[vcf-midatlantic] Paper tape fun

Crawford Griffith h.crawford.griffith at gmail.com
Tue Feb 16 13:15:34 UTC 2021


David Gesswein wrote:

Things that visibly do stuff are fun.
The DEC fanfold is nice the way it mostly restacks.

I love watching fanfold run, whether punching or reading.

In college, we used to have small ‘SysOps wars’ amongst us nerds on the
PDP-11 system. (We were good sportspeople, it had to be recoverable).  I
took one guy’s entire RSTS/E account, PIP’ed it to the fanfold tape punch,
flipped the tape and read it in backwards.  Every single file was now
byte-reversed, e.g. a BASIC program would start with:  “DNE 0009”.  He
could never figure out how I did it until I told him.  I even told him I
used ROM.


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