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THE FLOPPY ROM: Software Distributed on Records (Oct, 1977)

Back in my Apple II days, I would occasionally get a magazine that came with a 5-1/4″ floppy inside. Later, of course, CD inserts became commonplace. But around the time I was learning to walk, Interface Age was shipping software by Flexi Disc. Little plastic records. First at 300, then 1200bps. It looked like it was insanely hard to get working but I find the idea that people went to this much trouble pretty inspiring.

I’ve attached some photos from my trusty BioniCam where you can see the binary nature of the disc, though I borked the focus ring so the 400x ones are a bit blurry.

Also, I wasn’t sloppy with the scanning. All that white crap in the record images is actually on the underside of the scanner glass. I guess I’m going to have to tear the thing apart and clean the inside too.


(Happy Computing with a General Ledger Account Program)

By popular request this month’s Floppy ROMâ„¢ is a business program rather than a software development program. The reception to Bud Shamburger’s General Payroll Package in the June issue was overwhelming with many additional requests for his General Ledger Package to be featured on a Floppy ROMâ„¢.

Lecturer Controls All Demonstrations (Sep, 1936)

Lecturer Controls All Demonstrations

WHAT is called the most novel and original control system is now in operation in the Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College. Conceived by Professor George B. Dickinson, of the Department of Music, this unique system permits the professor to go through the whole routine without moving a step away from his lecture table, but cutting in the big organ, radio or phonograph, stereopticon, piano, etc., by merely pressing a button or closing a switch.

NORELCO presents the world’s second finest* pickup cartridge (Jul, 1958)

A few things stand out in this ad:

  • Norelco made adorable anthropomorphic record pickups that looked a bit like a svelte version of the Google Android robot.
  • I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an ad advertising the fact that a product is second best, without telling you what the better one is.
  • An address in the form of City, Something Else, State. Is odd. I wonder if this was because there was more than one city named Hickville in New York and before ZIP codes they needed a way to tell them apart.

NORELCO presents the world’s second finest* pickup cartridge

a new MAGNETO-DYNAMIC design by Philips of the Netherlands

*to find out which pickup cartridge is the finest and why the NORELCO is the second finest



Nathan Van Cleave is a top man in radio music whose improvements in his home recording machine grew into a prosperous business.

Photos by Bradley Smith

WHEN Nathan Van Cleave started playing trumpet at 8, he never dreamed he’d be conducting a band at 14. When he left Illinois University and came to New York, he never thought in a few years he would be sitting in Carnegie Hall and listening to one of his own compositions being played. When he started to experiment with sound reproduction to improve his music for radio audiences, no one could have ever made him believe he’d wind up with a flourishing manufacturing business. But it has all happened!

New Devices Supplant Organs (Mar, 1930)

New Devices Supplant Organs

IN SOME of the churches of Europe new forms of musical apparatus are being installed. These instruments supplant to a large degree the organ, or in some instances supplement the church organs. The radio and phonograph records are now made available for church use through the development of special apparatus.

Vacuum Tube Orchestra to Supplant Human Players (Oct, 1931)

Vacuum Tube Orchestra to Supplant Human Players

ALEXANDER’S vacuum tube band is coming to town tomorrow, and perhaps the day after tomorrow Sousa’s vacuum tube band will be playing on the Million Dollar Pier at Atlantic City while Mr. Sousa and his musicians are in the recording studios of a New York musical agency.

For a new magic in music is about to be born that will make today’s electronic reproduction sound like the rankest kind of cacophony by comparison. The new electronic band will breathe the breath of life; it will take on new color, new brilliance and a faithfulness that will permit it to escape once and for all the stinging criticism now levelled at it by our impresarios.

The Andy Gard Home Voice Recorder (Feb, 1958)

The Andy Gard Home Voice Recorder


Only $14.95


You can cut your own records in the privacy of your own home! If you now have a phonograph, send for this extra recording equipment for some of the most enjoyable moments of your life. Put your voice on records, or Dad’s or Mom’s, or your friend’s. Make a recording of baby sister or brother and save it for posterity. Have fun at parties, or in the classroom.

Plastic Phonograph Records Are Decorated in Color (Sep, 1946)

Plastic Phonograph Records Are Decorated in Color

Appropriate color pictures adorn both sides of new plastic phonograph records, made-by Vogue Recording Co., Inc., of Detroit, that not only outlast ordinary shellac records but may be put up in the game room or children’s room as decorations. A noiseless, super-high-fidelity plastic surface on an aluminum core prevents them from breaking or warping and gives true tone without needle scratch. .

Paper Phonograph and Debut of LPs (Jan, 1932)

Phonograph Plays Paper Strips

ONE strip of paper will carry an evening’s entertainment under the new system developed by an Austrian company, under the title of the “Selenophon Piccolo,” by which the “sound tracks,” such as the standard moving-picture sound film carries, are printed in black and white on an inexpensive strip of paper. A thousand feet of this runs twenty minutes; the output of the photo-cell which scans it being amplified in the same manner as the output of the magnetic pickup used with an audio amplifier in phono-radio combinations. A single strip may carry as many as eight sound tracks, on each side.




IN case any person of a mechanical turn of mind wishes to try his hand at building a talking machine, I will explain what I used and how I used it. But before I do so, it may be well to explain, in a general way, the principle of phonography, so that the experimenter will know just what he is doing and why he is doing it that way.