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SubjectRe: NEWSFLASH! Linux ported to Commodore VIC-20!!
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Neil Conway <nconway.list@ukaea.org.uk> writes:

> Anders Melchiorsen wrote:
> >
> > hpa@transmeta.com (H. Peter Anvin) writes:
> >
> > > In all seriousness, with the processing speed of modern CPUs it
> > > probably would be a no-brainer to support data storage to tape. In
> >
> > How much data would an audio tape be able to carry? Are we talking a
> > few hundred kilobytes or are we in the megabyte range?
>
> Hmm, quickndirty calc for 90 minute tape at 64kbits =40megs or so. If
> you can only get 32kbits then you still get 20megs... The sound
> engineers among us can no doubt confirm bandwidth and S/N issues, but I
> would have thought that at least 32kbits would be doable with a little
> error correction ?

So a 4 hour video tape could carry like 60MB if your data is correct.

> Maybe this isn't such a crap idea after all ;-)) (I still haven't
> bought a backup device for my new PC).

If your numbers are anywere near correct (others have quoted values of
1200 or 2400 bits per second, but these are for the ancient devices
from 1982 or so) I think I would actually be interested in such a
driver. I also have no backup device and floppy disks are a nuisance;
but if I could get just the core of my system backed up rather easily
(though slowly) I would probably consider doing it.

--
Regards, Anders
(address is valid)

Anthony's Law of Force:
Don't force it, get a larger hammer.

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