Re: digital imaging
I certainly don't know much in this area, but I stick by my original position
that the consumer is ill-prepared to predict either the physical stability or
the accessibility of computer storage media.
>>Rather than wire recorders, a better analogy might be LP's. Even as they
got better and better, the basic idea of a flat, plastic disk with a bumpy
groove scratched into the surface remained the standard for selling audio
recordings. Even today, a decade after they became "obsolete," you can easily
buy a turntable that will play everything from ancient 78's to 45 singles.<<
Well, not easily. A few months ago I spent a delightful morning with an old
friend, an accomplished southern Appalachian fiddler (who by way of a day job
is a PhD biochemist turned rural nurse-anesthetist - he knows more about
anesthesia than anybody else I ever met) who collects old 78 rpm recordings
of Appalachian music. He has a really heavy-duty 78 rpm player that must be
able to vary the rpm between 72 and 80, and pick up vibrations that move the
needle either up-and-down or side-to-side. Then there's the problem of
getting phonograph needles, which I don't begin to understand. But that
morning gave me some idea of what our present computer storage media will
look like when my grandson is the age I am now (and I've been raised to the
Lodge Eternal in the Heavens).
78 rpm audio technology, I should explain, became obsolete around 1948 with
the introduction of 33 rpm long playing ("LP") records, though 78's continued
to be manufactured for another ten years or so.
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