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A New Year’s view of at-risk audio formats

Filed under: -general,archive operations,audio,project notes — 2015-01-11 by Richard L. Hess — Last Edit 2015-01-11 by Richard L. Hess

There are many factors that affect the ability of people like us to digitize tapes for you, our clients.

One of the most difficult issues to balance is the physical space that different formats take up, the ongoing maintenance of these formats, and, to be brutally honest, their return on investment.

What we discovered is that some of the machines we were archiving for future use would not work when they were brought out of storage. Rubber parts, capacitors, and lubrication are probably the most prevalent causes of failure. We have said to clients more than once (with a wry smile), “Yes we can probably restore your tape, but first we need to restore a machine.”

Manufacturer and maintenance depot support for various formats is waning or fully discontinued. Parts are hard to come by, and good machinists with an interest in doing this are either non-existent or very expensive.

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What those little ©, ?, and ® symbols mean…

Filed under: -general — 2011-12-21 by Richard L. Hess — Last Edit 2011-12-21 by Richard L. Hess

There are several symbols that are widely used to denote that intellectual property is protected.

Circle with a C in it © Wikipedia

Circle with a P in it ? Wikipedia (more…)


Watch those insects!

Filed under: -general,archival practices — 2011-05-31 by Richard L. Hess — Last Edit 2011-05-31 by Richard L. Hess

OK, this is not directly related to audio, but three audio people I know have been bitten by insects this spring and have suffered greatly for it. One was bitten by a spider in California, one almost died from a flea bite in Texas, and another received a suspected spider bite in Pennsylvania…so be careful…you never know where nasty insects might be hiding…maybe even under a tape box!

If you are worried about what to do, a friend, though a staunch vegan, squashes spiders. Of course, certain spiders are good and eat other insects, so this is just another one of those tough decisions in life.

And then there is mold. A good friend’s life was cut short by interaction with mold, though he was a smoker much of his life, so I’m certain that contributed to it.

As my Dad used to say, “you don’t get out of this life alive”, but he made a good run for it, living until age 93!


Comments in this blog…

Filed under: -general — 2008-06-02 by Richard L. Hess — Last Edit 2008-06-05 by

I apologize, but I have been receiving 2000 spam comments a week recently and it fills up my inbox and the users have to be deleted. They’re not going to get their comments posted, but I’m tried of this. If you wish to leave a comment on this blog, please email it to me and I will post it in the article. Sorry. I am moving all the excellent comments into the articles and that should be done shortly.



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