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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RE: Personal anecdotes
by DeadFishMan on Sat 25th Mar 2017 14:46 UTC in reply to "Personal anecdotes"
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My father used to work as a freelance artist and for a few years in the late 90's Zip disks were the standard way to transfer big files to customers and print shops.

True that! I used to dabble in illustration and advertisement back then as well in what now feels like a lifetime ago and that statement did ring a bell and threw me way down on Memory Lane...

I probably still have my external parallel port Zip drive in the storage somewhere and a bunch of Zip disks, some probably brand new and still wrapped. It worked perfectly - if somewhat slow - in Linux with the ppa kernel module around the 1999-2004 timeframe during a time when CD-Rs weren't nearly as cheap as they are these days and you still could have burned a coaster or two before getting one right and thus I still have fond memories of it.

Ironically, I don't recall them as such an unreliable technology as everybody else here. Yes, I remember the 'clicks of death' issues, but it wasn't nearly as frequent as people made it sound. I've certainly seen more dead hard drives than zip drives back in the day. Maybe I was just lucky?

Edited 2017-03-25 15:00 UTC

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