the thought of a five-character extension: sure, but I
>> think that way lies madness; you'll suggest a modest and reasonable but new
>> way, and before you know it I'll have lost my self-restraint and will
>> suggest a real-like 256-byte header appended to those new formats, and then
>> I'll be suggesting a .D1541 image that includes that header, and that the
>> directory should be located at the front of the image, and......well it's
>> just madness, I tell you!!
> I agree containers and different extensions are on a ship that has sailed.
> However, I am wondering if there is a way to "embed" the metadata into the
> existing format.
> Yes, I know there are issues...
> Still, giving people the option of  using the last sector of track 18, for
> example, which is hardly ever used, or tacking a block onto the end of the
> image and putting data into that block would sure help matters.
> Jim
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