[Humanist] 25.545 what to do with tapes

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun Dec 11 10:07:37 CET 2011


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        Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 09:10:45 -0500
        From: Matthew Kirschenbaum <mkirschenbaum at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 25.543 what to do with tapes
        In-Reply-To: <20111210065936.4E8A922C7DE at woodward.joyent.us>


There  are reasonable solutions for 3.5 and 5.25-inch disks, such as
the Kryoflux and FC5025 controller cards. Some more detail here:

http://mith.umd.edu/vintage-computers/fc5025-operation-instructions

Matt

On Sat, Dec 10, 2011 at 1:59 AM, Humanist Discussion Group
<willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk> wrote:
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>  [1]   From:    "Sterringa, J." <J.Sterringa at uva.nl>                       (8)
>        Subject: RE: [Humanist] 25.537 what to do with tapes?
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>  [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>
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> 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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