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Sadly, the stuck tape for me was a symptom of a larger issue with the drive itself. But, we have an HP LTO4 autoloader displaying an odd error on the LCD

incomp. medium

I tried everything via the hardware interface, but we knew a tape was stuck in there. So, I removed the drive unit and saw the tape.

Stuck LTO4 tape

Rather than just cutting into the mechanism, I found this video on youtube to at least try and extract the stuck LTO4 tape through the proper process.

I was able to extract the tape and found the post-it note jammed in the slot, but that wasn’t the ultimate issue that doomed the drive.

post-it note stuck in LTO drive


The drive mechanism that grabs and guides the cartridge broke and was not able to be easily repaired.

Broken LTO4 drive

So, the drive was a loss, but hey, I was able to get the tape out. The video was absolutely key. Good luck to you.

I’ve read The Atlantic off and on for many years in print and online. The sure is a regular stop for me on daily news and I’ve appreciated many of their articles over the years. I’ve tweeted and linked to their content dozens if not hundreds of times over the years.

When I hit their site tonight, they seem to be taking a new approach to visitors. They started dishing the ad-blocker shame banner.


I understand the concept. They want to shame me into some conversion. But here is the thing, I took a few seconds to try and close the image to get to content but I just gave up and left. Isn’t that what most will end up doing?

I understand the predicament they must be in, but I struggle to see how executing a barrier like this would generate a reader to become a paying customer.

Shame and barriers can’t be the right approach can it?