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Some of you TI'ers may still run 3.5" drives, but Texas Instruments only made sleeves for 5.25" floppies.  Sadly the TI was commercially extinct when 3.5" drives started to dominate.  So, what is a guy supposed to do when he wants some nostalgia and love for his 3.5" mechanical storage device?  It's simple really, make your own and share it with the world!  The attached PDF file below is sized perfectly for the smaller disks, just print it up, cut it out, fold it and glue it.

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TI-Sleeve (Three and a Half).pdf

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First of all, the site linked below is a mess, there is stuff stuffed everywhere and it can be hard to find something specific.  Hower it is the largest repository of TI stuff that I know about.  Go in and take a peek, you may just find something that grabs your interest and sends you down the rabbit hole.

 

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One of the best places to see the amazing new and classic TI games before downloading them is the << TI-99/4A Game Shelf  >>.  You'll see photos and descriptions of the games BEFORE you download.  This way you will not waste time blindly downloading and trying something that 'only sounded good'.  He has a LOT to choose from!

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On 4/12/2021 at 9:00 PM, RickR said:

I found this ebay auction for an acoustic coupler modem..and it's for the TI 99/4A!  How cool. 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/EXTRA-RARE-MINT-TEXAS-INSTRUMENTS-TELEPHONE-COUPLER-ACOUSTIC-MODEM-PHP-1600/265119482215?hash=item3dba5a4167:g:FZ0AAOSwsgZgchPf

 

That brought back memories.  I had one of those... I HATED IT!  Manually dialing a busy BBS repeatedly was not fun.  The cord on that thing was short, so the location you could put it was limited.  300 baud, well by today's standards that's "Molasses in January" speed.  Come to think of it, I don't even have a phone anymore with the correct handset.  There is not even a BBS that I'd want to call via the phone lines.

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2 hours ago, - Ω - said:

That brought back memories.  I had one of those... I HATED IT!  Manually dialing a busy BBS repeatedly was not fun.  The cord on that thing was short, so the location you could put it was limited.  300 baud, well by today's standards that's "Molasses in January" speed.  Come to think of it, I don't even have a phone anymore with the correct handset.  There is not even a BBS that I'd want to call via the phone lines.

Yes, they were pretty terrible!  Manual dialing, stuff the handset in that coupler, and hope for the best.  But that was my first foray into the on-line world (it wasn't a TI, but a mainframe terminal of some sort at my elementary school).  They didn't let just anyone have access.  For some reason, they trusted RickR.  Shocking.

I kept those credentials for years after.  Shh, don't tell anyone, but I sometimes would use my VIC-20 (and then Atari 800XL) to dial in just to see if that old school mainframe still worked.  🙂  It always did. 

I always have wanted an acoustic coupler modem just to have for my shelf.  I feel it's a piece of history and a real conversation starter.  If anything, it's the kind of thing that would make me smile when I look at it.  I may just buy this one, as it's the cheapest I've seen.  For as ubiquitous as these were, there are very few out there to buy.  Most probably got trashed once better technology came along. 



 

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