Computer: Storage
A staple form of memory   (+10, -4)  [vote for, against]
Is the file attached? No, the attacher is the file.

A metal staple pins two pages of a report together in the traditional manner.

Inside the staple, the molecular structure at the domain level is arranged in such a manner as to provide base two information storage, allowing for a minimal amount of data to be encoded in the staple itself.
-- normzone, May 19 2006

Domains http://www.ndt-ed.o...ossary/letter/d.htm
[normzone, May 19 2006]

The inspiration Encode_20Data_20in_...Rings_20of_20Saturn
Ok, that and the engineer that refused to attach any data to his Engineering Change Order. [normzone, May 19 2006]

OK, here's one possible means of reading the data http://staff.washin...chudler/magtur.html
I considered pigeons, but maintaining a saltwater environment for the read head made the idea so much richer [normzone, May 19 2006]

And if a turtle is impractical - http://hyperphysics...e/solids/squid.html
We could use a SQUID [normzone, May 19 2006]

And how would you recover the stored information?

I'm thinking you'd do better simply to print a bar code on the top of the staple.
-- DrCurry, May 19 2006

Funny you should ask. I was just trying to figure that out myself. I've used magnetic field detectors to locate welds that had been ground and polished to where they were visually indetectable, but they were gross analog instruments.

An extremely precise means of detecting magnetic fields would be required.
-- normzone, May 19 2006

This is actually a really good idea. I don't know how practical it would be, because you could just provide a url on the first page.

But what about for large documents, say 25-50 pages or more?

In that case, you could easily put an RFID chip into one of those large, black paper clamps.

Maybe even bluetooth, wave your blackberry over the clamp, "do you want to download?" click ok, ok?
-- Your_Name_Here, Sep 26 2009

What happens when your office assistant whacks your document up on the magnetic board in his/her cubicle?
-- BunsenHoneydew, Sep 27 2009

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