Have you personally used a computer which used...

  • none of the above
    <1%
    1 vote

     
  • optical drives (CDs/DVDs)?
    25%
    106 votes

     
  • 3 1/2" floppies?
    24%
    101 votes

     
  • 5 1/4" floppies?
    21%
    90 votes

     
  • audio style cassettes (for memory or programs)?
    11%
    46 votes

     
  • tape reels?
    7%
    28 votes

     
  • punch cards?
    13%
    54 votes

     

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3 Comments

  • K Myers - 5 years ago

    I answered yes to punch card originally because I felt that punch tape was a close enough match. Then I felt remorseful for a moment, until I remembered that I had actually used a computer in college that used punch cards. The only one I didn't check was tape reels; I used them on data transmission and printing equipment but I never got to touch or even see the host computer as it "lived" several states away. The data transmission was 300 bps; I remember how excited we were to move up to 1200 bps.

  • Louis - 5 years ago

    I started with 90 column punched cards in 1952, progressed to tape reels in 1995, Programmed a varity of computers through 1968. Moved to management through 1992. Floppies a way of life during the early days of the PC. Only recently has my home computer lacked devices other than a printer. Sixty years of this, and life goes on. Interesting poll.

  • Louis - 5 years ago

    I started with 90 column punched cards in 1952, progressed to tape reels in 1995, Programmed a varity of computers through 1968. Moved to management through 1992. Floppies a way of life during the early days of the PC. Only recently has my home computer lacked devices other than a printer. Sixty years of this, and life goes on. Interesting poll.

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