Re: Washington Post style guide from 1970s?

Subject: Re: Washington Post style guide from 1970s?
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2016 15:40:33 -0800

They made the change in 1978. Paper and ink was surely a bigger
expense overall, and would have been a factor whether or not the WP
had made the switch from hot lead to a big computer system yet, as the
NY Times did that year:

https://vimeo.com/127605643

The part about the 1978 state-of-the-art technology starts around 22:40.

On Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 2:42 PM, Michael Wyland
<michael -at- sumptionandwyland -dot- com> wrote:
> Dan and Marguerite:
>
> One guess is the cost of data storage. 40-50 years ago, a modest to midrange hard drive could cost somewhere in the $100,000 range in 2016 dollars. Storing each character (including spaces and punctuation) cost real money.
>
> I managed a computer shop for an oil & gas investor in Dallas in the 1980s. We had an HP3000 computer with 1MB RAM (on 256KB boards about 8" x 11" in size) a 40MB reel-to-reel tape drive, and a 120MB hard drive the size of a washing machine. Cost, including eight terminals and basic software? $250,000 in 1982.
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Washington Post style guide from 1970s?: From: Michael Wyland
Re: Washington Post style guide from 1970s?: From: Marguerite
RE: Washington Post style guide from 1970s?: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: Washington Post style guide from 1970s?: From: Michael Wyland

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