The ‘Tape’ is 50 years old
An additional 40 minutes of a speech that Steve Jobs gave at the International Design Conference in Aspen in 1983 has been released for the first time. The first 20 minutes of the recording were made available by the Center of Design Innovation in August, but answers to questions posed by the audience after Jobs’ initial speech were cut. After being handed a recording of the full session, Marcel Brown of Life, Liberty, and Technology made a digital copy, cleaning up background noise in the process before uploading the final copy for all to hear.
Listen in here.
Apple2History.org reminds us of a time before floppy disks when the cassette tape was the standard way of writing and retrieving data from an Apple ][.
The earliest Apple II owners did what most of the microcomputer hobbyists of the day did – they used the lowly cassette to save the programs they wrote, or possibly to load software that was purchased. And even after the Disk II did appear in 1978, it was still $495. Although this was less costly than floppy disk drives for other micros of the the day, it was still about one third of the cost of the entry level Apple II ! For many who pioneered the use of the Apple II, it was simply not affordable to get that expensive (though highly desirable) Disk II drive, at least not for a couple of years. From 1977 until around 1982, there were a significant number of software titles that were sold on cassette, because it was the most affordable way to use the computer.
I love that Apple still keeps Apple ][ Cassette interface instructions in its knowledge base.
The Museum Of Endangered Sounds
The site has been launched in January of 2012 as a way to preserve the sounds made famous by old technologies and electronics equipment. For instance, the textured rattle and hum of a VHS tape being sucked into the womb of a 1983 JVC HR-7100 VCR. But, as streaming playback becomes more common in the US, and as people in developing nations like Canada and the UK get brought up to DVD players, it’s likely that the world will have seen and heard the last of older machines like the HR-7100. And as new products comes to market, we stand to lose much more than VCRs.
Imagine a world where we never again hear the symphonic startup of a Windows 95 machine. Imagine generations of children unacquainted with the chattering of angels lodged deep within the recesses of an old cathode ray tube TV. And when the entire world has adopted devices with sleek, silent touch interfaces, where will we turn for the sound of fingers striking QWERTY keypads?
Enjoy the virtual museum HERE
Sony announced today that they will cease the manufacturing of their Cassette Walkman. Ironically, this announcement comes on the day of the iPod’s 9th birthday.