Reading MT/ST Tapes

Fred Cisin cisin at
Fri Jul 30 20:17:29 CDT 2021


And, it was not appreciated when I suggested an interim release between 
the MT/ST emulator and "Full-ST" to be called "Half Full ST"

On Fri, 30 Jul 2021, grif615 at wrote:

> Scope Creep.. no telling how many projects died in stalled development.
> On Jul 30, 2021 16:36, Fred Cisin via cctalk <cctalk at>
> wrote:
>       On Fri, 30 Jul 2021, Chuck Guzis via cctalk wrote:
>       > Not really--it's very old technology, (1964), of limited
>       capacity (about
>       > 20 KB per tape), was a hideously expensive way to buy a
>       typewriter
>       > (about USD$7000 in 1964, or about USD$61,000 today), used
>       almost
>       > exclusively in large corporate offices to create form
>       letters and
>       > documents.  In other words, it was not intended as an
>       archival medium.
>       > The effort required in preparing a document was
>       considerable (one used
>       > the mini-keypad for various functions).  For a memo, it was
>       easiest to
>       > use the typewriter as a typewriter.
>       > There are more interesting things to look at.
>       Well, form letters are "important".
>       But, once microcomputer word processing matured, they could
>       be done easily
>       and much better.
>       An acquaintance was working on creating an emulation of the
>       MT/ST, as a
>       way for those who were familiar with the MT/ST and/or
>       actually liked it,
>       to be able to continue unchanged on a microcomputer.
>       But, then he started adding features.  Besides delaying the
>       completion
>       until it was no longer relevant, it was suggested that he
>       change the name
>       from "MT/ST" (pronounced "empty ST") to "FULL ST".

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