Recording data to a strand of wire?

From: Kai Kaltenbach <>
Date: Tue Jan 13 18:00:15 1998

Long before anyone glued rust to a strip of plastic and called it recording
tape, audio was recorded on spools of wire.

Whatever you can record audio on, you can record data on. Wire recorders
are actually incredibly durable, and until recently, the airplane 'black
box' cockpit voice & data recorders were wire recorders. There are a ton of
them still in service. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if that's what the
guy had at the flea market.


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> From: Sam Ismail []
> Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 1998 3:51 PM
> To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
> Subject: Recording data to a strand of wire?
> I was talking to this guy I met at a flea market and he said he has a
> storage device that writes data to a spool of wire. Can someone elaborate
> on this?
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