Thursday, August 25, 2005

VecTrex, where are you now?


The sole purpose of the Lost Formats Preservation Society is to save formats from obscurity. Above, we see
1) PaperPunchCard

Dimensions: Various
Storage Capacity: 80 columns
Manufacturer: IBM

Being able to store 80 characters per card
programmers would try anything to economize
use of card space, including shortening dates
to their last two digits. Thus responsible for Y2K.
Used from 1890 to the 1970's.

2) EightTrack

Dimensions: 5.25 x 4 x 0.9 inch
Storage Capacity: 80 minutes
Manufacturer: RCA

William Lear (of Lear Jets)
built FourTrack players into his
jets. Dissatisfied with the
technology he further developed
it into the EightTrack format.

(via Things Magazine)

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