Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Mar 2017 00:27 UTC
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You may recall that a couple of years ago we ran a piece talking about how Ada County, the most populous county in Idaho, was desperately looking for Zip disks and drives to help keep its aging voting machines running.

As it turns out, Ada County isn't alone. Apparently a lot of counties are in the same boat.

Once, while buying a PowerMac G4 from someone (factory-equipped with an internal Zip drive), I stumbled upon his huge collection of external Zip drives and disks, which he promptly handed over as a gift. Other than playing with them out of idle curiosity, I never used them for anything.

Instead of disposing of them years later, I guess I should've sent those 15 or so external Zip drives and 30-odd disks as emergency foreign aid to America. Underfunding democracy seems like a terrible idea.

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by daedalus on Fri 24th Mar 2017 09:26 UTC
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The company I used to work for, up until fairly recently, still issued software updates for its medical devices in Zip disks. At the time it was conceived, they didn't want to use CDs for some reason, floppy disks were impractical, and USB mass storage was at the stage where each flash drive required its own drivers. So Zip disks were chosen, and 15 years later we were still issuing Zips to customers. Eventually (around 5 years ago), the OS on these machines was updated to XP and they switched to USB, but retained the Zip drives in all machines.

Things move slowly in the medical devices industry.

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