On 21/07/2014 8:09 AM, MikeS wrote: > ----- Original Message ----- From: <firstname.lastname@example.org > >> I am sorry but we shall have to "agree to disagree" and keep our >> opinions. Seeing the cut'n twisted cables makes me sick. Made me back >> in the days and every reminder of this brings the same feelings. Not >> only it caused the problem that drive address was depending on the >> position on the cable (!) rather than what I wanted it to be... > > I'm sorry that a 'non-standard' cable has that effect on your > sensitive digestive system; the Commodore world is certainly full of > them and I hope those don't have the same effect. > > You're certainly entitled to your opinions, but just because it wasn't > what *you* wanted it to be that doesn't mean that what many people saw > as a *solution* to a problem (and presumably by extension those who > preferred that approach) was "stupid", "utterly sick" and "PC-crap"; > sounds like your mind just isn't very tolerant of others' preferences > or open to alternate approaches to a problem. > >> Instead of deciding myself which drive is which and having up to four >> of them if needed, it enforced often unroutable configurations. > > At that time only two full-height drives would fit into a normal PC > case; if you wanted more then there was provision for either external > drives and/or an external expansion unit and the required extra power, > or even internal secondary controllers if you had sufficient room and > power (again, not unlike more modern IDE drives). > >> The lack of jumpers and provision for individual motor control is the >> result of this, not the cause. They were just not needed. > > The lack of provision for individual motor control is a characteristic > of the drives of the day and the floppy drive interface standard which > you like so much, and the twisted cable was a way to overcome that (to > me) obvious lack; you apparently think it's a good idea to have drive > B and its diskette spin every time you access drive A and vice versa, > but I don't. > I always thought of the PC way of drive selection by a simple cable twist was a very good solution. All you had to do was buy a drive you intended as a second drive (which were factory set for drive A:) and plug it into spare connector and hey presto, B: drive. Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2014-07-21 10:00:02
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