Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Apr 2010 18:38 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Invented by IBM, the death knell sounded by Apple. Sony has announced it is going to cease selling diskettes altogether, with the last bastion being Japan. Sales will be ceased there too, even though Sony still managed to sell 12 million of them there last year. While Memorex and Imation still produce and sell diskettes, this move by Sony surely means it won't take long for the rest of the market to vanish, too.
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RE: Perfect size...
by umccullough on Mon 26th Apr 2010 19:54 UTC in reply to "Perfect size..."
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3.5 floppies are perfect... and they last forever!

Correction: They used to last forever.

At some point in the last 10 years, it seems 3.5" floppy disk quality dropped to less than dismal. These days, I'm lucky if I can get a floppy disk to last two weeks after writing some files to it. I know it didn't use to be like that, but it seems like it is now.

And yet, I can pull disks out of a box from 10 years ago and read them just fine!

Maybe the drives just aren't writing the bits hard enough any more ;)

Update: BTW, same with CD-R - I've got a ton of Kodak "gold" CD-R from the late-90s that are still readable.

Edited 2010-04-26 19:57 UTC

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