Drum Computers (Was Cleaning things (was Cleaning RK05 packs (Was: LGP-30 Memory Drum Update)))

Chris Elmquist chrise at pobox.com
Sat Jan 7 07:46:15 CST 2017

On January 7, 2017 5:06:32 AM CST, jim stephens <jwsmail at jwsss.com> wrote:
>On 1/6/2017 6:46 PM, Rick Bensene wrote:
>> Today, there seems to be no record that 3M ever was in the computer
>business.  But...it was.
>They inflicted the write only media on the world that became QIC. So 
>they were in the biz long enough to do that.
>Media never intended to be recorded at the densities most devices 
>recorded at, and never intended to have the tape move at the speeds it 
>did inside the cartridge.  Won't go on and on about it, old topic.
>They did make a tape drive of some sort, I recall seeing they marketed 
>something to read and write their own tapes a very long time ago.

Everything "computer" that 3M did became Imation's and the Imation world headquarters here in Oakdale MN is now a giant empty building with a tattered "for lease" tarp covering up the Imation logo sign at the entrance to the property.  Rumor has it the facility may become the HQ for a furniture store called Slumberland.  Oh, the irony.


Chris Elmquist

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