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    You may laugh, but DOS is so much better this way. Warmer, richer. The way Bill Gates intended it to be.

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      It’s very nostal~1, fantas~1 stuff.

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        Run it through a valve amplifier for a smooth boot process.

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        I love it. The cassette interface on the IBM PC, as stated in the article, was rarely used. Apparently, IIRC, there were only two tapes published by IBM, both of them diagnostic programs. Essentially everyone bought the PC with a disk drive.

        There were also a few bands in the 1980s who published programs as tracks on their albums. Given the very low data density of the audio encoding and the further limit that they also needed to have, you know, music on there as well, these programs were invariably tiny. They generally did nothing more than print some text to the screen or perhaps show a small animated logo. That’s not a complaint, of course: it was super cool.

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          Most famously, the Buzzcocks put out a ZX Spectrum program on their XL1 album in 1983.

          Here’s the output.

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            The ZX Spectrum game market was delivered on 1500 bit/sec cassette tape. Approx 5 mins to load a full 48K game.

            The tape loading routines were in ROM. Copying them to RAM and tweaking the timing constants allowed a reasonably reliable 3x speedup - 4500 bit/sec.

            Audio transfer of data is interesting in various contexts.

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              Young people these days will never know the pain of waiting minutes to load a game only to find out they had the volume to high/low and it didn’t work.

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            Get some ham radio equipment, and you can try to boot over short wave radio!