Subject: General Tech, Storage | July 5, 2016 - 02:52 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: cassette, tape
Some old PCs didn't have storage, so users needed to add programs manually by typing in the source code. As The 8-Bit Guy explains, one of the first consumer solutions was to attach a cassette tape to the computer through analog audio cables. They would actually be programmed by pulsing electrical intensities, which would be interpreted as binary data, within the audio range. Near the end, he even plays a clip of normal data, and “fast loader” data.
He, and his co-hosts, talk about their experiences with the medium, such as using a two-deck cassette player to copy programs and share them with friends. It doesn't go too deep into the technology or the time period, unlike some of his previous videos, but it's still entertaining none-the-less.
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2014 - 03:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: tape, backup, sony
Sony has just raised the bar on tape backup after creating a new process which can create strings of uniformly orientated nanocrystals in a layer less than five micrometers thick, giving the tape a storage density of 148 Gb per square inch. Compare that to the current market standard of 2Gb per square inch on LTO-6 high-end LTO Ultrium tapes. Unfortunately there are two questions left unanswered by the statement that The Register linked to; what I/O speeds can this media maintain and what its expected lifetime is.
"Researchers at Sony have developed a new kind of magnetic tape that can store 74 times the data of current designs, dramatically cutting the amount of room needed for backup libraries."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
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- Trying Out The Jetson TK1, NVIDIA's High-End Tegra K1 Board @ Phoronix
- Super-Simple Mod Gives Your DSLR Nine Hours of Battery Life @ MAKE:Blog
- Google in NOT EVIL shocker: Bins student email ad scanning @ The Register
- OpenBSD 5.5 Released @ Slashdot