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Case of the Data-Corrupting Pocket

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OLD_CURMUDGEON
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Re: Disks and magnets
OLD_CURMUDGEON   10/2/2012 8:56:06 AM
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IF you read about it, or was told about tremors & data corruption being from a "source" on the internet, it's probably a bunch of malarkey!!!!!  Just like IVORY soap commercials of decades ago, "It's 99.9% pure, so it gfloats!"  Well, what you read on the internet is also 99.9% "PURE" ....... pure B.S., that is!!!

Tool_maker
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Re: Disks and magnets
Tool_maker   10/2/2012 9:35:36 AM
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No actually this was told to me by a my boss shortly after he came to the company for which I worked it the late 70's. This was a time when companies were first moving into computerized inventories etc. We were advised to always keep our back-up files at a remote location. I asked why and was given the tremors explanation. He claimed to have experienced the corrupted data/tremors relationship.

As to Ivory soap, I recall a study in the early 70's, I think by Consumers Union that the claim was true. All Ivory were claiming was that it was soap. No detergents and no by products or impurities, and that claim was factual. Then again that was 40+ years ago so I may be in error.

OLD_CURMUDGEON
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Re: Disks and magnets
OLD_CURMUDGEON   10/2/2012 9:56:21 AM
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As far as Data Corruption & Tremors, is concerned, since you reference many decades ago as the reference, maybe it was because disk crashes were very prevalent back then.  The read/write head technology wasn't as mechanically secure as it is nowadays, and any low frequency vibration could cause the head to literally plop down (a computerese technical term!) onto the spinning platter, literally causing it to dig into the highly polished & coated surface, thus causing the "crash".

Cncerning the IVORY soap commercials, going back as long as I can remember into the 1940s, that was their slogan ...... "So pure, it floats".  And, you're exactly correct .... it was to counter some "modern" soap products that included perfumes, and other additives which some claimed detracted from the purity of the soap product.  I guess IVORY still floats .... we don't use it ..... have "graduated" to more modern alternatives.  Oh, well, time marches on!!

270mag
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Humans,
270mag   5/6/2013 5:08:39 PM
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There's that pesky human element again. You just can't get around people using your stuff.

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