[getting old punched cards read]

From: Ethan Dicks <erd_at_infinet.com>
Date: Tue Apr 21 12:37:17 1998

> Come to think of it, perhaps a sub-$50 B/W QuickCam would make a
> cheaper reader than a scanner.

Good idea. I hadn't thought of that. I think there's Linux software
for the QuickCam.

> I know the video/scanning route sounds like technological overkill.
> What's wrong with that? :-) It reminds me of my day-dream to
> rescue audio cassette data using PC sound card digitizing.

Been there, done that. There's a commercial program to convert .WAV
files of C-64 data tapes back into usable files. It also works if
you hook a real C-64 datassete to the parallel port.
> I like these novel solutions because they are less dependent on
> esoteric hardware, and the core - the software - is more portable
> and transportable into the future and to users who need it.

Yes. I have enough forms of esoteric media that I have a vested interest
in keeping them readable.

> Sounds like Ethan has more spare time than I do, though!

> - John
> Jefferson Computer Museum <http://www.threedee.com/jcm>

Computer Museum curator-in-training

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