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1997\11\17@045149 by Octavio Nogueira

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I forgot to say. The suggested price is only US$ 9.95.

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1997\11\17@080948 by hansen

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Octavio Nogueira wrote:
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> I forgot to say. The suggested price is only US$ 9.95.
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> Octavio
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That appears to be the suggested price of their removable
disks, not the drive itself.

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1997\11\17@095309 by n/a

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Octavio Nogueira wrote:
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> I forgot to say. The suggested price is only US$ 9.95.
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> Octavio


Actually, if you read a bit further:

"The mobile clik! drive will have a suggested retail price under $200
(U.S.) at retail and the clik! 40MB disks will have a suggested retail
price of $9.95 (U.S.). Consistent with all of our products, Iomega
does not disclose pricing to OEMs. However, we anticipate the OEM drive
will cost less than $100 (U.S.). "


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1997\11\17@100108 by Harrison Cooper

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hmm, should I call one of the several engineers that I know that work
there? or just take a drive....Iomega is about a 45 minute drive for
me.....

Be nice to get some info on this, had a newspaper article on them in the
Sunday paper.  I would think that COMDEX would be where they would have
beta versions to look at

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1997\11\17@111426 by Bob Blick
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>..or just take a drive....Iomega is about a 45 minute drive for
>me.....

Yes, the parallel port Zip drive is about that slow for me too :-)

And it does make a loud series of "clicks" once in a while. :-))

-bob

Seriously though, could Iomega really expect to make any money on something
only 40 MB?



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1997\11\17@234229 by tjaart

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Bob Blick wrote:
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> Seriously though, could Iomega really expect to make any money on something
> only 40 MB?

...by staying away from notebook applications and penetrating the
embedded
market. If I can add 40Mb of storage for $9.95 in a $100 project, I'll
have
a winner. Serial comms makes for real easy interfacing too.

Just think how many more pics (sic) you could have taken at the ESC...
;)

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1997\11\18@015456 by Pasi T Mustalahti

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On Mon, 17 Nov 1997, Bob Blick wrote:

> Seriously though, could Iomega really expect to make any money on something
> only 40 MB?
PTM: I think yes. Until FLASH will be cheap enough. They made it with
Bernoulli box portables, Zip drive and Jazz. They threw to us technology
and prises that were just an inch at the right side. For example this Zip
was a bit slow, a bit small and a bit high prized, but it had no
competitors, when you wanted to take your XX MB pictures or your ACAD
environment with you or make a fast backup of a falling system in the
woods.
Yes, I see the future for this kind of product. Alltough it will not be a
very long future. And altough I hate moving hi-tech parts in my pack of
tools (if you can't also use it as a hammer or anvil, it is useles:)

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1997\11\18@092605 by Andy Kunz

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>> Seriously though, could Iomega really expect to make any money on something
>> only 40 MB?

I missed the start of this thread, but I really think they could make a
good chunk real quick.  I'm surprised some of the guys on this list didn't
think of it sooner, actually.

Anybody have a link for a datasheet on the drive?

Andy


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1997\11\18@155702 by William Chops Westfield

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Aren't there a whole bunch of "super-floppies" on the near-term horizon?
I thought most of them were abut 20MB...

BillW

1997\11\18@161528 by Roger Books

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> Aren't there a whole bunch of "super-floppies" on the near-term horizon?
> I thought most of them were abut 20MB...

The IOmega ZIP drive, which some vendors are shipping instead of a floppy,
is 100MB.  The LS-120's, which are 120MB's, can read and write standard
floppies as well as their own (fairly inexpensive) media.

ZIP's are magneticly formatted at the factory, if you accidently wipe
one with a magnet you not only lose your data but it is very likely
you will wipe the formatting and make the disk unusable.  LS-120's, while
magnetic, are opticly formatted at the factory, rather difficult to
write.  In addition LS-120's, which connect to the IDE chain, are almost
an order of magnitude faster than a parrallel ZIP, and about twice as
fast as a SCSI ZIP.

Roger

Remember, the best product doesn't always win.

1997\11\18@174745 by Gary Crowell Sr.

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William Chops Westfield wrote:

> Aren't there a whole bunch of "super-floppies" on the near-term
> horizon?
> I thought most of them were abut 20MB...
>
> BillW

You blinked Bill, that was ~5 years ago, the flopticals and some other
look-alikes were 10-20Mb, but they were not quite enough capacity for
the $ and never quite cought on.  The Zip has several competitors (the
LS120 is one) that have better specs (faster, bit more capacity, 1.44
compatibility) but I think they are all too late.  With 9 million Zips
shipped I doubt that any of the others will catch up - I can go pick up
a Zip at Costco - I'd have to do a search to find out where to get an
LS120.  Sort of a Beta/VHS situation.  I suspect that all of the Zip
competitors together have only shipped a million or so.

The LS120 1.44 floppy compatibility is nice, but not an overwhelming
feature in the long term.  They used to make 5"/3" combination floppy
drives, but now there's no 5", no combos.  (a few months ago I threw out
a 20 gallon trash bag full of 5" disks)

The Click is aimed at cameras and palmtops, and will hit it big unless
there is a dramatic decrease in the cost of flash (it could happen).

GC

1997\11\19@192352 by Tom Dee

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Gary Crowell Sr wrote:
> (a few months ago I threw out
>a 20 gallon trash bag full of 5" disks)
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Gee, does that mean that all of my 8" floppies are out of date?? :)

Tom...

1997\11\19@193601 by William Chops Westfield

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I looked at the specs on IOMEGA's site, and I don't think it will fly...

1) It's not much smaller than PCMCIA, by the time you include the drive
2) Looks like the intent is to build some drive into your camera/whatever,
  and put a second drive on your PC.  So you need this $200 drive on your
  PC just to read clickdisks (I think we all agree that 40M isn't much
  use on the PC for anything else?)
3) so you have this collection of images on 40M clickdisks, I guess you
  could read them back into the camera/display and that would have some
  value.  4Mbps IRDA ought to blow away the data-transfer to PC application.

BillW

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