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dectape


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  DECtape 
 
    A  reel  of  {magnetic  tape}  about  4  inches 
  in  diameter  and  one  inch  wide.  Unlike  today's  {macrotapes}, 
  microtape  drivers  allowed  {random  access}  to  the  data,  and 
  therefore  could  be  used  to  support  {file  systems}  and  even  for 
  {swapping}  (this  was  generally  done  purely  for  {hack  value}, 
  as  they  were  far  too  slow  for  practical  use).  DECtape  was  a 
  variant  on  {LINCtape}. 
 
  In  their  heyday  DECtapes  were  used  in  pretty  much  the  same 
  ways  one  would  now  use  a  {floppy  disk}:  as  a  small  portable 
  way  to  save  and  transport  files  and  programs. 
 
  (1995-03-16)