Reading MT/ST Tapes
mhs.stein at gmail.com
Fri Jul 30 20:23:09 CDT 2021
And here I've always thought of you as a pessimist who would have called it
'Half Empty ST'...
On Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 9:17 PM Fred Cisin via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
> 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 mindspring.com wrote:
> > Scope Creep.. no telling how many projects died in stalled development.
> > On Jul 30, 2021 16:36, Fred Cisin via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
> > 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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