The Terribleness of using Cassettes for Data Storage
Who else started using computers with a cassette drive? When we got our first computer, an Atari 400, it didn’t have any way to save BASIC programs at all. I would have to leave it on for days at a time to save something I was working on. I then would hand-write it on paper to “save” it.
Eventually we got the 1010 Program Recorder, the upgraded version of the old 410 Program Recorder, and could save programs onto cassette tapes.
I think I mostly referred to these as “tapes” rather than “cassettes” back then.
It was a nice feeling to not have to re-type something, but cassettes were S.L.O.W.