Re: MFM drive gone nuts

From: Marko Mäkelä <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:17:59 +0300
Message-ID: <20140721171759.GC1608@x60s>
On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 12:43:44PM -0400, MikeS wrote:
>People like SD may bitch and moan because IBM deviated slightly from 
>the Shugart standard (or just because they're IBM), but they did indeed 
>bring some order to what had been pretty chaotic.

Pardon the stupid question, but is it really IBM who established the 
"industry standard" (as it was called back in the day), or was it the 
clone-makers such as Compaq and others?

Given that I felt a bit like Patryk about the IBM PC, I do not know the 
early history of the hardware that well. I jumped from the Commodore 64 
to a 80386SX box in 1990 or thereabouts. For a few years, I felt really 
bad about using MS-DOS and Windows, until I replaced them with Linux in 

Patryk, how do you feel about IBM PS/2 and the MCA bus? I think that the 
self-identifying hardware was a nice idea (no more address conflicts), 
but the IBM implementation was too proprietary. The same idea was 
implemented in the Amiga Zorro cards, and later in PCI and USB, and 
recently even in the Raspberry Pi Model B+ GPIO header (using an I2C bus 
for daughterboard identification).


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