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Issue 12/2007, July 19 2007 (No. 240)

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We do not want to be the biggest!
We want to be the best!
Advertising slogan of the Turbo Tape manufacturer

Some months ago I helped a neighbour to clear out a quite shabby flat of his former tenant. While I was doing that clearing work, I found an empty case of a compact cassette for computer data from the eighties. Today I have taken a close look at the case. On the case is the name of the item 'Turbo Tape'. The writing 'Commodore 16' points out the fact that the cassette was designed for the computer 'Commodore 16'. That was a computer for private users.
Below the name of the item is the writing 'Loading and recording of programms at eightfold speed'. On the rear side of the case there is a detailed explanation ' ... by means of TURBO TAPE you can record and load programms (maximum size is 28 K) as fast as by means of a floppy disk! A programm of a size of 12 K will be loaded within 48 seconds instead of 6:42 minutes, that's the eightfold speed.'
People don't use compact cassettes for computer data any more. Nowadays they even rarely use floppy disks, they use CD-Rs and RWs. My second-hand computer still has 3,5''-floppy-drive.
an empty case of a compact cassette for computer data
An empty case of a compact cassette for computer data
By means of that drive I stored a file of 12 K on the hard drive in blink of the eye. When I loaded the file from 3,5''-floppy-drive into a programm, it took about four seconds. (My wife Christine helped me to translate the text. Thanks.)

Please also read Charlie Dittmeier's diary entry of July 7 2007about broadband Internet connection in Phnom Penh .The link leads to the latest entry of the diary. Please scroll down.

The international poster organisation Loesje has started a project to train young people from all over Europe and Asia in how to organise and coordinate information campaigns about the Millennium Development Goals. These goals are set by the United Nations to fight poverty and to improve living standards world wide.

Next issue 'The Daily Groove'
on Thursday, August 2 2007.

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Please also read Cats Talk (35)

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