The Weekly Report

Last week was uninteresting, so I’ll not document it.

Of the weekend, the only interesting aspect was going to the “By the Gods” event in central London on Saturday afternoon/evening. Typically, the meeting time was right in the middle of the worst of the weather with gales and driving rain causing damage to my umbrella and a good soaking to my trouser legs.

Sunday was spent recovering from a late night on friday night finishing reading “Zodiac” in bed and the late night the night before. The weather was so drab and horrid that I didn’t feel like doing anything at all so vegitated.

The only really “interesting” intellectual challenge I have at the moment is trying to reverse engineer the data format of the tapes written using the old Data General RDOS operating system’s DUMP command as a user here has a couple of tapes from the late 70’s and early 80’s with data on which she needs. I managed to find the last working 1/2″ reel-to-reel tape drive in the University to extract the data and saved the tape images to file.

So far I’ve got to the point where I can extract the first couple of files from the image but then the header format seems to change for some unknown reason.. so it’s back the the drawing board.

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