Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jul 2005 13:53 UTC, submitted by Gsurface
Hardware, Embedded Systems The floppy disk was well intended, but its usefulness is now gone. Now, over 30 years later, the floppy disk needs to go for good.
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Is this an issue?
by on Wed 13th Jul 2005 14:12 UTC

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Well, I have two sub-questions under "is this an issue":

1) Why does it "need to go for good"? If someone is using technology, and it suits their purposes, why can't they just go ahead and continue using it? Who are we to decide, "Nope. It needs to go"?

2) Are there even people out there still using floppies? I've barely seen a floppy for several years. So, why does it "need to go for good" if it's pretty much already gone?

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RE: Is this an issue?
by Budd on Wed 13th Jul 2005 14:23 in reply to "Is this an issue?"
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2005-07-08

Totally agree. I am still looking today for 3" disks (not 3.5" ones) to use them on my Schneider. I can't find any of them ;)

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RE: Is this an issue?
by Anonymous Penguin on Wed 13th Jul 2005 14:30 in reply to "Is this an issue?"
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2005-07-06

"Are there even people out there still using floppies? I've barely seen a floppy for several years"

I have still quite a few "rescue" floppies, even if I have tried to put the majority of them on a CD.

Typical example: Partion Magic (rubbish, I know) still refuses to create a rescue CD. So even if I own a legal licence, I had to download an iso so that I could make a rescue CD.

Also floppies still seem to be the only way to make some operating systems bootable (a typical example was Slackware until 9.0, if I remember correctly).
They are also necessary for older systems which can't boot from CDs.

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RE: Is this an issue?
by Arawn on Thu 14th Jul 2005 11:56 in reply to "Is this an issue?"
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2005-07-13

I also use 3.5" floppies to transfer small files, do recovery, and update firmware. Other ways can sometimes be too quirky, and incompatible.

3.5" floppies are still too 'compatible' to ignore.

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