'Member PCMCIA?

in Member Berries2 years ago

Do you remember PCMCIA? This was c. 2003, right when they started renaming PCMCIA to "PC Card." I used to use this particular card to store back-ups on my Mac Book Pro. It had 80 GB of storage, so 1.2 GB was decent enough for most situations, at the time.

In fact, it's likely that this PCMCIA was much faster than the 80 GB HDD. But I don't remember if the controller actually delivered that kind of performance. It isn't SRAM, because that would require a battery. While it was basically "flashdisk" technology, it was not quite the same technology as today's modern SSD.

It was a lot closer to "thumb-drive" USB technology, though it does have reserve "storage" in case something goes bad. But main the advantage was that it could be inserted into the MBP without having anything sticking out like USB.

I would use a script to rsync specific project, without copying compiled targets and caches, as opposed to how most backup solutions work today (copy it all).

Now, Apple has gutted all removable media. But at least we have faster WiFi, right?


Damn how things have changed. I still have a Panasonic CF-52 as backup from main and I still geek at how I can just flip a catch and the whole HDD just slides out the side like one of these cards

 2 years ago 

Yep, that was a cool innovation. Was it also able to accept different devices in the same slot, like a battery? Or was that a different feature?

I remember...


 2 years ago 

'Member T.W.A.I.N. drivers?


Can I ask if YOU personally take umbrage with what @ADM is doing to this private comment thread?

IMHO... I believe GuiltyParties (GREAT NAME) has admitted to being this thug...

any idea WHY he's decided to tussle?

 2 years ago 

No idea.

he needs a board upside his head...

mother of all boards...

Thanks for the PCMCIA Trigger! I needed that nostalgia to get righ BACK into THIS game!
HIVE.Regards Bruv!

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Nooo annoyingly it didn't that would of been sick, it was just "hot" swappable (I use the term loosely) but I mean this thing is a bit of strange powerhouse that has nearly all types of connections you could think of 😂

Docking connector - 100-pin
n VGA D-sub 15-pin
n Headphones/speaker Mini-jack stereo
n Microphone/line in Mini-jack stereo
n Serial D-sub 9-pin
n USB 3.0 (x 2), USB 2.0 (x 2) 4-pin
n IEEE 1394a (FireWire) 4-pin
n 10/100/1000 Ethernet RJ-45
n 56K Modem