There's booting from a floppy and then there's booting from vinyl

So we know it's possible to build records from the pre-microprocessor days so if at any point distributing software for something like #CollapseOS (or maybe the OS itself) becomes an issue, it's possible to cover some bases with a 45 RPM 10" record

I'm sure the EPROM can be replaced with hardwired functionality

This specific example has a #FreeDOS kernel

@cypnk This used to be more common than you might think.

Back in the 1970's several magazines experimented with this format for distributing software.

@profoundlynerdy Since radio is very old, I wonder what the practical considerations would be of distributing software over AM/FM

I'm guessing noise will be an issue, but if it's taken slow enough, even binary can be sent practically over the span of several minutes to an hour


@cypnk @profoundlynerdy Right, radio works but just shipping cassette tapes was much cheaper and more reliable. It's not hard to bootstrap up to tapes, and they're useful read/write devices.

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