A Data Storage Snapshot in Time: The 1965 Memorex Time Capsule

A Data Storage Snapshot in Time: The 1965 Memorex Time Capsule

While carrying out some research recently on the evolution of data storage, the Tape Ark team happened to come across this little historical gem from more than half a century ago – the 1965 Memorex Annual Report.  It is a time before most (well some!!) of us were born and a quick read of it provides a brief technological insight right back to the dawn of the industry and its subsequent technological evolution. 

We’ve “lifted” (with gracious thanks to Memorex) our favourite images and snippets from the 1965 Annual Report’s contents to share with our readers and hope that you too will find something in there that evokes the same level respect and admiration we have developed for these pioneers of industry and the early insight they had to future issues and developments of tape storage.   

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Almost Half A Century Since Man First Stepped Foot on the Moon

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Next year in July 2019 we will be marking the 50th anniversary of NASA’s first manned lunar landings.  Back in 2009, Tape Ark Founder and CEO Guy Holmes was working on restoring some invaluable and historical data from those moon landings relating to “Moon Dust” with renowned Australian scientist Professor Brian O’Brien.  It is still a great story to watch – and not just because Guy actually has some hair back then!! 

“When mankind first went to the Moon, there were many potential problems to overcome, but one that received little attention was dust. It turns out that lunar dust is more active and more dangerous than anyone realised. And it took an Aussie to work it out, as Dr Paul Willis reports.”

Click here to watch the full Episode - Guy Holmes comes in around 9 min in but the introduction to man’s journey to the moon is well worth watching too.

Download from the ABC archives……..  https://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/vodcast/2009.htm