9 track tapes and block sizes

Jeff Woolsey jlw at jlw.com
Thu Sep 17 20:17:49 CDT 2020

> Acoustically, the best tapes were the short-record "stranger" tapes.
> All sorts of interesting noise.  I could tell from across the room when
> someone was running the tape section of the Navy audit tests for COBOL
> just by the sounds.
MALET was also pretty good, reading and writing a bunch of blocks that
were one frame longer or shorter than the last.  Loud rising or falling
tone in the noisy computer room.

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