I have an issue of this and will be scanning in some of the projects. However I must say, the current Make is much more interesting.
Wow, that guy looks scarily entertained by his movie. Think of it as the Video Ipod of 1952.
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“Well, there are nine holes to erase the sectors.”
“And nine for flashing the sectors on and off.”
“Andâ€”” Mr. Latz scratched his head. “There’s three more for something else, but darned if I know what they are!”
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