[Nelug] Minutes from tonight's meeting.

Richard Patterson richard at helpquick.co.uk
Tue Oct 17 22:04:43 UTC 2006

Douglas Nisbet 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 It was withdrawn in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.
I have your torch... I've put it in the box with the rest of the stuff ;-)



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