On Fri, 30 May 2014, Mark J. Blair wrote:
I have this vague memory that back in the day, any
computer operator would have a tool in the desk drawer which trims the
end of a mangled magtape to a nice, neat curve. Do I actually remember
that, or did I make it up? As I get older, my imagination is getting
better than my memory, and it's getting a lot easier to vividly remember
things that never happened.
If such a tool exists, I want one!
They DO exist!
You also needed a supply of BOT/EOT foil markers.
One of our printers in the computer room that I worked in at UCI in the
late 1980s had a tool sitting about for punching the carriage control
tapes for one of our old line printers.
... and the tape to go with it:
Mike Loewen mloewen at cpumagic.scol.pa.us
Old Technology http://sturgeon.css.psu.edu/~mloewen/Oldtech/