Based on the fact that the "More Cool Stuff Page" on my DIY Calculator website contains a rather interesting paper detailing the history of paper tapes and punched cards as mechanisms for storing computer data, someone just sent me an email asking if I knew where they could purchase a paper tape punch/reader with the following specs:
- Punching Speeds up to 75 char/sec
- Reading speeds up to 400 char/sec
- LAN Interface
- Power 220 VAC +- 20%, 50 +- 10 Hz
The LAN interface would indicate a modern product, but that's mnot as strange as you might expect. I know that up to a few years ago these little rascals were still occasionally to be found in some "noisy" industrial environments.
But more to the point, I'd quite like one myself for nostalgia's sake (I know, I know, "nostalgia isn't what it used to be" – these are the jokes the Muppet Show refused).
But we digress ... I remember that there used to be a guy/company in the U.S. with a huge warehouse (I'm thinking somewhere out west like Colorado, but it could be anywhere). A long time ago the owner had acquired loads of old surplus computer hardware. This company was great for stuff like paper tape and punched cards; in fact, I purchased a reel of tape off them for use in some project or other.
The problem is that I can no longer remember the name of the company. Does anyone recall hearing about them?
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