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Thu Feb 28 11:24:42 CST 2008
On 28 Feb 2008 at 12:01, Sridhar Ayengar wrote:
> Including modern technologies like AIT. I've never had any problem (or
> at least any problem I didn't see coming...) with DLT, Ultrium, sDLT,
> Magstar, 3490E or 3480.
We were approached by Datasonix to endorse their Pereos drive.
Apparently, one of their marketing people, in his eagerness to clinch
a sale, had told a customer that we'd already approved it and sold
them 150 of the things. After I went over the specs with their
technical guy and told him that there was no way were were going to
endorse a 2mm helical-scan drive without write verification and a
driver that required more than 100K of memory, I got a pep talk from
the CEO. He insisted on sending me a couple of the drives with full
access to their engineering staff.
I got one good backup out of the thing after many tries. After a
week of wasting my time, I boxed the things up and sent them back. I
think I still have the software, if anyone's looking for it.
They're probably collector's items now--and likely in the "vintage"
category. Tiny little tape drive that ran on AA batteries with
postage-stamp-sized carts claiming to hold 1GB each.
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