Friday, November 14, 2008

Reel-to-Reel Jerky

Today we baked a reel-to-reel tape in a food dehydrator.

Yes. You read that right.

We're preparing some 45+ year-old reel-to-reel tapes for digitization. These are programs I've produced or recorded over the years and are in rough shape. Baking the old tape in a food dehydrator (like you would use to make jerky or dry fruits and vegetables in)for 2 to 3 hours revitalizes the tape and makes it usable.

It's not recommended that you do it more than once, and you need to transfer the tape within 24 hours.

Ah, technology. It's so... weird.

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