My father used to program computers with punch cards.
Punch cards were still around when I matriculated in the mid 1970s.
Now, if he had to enter the boot-strap loader via switches, then use paper tape to start to do real work, aka, load the "driver" for the card reader to load in the application before loading the data...
As for the Petabytes. I know it seems a lot, but an awful lot of it is imaging. What's a typical page of ASCII text? 2K? What's a typed page of scanned text? A page of scanned "artful" text? A page of illuminated "artful" type? Illuminated and hand written?
That's not to mention the aging and more than likely wear and tear imperfections of the pages.
After all, if you're going to that much trouble, you might as well go state of the art the first time to minimize additional handling of the originals.
I'd like to see if they have "Cuoco Secreto", translated of course.
To: Calvin Locke
"After all, if you're going to that much trouble, you might as well go state of the art the first time to minimize additional handling of the originals." My (I'm somewhat Protestant) one experience with the Vatican, when I visited it in June of 1998, was entirely positive and left me with great admiration for the Church, indeed, far more than I have for mainstream Protestantism. What's particularly notable is the massive, spare no resources, effort the Church makes to spread the faith. That particularly includes its very reasonably priced publications that are often made to National Geographic print and photo quality standards. The one that particularly stands out is a booklet about the Sistine Chapel that includes a really spectacular center fold high gloss color photo of its ceiling. If they do their library the same way, the results will be fantastic. I really hope they do a first rate picture of each original and accompany that picture with equally good translations in each of the world's major languages.
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