paper tape has a VERY long lifetime and is even human
readable (well sorta ;)).
What ever happened to the really high density laser punched
tape that was being talked about so much a few years ago? Much higher
density than magnetic tape, and very very long archival life.
What about that optical tape they used in the movie "Brainstorm"???
Somehow, I always thought they'd bought a failed technology rather
than just mock something up.
If it wasn't real, it was still as cool as Hell!
*fantasy mode off*