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Thanks Norman for the add-ons
The last I used of 5 1/4 floppies was like five years ago when friend built
machine for my son and put both floppy drives in, it was great for copying.
I am not sure if you have a 286 machine you can use a CD writer with it.
But, if you back up regularly, I guess you can make the work less labourious
by sending attached files as emails from the old floppy and receive them on
I remember once working abroad and my laptop backed it ( I dropped it and
broke the hard drive), I was uploading every file I typed to my website to
store it there as well as on floppy. Then when returned to London I
----- Original Message -----
From: "Norman Bauman"
Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2003 7:57 PM
Subject: Re: Query
> At 11:08 AM 7/27/03 +0100, Adel Darwish wrote:
> >Since 1986, I upgraded from old 88 processor, 286, 386, Pentium, and now
> >even on my laptop Pentium4 Sony with windows XP as operating system, I
> >always copied xywrite into a directory I call editor on the C drive.
> >Since it works from DOS, I had no problems with it.
> That's been my experience.
> >So my guess is get any machine, it will work. I bought my daughter a
> >hand small laptop ( Dell Pentium 3 processor, and windows ME operating
> >system for only 300 quid), created a directory for her and copied
> 1 quid = 1.4 Euro
> >Since I mainly file to newspapers and so I just copy the file into an
> >and I send it ( either Eudora, or if I am working at some news room using
> >their machines ( as I am doing now at the BBC) I use Microsoft outlook
> That's what I do, although there is an unfortunate trend for certain
> publications to demand their files in Microsoft Word. My version 6.0 works
> fine, except when they want to exchange revisions.
> >I also have the basic working files ( which are about 16 or so ) of
> >( copied from the atex version in 1988) on a 3.5 inches floppy disc and
> >on the new memory key disc ( USB attachment disc) and carry it in my
> I would strongly suggest that if you upgrade from a 286 to a later machine
> that you copy the files through the serial ports. I used Laplink since a
> friend gave me a copy she never used; there is also a DOS function (I
> it's called interlink) that will do the same thing although it takes a
> small amount of work to figure it out.
> My main problem with upgrading is getting access to the material I have on
> 5 1/2-inch floppy disks. I would recommend converting all your 5 1/2-inch
> floppy disks to 3 1/2-inch while you still have the cables connected
> between your old and new machines. Or even better, just copy them over to
> subdirectories in your new machine, and then onto a CD writer, which I
> recommend. When I retired my old 286 in 1993, I had about 30 mb of files
> all the work that I had created in my entire life in computer text. Now I
> routinely back up all my files onto a 700mb CD.
> The only disappointment is that XyWrite wasn't much faster on a 486, or
> my Pentiums, than it was on a 286. you can't beat perfection. The only
> difference was that I could save files faster.
> Norman Bauman
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