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Goodbye to Floppy Disks February 5, 2007

Posted by Vijay in Happenings, Issues, Trends.
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The Guardian reports on its Blog that retailers in the UK have decided that they will not sell floppy disks anymore. I guess with new media devices, floppies are in the process of becoming extinct. To qoute from the article:

PC World, Europe’s Walmart of computing, has decided that it’s not worth selling floppies any more and will just let stocks run out.

According to a statement from Bryan Magrath, the company’s commercial director, the technology has just been left behind:

“It is now increasingly standard for computer users to transfer data via the internet or use USB memory sticks, some of which will store the equivalent of 1,000 times the capacity of floppy disk. With that amount of memory available in such a small and convenient device, the floppy disk looks increasingly quaint and simply isn’t able to compete.”

I still remember the 8 inch Floppy Disk. Seemed so state of the art.. then the 5.25″ and 3.5″ floppies…

Keep your old floppies, maybe they’ll be valuable antiques in time to come.

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1. praneshachar - February 5, 2007

yes it is time high time they will go out of use. In our co., already new PC purchases are without floppy drive. quality of floppys supplied god only should save us. thanks to new media devices cd, usb drive etc.,etc., easy to store easy to carry..

2. veenashiv - February 6, 2007

8 inch floppy yaavdu Vijay ?
I remember the 5.25″ ones. very thin & round!
It was during 98-99 when I was working for CFTRI proframming for the controllers in 8086. 286 comuputer connected to microcontroller & other wire going into a ROM writer. Buring your programs into a chip was a real excitement! I used to burn out simple memory chips which used to be pretty costly(then 150/- 200/- is a costly affair)!

3. Vijay - February 6, 2007

Veena: Now I feel old !!! The 8″ one was similar in structure and strength to the 5.25 but big enough to serve 4-5 cups of coffee on..

4. M O H A N - February 6, 2007

Dont worry vijay – you are experienced relatively.

Have seen the 8″ stuff – looks as big as a mouse pad. My ex-boss still has it in his office as a show off.

If you save this post for next 8 years…maybe we can crib – the damn pen drives used to hold just 4 GB of data and damn thing had to be carred around in pockets. Now we can just put two wires to each ear and upload to our direct bio memory.

5. veenashiv - February 6, 2007

Thats a fantasy Mohan! But no wonder if that happens too.
When people are inventing application which can pass on the smells & flavours .. This bio-memory will also be not under the surprise list!
I am imagining that floppy being used as tray!
This reminds me one more thing, those autowallahs/taxi people using our jink-chak CD’s to decorate their vehicles.. pasting some pictures where we read the data from!

Its totally masti & fun. Where is Murali missing ? May be has not come in to office. Bundh antha manele idaara hege ?

6. Vijay - February 6, 2007

Murali saar on way to foreign again…


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