[vcf-midatlantic] Bernie S at Festivus 2017

Herb Johnson hjohnson at retrotechnology.info
Mon Dec 4 12:32:48 EST 2017

>> Bernie S of 2600 magazine fame...[has some wire recordings to 
 >> retrieve from the Radio museum and will stop by Festivus]
>>  Wire recording predated magnetic tape, and was used by the 1950 SEAC
>> computer for data storage.

Early microprocessor computers, and some later video-gaming home 
computers, used audio data cassettes for data storage. We in this list 
know this. But recent experience I've had with 21st century young 
adults, is that such use is a complete surprise to them. and, a lot of 
modern computerists, work far harder than necessary, to digitally 
extract data from those old audio recordings.

So, it's a surprise to me, that the earliest wire-recorders, were also 
used with some computers of the 1950's. If he has more information on 
that use, I suggest that VCFed try to obtain some information from 
Bernie "S" - does he have a last name or is his identity confidential 
for some reason? - and make that information available and archived.

Herb Johnson

Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey in the USA
http://www.retrotechnology.com OR .net

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