Back in the ancient
days, before floppy disks
were scattered amongst the Twinkie
wrappers on every geek
's desk, we stored our programs
. Those who could afford
them used the real data cassettes, without the clear tape leader
. The cheap folks used regular cassettes and just forwarded them by hand past the leader.
The TRS-80 and other pre-historic relics of its ilk used cassette tapes for long-term storage. To load a program from the tape, you had to use the spiffy CLOAD command.
CLOAD = Load the first program on the cassette
CLOAD "file" = Load the program called "file"
CLOAD? = Compare the program in memory to the first
program on the cassette
CLOAD? "file" = Search the cassette for the program called
"file" and then compare it to the one
I still have some cassette tapes of BASIC programs written for the TRS-80 and the Radio Shack PC8 handheld computer.