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: Good riddance
by elektrik on Mon 26th Apr 2010 19:42 UTC in reply to "Good riddance"
elektrik
Member since:
2006-04-18

Sorry, I don't share your opinion of "good riddance". The fastest easiest (IMHO) way to install NT based additional drivers will always be the floppy (just try to do that with a flash drive, go ahead, knock yourself out)....That may only be one example I can immediately think of, but it's a big one...

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RE[2]: Good riddance
by merkoth on Mon 26th Apr 2010 20:30 in reply to "RE: Good riddance"
merkoth Member since:
2006-09-22

To be honest, I only had to do what you say once or twice, but I get your point. And reading through this thread, it seems that I was able to buy pretty much every faulty 3.5" diskette on earth. I lost countless hours and money to those things. So please forgive my bitterness.

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RE[3]: Good riddance
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 26th Apr 2010 20:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Good riddance"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Diskettes sucked... I'm glad the world has finally left them behind. It's been so long since I've seen a computer with a floppy drive that I think they were practically dead a long time ago. Not sure how it's "news" that one of the three remaining companies selling those things finally pulls support though... if anything's news, it's that people still are (for whatever reason) buying and selling those wretched things.

I haven't used them for very many years (and mostly for school) but when I did... I hated those pieces of s***. Slow as hell, and about as unreliable as anything can get in electronics. Used them mostly in the late 90s to early 2000s.

Edited 2010-04-26 20:49 UTC

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RE[2]: Good riddance
by computeruser on Tue 27th Apr 2010 00:50 in reply to "RE: Good riddance"
computeruser Member since:
2009-07-21

NT5 is sooo 00s. Try upgrading to NT 6, which will accept drivers from a flash drive just fine.

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RE[3]: Good riddance
by dylansmrjones on Thu 29th Apr 2010 04:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Good riddance"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Not really no. Depends a lot on the hardware as well. My Asus M2A-VM motherboard is supposed to support booting and what not from USB but it doesn't. This is particularly annoying in regard to bios updates. Only way in reality to update bios is to use floppies, since it won't recognize files on a usb stick (tried several different ways and none worked). Besides that some of us are still using windows server 2003 as a tertiary system ;)

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