3.1062 Mac affairs: drives and transport (68)

Willard McCarty (MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca)
Fri, 16 Feb 90 22:34:09 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 1062. Friday, 16 Feb 1990.

(1) Date: Fri, 16 Feb 90 05:11:37 EST (30 lines)
From: David.A.Bantz@mac.dartmouth.edu
Subject: Re: Mac IIcx/drives

(2) Date: Fri, 16 Feb 90 18:12:00 EST (17 lines)
Subject: Re: 3.1034 audio input; Mac troubles (95)

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Date: Fri, 16 Feb 90 05:11:37 EST
From: David.A.Bantz@mac.dartmouth.edu
Subject: Re: Mac IIcx/drives

I've read Crabb's report on high early failure & DOA rate of the IIcx
internal drive. However, our experience has been considerably better.
Of half a dozen IIcx machines all with 80MB internal drives in routine
use we've had no drive problems. This is in contrast to the half dozen
Mac II machines, the internal drives of which often fail to start up
without heroic and sometimes desperate measures. For a three-day
workshop we had 15 brand new IIcx / Apple (i.e. Quantum) 80 MB drive
workstations delivered a few hours before the beginning of the workshop.
They were hastily set up in one building, hastily carted over in piles
(literally) to the workshop room in the dead of night, brusquely set up
for the workshop in a wood-heated (i.e., unevenly heated) somewhat smoky
cabin. In three days of intense use not a single hardware error of any
kind was noticed on any of these machines. The 80MB internal drive in
the IIcx is a Quantum P80s; you can buy the same drive [and many others
of course] on the open market with a one or two year warranty (as
opposed to Apple's 90 day) at less than Apple's list price. However, at
the AUC price there is little difference in price. If you think Don
Crabb's experience is typical, you'll want to avoid the Apple version of
the Quantum and try another manufacturer's drive, or at least get a
longer warranty on the Quantum. Of course you can also purchase third
party internal drives which are cheaper and more convenient for routine
use. The drives slip out of one machine and into another in about 90
seconds, so you can take your data (i.e., drive) to another machine,
should you need to.

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Date: Fri, 16 Feb 90 18:12:00 EST
Subject: Re: 3.1034 audio input; Mac troubles (95)

It may not be "exporting the mac to Budapest" at all, but sinmply
carrying one in, which is importing, and that shouldnt be difficult, as
people have been buy ing IBMS etc for some time now. Whether it is
trouble withe copyright and dupli cating diskettes, etc, but Budapest
belongs to the Universal copyright conventi on, as I well know, since
they pay their royalties promptly and in $$$ for the books I have done
with their permission, translations of poetry and fiction, th at is into
English, up until the book I just put out in December. If a Hungaria n
national carries a Mac in, it is his import dutyheprobably should fret
over, but of course he can pay it in $$$, since he is earning them at
Sta Barbara, ri ght? Kessler offering off the top of the head. If we
took Rubiks' cube, they ca n have the Mac, with all its warranty
problems and uncertain internals hardware , as I should know, having
been only Mac since 1984, one of the first with 128K
Yours, JK