microtape

microtape

(hardware, storage)
/mi:'kroh-tayp/ Occasionally used to mean a DECtape, as opposed to a macrotape.

Apparently the term "microtape" was actually the official term used within DEC for these tapes until someone coined the word "DECtape", which, of course, sounded sexier to the marketroids. Another version of the story holds that someone discovered a conflict with another company's "microtape" trademark.
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The switching costs were too great and the benefits of the new microtape innovation too little.
He went to the Public Records Library in Birmingham and began trawling microtape after microtape, for hour after hour, for days on end.
Second, they try for a significant leap forward by developing a new product out of the old, such as Sony's move from a microtape recorder to the Walkman.
But it is an exhibition with a difference, for the image is an X-ray of the former spy's head and shows only his skull, with a gap for two false teeth where he hid microtapes.