Computer Backwards Compatibility


Now that I have installed a variant of Linux on my old computer, I could handle the format of the file on this tape.

Tar Tape From 1983

The label says it is from 1983 and it is in TAR format.  This format is still a mainstay on Linux computers.  In this case, it is not a problem of software, but of hardware.  I wonder if there are still any mag tape readers for this kind of  tape. I also wonder if all the magnetized bits have faded into randomness.

If you are wondering who Elsie was, she was my μVax computer in my office at Digital Equipment Corporation.

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