Paper Tape (was: Let's develop an open-source media archive standard )

From: Fred Cisin <>
Date: Fri Aug 13 15:14:35 2004

On Fri, 13 Aug 2004, David V. Corbin wrote:
> You missed the important part of using a newspaper press as a papertape
> reader...It is MUCH wider than a single byte.
> No revising the calculations to use the actual roll sizee of a commercial
> press, and using 10 bytes / sq in [arrogant american here] we start to see
> some interesting numbers for capacity and speed....
> Not neaarly as fast as other storage media still...but you get the advantage
> that it is readable by a human [yes I have punched and read PDP-8 BIN loader
> tapes by hand!]. Very fault tolerant [wish I could find a pack of the old
> adhexive paper table patches]. Actually no technology is needed to read it.

Fault tolerant? Hanging chad?
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