This article is from the storage FAQ part2, by Rodney D. Van Meter with numerous contributions by others.
I would like to bring to your attention the THIC Home Page at the URL http://www.thic.org/thic/ and its anonymous ftp archives at the URL ftp://ftp.uu.net/vendor/THIC/ THIC started out in the early 70's as the Tape Head Interface Committee under the auspices of the DoD, but has since grown and expanded to embrace most data recording technologies. THIC has been meeting four times a year, alternating between the east and west coasts. The last meeting was in Seattle WA on Jan 21 and 22, 1997, and the next will be on April 22 and 23 at the DoubleTree in Tysons Corner VA. The papers range from marketing, new product announcement and discussion, to the problems of the various recording technologies. Since October 1995, I have been trying to collect as many of the papers as I could from each of the meetings and have been placing them in Adobe PDF on the THIC archives at ftp ftp.uu.net. I also maintain a no-frills home page where the agenda is displayed, with links to papers which are available in the archives. (P.C. Hariharan, 97/2)