Who would've thought I would need the cassette tape deck that was on the shelf in my back storage room? I recently had a student ask me if there was way to transfer his old cassette tapes to his mp3 player. I had to think for a minute, then realized that my cassette dubbing deck was there. We got it down, dusted it off, and connected it to the computer in the work room. What a way to preserve these old recordings that provide information that the student needs.
By utilizing Garage Band on the mac mini, the student was able to record the cassettes digitally on the computer. He was able to edit out the long pauses, and then share out the files as mp3s. He could take them home with his USB flash drive and import them into his iTunes account. He was so happy that he could hear these old cassettes. His uncle thinks he will enjoy the cassettes and that he could learn some new things. Now he can actually use them in a technology form he possesses.
My word of advice? Don't give up on some of those old gadgets that are lying around. There may be a use for them someday. You never know what tool you will need. My student is sure glad we hadn't sent that deck to the warehouse for storage. He is actually thinking of bringing in more of these recordings. Old school meets new school. Glad I could help.