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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There were utilities for the Amiga called "clickoff", "noclick" etc, which removed the clicking noise while leaving the disk detection feature intact. I never figured out how that was possible, or why Commodore didn't include it by default in later Amigas, or why it even clicked in the first place if that wasn't necessary. ;)

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