So Long, Floppy Disks…
Does anyone still remember floppy disks?
I know that might seem a silly question, but I suspect many teenagers have never even seen one. We live in an era were USB drives are the de-facto method for transporting data, but when I was growing up in the 90s, it was all about the 3.5-in floppy disk.
And now, almost 30 years after they were introduced, Sony will cease manufacturing of the disks next year. This is truly the end of an era.
On a related note: does anyone still remember Zip Disks? Whatever happened to those?
Speaking of floppy disks (a name I find hilarious, considering they haven't been "floppy" since 3.5" became standard over the… 5"? 8"? Anyway…) I was in the AIRC computer lab and noticed one of the lab techies was doing software repair work on a computer. The reason it caught my eye? He was usng 3.5" floppy disks to boot the system!
What happened to Zip disks? The click of death, of course…
I still have a few zip disks and the drive that goes with them (external). I got the drive to back up data because I had decided not to get the floppy drive for my laptop. Thought the floppy drive was getting out of date and the zip disk was the "new" thing. Didn't last long! Wonder if that drive will plug into my current laptop. 😉