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From: Eric Dittman <>
Date: Thu Mar 7 14:59:45 2002

> The rig they used (making this on-topic!) was a PDP-11 with a 7-track
> tape drive (don't know the model number) and an 8mm Exabyte drive,
> probably an 8200, but I don't know for certain. In between the tape
> drives, on the PDP-11 was some simple copying software and some
> slave labor^H^H^H^H^H^H^Ha graduate student. I don't have exact numbers,
> but it was on the order of several cubic meters of magtape distilled down
> to a file drawer of 8mm carts. Presumably, multiple copies were made
> and disseminated (one would hate to think all that work would end up
> on tapes that were never read again).

I hope someone is going to transfer the data from the 8mm
tapes to some other format while the tapes can still be
read. I've read some discussions about problems with
long-term storage of 8mm tapes.
Eric Dittman
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