[vcf-midatlantic] talk at VCF-East on audio cassettes for data; stuff

Ian Primus ian.primus.ccmp at gmail.com
Fri May 11 01:09:30 EDT 2018

Wow. Now that is really, really, REALLY cool. I'd not seen a
continuous loop cartridge used for data storage in this manner before.
I'm surprised you weren't interested in this, I think it's amazing!
You know, if you're not interested in it, I have a good home for it...

But, that's interesting, and the continuous nature of the tape creates
some issues for recording, I suppose it's designed with fixed size
program blocks for filling a fixed amount of memory with data from
tape to run the equipment the 8/M used to control. Wonder if this is
used as a standalone program without an OS, or if there is an OS that
supports running from this sort of tape?

That is *really* cool, and I look forward to hearing more about what
you uncover about it!


On Fri, May 11, 2018 at 12:38 AM, Kyle Owen via vcf-midatlantic
<vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> This may be too beyond audio cassettes, but I figured I'd share.
> I never really was interested in this portion of my first PDP-8 haul, but I
> ended up with a Tennecomp Fidelipac drive. For those unfamiliar, these were
> commonly used for commercial breaks in radio stations and the stations'
> jingles. Similar to 8-track, but they didn't have a built-in pinch roller.
> I have yet to see if the unit is functional, and need to figure out where
> the interface card is (if it came with the interface, even), as I would
> like to digitize the tapes. Fortunately, I've got a friend with some radio
> station cart machines, so I could possibly record them to audio files and
> reverse engineer them from there.
> So yes, even a PDP-8/M, ca. 1974, and possibly prior, used an audio tape
> system for data storage!
> Pictures here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/kBL9gRGF697A0xUT2
> Kyle

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