Strange magtape anecdote

Jon Elson elson at
Tue Oct 27 09:50:58 CDT 2020

On 10/27/2020 12:50 AM, nico de jong via cctalk wrote:
> Hi all,
> Back in the early 70's I was an operator on an IBM 360/40 
> with 4 tapedrives. Nobody could understand that sometimes 
> a tape transfer would stop saying "end of tape", mainly 
> around 3 PM,
It was also well-known that you should not allow flash 
pictures to be taken in the machine room, as ALL the tape 
drives would unload simultaneously when the flash went off.


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