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7    <h2>Welcome to the Punched Paper Project</h2>
8    <p>The goal of this project
9    is to process obsolete storage media like <a href="paper-tape-project.htm">paper tapes</a>
10    and <a href="punch-card.htm">punch cards</a> with today's computers on
11    common platforms like GNU/Linux and <a href="../paper-tape/WINDOWS.txt">Microsoft Windows</a>.
12    </p>
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16    <h2>Why?</h2>
17        <p>At first you should know that there's a german computer museum,
18        <a href="http://www.technikum29.de">technikum29</a>, which has very old computer
19        equipment that still runs. Many computers exclusively use paper tapes or punch cards
20        as storage media. So we've got lot's of devices around that want to be fed with data
21        and programs. Now if you can write your programs at today's PCs and simply
22        "print" them out on paper tapes, that's really practical. The same is for reading
23        in paper tapes into ordinary files on computers. By this way, you can send the
24        contents of paper tapes around the world via e-mail :-)</p>
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28   <h2>Can I use it?</h2>
29   <p>Short answer: Yes, you can! Simply check out <a href="svn://technikum29.de/paper-tape-project"
30   >svn://technikum29.de/paper-tape-project</a>, compile the source code and run it.</p>
31   <p>Long answer: The quality differs from subproject to subproject, and there may
32   be programs that won't run on your platform or which are very buggy. Take in mind
33   that the drivers are &ndash; of course &ndash; specific to the devices, you can't
34   simply plug any paper tape device on your computer and think it would run with
35   our drivers.</p>
36   <p>Simply browse throught the documentation on this homepage and get an idea of
37   what this project is about.</p>
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41   <h2>What's about the name?</h2>
42   <p>This project started as <b>Paper Tape Project</b> in 2008. In
43   2009, we got the idea to make punch card devices run at computers,
44   too. So I've renamed the whole project to <b>Punched Paper Project</b>
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51<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickrsven/2385929362/"
52   title="Yes, there are some screenshots planned ;-)">
53   <img src="../paper-tape/web-frontend/design/logo.png" alt="Flying paper tape">
54</a>
55</center>
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58   <h2>The Paper Tape Project</h2>
59   <p>The big  final aim of the <b>Paper Tape Project</b> is to provide a complete
60   program suite for viewing, editing, comparing, punching and reading in
61   paper tapes on computers. The project has started with user space drivers
62   that make PCs capable to communicate with paper tape readers and writers
63   under various operating systems (GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows). Then I've
64   written visualizing tools, using Cairo and GTK+. Afterwards I've written
65   utilities to punch rendered text in various fonts on paper tapes. The final
66   project is written in C++ and gtkmm.</p>
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70   <h2>Who's running the project</h2>
71   <p>The Punched Paper Project is an <b>Open Source</b> project, hosted on the
72   servers of the german <a href="http://www.technikum29.de">techniku29 museum of
73   calculator, computer and communication technology</a>. There's currently one
74   active developer and the project is in <b>Development state</b> (not mature
75   at all).</p>
76   
77   <p>Feel free to contact me for any purpose via E-Mail at <em>sven</em> at
78   <a href="http://www.technikum29.de" title="Link just for antispam"
79   >technikum29.de</a> or by using the form mailer at
80   the <a href="http://dev.technikum29.de/correspondence/">technikum29
81   foreign correspondence</a> (these mails go to the same target address)</p>
82   
83   <p>See <a href="http://koeppel.homeunix.org">sven.k&ouml;ppel.org</a> for further details.</p>
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