Visible LINCtape Tracks
Ian S. King
isking at uw.edu
Tue Jan 31 13:52:00 CST 2017
On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 1:11 AM, Pontus Pihlgren <pontus at update.uu.se>
> On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 07:41:59PM -0500, Michael Thompson wrote:
> > We applied some Magnetic Developer to a piece of LINCtape and can see the
> > tracks. You can clearly see the extra space between the Mark and Data
> > tracks. When we can get access to a microscope with an attached camera we
> > should be able to see the bits.
> > This time with a link:
> Fascinating work though :) It looks really cool.
Yes indeed! It brings to mind a paper I read a couple of years ago, J. F.
(2011). A material history of bits. *Journal of the American Society for
Information Science and Technology*, *62*(6), 1042-1057. Underneath the
abstractions there are physical phenomena - such as magnetic domains on a
tape. Cheers -- Ian
Ian S. King, MSIS, MSCS, Ph.D. Candidate
The Information School <http://ischool.uw.edu>
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Narrative Through a Design Lens
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