C source code to extract CP/M ARK archives?

From: Vintage Computer Festival <vcf_at_siconic.com>
Date: Thu Feb 3 18:50:58 2005

On Thu, 3 Feb 2005, Antonio Carlini wrote:

> Is ASCII much better? How does it compare to puched cards?

Welllll, I just dumped ~50K punched cards and converted to ASCII. Each
card of course holds 80 characters, and each box has roughly 2000 cards.
An entire box of 2000 cards = roughly 160,000 bytes and weighs about 8

By comparison, an original PC DOS 1.0 single-sided, single density 5.25"
floppy disk held about the same amount of data (160K) and weighs a few

160K is a dandruff flake on a CD these days, and a microscopic germ on a

Depending on how many lines of source code comprised the ARK program, it
would probably fit on about 200-250 punched cards, or perhap 4-5 sheets of
paper (if that).

Worst case it would be a 40K file.

Bottom line, it was foolish to pack it, and just downright imbecilic to
pack it with itself.

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