wet-behind-the-ears whippersnapper seeking advice on building a nationwide network

Joel jaeggli joelja at bogus.com
Tue Sep 20 04:32:41 UTC 2011

given that as 729 maxes out at 800cpi there are probably slightly kinky
ways to attack the problem, e.g. someone doing it with disk packs.


there's still plenty of equipment that can wrap 1/2" tape around a spindle.

On 9/19/11 21:14 , Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Sep 2011 05:32:04 +0200, Randy Bush said:
>> you left out one connection via a chevy full of hollerith cards and the
>> second a canoe full of 7 track tape in waterproof containers.
> Does anybody actually *have* a functional 7 track drive?  I remember seeing a
> story on PBS (may have been a Nova episode) where they discussed the fact that
> NASA had literally thousands of 7 track tapes of telemetry data and no way to
> read them because their last 7 track drive had died, and IBM had no 7 track
> read/write heads left either...
> (I admit we still have a rack of 9-track tapes in ez-loader seals in our tape
> library, though we got rid of our last IBM 3420 about a decade ago. I think
> most of them are tapes we've lost track of ownership info, and don't dare
> dispose of in case the owner turns up.. ;)

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