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From: John Foust <>
Subject: Re: [TUHS] Spacewar at Bell Labs
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2020 06:29:32 -0600
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At 12:34 AM 1/15/2020, Earl Baugh wrote:
>Why not build a variation of this with an Arduino?
> <> You could use cardboard rather than wood if it’s just a one time job. ( or scan the tape into files and process digitally ?) 

We're so close, I wish someone would figure out a way to let
a contemporary office scanner like the Fujitsu ScanSnap to
handle paper tapes.  Reliable feed mechanism, nice scanner,
just needs a little software and maybe a guide.  And a way
to re-spool the tape.  Darn, just got complicated.  

Same thing for a new way to read a magtape.  You'd think it 
could be done with a universal read head and some software.

Nine years ago I visited <> , perhaps
one of the last sellers and refurbishers of 9-tracks.  I dropped
off three 9-tracks I didn't need.  He seems to be surviving 
because oil survey companies still call and are willing to 
write five-figure checks for particular working hardware.

- John

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Thread overview: 18+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-01-15  3:32 Brian Walden
2020-01-15  4:01 ` Jon Steinhart
2020-01-15  4:50   ` Bakul Shah
2020-01-15  6:17 ` Lars Brinkhoff
2020-01-15  6:34   ` Earl Baugh
2020-01-15  7:10     ` [TUHS] Spacewar at Bell Labs [ really paper tape readers and tangentially related things ] Jon Steinhart
2020-01-15  8:05       ` Earl Baugh
2020-01-15 14:50       ` Clem Cole
2020-01-15 23:40         ` Al Kossow
2020-01-15 12:29     ` John Foust [this message]
2020-01-16  0:17       ` [TUHS] tape reading (was Re: Spacewar at Bell Labs) Al Kossow
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2020-01-14  8:54 [TUHS] Spacewar at Bell Labs Lars Brinkhoff
2020-01-14 16:59 ` Jon Steinhart
2020-01-14 17:15   ` Lars Brinkhoff
2020-01-14 17:19     ` Jon Steinhart
2020-01-14 17:26       ` Lars Brinkhoff
2020-01-15 23:32       ` Al Kossow
2020-01-14 17:25     ` Clem Cole

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