Monday, March 23, 2009

Old Tools

 
Eva has posted some photos of old lab equipment and tools [Old Tools]. Check them out to see if you recognize anything.

Here's another contribution. How many readers know what this is and what it was used for in prehistoric times? (Click to embiggen.)



10 comments:

  1. Bayesian Bouffant, FCDMonday, March 23, 2009 5:49:00 PM

    That looks like a 5.25" (13.3 cm) floppy disk. Hmmmph. You haven't lived if you haven't handled an 8" (20 cm) floppy.

    Both types are good as shims to level a shaky table leg.

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  2. I still have a 5" floppy drive and an original disc with with my entire dissertation on it somehwere in the basement. IIRC, a whopping 200 kb zipped.

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  3. Heh, I still remember the punched cards we had to use. Dem was the days.

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  4. It's a boot-up disk for a very old system.

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  5. If science is being knocked back to the stone age in Canada, you might find there will be a bit of a demand for these old tools from prehistoric times.

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  6. It's a "lazer" disc that you must flip over to watch the second hour of the Flesh Gordon movie.

    Oops I meant Flash Gordon.

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  7. It's a 5.25' as stated with pc-dos.
    I still have one like the photo, manual and all.
    AND it's not old...
    pdp11 papertape and a dectape...
    oh damn I am that old

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  8. And that stack of dead tree slabs bound in a vinyl cover - I think it's called a "manual."

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  9. It looks like the disk that I used to have to put into the computer before I put in the disk for Friendlyware, which featured such cutting-edge games as Hangman, Memory, and Nevada Dice.

    I'm still traumatized by the fact that I never received my pet squirrel prize from the Memory game!!

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  10. Jane says,

    I'm still traumatized by the fact that I never received my pet squirrel prize from the Memory game!!

    We can fix that. Next time you're home I'll trap one of the squirrels in the back yard and you can take it back to Belgium with you!

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