Remember those Brother WP-500 disks I mentioned a while back? I was unable to find a compatible machine to actually read and print the disks myself. My research revealed there were only three models that could read this format. A guy in Britain advised me that they are considered “logically hard-sectored” — whatever than means […]

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Back in the late ’80s I bought a dedicated word processor. My main criterion at the time was something that seems silly now: I wanted printed output that would be indistinguishable from a typewriter. So I got a Brother WP-500, which featured a daisywheel printer. This enabled me to produce documents that appeared to have […]

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I made an unpleasant discovery this morning. The rox.com website was down. Looked like a problem with the database. Upon further investigation, I discovered that all the data tables were gone. The database itself was still there, but the thirty-odd data tables which it contained had vanished. Poof. Gone. I called tech support for our […]

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After more than four months, a box of various equipment I requistioned finally arrived today. Included in this box was a 250 GB external firewire drive. I installed it at our video workstation, right on top of the 120 GB firewire drive which is currently chock-full of digital video files. First order of business: Format […]

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