Interesting letter from Dann McCreary, Disk-O-Tape Author

In the 1979-1981 time-frame, floppy disks were quite expensive, yet cassette tapes were a dime a dozen.   Dann McCreary had the idea of putting an entire disk on tape.  Thus Tape-O-Disk was born.  However, after the prices of floppy disks came down to a level where everyone could afford them, the program all but disappeared until re-discovered by Apple ][ collector Antoine Vignau.  When Antoine replied to an correspondence inquqiry by Dann, he received back one of the most insightful letters giving full perspective on the era in computing and the software industry as a whole of the time.  In the letter he talks about a variety of topics including where the sales came from, how he paid for advertising and many other interesting pieces of information from the world of 1980 software as seen by Dann McCreary.

You can read the letter in full at:

http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/projects/cassettes/dannmccreary/

The page also contains the cassette of the Disk-O-Tape program as long as all of the related materials to the program.

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About the Author

Bill Martens

A.P.P.L.E. Chairman of the Board and Club president -- Bill worked for the founder, Val J. Golding and A.P.P.L.E. from 1981 to 1982. In 1999, he began archiving the materials which were distributed and sold by A.P.P.L.E.. That project led to the group that remained of A.P.P.L.E. Bill was involved in the financial industry in Tokyo and has over 20 major office infrastructure projects to his name. In March 2001, he retired to write books and to spend more time pursuing personal interests. As the president of the users group, Bill is in charge of distribution of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine as well as the organization of this web site. Bill currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and Shelton, Wa splitting time between the places.