Floppy still in use
Tue, 30 Jan 2007
You're not going to believe this, but some people are still using floppy disks...
The PC World chain of computer stores is finally stopping selling the 1.4MB floppy, so someone out there must have been buying them as recently as yesterday. Who are you?
First introduced by Sony in 1981, the floppy disk was ubiquitous in PCs throughout the 1980s and 1990s. It was Apple that bravely dropped the tiny-capacity format when it released its original iMac in 1998 - suggesting that email had killed off the need for it.
So nearly ten years after Apple realised that the floppy was history it looks like the rest of the world has caught up with its thinking.
Anyone out there still using a floppy drive? Come out and share your shame!
Posted by: Simon Jary
Used one last year at my previous employer to transfer webcontent from one network to another, completely isolated one which had usb disabled. The disk itself was much older though, probably purchased in 1998
I have to put up my hands. I am that man!
Don't laugh, but I'm still using an accounts package (Money) on a Psion 3C -- I said don't laugh -- and the only way I can transfer the results to my Mac is via Psion link to an ancient Performa 5200 -- stop that sniggering at the back -- then via floppy to the new machine via a USB drive. I know, I know. But I'm familiar with the Money program and it does everything I need to keep my accounts in order.
I use FDs in a Sony FD91 camera,14X zoom,no digital muck.FDs are easily reuseable and up to 44 pics in normal resolution.SJ must have banged his head when the other SJ knocked him over.
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