Subject: Re: floppy controller tape devices
To: None <port-i386@NetBSD.ORG, current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Gerald C. Simmons <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/23/1997 19:32:59
To be fair, I'd like to share some of my experiences with Floppy tapes and PC
equipment in general. I've been hardware hacking PC's since the early 80's;
even had a Compaq 40MB Floppy Tape Drive for many years as my only backup
method - Fully tested method I might add. I've worked with Colorado 250MB
tapes and the TR-1 400MB tape I am still in possession. All of the problems I
ever had with any of these devices was related to the Backup program I was
using. I've used several; Yes - under MS Win X.XX.

As a matter of point, NetBSD made huge strides in proving that PC Hardware
wasn't the problem with PC's at all! A System Admin. and myself ran lots of
tests between my 486/66 16MB RAM machine and a Sun Sparc machine in 1994
(which was supposed to be the fastest workstation in the company "Sparky")
They pretty much ran neck 'n neck compiling a kernel image. I really don't
understand all of the bad karma people have against PC's.

I do understand regarding M*croS*ft and their aformentioned OS's. Understand I
don't hate or even dislike MS. I just think they're capable of doing better!
NetBSD and every other Un*x OS needs to keep whipping the dickens, performance
wise, over MS or we'll end up settling for what they deem is best (like we did
for so many years.)

Gerry Simmons