[Humanist] 25.543 what to do with tapes

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 543.
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  [1]   From:    "Sterringa, J." <J.Sterringa at uva.nl>                       (8)
        Subject: RE: [Humanist] 25.537 what to do with tapes?

  [2]   From:    "Bleck, Bradley" <Bradley.Bleck at spokanefalls.edu>          (8)
        Subject: RE: [Humanist] 25.537 what to do with tapes? (obsolete
                technologies)


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        Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 11:54:46 +0000
        From: "Sterringa, J." <J.Sterringa at uva.nl>
        Subject: RE: [Humanist] 25.537 what to do with tapes?
        In-Reply-To: <20111209104127.AB55122A59B at woodward.joyent.us>

In Amsterdam Edo Dooijes foresaw this problem and started collecting old machines and tools, all still working, and now kept in the Computer Museum
http://www.science.uva.nl/museum/
A bit far from California, however.

Best regards,
Joke Sterringa


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        Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 08:17:59 -0800
        From: "Bleck, Bradley" <Bradley.Bleck at spokanefalls.edu>
        Subject: RE: [Humanist] 25.537 what to do with tapes? (obsolete technologies)
        In-Reply-To: <20111209104127.AB55122A59B at woodward.joyent.us>

This is a great question. While I don't have tapes, I have 5-1/4" floppies from a Commodore 128 (graduate school!), 3-1/2" floppies from various Macs and PCs, zip disks and the like with data that is no longer accessible on the various machines I have access to. What do people do to recover the information form these older technologies? It seems that the request for data recovery on the tape is is just a more extreme concern for a situation I suspect many of us face.

Bradley Bleck
English Department
Spokane Falls CC
http://bleckblog.org



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