[rfc-i] Digital Preservation Considerations for the RFC Series -- draft-flanagan-rfc-preservation-00.txt is posted

Elwyn Davies elwynd at folly.org.uk
Wed Sep 10 07:00:31 PDT 2014


On 10/09/14 14:52, Ted Lemon wrote:
> On Sep 10, 2014, at 7:41 AM, Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) <rse at rfc-editor.org> wrote:
>> No, not punch cards!  Anything but those!
> Punch cards are great!   You can do markup right on the card, and then just insert it into the card editing machine to make your changes, one card at a time.   These modern video terminals with their graphical user interfaces are so flat and boring in comparison.
>
> (Seriously, card punch machines were a lot of fun for me, because they were already pretty steampunk when I first used them.   But storing RFCs on punch cards is probably not the way to go, sad though it may be to acknowledge this.)
+ 1 on all points.

Trivia question for steampunk geeks: Where is (was) the on/off switch on 
an IBM 029 card punch?

Oh, and 5 or 8 track paper tape?

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