Old tape drive proves its worth

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Mon Nov 10 21:16:22 CST 2008


Liam Proven wrote:
> 2008/11/10 David Griffith <dgriffi at cs.csubak.edu>:
>> On Mon, 10 Nov 2008, Antonio Carlini wrote:
>>
>>> http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/10/2415393.htm
>>>
>>> An IBM729 Mark 5 tape drive grabbed the data for NASA.
>>>
>>> I presume that this implies NASA had tried and failed to find such a
>>> drive via IBM?
>>>
>>> Good to see that some old tapes retain their data!
>> Why do they call it a "tape recorder".  To me, that implies a device for
>> recording audio or video.
> 
> I've worked with many qualified IT professionals who have never seen
> any version of Windows older than XP (released 2001) and no other
> general-purpose computer OS of any kind ever other than Windows. In my

Someone who tries to call themselves an "IT professional" who has never 
seen a general-purpose computer OS other than Windows is not someone I 
would call "qualified".  And I can guarantee they wouldn't get hired 
here where I work, even for a Windows job.

Peace...  Sridhar



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