punch card web access?

From: Jay West <jwest_at_classiccmp.org>
Date: Thu Feb 12 13:16:28 2004

Is there some standard that would allow us to get the URL's back on cards
with UTF/Unicode? Gotta allow for different (two byte) languages.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Fred Cisin" <cisin_at_xenosoft.com>
To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts"
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2004 1:12 PM
Subject: punch card web access?

> > > You know what would be *really* cool (and expensive, and useless...)
> > > to interface a punch card read/writer so you can punch a google
> > > card, run it, and have it punch the URLS back out on cards, or print
> > > paper. Sort of a mixture of far ends of the tech spectrum. It'd make
> > > great 2 minute sound bite on TechTV.
> > Oh, what fun!
> > I'll put that down as Project #327 in the list of Whimsical Things to do
> > with Old Computers.
> About 10 years ago, Cliff Stoll ("Cuckoo's Egg", "Silicon Snake Oil")
> visited my office, and told me about a project that he wanted to do of
> making an EAM (electro-mechanical) web server, using "cardboard
> technology" (punched cards and paper tape).
> I gave him a badly damaged core module, a few boxes of cards
> and a manual punch.
> I don't think that he ever got around to completing his project,
> but he was just crazy enough to try.
> --
> Grumpy Ol' Fred cisin_at_xenosoft.com

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