[vcf-midatlantic] Bernoulli Drives needed in working condition

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Tue May 18 21:14:45 UTC 2021

On 5/18/21 4:53 PM, Herb Johnson via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> This thread and subject-matter, seems to me to be "much ado about
> nothing". Sorry. But there is so. much. chatter. about this Bernoulli
> drive and cartridge business, reasonable people can't keep their focus
> on *what the tasks are*, what is reasonable to do, and unreasonable to
> do, and by whom.

  This is a mailing list populated by a few hundred people with similar
interests.  Chatter happens.

  This time, however, it was all on-topic and directly related to the
original query.  It was not "chatter", it was relevant discussion that
resulted in the sharing of knowledge and the answering of questions.  In
fact, thus far, it has been one of the highest signal/noise ratio
threads to take place on this mailing list in a very long time.

  Sorry buddy, I call 'em as I see 'em.

> Third: I see no "data recovery" in these terms, as suggested in the
> chatter. Just data security. So: let the client keep the carts, if they
> choose to destroy them, that would be sad. But that solves the problem,
> no. further. fuss. needed. That's my recommendation.

  The end result of that would likely be the cartridges eventually being
destroyed.  I shouldn't have to explain why that would be bad, but:
These haven't been made in decades, people want them, and they are
rapidly becoming difficult to find.

  In other words, save as many as you can.  Help donors retrieve and/or
destroy their data if that's what's required.

  Yes, occasionally there's actual WORK involved in what we do.  Work is
not the enemy.  If you're going to suggest shying away from a few
Bernoulli disks, what will happen if someone shows up with an IBM 3380E?


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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