ROM Cartridges. Lifespan, and other tidbits

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Tue Apr 19 10:45:24 CDT 2016

On 04/19/2016 08:13 AM, Paul Koning wrote:
>> On Apr 19, 2016, at 10:53 AM, Swift Griggs <swiftgriggs at>
>> wrote:
>> Well, after discussing all things that can go wrong with a floppy
>> disk to corrupt or destroy it, it makes me wonder about another
>> vintage media format: the cart.
> You mean a ROM cartridge as opposed to a magnetic tape cartridge,
> right?  ("Cart" is also broadcast radio slang for magnetic tape
> cartridges, vaguely like an 8-track tape in appearance.)

...As opposed to the cart filled with listings, tapes and card trays
that I/O clerks pushed around.   Such a card full of 9 track tapes would
probably qualify as a storage medium.

Or the cartridge filled with buckshot that you'd liked to have used on
the I/O clerk who dumped your tray of cards off the cart...


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