Yes, a MacBook Pro is a really, really nice laptop.
I remember well how dectapes were dust magnets. And when the company KA-10 burned down (taking another KA-10 and a KI-10 with it), I was the one who had to mount boxes and boxes of smelly, smoke covered dectapes to transfer the data off and onto new clean tapes.
Bear Bibeault wrote:I remember a colleague who had an RK05 disk that had been in a fire. The case was blackened and warped, and had opened on one side.
yes, for the young-ens, an RK05 "It stored approximately 2.5 MB on a 14", single-platter IBM-2315-style front-loading removable disk cartridge." and it replaces the decTape according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RK05. The platter was only about an inch high, but the drive was 6U. These days, if you are going to use 6U for storage, you expect to have hundreds of terabytes with lots of RAID redundancy.
Bear's friend probably had his whole career's worth of code, or maybe a customer's entire database, which was critical to save.
I have one of these on my desk right now. it says "control data model 846-2-12". It was my father's, and when we cleaned his office I grabbed it for nostalgia sake. He actually used it...to me it just brings back memories of him.
There are only two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors