Thursday, September 09, 2004

Adios, Floppy

The end is near for the venerable floppy disk. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of technology likely knows this by now, as it's been a long time coming. Still, stories like Floppy disk nears obsolescence are starting to show up in mainstream, non-techie media with increasing regularity. I'd better catalog my remaining disks quickly!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm feeling kinda floppy.... gotta go get me some viagara... l8r


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Q

Rich Rosenthal II said...

Just took the floppy drive out of an old computer we are overhauling. If I need to move data I'll just use a usb storage devide until I get a portable hard drive.

The aol cd museum site yas linked the other day had a few diskettes there. I almost forgot aol came on those.

Wheelson said...
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Wheelson said...

One of the coolest games I've ever played shipped on two floppies. Starflight. The game was huge, had all kinds of planets to explore and deftly used the players imagination to fill in many of the gaps. The fact that this game was on only two floppies is amazing.

As an aside...interesting how we use computers everyday, but I personally see applications, games and systems fade away with nothing left to remember them by. I still have several games that I'd like to play again on floppy but, being on floppies, I have fewer ways to relive those blasts from the past.

Kate said...

My family had these excellent games that we would play on my parents' computer.
The computer was a 386, and the games came on 5-inch floppies, but we loved them. My father even had my sister convert them in the 90's into 3-inch floppies so they could still be loaded. Doesn't help me much, my laptop came without a floppy drive, and my Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy text game never did get converted. Loved that game though. "Insert babel fish in ear."

Carmi said...

It saddens me when good code doesn't make it from one generation of computers to the next. I know it may sound trivial, but our inability to go back and witness the initial generations of the PC era is tantamount fo turning our back on history.

I hope enlightenment eventually spreads to the PC world.