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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.