TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:CHAT: memory From:Beverly Parks <bparks -at- HUACHUCA-EMH2 -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL> Date:Fri, 5 Apr 1996 08:38:48 MST
David Ibbetson posted a message to which I responded only to the
first paragraph. David, I meant to make some comments on the
rest of your message, but I deleted it.
You mentioned some old storage media, such as mag tape, paper
tape, and punched cards. One wall of my cubicle is devoted to
storage media. On the wall (partition really) I have hanging a
- 14-in disk platter,
- 5-in platter that I don't recall the origin of,
- Bournelli floppy (it's amazing how many people don't
realize that their Bournelli "hard disks" are really flimisies),
- SyQuest hard disk (yes, SyQuests are really hard),
- 3-1/2 inch floppy,
- 5-1/4 inch floppy,
- 8-inch floppy,
- two 3-3/4 inch hard disks,
- the timing wheel from an original IBM full-height floppy drive,
- the faceplate from a Univac mag tape reel,
- roll of unpunched paper tape (I'm trying to get ahold of
some punched tape, but no luck yet),
- an unpunched Hollerith card,
- and a punched card.
Earlier this week, someone gave me a complete card deck that is
an old Star Trek game. I don't have a CD-ROM up there yet, but
they come in the mail so often that all I need to do is
*remember* to bring one in.
Contributions to my wall are happily accecpted! ;-)
Beverly Parks -- bparks -at- huachuca-emh2 -dot- army -dot- mil
The opinions expressed are my own.