[Nelug] Minutes from tonight's meeting.

Aleksander Helgaker aleksander.helgaker at gmail.com
Tue Oct 17 22:00:58 UTC 2006

Also it was raining.

On 10/17/06, Douglas Nisbet <dougie at highmoor.co.uk> wrote:
> Matters arising:
> It will come as no surprise to Aleksander, Martin and Richard that I am
> more or less totally wrong about Winchester. I was right in as much that
> Winchester was used as a term for hard disk drive, but wrong in thinking
> it had something to do with the cathedral city of Winchester. From
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester_disk:
>     IBM 3340
> The *IBM 3340 Direct Access Storage Facility*, code named /Winchester/,
> was introduced in March 1973 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973> for use
> with IBM System/370 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System/370>. It was
> named after the famous 30-30 Winchester rifle
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester_rifle>. Its removable disk
> packs were sealed and included the head and arm assembly. There was no
> cover to remove during the insertion process. Access time was 25
> millisecond and data transferred at 885 kB/s. Three versions of the
> removable *IBM 3348 Data Module* were sold, one with 35 megabyte
> capacity, another with 70 megabytes, the third also had 70 megabytes,
> but with 500 kilobytes under separate fixed heads for faster access. The
> 3340 also used error correction
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Error_correction>. It was withdrawn in 1984.
> Other matters discussed included webcams in nestboxes, PC World, tips
> for getting 19" CRT monitors into lofts, accountants, DRM and itunes,
> bit rates of Radio transmissions on DAB and streaming radio, The
> Simpsons, Debian, power consumption of PCs, lying Bosch dishwashers, and
> probably some other stuff. And I think I left my torch.
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