I bought two boxes of Philips CD-R disks a few weeks ago and just started using them for a project this week. The first two burned all right, then a couple just about burned (even at only 12x) with many retries and the drive speed hunting up and down all over the place. Out of 20 disks, barely half were usable. Then I looked more closely at the boxes and noticed the dreaded "Made in China" on them.
Thanks to yet another company sending production to China and letting quality control vanish, I had to make a quick trip to PC World (40-mile round trip) to get some replacements quickly.
Yeah, the kids today look at the hard shell of a 3-1/2" disk and wonder why we call them floppies!
I remember staring at a TRS-80 in a little back-street store when they first arrived on these shores, with the likes of the Commodore PET alongside. That was in the days when a computer shop was a dingy old run-down place on some dark back-street in the low-rent part of town, but it was like a palace to me at the time!
Re: Bad CD-R disk batch#131863 06/07/0401:31 PM06/07/0401:31 PM
I still have an apple IIe, and I think it still works. Cost an arm and a leg at the time, and I get a lot of use out of it. Had a Z-80 card in it too, for anyone who remembers CPM OS. Ran WordStar & dBase-II.
There are 10 types of people. Those who know binary, and those who don't.
Re: Bad CD-R disk batch#131864 06/07/0405:21 PM06/07/0405:21 PM
Ran CP/M for years, and in fact it had a lot of useful built-in features and utilities that were absent in MS-DOS.
I acquired an old Heath/Zenith Z-89 system a while ago which I'm working on, as time permits. It came complete with all the original hardware and spftware manuals, which is a great find. And the keyboard is an absolute d-r-e-a-m compared to today's cheap junk.
Re: Bad CD-R disk batch#131865 06/08/0411:02 AM06/08/0411:02 AM
Wow, you guys really brought back the memories bringing up the Radio Shack TRS-80. That was my first PC. I don't remember how much I paid for it, but I rememeber saving up for it for a while. I had my local store special order me one as soon as I saw it in the catalog. I got the 1266th one built.
To this day I still have the catalog. I think the external modem that had the cups for the phone handset to fit in was several hundred dollars.