Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Apr 2009 16:16 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Windows Remember, back in the day, before USB drives became common place, you had to use those weird square disks? We called them floppies, and they had about as much storage capacity as my current computer has in its power switch alone. One of the problems with floppy drives was that it was impossible to determine whether there was a floppy in the drive without actually spinning up the drive. Windows 95 almost had a feature that could detect whether or not there was a floppy in the drive without spinning it up.
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Of course, Amiga had that in 85
by spudley99 on Fri 3rd Apr 2009 16:33 UTC
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Yes, I know we're all well past the days when Amiga users gloated at Windows users, but Amigas did have this feature from day one -- ie 1985.

The downside was that Amiga floppy drives made random clicking noises every now and then, which was (as Microsoft's engineers rightly surmised in this story) rather annoying. But it was still a good feature.

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