[TUHS] (cassette) tape coming back [was Re: 80 columns ...

Charles H Sauer sauer at technologists.com
Thu Nov 9 07:48:53 AEST 2017


On Wed, 8 Nov 2017, Larry McVoy wrote:

> It's like video on phones.  We still call it taping.  Probably still will
> in a 100 years.  Where's the tape?  In history.

As with the resurgence of 33 1/3 records ("vinyl"), cassette tape may also 
become more prominent again: 
https://www.wsj.com/articles/cassettes-are-making-a-comeback-but-there-s-a-kink-nobody-makes-tape-1509723435

I still use VCRs to record TV shows roughly once/week.

I have an interesting collection of audio recordings on 1/4" tape that I 
made 20-40+ years ago as an active sound technician/musician. I'd given up 
on my old reel to reel machines, but a year ago my birthday present to 
myself was a reel to reel machine and Dolby units. I'm very slowly fetching 
stuff out of my archives and digitizing.

I typically call it "recording" whether analog or digital...

Charlie

P.S. Having started out with 80 column cards, 72 columns of content, 8 of 
sequencing, continuing through most of graduate school, I typically restrict 
myself to 72 columns when programming. 



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