[vcf-midatlantic] More about the STK library

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Mon Mar 7 13:13:51 EST 2016

On 03/07/2016 11:44 AM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>> All those tape fraudsters...
>> 40TB in tape probably means *5TB uncompressed
>> :-)
>> (Yes, I know their false marketing was normally assuming 2:1 compression)
> Indeed. Spec is 20.6TB uncompressed using 36GB DLT 7000 cartridges.
> Still, the most storage local in any current phone is 128GB with another
> 128GB possible through a microSD card. Combined that is "only" 1/4th of
> a TB.
> Looks like we'll definitely have to reference cloud storage on the sign.
> I am fine with that because the prevalence of LTE + WiFi make many TBs
> of storage * essentially * local/personal to your phone.

  That's many TBs of *someone else's* storage.  Despite corporations'
heavy attempts to train the general uneducated public that there's no
difference, you and I know that the distinction is critical.

  One thing I had thought to do with that tape juke is to use a sheet
metal nibbler to cut a "window" in the main door, put some lucite/plexi
in there with a rubber surround to make it look good, then write some
code to move the tape picker around inserting/rearranging tapes.  I hate
modifying hardware, and normally I'd never consider such a thing, but as
you observed, the thing just isn't old enough to be "vintage" to anyone
but the most clueless PC person, and they're not terribly rare either.
But most people are never in an environment where such things are in
use, so it'd be a new experience to see one batting its positioner around.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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