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Re: [xml-dev] The year is 2027, and we need to examine archived XML documents from 2007 ...

On Tue, 11 Sep 2007 16:34:09 -0400, "Paul Kiel" <paul@xmlhelpline.com> wrote:

>One must also think in terms of the physical memory.  I found an old "mag
>card" in a collection of materials back in my archivist days.  It was
>basically a punch card sized strip of magnetic material.  No one could read
>it.  I even called the local IBM site (who logo on the card told me they
>manufacturer of the card) and they could not read it either.  So I was faced
>with either throwing out the data or paying a company an exorbitant amount
>of money to try and find equipment to read the thing. 

That would be an MCST, Mag Card Selectric Typewriter, the predecessor
of the MTST, Mag Tape ST, which was arguably the first word processor.
It would have held a page or so of typed data.  I'd check the museums
for one; I'm surprised IBM doesn't have one in their own museum.

I still have an MTST tape cartridge in my desk drawer...  ;-)

-- Jeremy H. Griffith, at Omni Systems Inc.
  <jeremy@omsys.com>  http://www.omsys.com/

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