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1st Mar '17 10:25:53 AM justanid
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[[caption-width-right:300:[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade That belongs in a]] [[http://www.computerhistory.org/ museum!]] ]]

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19th Jan '17 1:14:44 PM FordPrefect
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No longer as common, since in RealLife, almost everybody[[note]]except certain industrial class backup systems[[/note]] has stopped using the old-fashioned 9-track mag tape reel because of size and cost, e.g. a 6250 bpi, 1600 foot tape could hold, at most, a little over 100 megabytes of data,[[note]]the normal maximum block size is 32760 bytes, and each 32760-byte block takes, with the gap following it, 5.992 inches[[/note]] and costs about US$12. By 2012, it was possible to walk into a stationery store and buy a microSD card the size of a man's thumbnail for close to $12, and it would hold at least 4 billion bytes, or about 50 times as much as the above tape reel. And that's not even the cheapest example. A top-the-line 4 terabyte[[note]]that's 4 ''trillion'' bytes[[/note]] hard drive could often be purchased at or under US$200. That means data storage on modern hardware is ''[[ReadingsAreOffTheScale thousands]]'' of times cheaper today, and that's before factoring in inflation.[[note]]It's impractical to use because of extremely slow random access, not because of low capacity and high cost. Most have moved on to modern tape cassette drives, which has a capacity of up to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tape_drive#History 5 terabytes.]][[/note]]

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No longer as common, since in RealLife, almost everybody[[note]]except certain industrial class backup systems[[/note]] has stopped using the old-fashioned 9-track mag tape reel because of size and cost, e.g. a 6250 bpi, 1600 foot tape could hold, at most, a little over 100 megabytes of data,[[note]]the normal maximum block size is 32760 bytes, and each 32760-byte block takes, with the gap following it, 5.992 inches[[/note]] and costs about US$12. By 2012, it was possible to walk into a stationery store and buy a microSD card the size of a man's thumbnail for close to $12, and it would hold at least 4 billion bytes, or about 50 times as much as the above tape reel. And that's not even the cheapest example. A top-the-line top-of-the-line 4 terabyte[[note]]that's 4 ''trillion'' bytes[[/note]] hard drive could often be purchased at or under US$200. That means data storage on modern hardware is ''[[ReadingsAreOffTheScale thousands]]'' of times cheaper today, and that's before factoring in inflation.[[note]]It's impractical to use because of extremely slow random access, not because of low capacity and high cost. Most have moved on to modern tape cassette drives, which has have a capacity of up to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tape_drive#History 5 terabytes.]][[/note]]
8th Jan '17 2:24:52 PM john_e
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* Graeme's computer in ''Series/TheGoodies'' featured a large, obvious tape drive, although that was far from the oddest thing about. Spoofed in the 2005 "Return of the Goodies" documentary where a now middle-aged Graeme tries to insert an enormous disk in his computer.

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* Graeme's computer in ''Series/TheGoodies'' featured a large, obvious tape drive, although that was far from the oddest thing about. Spoofed in the 2005 "Return of the Goodies" documentary where a now middle-aged Graeme tries to insert an enormous disk (or possibly tape cartridge) in his computer.
14th Dec '16 4:37:57 PM jgkitarel
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** There is also the fact that when properly stored, in a dry and climate controlled environment, magnetic tapes last for decades. Try getting an HDD or CD to last that long.
8th Dec '16 6:41:39 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' not only does the [[Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension Yoyodyne]]-built [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071208.html computer]] in the Generictown University Science Department have a tape drive (to be fair, the Dean's personal computer is a [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071229.html TRS-80)]], but so does a random [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20091229.html gizmo]] on the alien planet of Butane.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' not only does the [[Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension Yoyodyne]]-built [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071208.html computer]] in the Generictown University Science Department have a tape drive (to be fair, the Dean's personal computer is a [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071229.html TRS-80)]], TRS-80),]] but so does a random [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20091229.html gizmo]] on the alien planet of Butane.
8th Dec '16 6:40:17 PM WillKeaton
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** In fact, the entire premise of the programme would be completely undermined by digital technology.



* Human computers in VideoGame/TheBureauXcomDeclassified. Since it's set in 1962, totally justified.

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* Human computers in VideoGame/TheBureauXcomDeclassified.''VideoGame/TheBureauXcomDeclassified''. Since it's set in 1962, totally justified.
8th Dec '16 6:36:35 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' had "memory tapes". (The TNG era sensibly replaced them with "isolinear chips", which seem to be a combination of flash memory card and processing element.)

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' had "memory tapes". tapes." (The TNG era sensibly replaced them with "isolinear chips", which seem to be a combination of flash memory card and processing element.)
17th Nov '16 5:20:33 AM Beppo
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* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m8IOD-wk9g music video]] for the song "Computer Games" by [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] group Mi-Sex was filmed on location at what was then Control Data Corp's [[UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}} North Sydney]] processing centre. In 1979. It does overlap with ComputerEqualsMonitor though.

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* The [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m8IOD-wk9g com/watch?v=fEiwzcbKq0Q music video]] for the song "Computer Games" by [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] group Mi-Sex was filmed on location at what was then Control Data Corp's [[UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}} North Sydney]] processing centre. In 1979. It does overlap with ComputerEqualsMonitor though.
18th Oct '16 4:21:13 PM nombretomado
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* Lampshaded in ''{{Freemans Mind}}'' when Gordon enters an old but still in-use rocket test site. Despite being under attack from an {{Eldritch Abomination}}, it is the sight of a tapedrive (and punchcards, see the page quote) that sends him to a raging rant.

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* Lampshaded in ''{{Freemans Mind}}'' ''Machinima/FreemansMind'' when Gordon enters an old but still in-use rocket test site. Despite being under attack from an {{Eldritch Abomination}}, it is the sight of a tapedrive (and punchcards, see the page quote) that sends him to a raging rant.
24th Jul '16 12:46:47 AM dvorak
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* In ''Film/IronSky'', the moon-nazi scientist doesn't beleive that a smartphone is really a computer. He points to, yes, a room-filling beast of a computer with tape reels and blinky lights and says, "That's not a computer. ''This'' a computer!" He's forced to admit his machine is woefully out-of-date upon doing an internet search on said phone. He then reverse-engineers the phone's USB jack and uses it to [[spoiler: run a space cruiser]].

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* In ''Film/IronSky'', the moon-nazi scientist doesn't beleive that a smartphone is really a computer. He points to, yes, a room-filling beast of a computer with tape reels and blinky lights and says, "That's not a computer. ''This'' a computer!" He's forced to admit his machine is woefully out-of-date upon doing an internet search on actually ''using'' said phone. He then reverse-engineers the phone's USB jack and uses it to [[spoiler: run a space cruiser]].
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