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The Vintage Computer Festival took place last weekend in Wall, New Jersey. Its mission is to both promote the preservation of obsolete computers and afford people the opportunity to experience the technologies, people and stories that led us to where we are today.
One of the standouts from the event is this RL02, a 10MB hard disk with removable platters from the late 70s. Looking to learn more about FPGAs (and without the necessary equipment to properly run it), Christopher Parish built a custom controller for the drive that allowed him to essentially turn it into a massive (albeit small in terms of capacity) USB storage device. It's far from practical but cool to visualize just how far technology has come and how old hardware can be made to work with modern equipment.
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