"8-track" data tapes, was Re: Compucolor items on eBay

From: Tom Jennings <tomj_at_wps.com>
Date: Wed Aug 4 14:48:36 2004

Wang used an 8-track-type cartridge for data and/or program storage. I
don't know what machine they are for.

I have a couple, to use in an art project (for data storage, not some
stupid collage), because they are beautiful -- 100% transparent plastic,
and instead of reels, an endless loop serpentine-tangle-stacked into the
case. I believe these tapes contain feature-data or fonts or whatever
since they are so short, but I'm just guessing.

Don't think those home tape-deck jobs with the book of matches to align
the head... think radio station cart recorders. Much solider (sic)
construction, though the data architecture still sucks rocks!


On Mon, 2004-08-02 at 10:38, Tom Hudson wrote:
> To be honest, I've never heard of any other computers using 8-tracks as
> storage. Tape is bad enough, but the nature of 8-track architecture (no
> rewind) would make usage of it almost completely untenable!
> -Tom
> Vintage Computer Festival wrote:
> >What, if any, other computers also used 8-track tape for storage? I
> >always figured there had to have been at least one computer that used them
> >but until now I've never known of any examples.
> >
> >
> >
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