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The Texas Instruments 99/4a was too primitive to load programs, aside from cartridges, but because it booted to a command-line BASIC editor it had the ability to store its BASIC programs on a cassette recorder. We got one from Radio Shack ("Data Recorder," which was an ordinary tape deck) along with a special cable that let the TI take advantage of the microphone-pause that was built into the tape deck. You'd press record and note the counter position, and the deck would remain paused until you sent the command to start storing. Loading programs wasn't very reliable, but probably at least 80%.
--LAN3 Sat Oct 4 12:53:49 2003
Matt McIrvin had an atari cassette drive, too:
http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=mmcirvin-2601992324100001%40ppp0a018.std.com
--LAN3 Sat Oct 4 16:45:08 2003
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--ebsraxmt inepuqso Sun Jan 18 01:15:04 2009
We've arrievd at the end of the line and I have what I need!
--Amory Tue Oct 18 10:08:46 2011
OMmL6y Thank you very much! I took it for myself too. Will be useful!!...
--buy cheap oem software Sat Feb 11 23:57:38 2012
How funny you posted this  I was going thguroh some old boxes just a bit ago and came upon a stash of cassette tapes .I just couldn't toss them out wholesale  ..I pulled an old cassette player and speakers out of a closet, hooked it up, and am now listening to "Shooting Rubber Bands at the Sky" by Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians. That tape hasn't been played in over 15 years, and it still works  at first it sounded kinda weird until I packed the tape. Next in cue  Fine Young Cannibals  .
--Rachmad Thu Apr 4 06:29:07 2013

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