Cleaning up in my basement last weekend, I found the duffle bag that was (technically still is) my collection of stuff downloaded from BBSes… mostly ~500 1.44MB 3.5" DSHD floppies… but also ~50 1.2MB DSHD 5.25" floppies… I should pull out some old drives and see if any of that old por… er… files is any good.
<old man rant>
kids these days don’t realize how easy they have it with the internet instantaneously available at their literal fingertips whenever and wherever they want. Why, when I was their age we had to work for our illicit media, dagnabbit!
I still remember back in the early internet – when MIDI files were the way we shared and collected music – discovering this new media format call the “MP3”. I could just download a song instead of buying it on CD or cassette!?!
But our home computer was too slow to play this mystical new file… so I had to download it on the family computer overnight, winrar the file to split it onto a half dozen floppy discs, and then seruptitiously reassemble it all back together on my dad’s work computer to listen to the track (and then immediately delete the file and player [was it winamp?] Before I got caught messing around with his machine).